Birch Hills, a town of just over 1,000 people, is nestled in one of the finest and most prosperous regions in North Central Saskatchewan. It offers a stable economy and combines the amenities of rural life with the conveniences of urban nearness. The proximity of Birch Hills to larger centres provides for a variety of recreational, entertainment and cultural activities. In addition, the Town is only minutes away from the splendor of northern lakes, parks and campgrounds; some of Saskatchewan’s most popular vacation spots.
Along with the beauty and variety of four distinct seasons, the town and area are recipients of considerable sunshine, moderate winds and adequate precipitation.
The community takes its name from hills in the area, which were once heavily treed with birches that were used in manufacturing birch bark canoes during the fur trade era of the 18th century. For well over 200 years the hills to the south of the townsite were called the birch hills and had tremendous stands of large birch trees.
Birch Hills became a village in 1907 and reached town status in 1960. Unlike many other agriculturally based towns it continues to grow due to its position as a bedroom community to Prince Albert.
Art Dates & Location
July 1st – August 31st
Birch Hills Town Office & Library
126 McCallum Ave
Birch Hills, SK S0J 0G0
Karen Tam is a Montréal-based installation artist and has exhibited her work and participated in residencies in North America, Europe, and China, in venues such as The Drawing Center (NY), Victoria & Albert Museum, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, and Franfurter Kunstverein. She has received grants and fellowships from the Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts du Québec, Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada, and Fonds pour la formation de chercheurs et l’aide à la recherche. Tam was a finalist for the City of Montréal’s Prix Louis-Comtois in 2017, a finalist for the 2016 Prix en art actuel from the Musée national des beaux-arts de Québec, and long-listed for the 2010 and 2016 Sobey Art Awards. Tam holds a MFA in Sculpture (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) and a PhD in Cultural Studies (Goldsmiths, University of London). She is represented by Galerie Hugues Charbonneau.