Kingsbrae International Residency for the Arts

A Centre of Excellence for the Arts in St. Andrews By-The-Sea.

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Introducing This Year’s KIRA Artists

Meet the 15 selected artists to take part in the 2017 KIRA Residency .

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Meet the Artists: Artist Schedule of Events

KIRA artists are actively involved in our community.

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Introducing Kingsbrae International Residency for the Arts

Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts (KIRA)

Introducing Canada’s Newest World Class Centre For the Arts


Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts was established in February 2016  to support the creativity of artists in residence; promote the excellence at home and on the international scene in St. Andrews By-the Sea, and benefit the community as a cultural destination. KIRA will create a rewarding and stimulating experience for participants in the residency which will advance their artistic journey. KIRA will contribute to the creation of new works in various artistic disciplines, and to arts education through community involvement. KIRA strengthens St. Andrews’ reputation as a tourist destination focused on beauty, creativity, and quality of life.


Artist in Residence Program

Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts (KIRA) awarded fifteen artists with one month residency in St. Andrews, New Brunswick Canada for 2017. Artists will be provided with an individual studio space, comfortable housing, up to two prepared meals each day and a stipend. Artists will live on a historic property in a beautiful seaside town and work in studios located on the property. The residence is within walking distance of the down town, however artists should bring all materials needed for their creative process when they arrive, as supplies and provisions are limited in town. As part of the residency, artists will be asked to engage with the community for up to six hours a week. These engagements for each artist will vary based on skills and interest and can include a partnership with the Kingsbrae Garden which is located steps away from the residence and studios.

Program Goals

  • Support artists by providing space for creative inquiry and time to take their creative practice to the next level
  • Invite artists to explore their ideas and practice within the context of the region including Kingsbrae Garden, a 27-acre horticultural masterpiece located in the historic seaside town of St. Andrews, New Brunswick.
  • Create a community of artists, thinkers, and practitioners
  • Introduce and thoughtfully engage artists with the community

Program Period

  • June to August 2016

For more information about KIRA, phone (506) 529-3335 or email

St. Andrews By-The-Sea is an artist’s dream. For more about St. Andrews, click on the video below.


The 2017 Artists

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Meet our July Artists:

Barbara Brown

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Barbara is a Canadian visual artist and horticultural therapist. Her current work consists of photographic documents of momentary arrangements using natural. Her work deals with memory and the passage of time referencing the growing season and the inevitable decline of all things as observed in the garden. She works in her urban garden as well as forest locations and she is always looking for new environment to work in and explore. Barbara has completed public commissions for the City of Ottawa, the Province of Ontario at Thunder Bay and Manchester Metropolitan University, England.


Megan Singleton

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Megan is an American artist whose ecology-based work crisscrosses the boundaries of contemporary craft, combining sculpture, hand papermaking, installation, and digital applications. She actively exhibits nationally and internationally and her work can be found in the collections of the Louisiana Art and Science Museum, the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum, as well as numerous private and corporate collections. She holds an adjunct position at Saint Louis University, teaching Fiber Arts. Megan is interested in how art can address and engage people with the natural world and how this, in turn, can inspire communities and individuals to care for our environment.


Alicia Gradon

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Based in the UK, Alicia draws in pencil, layering to create tones and using an eraser to bring out different textures. Her drawings are often a mesh of history, science, culture and civilizations and her goal is for the viewer to see that his or her own reality is truly amazing. The content of her work is based on her own creation, the world of Perpetuia – a place where her thoughts can exist beyond the boundaries of her imagination, a world that she has slowly built up from childhood.

Kathy Bruce

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Kathy’s site-specific outdoor sculptures explore archetypal female and mythological forms within the context of poetry, literature and the natural environment.  They often take the form of structures made from bamboo and other natural materials that are built on, around and contain live plant material. Kathy lives in New York.


Cheryl Orcutt


Cheryl is an educator and rug-hooking artist with 40 years of experience in rug hooking as well a portfolio of varied accomplishments including referenced articles and books, exhibitions and academic achievements. She possesses a strong sense of artistry and professional work ethic, which is consistently displayed across her art pieces.


KIRA is pleased to announce our 2017 August Artists:

Ralph Simpson
RalphRalph Simpson is a retired forest research biologist and emerging artist working and studying Aboriginal hand weaving and traditional basketry. For Ralph, the art of weaving with plant fibers has become a doorway into the traditional, cultural and ecological knowledge of his home. The ancient and universal qualities of the art form and the places he experiences as he gathers materials help him to find meaning. His biology background (concentrating on botany) has provided him with a comprehensive knowledge of native plants and he is interested in exploring the further use of plant materials in woven sculptural pieces and to bring the familiarity of the garden into his work.  He lives in Fredericton, NB.

Sara Gagnon


Sara Gagnon is a visual artist from Kelowna, British Columbia who works with watercolours, oil and acrylics as she tackles a wide variety of subject matter, from landscapes and animals to flowers and portraits. Sara finds inspiration at home, in the beautiful Okanagan, and abroad from her many world travels. Sara is also a two-time national award winner of the Robert Bateman Art Contest. In addition to creating, Sara teaches art classes for beginning artists of all ages.

Supriya Nagarajan


Supriya Nagarajan  Supriya Nagarajan is a musician, composer and artist born in Bombay India, who has been living and working in the UK for the past 16 years. Supriya studied Carnatic vocal music from the age of five and her passionate love of music drove her desire to help people from all backgrounds find that passion within themselves. She has performed around the world, including India, Thailand, Cambodia and across Europe. Most recently she has worked with UK-based contemporary artists including Ben Castle, Shri Sriram and Duncan Chapman and in 2017 she began working with neuroscientists at Queensland University in Brisbane, Australia, to explore the connection between the human brain and lullabies.

Catherine Seely


Catherine Seely is a traditional rug hooker and visual artist with formal training in painting and drawing. Working in her home studio in Saint John, NB, she creates her own patterns inspired by landscapes and gardens. During her time at KIRA, she plans on experimenting with non-traditional materials as she moves into large-scale works.


Deanna Lee


Deanna Lee is a Brooklyn-based visual artist. Lee produces drawings, paintings, site-specific drawing installations, and public art works inspired by the rhythms and patterns of natural forces and their interaction with human idiosyncrasies over time. Her awards and residencies include a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, a residency with the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, Ithaca, NY, and a fellowship with the Abbey Mural Workshop, The National Academy, New York, NY. Lee received her M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her B.A. from Oberlin College.

Community Involvement

KIRA Open Studios August

Meet our Artists with their Open Studio Days!

Upcoming Open Studio Days:

August 12th: 10am to 1pm  @ KIRA Studios

August 19th: 10am to 1pm @KIRA Studios

August 26th:10am to 1pm @ KIRA Studios

Closing Exhibit:

August 29th: 6pm to 8pm @ Kingsbrae Garden Cafe


Apply for KIRA

The 2017 Application Period is now closed. We look forward to reopening applications in the Fall for 2018.


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