We are super excited to introduce our interns for 2018: Sarah Malak and Matt Scully! 


Sarah Malak


Hello! My name is Sarah and Iʼm very happy to meet you!  I'm on a great adventure of discovering and rediscovering the wonders of the world, both external and internal. From the mountains, rivers and valleys that surround us, to the vast complex horizons within us. “Seeing the world with eyes
incapable of nothing but wonder” has been the way I have been trying to live for the past couple of years, and boy is there much to see! Iʼm an artist, adventurer, reader, mover, and many things in between.  I fidget a lot, mostly because in my head Iʼm probably thinking of a new project to start working on, while my hands are ready to get going on that thing my mind hasnʼt decided on yet.
There is a famous quote that says, “the creative adult is the child who has survived” and so with that in mind, I am very happy to be joining BeetleBarrow studios and working along side other creatives, both learning and contributing to the many unique ways we manifest our cretivity.

Originally from Cairo, Egypt, Sarah is a graduate from OCAD in the drawing and painting program.  In the fall, she's headed off to do her masters at the University of Alberta.  



Matthew Scully

I’m Matthew Scully, a first year Gender and Women’s Studies major at Trent University in Peterborough. Although I am in university and not taking art, art is still one of the most important aspects of my life which I try to include in almost everything I do. Most of my art consists of sketches and watercolour paintings but I am always discovering new mediums to experiment with like clay, ink, or gouache. Most of my free time is spent with friends discovering new interesting places around Peterborough and making either art or crafts with them. Although I love art, I am also very passionate about social issues surrounding discrimination of any kind and I try to bring knowledge around these issues to people whenever I can. Plants and gardening really interest me as hobbies as well as art of course. With those hobbies I am wanting to go in to either some kind of art or go to school for horticulture in a couple years after I finish my degree. I am hoping to bring my ideas from my sketchbook to bigger finished pieces and really improve my art and find myself growing throughout my time at BeetleBarrow studios. 


Thank you to all of the other people that expressed interest in the internships.  It was heartwarming to discover that we share a vision of art-making with so many of you!  

For 2019

The Idea

As a growing arts retreat, we're looking for help!  We need two energetic interns to help with everything from building to beekeeping, from gardening to greeting guests, from wedging clay to washing cups.  These interns will spend part of each day, helping us move both The Cedars (the location) and BeetleBarrow Studios (the organization) along.  And then will spend the rest of the day exploring their own artistic pursuits in our studios - ceramic, wood, and fibre - or enjoying the wonders of cottage life.  

The internships run from mid April till the end of August.   If you're interested in being one of these interns (or know someone who might be), email us!  

You Get

  • Room and Board
  • Studio Space (ceramics, wood, fibre)
  • Use of Equipment (but you provide most of your own materials)
  • 1 day off per week / 1 week off during the internship
  • Regular Instruction/Feedback
  • Use of bicycles, internet, phone, etc.  

You Give

  • 5 hours of general labour per day (includes studio and grounds maintenance, gardening, housekeeping, cooking, construction, etc.)
  • approximately 4 hour of work per week on a 'special project' - an area of interest, chosen by you, that further develops some area of the arts centre.  (i.e. build a raku kiln or outdoor pizza oven, specialize in kombucha making or mushroom cultivation, explore backstrap looms or box making jigs - the possibilities are endless.  Within reason, we cover the cost of materials, as the project equipment remains onsite at the end of the internship)
  • 1 piece of your art work, created during your internship, for our collection.

You Must Have:

  • A valid driver's license
  • A solid working knowledge in your primary art area
  • A sense of humour - we're a little on the silly side, and think a good joke gets funnier each time you tell it. (But not puns. Puns aren't funny.)
  • Ability to be flexible and accommodating - things change quicker than the weather around here, and we'd love that to be easy for you.  
  • Good english communication skills

Please apply by submitting by March 1, 2019:

  • a cover letter describing why this internship would be a good fit for you, your area of art interest, and what you bring to the table. (bonus points for style! humour! and good grammar)
  • your resume

If you are shortlisted for this internship, we will contact you by March 3 to arrange a time to speak on the phone, and you will be asked for two references, with whom we will also want to speak.  

Selected interns will know by March 15, 2019