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My name is Whitney Brennan and it is a pleasure to join CAG as the curatorial intern.

Part of what excites me about CAG is its dedication to creating accessible exhibitions and public programming that engages with local and international artists. From the artist residency program at the Burrard Marina Field House, to the off-site exhibition space at Yaletown-Roundhouse Station,  I anticipate learning a lot during my time here.

I am currently in the second year of my Master’s degree in Critical and Curatorial Studies at the University of British Columbia. My research focuses on media and performance art, with a particular interest in local female media artists and archival practices. After completing my undergraduate degree in Art History at UBC, I knew my hometown would be the best place to continue pursuing my academic interests. While working on my Postgraduate Degree I have had the opportunity to work as a Gallery Assistant at Gam Gallery, co-owned by Tarah Hogue and Julia Kreutz, as well as an independent curator with Decoy Magazine.

I will be working closely with assistant curator Jas Lally and new curator Kimberly Phillips, who I’ve already had the pleasure of working with at Access Gallery, where I volunteer on their fundraising committee. I am excited to begin working on CAG’s upcoming exhibitions, and I hope to see you at our next opening!

Whitney

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Meet Whitney, Curatorial Intern


The Contemporary Art Gallery welcomes the Feminist Land Art Retreat (FLAR) for a summer residency. FLAR was born in 2010 with a rock-concert style poster depicting mirrored images of Robert Smithson’s
Spiral Jetty, FLAR transformed this seminal work of land art into something resembling fallopian tubes, while inviting the viewer to a fantasy event. This began FLAR’s conceptual and humorous
subversion of familiar visual forms, including fashion, spa advertising, commemorative architecture, and aerial imagery. FLAR has continued appropriating commercial and art-historical
images with irony, challenging commonly held notions of how feminism is embodied and expressed.

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Residency | Feminist Land Art Retreat


Call for submissions: Cartems donuterie in partnership with CAG Young Patrons

Application Deadline is April 30th.

Cartems is partnering with the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver to select an exhibition for June 2017 that will be presented in our storefront on West Pender Street.

Submission details below.

We are accepting submissions for either a solo or group exhibition that speaks to the evolving narrative of what it means to be a ‘Vancouverite’ – how work can address our notions of identity, history and space. This show will run for approximately one month and features an opening night with wine and donuts, actively promoted through social media coverage.

The featured artists or collective will be chosen by Krista Bailie, General Manager of Cartems Donuts and a panel comprised of CAG Young Patrons.

The selection committee will be judging work based on its ability to:
– activate and be in dialogue with the social space of Cartems Donuts
– strengthen community connections
– celebrate Vancouver’s rich and diverse arts and culture community.

If you are interested in submitting your work, please apply by attaching your CV, artist statement and 5-6 images in a single PDF to [email protected]

Application Deadline is April 30th, at 5pm.

Cartems Donuts is a locally owned and operated bakery in various locations in Vancouver. As a team consisting of artists, dancers, writers and musicians, we believe in promoting emerging artists in our community and offer a high traffic location where emerging artist’s work can be seen and enjoyed by Vancouverites and visitors.

The CAG Young Patrons program is an initiative to engage individuals aged 19-45 who are interested in becoming involved in the vibrant cultural scene in Vancouver. Connecting young professionals, artists and creatives, Young Patrons is an entry point into engagement in the Vancouver arts community through social and educational events, from studio visits to collection tours and more, as well as exciting events with our dynamic community partners.

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Call for submissions: Cartems donuterie in partnership with CAG Young Patrons


We are pleased to announce Andi Icaza-Largaespada as the winner of the second CAG Prize for an emerging artist selected from the BFA program at the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University.

Generously sponsored by the Peter Szeto Investment Group | BMO Nesbitt Burns, the CAG prize includes an award of $2,500, a solo presentation at CAG, career advice and a gift certificate from the CAG bookshop.

Andi Icaza-Largaespada’s practice — of image-reading and image-making — suggests a continuation of symbolic and subversive acts of resistance. Her multidisciplinary work incorporates elements of social research, ethics and sustainability and takes the forms of photography, sculpture and writing. Through her work, Icaza-Largaespada seeks to honour the emancipating labour of the women of Mina El Limon, Rancho Grande and Nueva Guinea in Nicaragua and the growing localized efforts of alternative community building.

The BFA graduation exhibition Lazy Susan at Audain Galleries continues until April 22. Congratulations to all the graduating students:

Jessica Chu, Danni Gárate Cubillos, Kayla Elderton, Megan Fillo, Aghigh Gougani, Andi Icaza-Largaespada, A Yeong Kim, Carolina Krawczyk, Jilann Lechner, Cindy Liu, Clara Liu, Betty Ma, Emily Marston, Sana Sayahpour, Feon Yeung, Nico Yu and Jaromir Zelazny.

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Andi Icaza-Largaespada wins CAG Prize 2017


We invite you to a special evening with renowned photographer Vikky Alexander

Meet at CAG at 6pm, drinks at 7pm at Opus Bar in Yaletown

Join us for an exclusive evening with artist Vikky Alexander. Alexander is one of Vancouver’s most acclaimed artists, often considered in association with the “Pictures Generation” and photo-conceptualism, she is best known for her large-scale photo mural installations and multimedia works that combine photography with sculptural objects.

Alexander will discuss Model Suite (Sliding Door) 2005/2017, a large-scale mural at CAG’s off-site Yaletown-Roundhouse Station site as part of the exhibition Song of the Open Road in partnership with Capture Photography Festival. Young Patrons are invited to a complimentary round of cocktails following the talk at the Opus Bar. Opus will be creating two custom cocktails inspired by Alexander.

We will be meeting at 6pm at the CAG and will walk collectively to the Yaletown-Roundhouse Station, Canada Line.

Sign up as a Young Patron today and begin your membership with the chance to meet Vikky personally over complimentary drinks at the Opus Bar after the talk.

In becoming part of the CAG Young Patrons community, you are joining a network of art-minded young professionals, artists and other creatives. Attend behind-the-scenes art gatherings that are both social and educational (drink and learn about contemporary art), from studio visits, to collections tours and more, as well as exciting events with our dynamic community partners. New members will also receive a limited edition publication and artist edition. If you are interested in learning more about the Young Patrons, please email [email protected]

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Happy Hour | Vikky Alexander


Derya Akay
Manti, Börek, Baklava
Burrard Marina Field House Residency
Until April 2017

The Contemporary Art Gallery welcomes Vancouver-based artist Derya Akay as the Burrard Marina Field House artist-in-residence this spring.

Akay is collaborating with women elders from a range of cultural backgrounds to explore and share local and diasporic culinary traditions. This convivial preparing and partaking of food is a gateway to oral history, which Akay understands as both storytelling and the sensations and memories summoned through communal eating.

“For my residency, I have developed the project working with five elder women who will work with me to give workshops to ten to fifteen people, as a social exercise that revolves around food, time and the labour of kitchen” – Derya Akay

Over the course of March, April and May, Derya Akay will co-host a series of workshops and meals where the public is invited to gather for cooking and conversation with the women elders.

Image: Derya Akay and women elders cook at the Burrard Marina Field House. Photograph Michelle Martin.

Upcoming events:

Saturday, March 18, 12-3pm, free
Cooking with Maria Dyulgerova and her granddaughter Biliana Velkova

AT: Burrard Marina Field House, 1655 Whyte Avenue, Vancouver.
Tickets and information (currently a wait list)

Sunday, April 2, 5-8pm, $40 includes full meal and workshop.
Shabbat Dinner and Fresh Challah presented in partnership with The Jewish Museum and Archives of BC. 

Dinner will be prepared by artist Derya Akay, Sara Ciacci, Leonor Etkin, Claire Hammer and Debbie Kafka.
AT: The Jewish Museum and Archives of BC, 6184 Ash Street (2nd floor), Vancouver.
Tickets and information

More events to be announced in April and May, please check www.contemporaryartgallery.ca for details.

Derya Akay (b, 1988, Turkey) is an artist living in Vancouver.  He received the 2016 Portfolio Prize Emerging Artist Award in Vancouver. Recent solo exhibitions include with bread, Campbell River Art Gallery, 2017; Pumice, Del Vaz Projects, Los Angeles, California, 2017; Painting with Light, Kunstverein Toronto, 2015; Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Supper, Centre A, Vancouver, 2014. Group exhibitions include Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, 2017; Unit 17, Vancouver, 2017; Ambivalent Pleasures, Vancouver Art Gallery, 2016; The Gardener Museum, Toronto, 2015; Geometry of Knowing Part I, Simon Fraser University Gallery, Burnaby, 2015.

About the Burrard Marina Field House
Throughout 2017 CAG is hosting a series of artists-in-residence, each working toward participatory projects to be realized throughout 2017–2019. The Field House Studio is an off-site artist residency space and community hub organized by CAG. This program moves beyond conventional exhibition making, echoing the founding origins of the gallery where artists were offered support toward the production of new work while reaching out to communities and offering new ways for individuals to encounter, participate and connect with art and artists.

The Burrard Marina Field House Studio Residency Program is generously supported by Vancouver Park Board and the City of Vancouver, along with many private and individual donors. Please visit our website for a full list of supporters. For further details about the program, all forthcoming residencies and associated events visit our website at www.contemporaryartgallery.ca
and the Field House blog at www.burrardmarinafieldhouse.blog

For 2016–2019 we acknowledge the generous support of the Burrard Marina Field House Studio Residency Program by the Vancouver Foundation.

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Burrard Marina Field House Studio - Derya Akay: Mantı, Börek, Baklava


Cooking with Maria Dyulgerova & her granddaughter Biliana Velkova

Burrard Marina Field House, 1655 Whyte Ave, Vancouver, BC, Canada

We invite participants to join in the preparation and enjoyment of the food while sharing stories and conversation.

Tickets are free can be reserved here.
Limited tickets are available, a wait list will be available.

The Contemporary Art Gallery welcomes Vancouver-based artist Derya Akay as the CAG Burrard Marina Field House resident this spring. Expanding on recent projects, Akay is collaborating with women elders from a range of cultural backgrounds to explore and share local and diasporic culinary traditions through a series of workshops and meals. This convivial partaking of food is a gateway to oral history, which Akay understands as both storytelling and the sensations and memories summoned through communal eating.

About the Burrard Marina Field House
Throughout 2017 CAG is hosting a series of artists-in-residence, each working toward participatory projects to be realized throughout 2017–2019. The Field House Studio is an off-site artist residency space and community hub organized by CAG. This program moves beyond conventional exhibition making, echoing the founding origins of the gallery where artists were offered support toward the production of new work while reaching out to communities and offering new ways for individuals to encounter, participate and connect with art and artists.

The Field House Studio Residency Program is generously supported by Vancouver Park Board and the City of Vancouver, along with many private and individual donors. Please visit our website for a full list of supporters. For further details about the program, all forthcoming residencies and associated events visit our website at www.contemporaryartgallery.ca and the Field House blog at www.burrardmarinafieldhouse.blog

For 2016–2019 we acknowledge the generous support of the Field House Studio Residency Program by the Vancouver Foundation.

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Derya Akay, cooking with Maria Dyulgerova & her granddaughter Biliana Velkova


Hello, my name is Lanna Lastiwka and I just started an internship as the curatorial assistant at the gallery. I am thrilled to be supporting the CAG team this fall/winter with new and exciting projects including working with artists Sameer Farooq and Mirjam Linschooten projects and the upcoming curatorial retreat at the Burrard Marina Field House.

Currently, I am completing a diploma in Art History at UBC, and applying for a Masters program in Art History for next September. Originally from Alberta, I graduated with a BA (Honors) in English Literature and History. After graduation, I moved to London, England where I interned at The Charles Dickens Museum–assisting the manager and leading tours. I began to take art classes where I learned to draw and sculpt, which ignited a curiosity for learning about the history of art.

In order to deepen my knowledge of art, I moved to Stockholm, Sweden. In Stockholm, I interned for the conceptual art gallery Index—The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, which then led to interacting with contemporary art and artists. These interactions broke open a new visual world that I wanted to explore. It was at this time that I decided to apply for formal education in Art History and build a better understanding of the foundation and projected view of art.

–Lanna

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Hello from Lanna!


Hello! This is Edwina Zhao, the new curatorial intern from Singapore!

I am currently pursuing a BA (Hons) Fine Art Degree at University of the Arts London – Chelsea College of Arts. For the fall semester, I travelled to Vancouver as an exchange student through Emily Carr University of Art + Design to take part in the Media Arts Internship Program. The program gave me this great opportunity to join CAG and work alongside Curator Shaun Dacey and Assistant Curators Jas Lally and Holly Schmidt, and the rest of the CAG team.

Back in London, my art practice is multidisciplinary and I work primarily with digital medium. For this reason, I decided to continue my studies with Emily Carr’s Film, Video and Integrated Media program while I am in Hollywood North – Vancouver. Putting my skills and knowledge into practice, I am going to create some exciting video content for CAG working with current Field House artist Keg de Souza. So, stay tuned to CAG’s vimeo channel  for more updates.

Hope to see you in the gallery soon,
Edwina

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Meet Edwina, Curatorial Intern


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