Artist in Residence Program

Started in 2017, the Artist-in-Residence Program is a key component of the Garden’s cultural programming. It invites artists to use the Garden as inspiration to curate exhibitions hosted within the various rooms and courtyards of the facility, and provides them with the opportunity to showcase their works to an international audience.

Currently, the residency period consists in one artist (or artist collective) per year. However, to better facilitate greater exchange among local and internationally based artists, the residency period will be shortened going forward. Beginning in 2021, each residency will be for a period of six months. Two exhibitions can be held within each residency term, and resident artists are permitted to collaborate with other artists for their exhibitions. If applicants believe six months are not enough, they could apply for two terms in the application.

We encourage the Artist to be creative in their thinking and make full use of the Garden and our exhibition space in their art; however, works must refrain from touching on topics regarding politics or nudity, and cannot incur risk of damaging the fragile and special infrastructure of the Garden.

For more information about the program and ways to get involved please contact our Cultural Programming Team.





Lam Wong Artist in Residence 2019-2020


Lam Wong is a Canadian visual artist, designer and curator. His interest is primarily rooted in regional West Coast art history, with an emphasis on the development of painting and its avant-garde narrative. Lam’s creative approach is often concerned with blending Eastern philosophies and challenging the notion of painting.

After immigrating from Hong Kong during the 1980s, Lam studied design, art history and painting, both in Alberta and British Columbia. He is currently practicing painting and tea related artwork as his main media.

Lam and the Garden most recent collaborations were in: Chaji 茶寂,  his first exhibition that celebrated tea, as a gathering where people could come together to appreciate the beauty in the simple things of life. And also, for the exhibition Investigation of Things 格物, where he participated as a curator. Investigation of Things focused on how two different cultures observe, study, and understand individual items and objects, and how they fit into the world around us.

Lam sees art making as an on-going spiritual practice. His main subjects are the perception of reality, the meaning of art, and the relationships between time, memory and space. Lam has lived and worked in Vancouver BC since 1998.

“I want to create layers of meaning, not just by building relationship, making connection and creating dialogues of the art works, but also by bringing alight the invisibles, the gaps or intervals, and the mystery. It is achieved by expanding the dimension of time and space in my works.”

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