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2016 News and Information

Final programs set for inaugural Branscombe House artist residency

28 November 2016

artistresidencyRichmond’s first Branscombe House Artist-in-Residency featuring visual artist, Rhonda Weppler, is winding up as 2016 comes to an end.  Here are two final opportunities to bid her a fond farewell as she ends her year-long residency in Steveston and moves to New York City.

On Thursday, December 8 at 1 p.m. at the Cultural Centre Performance Hall, Weppler will present her Year in Review, recounting the many public programs and projects that she created and facilitated over 2016. Her talk will be followed by a Q&A and short reception, and act as the official launch of her mural exhibition at the Cultural Centre.

During her residency, Rhonda held monthly drop-in workshops at Branscombe House and each one explored food as a medium or as a subject. More than 300 individual works from participants of all ages were combined to create four murals: Cookie Crowd, Candy Forest, International Picnic and, most recently, The Edible Forest Floor. All four murals will be on display in the Minoru hallway at the Richmond Cultural Centre from December 8 to mid-January 2017.

On Saturday, December 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Chinese Bunkhouse at Britannia Shipyard National Historic Site, art and heritage lovers are invited to drop in to the unveiling of a community collaborative installation and a mini lantern stilt house workshop. The installation will be comprised of participant-built models inspired by stilt houses that once stood in the Steveston area, and visitors are encouraged to make their own illuminated mini stilt house (with a salmon can label design) to take home or contribute to the installation.

The second artist-in-residence, Barbara Meneley (from Regina, Saskatchewan), will move into Branscombe House in January 2017 and an official public launch event will be announced shortly.

For details about these and other Branscombe House Artist Residency programs, please visit