Artist in Residence

The Artist in Residence program is part of the City’s continuing effort to encourage community involvement in the arts. The program invites a professional artist to work with City staff and the community to identify and develop creative artworks and projects in Victoria.

The Artist in Residence program is open to artists residing in British Columbia Selected artists participate in the City’s planning process over a two-year term.

Kemi Craig

Victoria-based dancer and visual artist Kemi Craig is the City’s third Artist in Residence. She will serve for the 2022–2024 term. 

Craig is a graduate from the Emily Carr University of Art Design with a Masters degree in Fine Art. Since graduating, she has performed through local arts centres as well as across B.C. and Canada.

Craig’s film and video work has been exhibited at local galleries such as Legacy Art Gallery, Flux Gallery and the Ministry of Casual Living, as well as the Victoria International Film Festival and Antimatter Media Arts Festival. She has also worked with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and Xchanges Gallery as an educator and curator.

Read the original announcement of Kemi Craig’s appointment.

For more information about Kemi’s programming during her residency, please visit her Instagram @kemi.craig.

Current Projects

This spring join Kemi Craig for elements of her Making with Plants Series at Wark Street Commons Community Garden.

Making with Plants Series: A Community Dye Garden Project  

As part of her artist residency with the City of Victoria, Kemi Craig is very excited to be building a community dye garden in collaboration with Trudi Lyn Smith and local growers at the Wark Street Commons Community Garden.

Beginning in May, Trudi and Kemi will be on site in the garden on Wednesday mornings between 10-11:30 a.m. They will be mulching, seeding and experimenting with dye plants and would love your help. You are invited to drop-in anytime during their garden office hours to volunteer, experiment and play. No experience is necessary.  

Garden Office Hours 
When: Wednesdays in May, 10-11:30 a.m.  
Location: Wark Street Community Gardens, 941 Kings Road  
Free event, no registration required.   
For more information: Visit Kemi’s Instagram: @kemi.craig   

Photodynamic Garden Workshop with Kemi Craig & Trudi Lyn Smith   

This workshop will experiment with plant-based photography, a dynamic image-making process engaging everyday ecologies. Participants will learn how to make emulsions with plant materials, creating images in relationship with plants at the Wark Street Community Garden, the sun and the weather. Our hope is to embrace an ethically-grounded practice of photography that introduces participants to a lively relationship between humans, images, and plants.  No previous experience is necessary. All materials will be supplied but feel free to bring a picture frame with a glass plate for your image.  

Date: Friday, May 24, 4-6 p.m.  
Location: Wark Street Community Garden - 941 Kings Road  
Please email to register for this free event.  


Past Projects

Below are some of Kemi Craig's past projects as the City's Artist in Residence.

Photo Gallery

Image of Kemi Craig's Afroquatics projected public artwork during the City's Winter Arts Festival.
Kemi Craig's Afroquatics: A Call and Response Below the Surface projected art display at 708 Douglas Street during the City's Winter Arts Festival, February 16-19, 2024.
Image of Artist in Residence Kemi Craig holding up a green indigo dyed artwork
Kemi Craig's Indigo project
Kemi Craig's Afrofuturism display on 707 Douglas Street windows
Kemi Craig's storefront Afrofuturism animation at 707 Douglas Street

Previous Artists in Residence