Andrea Scott: Artist Residency Award 2020
Andrea Scott receives MiratecArts Artist Residency Award on Pico island, Azores
A Canadian writer wins a residency on an island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, definitely not something you hear often, actually it has never happened according to MiratecArts artistic director, Terry Costa.
Costa founded MiratecArts in 2012, after moving from Canada to his parents island, off the coast of Portugal. The Azores islands have been a hot-bed of artistic creation since his move and has welcomed Canadians from all walks of life to participate in the festivals and residencies. Actually, from visual artists to musicians, over 1900 artists from 64 countries have visited, worked and presented their projects, in the last eight years, through MiratecArts programming.
Now, for the first time, it is a Canadian writer that gets the opportunity to spend time on the majestic mountain island, literally in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Along with the property of 2-4 acres to call her home for a few days, and be inspired for future research, writing and maybe even a new work for the stage, Andrea Scott will also speak at the arts conference this coming June. Terry Costa ́s objective with awarding annually an artist residency on Pico island is to inspire new voices to take the island into the world. He believes "a bold, courageous woman that not only writes but also has produced some of her work in order to see the light of day, Andrea Scott exemplifies what MiratecArts is, someone that is not afraid to invest in her passion. Therefore, it is with great pleasure that MiratecArts awards the 2020 Artist Residency and Pico island in Azores welcomes the artist Andrea Scott."
"I have spent more than half my life pursuing a life in the theatre and to be rewarded with a writers´ residency on Pico Island is a dream come true," says Andrea Scott, that currently has the world premiere of her play, Controlled Damage, about Viola Desmond, a reluctant Canadian hero, at the Neptune Theatre in the city of Halifax. The year 2020 marks Andrea Scott ́s tenth year since committing herself to the craft of playwriting and she will be celebrating by writing her 11th play for the stage.
Photo by Marko Kovacevic