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

Workshop Call | all the things in the room

Museum of Vancouver collections. Image courtesy of Alysha Seriani

The Contemporary Art Gallery is looking for 8 participants (all ages) to take part in all the things in the room, an interdisciplinary workshop series and partnership with the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) and the South Granville Senior Centre (SGSC).

Developed by artist Elisa Ferrari, all the things in the room invites an intergenerational group of participants to research a selection of objects from the collections of MOV. Through a series of sensory-driven workshops led by artists Ferrari, Jane Ellison, Megan Hepburn and Tiziana La Melia, all the things in the room will focus on the relationship between everyday objects and sensory knowledge to activate memories, create connections and complicate known histories.

The materials generated during these collective gatherings and guided experiments will be documented by means of video, writing, sound—and movement—scores and will inform the development of an exhibition by Ferrari that will be presented at CAG.

all the things in the room will take place on Wednesdays, October 2 – November 20, from 3–5 pm (eight sessions in total), in the Local History Lab at MOV. Those interested in participating and learning more about the project can get in touch with Danielle Green, CAG Curator of Learning and Public Engagement via e-mail at [email protected] or by calling +1 604 681 2700 by Monday, September 30. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your interest in the project.

We encourage participants of all ages and backgrounds. Refreshments will be provided and support for transportation costs is available as needed.

all the things in the room takes place at the Museum of Vancouver, located on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), at the site of the ancestral Village of Sen̓áḵw, neighbouring the current Sḵwx̱wú7mesh reserve of the same name.

This project is a partnership between the Contemporary Art Gallery, the Museum of Vancouver and the South Granville Senior Centre. The research and production phases of this project are funded by the Canada Council for the Arts and the British Columbia Arts Council with additional support from Nada Vuksic, Bruce M. Wright, David Lemon and The Hamber Foundation.


About the artists

Elisa Ferrari works with text, image, and sound. She is interested in collaborative and experiential forms of learning. To consider acts and implications of retrieval, she produces projects that manifest as installations, sound walks, artist books, and performance, often addressing or incorporating archival research. Recent exhibitions include Estuary at the Nanaimo Art Gallery, lilithlithlithlithlith: through spiral upon spiral of the shell at the Western Front. Ferrari holds a BFA from the University of Architecture of Venice (IUAV) and an MAA from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design (ECUAD). From 2013 to 2017 she worked as Events and Exhibitions Coordinator/Curator at VIVO Media Arts Centre.

Jane Ellison is a dancer, teacher and artist focused in embodied anatomy and somatic practices. Since 1975 Ellison has participated in, organized and led numerous performances and workshops at the Western Front (Vancouver), with her ongoing improvisational movement class Boing situated at the centre of this practice. Ellison’s crossdisciplinary work reflects and is influenced by the Western Front itself, a building that has acted as a studio space, gallery, dance studio and home to artists. Between 1990 and 2008 her position on faculty at Studio 58, Langara College’s acclaimed theatre school, provided another platform for her research into the relationships between movement, art, performance and life.

Megan Hepburn’s practice questions notions of collage, composition and arrangement with regard to perfumery and painting. Fascinated by the chemical, botanical and geological histories of materials and our encounters with them, her work meditates on corporeal knowledges, memory and labour. Recent exhibitions include: Passing through smoke at CSA, Vancouver, Megan Hepburn and Hannah Yuill at Kombinat in Sofia, Bulgaria, Banana Dust at Spare Room, Vancouver and Dark Sands Ask Why You Talk So Fast at Deluge Contemporary in Victoria, Canada.

Tiziana La Melia recent work considers how thought and observation assumes form through dust bathing turned into readings, videos, paintings, cloth, objects, drawing etc. Her paintings and poems are the result of long-term, collaborative investigations of desire, gender, architecture, the history of painting, ecology, place, and memory. She is the author of The Eyelash and the Monochrome (Talonbooks) and Oral Like Cloaks, Dialect (Blank Cheque Press). Her writing has been published extensively including by C Magazine and The Capilano Review, and recent exhibitions include those at Mercer Union (Toronto), the Vancouver Art Gallery, Oakville Galleries, Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff), and Damien and the Love Guru (Brussels).

Ferrari, Ellison, Hepburn and La Melia live and work in Vancouver, unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ First Nations.


About the partner institutions

The Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG) is an independent, non-profit public art gallery and one of Canada’s leading venues for contemporary art. Offering free access to everyone, CAG works with artists from Canada and around the world to produce exhibitions, off-site projects, residencies, learning, outreach, community engagement programs, events and publications.

The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) connects Vancouverites to each other and connects the city to the world. An enthusiastic civic advocate, MOV is dedicated to encouraging a deeper understanding of Vancouver through stories, objects and shared experiences. MOV is an independent, non-profit organization that seeks partners to support the evolution of the Museum’s visitor experience.

The South Granville Senior Centre (SGSC) is a non-profit, drop-in, community centre for seniors located in South Granville/Fairview. It offers a safe, welcoming, inclusive and friendly environment for seniors to meet, connect with others, and stay active. SGSC provides drop-in programs and services for more than 450 members and over 1,500 older adults in the community.