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Branscombe House

Branscombe House Artist Residency

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Barbara Meneley,
2017 Branscombe House Artist-in-Residence

Barbara Meneley Head ShotIn January 2017, celebrated visual artist, Barbara Meneley moved into Steveston’s historic Branscombe House as Richmond’s second annual Artist-in-Residence.

For updates on Meneley’s residency and find out more about her workshops, visit her blog.

Barbara Meneley is a Canadian visual artist whose interdisciplinary art practice incorporates cartographic and book works, installation, media and performance. Her projects develop site-responsively, in collaboration and dialogue with people, places and histories. She holds an undergraduate degree in Communications from Simon Fraser University, an MFA from the University of Regina and a PhD from Queen’s University. Meneley has developed creative residencies and exhibited her work extensively across Canada and the United States.  For more information, visit Barbara’s website

The Branscombe House Artist-in-Residence program is situated in historic Steveston, making it the perfect locale for Meneley to work with the community on projects focused on placemaking, cartography and archival processes. The artist will live upstairs in Branscombe House, while the main floor remains a space for public programs and is available for rentals (maximum capacity 30 persons;

Registered Multi-Session Workshops
AiR Needle Felting WorkshopNeedle Felting Workshop
Wednesdays, June 28 and July 5, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Advance registration is required. Maximum class size 10.
Ages 14+ yrs.
Registration will soon be open at
Class #2130092

Join guest artist Andrea Paterson and Branscombe House Artist-in-Residence Barbara Meneley for this two-session, introductory needle felting workshop. Participants will create simple felted shapes such as spheres, hearts, or eggs. The project will involve colour blending, as well as decorating the felted shapes.

AiR Coptic Book BindingCoptic Book Binding
Wednesdays, July 12 and 19
7:00 - 9:00pm

Advance registration is required.
Maximum class size 10.
Ages 14+ yrs.
Registration will soon be open at 
Class #TBD

Participants will learn how to create their own, hand bound sketchbook in this two-session introductory workshop with Branscombe House Artist-in-Residence Barbara Meneley. No experience is necessary and all materials will be supplied. Participants will leave this workshop with their own handmade books and the skills to create more.

Free Open Studio Drop-in Workshops
Join Barbara Meneley for a series of fun and engaging community art workshops for all ages on the second Sunday of every month throughout 2017 at Branscombe House, located at 4900 Steveston Highway.

All workshops are free and pre-registration is not required. Participants will leave these workshops with their own handmade artworks and the skills to create more. No experience is necessary and all materials will be supplied.

Air Branscombe Workshop July 2017Textural Landscapes

Sunday, July 9, 1:00 – 3:00pm
Discover new ways to look at and think about everyday places and objects. In this drop-in workshop, participants will explore the outdoor area around Branscombe House to make monoprints of various surface textures. Participants will practice colour composition and explore ways of working with fabric and paint.

Air Branscombe Workshop Aug 2017Salmon Landscapes
Sunday, August 13, 1:00 – 3:00pm
Combine salmon can labels with fish posters to create unique works of art. Participants will practice paper-folding, develop skills in colour composition and learn approaches to three-dimensional construction.


Find out about the City of Richmond’s inaugural Branscombe House Artist-in-Residence, Rhonda Weppler here.   

Branscombe House is located at 4900 Steveston Highway and is one of the earliest homes built in the area; as such it is significant for its historical association to Steveston and for reflecting the pattern of commercial and related residential development that occurred in Steveston’s early history.

The Branscombe House Artist-in-Residence is selected annually via an Open Call.