2022 Artist in Residence preparing to begin

August 10, 2022

News release

The City’s 2022 Artist in Residence has been selected and is preparing to share his project with the community in the coming weeks. The theme for this year’s project is social inclusion and local artist Patrick Lundeen, the City’s third artist chosen for the annual program, will be sharing his project HAPPY DAY FREE GIFT TRUCK this fall. HAPPY DAY FREE GIFT TRUCK is a mobile gift-giving unit and temporary public art installation that will be parked one afternoon per week from mid-October to late November in the Rotary Arts Commons (between the Rotary Centre for the Arts and the Kelowna Art Gallery). The primary function of the project is to offer free gifts to residents and visitors to Kelowna to radiate good energy and discourage social isolation. 

These gifts may take the form of something to eat or drink, music, a new prized possession and/or some unsolicited life advice. The HAPPY DAY FREE GIFT TRUCK invites and encourages public engagement and social interaction. “I am thrilled to be selected as the 2022 City of Kelowna resident artist,” said Patrick Lundeen. “I look forward to seeing and meeting you and I hope that you enjoy your free gifts!” The work of the Artist in Residence is intended to broaden the community’s experience with arts and culture and stimulate thoughtful conversation on local topics. The program is not a live-in residency, but the selected artist is required to work in Kelowna for the duration of the project. “We are thrilled to have another year of this program on the horizon," said Christine McWillis, Cultural Services Manager. “Our Artist in Residence program has been so well received by our community the past two years and we’re looking forward to seeing our next artist tackle our theme of social inclusion. Each artist brings a unique view into our community and we’re really looking forward to seeing Patrick’s vision come to life.”  For more information about the artist, the Artist in Residence program or all things culture in Kelowna, visit kelowna.ca/culture.