John Wood and Paul Harrison, installation view from ‘I DIDN’T KNOW I DIDN’T KNOW IT’, Contemporary Art Gallery, February 12 – April 24, 2016. Photography by SITE Photography

Meet Brianna | School Programs Intern

Hi! My name is Brianna Anderson and I am the current School Programs Intern at CAG this fall.  Thus far I have been researching Andrew Dadson’s work from the current exhibition Site For Still Lifeto create an elementary school program for the show. In addition and to engage with the public, CAG offers Family Days on the last Saturday of every month, where the public is invited into the gallery to participate in art-making activities in response to the current exhibitions.  Being responsible for two of these Family Days is a treat! During the October Family Day participants got the chance to paint potted plants white, responding to Dadson’s House Plants, while for the November activity we will be making felt drawings inspired by Lyse Lemieux’s exhibition FULL FRONTALcurrently covering the gallery façade.

At present I am in my third year of the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in visual arts at UBC, with my art practice mainly involving drawing, printmaking and painting.  Having grown up on a dairy farm in Langley and now attending school at UBC, I am particularly interested in the relationship between rural and urban spaces, and the misunderstandings and misconceptions that exist in those areas.

I have been fortunate to participate in this internship through the Artists in Society course offered at UBC, which has given me the opportunity to gain experience in the workings of a public art gallery, while meeting many awesome people.  Interning at CAG for over a month now has already given me insight into how the art world works and has exposed me to contemporary artwork that is quite often outside of my sphere of knowledge, making this experience invaluable to me. In addition to this I now have my foot in the door of educational programming, something which I might be interested in pursuing after graduation due to my love of art, children, and education.

I look forward to seeing you at the November Family Day activity!