Current Artist in Residence


On behalf of Harcourt House staff, Board of Directors and Harcourt House members we would like to welcome Sara French as Artist in Residence for 2013/2014 at Harcourt House Artist Run Centre. We are all looking forward to being apart of French’s artistic development for the duration of a whole year.

Sara French experiments with a diverse range of themes and materials. Overtime, her methodology has become a multidisciplinary process that fundamentally involves performance art. Reflecting on issues of surveillance, gender, environmentalism, and economics, French breeds a character and sets an agenda. The creation of the character begins with an appearance, a fictionalized history and the opinions that will inform their actions. Adopting devised rituals, executing bodily transformations, and facilitating logging routines, is part of the process. These personas, when manifested, are used for durational experiments that engage in public environments as a form of research.

The outcome, an array of the abject, props, uniforms, writing, and other forms of documentation, illustrate a mise en scène. This residue of the performance, inhabits the gallery space as a material expression of the work itself, a profound collection of “dead objects” that are evocative of a performative experience. Previous characters have included Hayse French, the author of Radical Border Games Crafts and Pranks, the security guard, Norman Eberstein and Community Outreach Officer for 7 Continents, Reena Smith (a collaboration with the Department of Unusual Certainties). For her residency at Harcourt House, French will move forward with her previous process into a project that engages with the city Edmonton.

French completed a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Art History at the University of Windsor before achieving her Masters of Applied Arts at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Possessing skills in drawing, bookmaking, embroidery, video, writing and performance, French will work towards a final exhibition that is dependant on a one-year studio-based practice.

For more information about French, take a look at her website – www.

Click on the following link to see one of Sara French’s videos: Norman Eberstein at Broken City Lab’s Storefront Residencies for Social Change, Documentary by Daragh Sankey 2011 Video