On September 28, 2018, from 6 to 9 pm, join us at the SPAO Centre Gallery for the opening reception of the 2018 SPAO Artist Residency Exhibition, featuring the photo-based work of India d’Scarlett and Neeko Paluzzi. The SPAO Residency is designed for artists who have completed formal training and are ready for an intensive focus on an aspect of their career or a specific project. It is a self-directed residency that affords the time and environment needed to research, experiment, and produce a new body of photo-based work.

This exhibition is the culmination of the 2017-18 Artist Residencies and features work created by the artists during their tenure at the SPAO Centre. d’Scarlett’s photo series Melt looks at the relationship between a queer couple while exploring the photographer’s own queer identity. Using experimental techniques, she blurs the boundaries of the two lovers’ bodies, depicting oneness, intimacy and connection. For "TONES, This Place is a Shelter," Paluzzi has used darkroom equipment as a musical instrument to visualize a minimalist composition by Olafur Arnalds by creating exposures that match the tonality of the music, note for note. Presented together, the works by these two artists represent the range of experimentation and exploration offered by the residency.

India d’Scarlett is a photographic artist from Cairns, Australia. d’Scarlett received a BFA in Photography with High Distinction from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. d’Scarlett’s work uses experimental in­-camera techniques to blur the lines between women, their environment, and preconceived notions of their sexuality. Her work has been exhibited throughout Australia and Canada.

Neeko Paluzzi is an Ottawa-based artist and educator whose images blend the possibilities of traditional darkroom processes with contemporary photographic techniques. He is a graduate of the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (2017) and holds a Master of Arts from the University of Ottawa (2013). Neeko is the recipient of the 2017 SPHINX bursary from the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (in support of the residency) and the 2018 Project X Photography Grant from the Ottawa Arts Council.


Get back in the classroom this fall and register for one of our part-time classes! This fall, lots of our classic offerings are open for registration including Portrait ConceptsStreet WorkDigital Photography I: FoundationPhotoshop ILightroom ISpeedlite III and Darkroom I

Beyond the BasicsDesigning the Photobook and the Art of Digital Printmakingwill return this fall, as well as Studio Lighting I: Foundation and the masterclass Photographic Vision and Language. We're also offering workshops including Resin Epoxy and Food Photography!

There's something for everyone at SPAO this fall, so register in a class today!