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Artist Residencies

Residency information and Application details.

Artist Facilities

Shaw International Centre for Contemporary Ceramics.

Artist Lodge

Safe and affordable on-site housing for our artists.

Artists in Residence @ Medalta

Set against the dramatic cliffs of the South Saskatchewan River in Medicine Hat, Alberta, the 150 acre Historic Clay District was once home to some of Canada’s most important clay factories. Today, this history is being preserved with the unique Medalta Potteries site providing the setting for a living, working museum, vibrant education centre, a Reception Gallery, and a 12,000 square foot contemporary ceramics studio.

Operating out of the Shaw International Centre for Contemporary Ceramics, the Medalta International Artists in Residence Program is designed to serve artists at all stages of their careers. Students, emerging, and established artists are able to work together in our open, spacious, semi-private studios.

Meet our current Artists in Residence

Artists come from all over the world and bring different experiences, techniques and ideas to our unique studios here in the Historic Clay District. Our studios are full of vibrant energy with resident ceramic artists, community education classes, workshops, and kids’ classes all combined to make this a vital working museum, education centre, and studio complex. We would love to introduce you to our current artists in residence:

May 17, 2022

Kelly Yorke

BIO Kelly Yorke is an emerging ceramic artist from Surrey, British Columbia. Although Yorke started off her studies with the intention of majoring in Business however, chose to switch her program after taking a few […]
May 17, 2022

Emma Petropoulos

BIO Born in Calgary, Canada, Emma Petropoulos received her Bachelors of Fine arts from Alberta University of the Arts, and is a contemporary ceramic artist working in Alberta, Canada. The domestic space is the source […]
May 17, 2022

Emma Bickers

BIO Often finding levity in most situations, her earthenware pieces do the same with their friendly colourful exteriors. Originally planning on building a portfolio for an illustrative program, she had taken an intro to ceramics […]
May 17, 2022

Maria Riviere

BIO Maria Riviere is a Latin Canadian artist, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In the wake of political upheaval, she relocated to Spain and eventually Canada where she pursued a career in computer programming. In […]
May 17, 2022

Julia Chang

BIO Julia (b. Taipei, Taiwan) is an interdisciplinary artist who has lived in seven cities across four continents and currently based on the unceded traditional territory of the Semiahmoo, Katzie and Kwantlen First Nations (also […]
May 17, 2022

Sage Wednesday

BIO Sage Wednesday (they/them/it/its) is a queer, transgender artist originally from Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. Wednesday completed their Visual Arts Diploma at Red Deer Polytechnic in 2020. Its currently completing their Bachelors of Fine Art […]
May 13, 2022

permission to play

Exhibition runs May 20th – July 17, 2022 Opening Reception May 20th 7-9pm @Yuill Family Gallery This exhibition is part of the 2022 Medalta International Artists in Residence program.
May 13, 2022

She’s Here Too

Exhibition runs May 20th – July 17, 2022 Opening Reception May 20th 7-9pm @Yuill Family Gallery This exhibition is part of the 2022 Medalta International Artists in Residence program.
May 13, 2022

AZUL – COLONIAL – BLUE

Exhibition runs May 20th – July 17, 2022 Opening Reception May 20th 7-9pm @Yuill Family Gallery This exhibition is part of the 2022 Medalta International Artists in Residence program.
May 13, 2022

Humbly Heroic

Exhibition runs from May 21st – July 17, 2022 Opening Reception May 20th 7-9pm @Yuill Family Gallery This exhibition is part of the 2022 Medalta International Artists in Residence program.
April 5, 2022

Michele Dupas

Michele’s hand-built clay sculptures allow her to express her animated view of the world which includes a strong narrative; clay is the physical expression of her stories. A graduate of Red Deer College’s Visual Arts […]
October 14, 2021

Leandra Brandson

I am an interdisciplinary queer artist living on Treaty 1 Territory in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I discovered ceramics in 2018 and have been working with clay in some form ever since. I am heavily inspired by […]
September 7, 2021

Gracia Isabel Gomez Cantoya

Originally from Mexico City, Toronto-based artist Gracia Isabel, is an honours Sheridan College’s Crafts and Design Ceramics graduate. She explores themes related to colonialism and migration through functional and sculptural pieces. A few of her […]
September 3, 2021

Brianne Siu

Brianne Siu is a ceramic artist and has been working in ceramics since 2015. After earning her BFA from Emily Carr University of Art & Design, she has dedicated time to teaching at various art […]
September 3, 2021

Matthew O’Reilly

Matthew O’Reilly is an emerging artist who recently completed his MFA in ceramics at the Alberta University for the Arts in Calgary, AB, Canada. He also holds a Honors Bachelor of Fine Arts, a Bachelor […]
August 25, 2019

Amy Duval

Born and raised in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Amy Duval received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2017 where she focused on ceramic sculpture and installation based work. Merging slip casted, […]
November 19, 2012

Les Manning

A ceramic artist for more than fifty years, Les’ very personal forms focus on the interpretation of two of  the dominant landscapes in Alberta; the prairies and the Rockies.  His wheel thrown and altered forms […]
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