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Hello! My name is Jason Wright and I am pleased to be working here at the CAG this wet and miserable May. Right now, I am surrounded by books and art. What better way to spend a rainy day than this! I am a UBC Education student here for three (short) weeks as part of the Community Field Experience practicum, designed to introduce student-teachers to possible careers in education outside of the traditional school system. This past summer I approached Holly Schmidt, Curator of Learning and Community Engagement here at the CAG, to see if she would be interested in working with me as part of this practicum and lo and behold she did, so here I am, writing this.
Full disclosure, I met Holly this past summer. Holly and I worked on last year’s Visual Arts Summer Intensive, a collaborative educational project between the CAG and Arts Umbrella, the local not-for-profit arts organization devoted to youth programming where I have worked for the last five years. The Visual Arts Summer Intensive is a great way for teens to develop and explore new ways of art-making and is a valuable introduction to the ins and outs of working as a practicing artist (particularly in the city). I encourage any teen who is thinking of going to art school, of being an artist, or just wanting to know what makes artists and the art-world tick, to enroll in the program. You won’t be disappointed!
Through Arts Umbrella, I have worked on other teaching projects including The Big Draw Festival at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and CulturARTS Exchange, a project sponsored by Liceo Boston and the Vancouver Biennale that brought me and another instructor (Jessica Jang) to Bogota, Columbia to teach art and create an exhibition with underprivileged youth.
I am a practicing artist too, receiving a BFA in Visual Art from Simon Fraser University and an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Regina. I most recently participated in shows at the The Dunlop Gallery in Regina and The Bakery, here in Vancouver, and last winter I attended a drawing residency at Heima in Seydisfjordur, Iceland, which is as cold as it sounds (but quite lovely).
At the CAG, I participated in a lively Family Day (thank you Holly Clarke!), and I am helping to develop a lesson plan on curatorial practice for school groups (including IB schools), including a prototype for a series of fun-filled curatorial-type games. Good times!
Soon I will be back to the classrooms of UBC, but I would like to thank the CAG for being a warm and supportive learning environment. The students that pass through these doors are lucky to have such great programming and it has been a privilege working here. Thank you all!

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Welcome Jason Wright


‘The Madam’, was created as part of the ‘Skins’ workshop. In collaboration with the Museum of Anthropology, Emily Carr University of Art + Design and the Initiative for Indigenous Futures (IIF), a branch of Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC), Skawennati led an intensive workshop called ‘Skins’ participating in MOA’s Native Youth Program. Supported by the British Columbia Arts Council Youth Engagement program.

‘Skins’ involved six Indigenous youth currently participating in the Native Youth Program, part of an ongoing relationship between CAG and MOA. Hosted at ECUAD, the workshop began with an exploration of storytelling as oral tradition folding into how stories can be told in new ways through ‘machinima’ (a portmanteau of “machine” and “cinema”).

Calvin Charlie-Dawson – Squamish, Stó:lō, Kwakwaka’wakw
Dusty Carpenter – Heiltsuk
Latisha Wadhams – Kwakwaka’wakw
Karoleena Medina – Heiltsuk
Jennifer Pahl – Tsimshian, Nisga’a , Gitxsan
Isaiah Wadhams – Squamish, Stó:lō, Kwakwaka’wakw

Montreal based, Kanien’keha:ka artist Skawennati’s project with CAG, ‘machinima’ workshops that use new technologies, virtual environments and video games to empower Indigenous youth to tell stories in a new way.

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Video | The Madam - Skins workshop


‘Thowxeya’ was created as part of the ‘Skins’ workshop. In collaboration with the Museum of Anthropology, Emily Carr University of Art + Design and the Initiative for Indigenous Futures (IIF), a branch of Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC), Skawennati led an intensive workshop called ‘Skins’ participating in MOA’s Native Youth Program. Supported by the British Columbia Arts Council Youth Engagement program.

‘Skins’ involved six Indigenous youth currently participating in the Native Youth Program, part of an ongoing relationship between CAG and MOA. Hosted at ECUAD, the workshop began with an exploration of storytelling as oral tradition folding into how stories can be told in new ways through ‘machinima’ (a portmanteau of “machine” and “cinema”).

Calvin Charlie-Dawson – Squamish, Stó:lō, Kwakwaka’wakw
Dusty Carpenter – Heiltsuk
Latisha Wadhams – Kwakwaka’wakw
Karoleena Medina – Heiltsuk
Jennifer Pahl – Tsimshian, Nisga’a , Gitxsan
Isaiah Wadhams – Squamish, Stó:lō, Kwakwaka’wakw

Montreal based, Kanien’keha:ka artist Skawennati’s project with CAG, ‘machinima’ workshops that use new technologies, virtual environments and video games to empower Indigenous youth to tell stories in a new way.

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Video | Thowxeya - Skins workshop


Montreal-based, Kanien’keha:ka artist Skawennati joins us for the first phase of her Field House Residency.

In collaboration with the Museum of Anthropology, Emily Carr University of Art + Design and the Initiative for Indigenous Futures (IIF), a branch of Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC), she will be leading an intensive workshop called Skins participating in MOA’s Native Youth Program.

Skins will involve six Indigenous youth currently participating in the Native Youth Program, part of an ongoing relationship between CAG and MOA. Hosted at ECUAD, the workshop will begin with an exploration of storytelling as oral tradition folding into how stories can be told in new ways through ‘machinima’ (a portmanteau of “machine” and “cinema”). Using Second Life, an online virtual environment, participants will learn script development and storyboarding, avatar/character creation, virtual set design, filming and editing in a virtual world.  Skins aims to expand Indigenous presence online, provide new design skills and impart understanding of narrative structures while also questioning notions of identity and stereotype. The Skins workshop aims to empower Indigenous youth to use new technologies to tell their stories.

She will also begin work toward a new commission to be realized in 2017.

Skawennati is known for her pioneering new media projects that address history, the future and change. They include the on-line gallery/chat-space and mixed-reality event CyberPowWow (1997–2004); a paper doll/ time-travel journal Imagining Indians in the 25th Century (2001); and TimeTraveller™ (2008–2013), a multi-platform project featuring nine machinima episodes. Born in Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, Skawennati is Co-Director with Jason E. Lewis of Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC), a research network of artists, academics and technologists investigating, creating and critiquing indigenous virtual environments. This year, AbTeC launched IIF, the Initiative for Indigenous Futures.

This project was made possible through the support of the BC Arts Council’s Youth Engagement grant.

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

For further details about the program, all forthcoming residencies and associated events visit our website at www.contemporaryartgallery.ca and follow the blog at www.burrardmarinafieldhouse.wordpress.com

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Burrard Marina Field House Studio - Skawennati


On the last Saturday of each month, CAG invites all ages to drop-in for short family friendly exhibition tours and free art making activities that respond to our current exhibitions. Activities differ in response to the specifics of work on display but always involve hands-on creative activity with a range of materials and processes. These activities are designed to engage, challenge and inspire young, enquiring minds in ways that are imaginative and fun.

Upcoming CAG Family Days:

Saturday, April 29, 12-3pm
Moving Images
Inspired by Kelly Jazvac’s work create an installation by cutting and arranging strips of colourful vinyl.

Saturday, May 27, 12-3pm
Through the Window
Inspired by the work of Niamh O’Malley’s Glasshouse, take photographs through a variety of textured windows to create different light, colour and texture effects.

We acknowledge the generous support of the Peter Szeto Investment Group for our Family Day program.
Presented in collaboration with ArtStarts on Saturdays. For more details visit: www.artstarts.com/weekend

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Family Day Program


<h2><strong>Youth Programs</strong></h2>

CAG programming for young people involves a series of differing projects annually. They provide stimulating and challenging experiences for young artists committed to experimentation and pushing the boundaries of their own art making in a supportive studio environment.

Through these projects, youth have the opportunity to work with leading artists, curators and educators in Vancouver as they explore a range of contemporary art practices and exhibition making alongside production of work such as context-specific installation, large-scale collaborative sculptures and performances. Participants engage in critiques and discussions concerning idea development, working with materials and processes, and viewing works of art.

<h2>Previous youth projects include:</h2>

  • A Summer Intensive with artists Brendan Fernandes, Justine Chambers, Daelik and Delia Brett that had young artists exploring the intersection between dance, choreography and visual art, culminating in an ambitious collaborative performance.
  • City in Motion was a four month lens-based youth project offered in collaboration with Cineworks. Artists Josh Hite and Brian Lye mentored young participants to create a permanent, multi-media commission for the TELUS Garden building using smart phones, social media and surveillance recordings.
  • The Exchange visual art intensive was conceived by designer Lisa Novak and facilitated by artists, Keg de Souza and Walter K. Scott. Working in studios at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, participants took up the creative problem of working in collaboration to create an installation that considered the unique site and context of Granville Island.

Inside Out: Studio, Gallery, Street
Open call: Visual Art Summer Intensive

Arts Umbrella, Contemporary Art Gallery and SFU collaboration
August 8 to 26, 2016

Inside Out: Studio, Gallery, Street is a three week visual arts intensive specifically designed for youth between the age of 14 and 19 interested in developing their visual art practice.

The program will culminate in a one-day exhibition at CAG.

Application deadline: Monday, June 6, 2016.

Space is limited. Fee for the intensive is $480.00. Application forms are available at www.artsumbrella.com/vasi

For more information about the program, please contact:

Holly Schmidt, at [email protected]

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Youth Programs


Are you a teacher seeking to develop work with your class based on our exhibitions? Or are you planning a field trip and would like further guidance?

The CAG offers engaging arts learning for students from K-12.  Our school programs involve an interactive guided tour of gallery exhibitions and the option of thematically connected art making. Rooted in enquiry and discussion our education programs invite students and teachers to creatively explore visual art materials and processes as well as critically reflect upon the power of contemporary art to engage diverse themes, perspectives and complex ideas.

Our school programs are designed to meet the areas of learning identified in the BC Education Ministry’s Arts Education curriculum.

Program Options:

Guided Program

1 hr. – $50.00 (maximum 30 students)

The guided program for students from K-12 involves an insightful, inquiry-based exploration of the exhibitions allowing for creative learning and developing key transferable skills such as problem solving, communication and literacy.

Guided Program + Art Making activity  

2 hrs. – $90 (maximum 30 students)

For the guided program combined with art making activities in response to our exhibitions for students from K-12, in-depth tours of current exhibitions combine with workshops investigating the techniques, medium and practices of the work on display. These workshops enable meaningful dialogue to emerge developing critical thinking, making and understanding.

Considering spending a full day with your class in downtown Vancouver? We are in close proximity to a range of other cultural organizations that also offer school programming.

For more information or to book a program for your class, please email: [email protected] or telephone 604 681 2700.

To apply for funding to support your visit to the CAG, please visit daytrippers.ca

Exhibitions for 2016/2017
The CAG exhibits national and international artists that work with a diverse range of media, processes, and practices offering an important opportunity to engage with current ideas and issues.

Isabel Nolan: The weakened eye of day
July 29 – October 2, 2016

Isabel Nolan’s exhibition is an unfolding story of light as a central metaphor for truth and optimism. This exploration of our place beneath the sun includes text works, sculpture, ceramics, drawings, paintings and photographs.

Guillaume Leblon: UNTANGLED FIGURES
October 14, 2016 – January 1, 2017

New York-based French artist, Guillaume Leblon creates fictional spaces through sculptures made with familiar everyday objects. A figurative presence is suggested through imprints, clothing and other remnants.

Haroon Mirza
January 13 – March 19, 2017

U.K artist Haroon Mirza makes immersive kinetic installations that deal with the distinctions between noise, sound and music. For CAG plant forms and solar panels are used to explore the interplay and friction between sound and light waves and electric current.

Capture Photography Festival
March 31 – June 18, 2017

We will curate a group exhibition as the feature show for The Capture Photography Festival including local to international artists, more details to come.

 

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Inside Out: Studio, Gallery, Street
Open call: Visual Art Summer Youth Intensive
Arts Umbrella, Contemporary Art Gallery and SFU collaboration
August 8 to 26, 2016

Inside Out: Studio, Gallery, Street is a three week visual arts intensive speci cally designed for youth between the age of 14 and 19 interested in developing their visual art practice.

It will provide a stimulating and challenging experience for young artists committed to experimentation and pushing the boundaries of their own art making in a supportive studio environment.

Youth will have the opportunity to work with leading artists, curators and educators in Vancouver as they explore and produce a range of contemporary art practices such as the context-speci c installation, large-scale collaborative sculptures and exhibition making. Participants will engage in critiques and discussions about developing ideas, working with materials and viewing works of art.

The program will culminate in a one-day exhibition at CAG.

Application Deadline: Monday, June 6, 2016 for accepting applications. Space is limited, please apply soon. The fee for the intensive is $480.00.

Application forms are available at http://www.artsumbrella.com/vasi

For more information about the program, please contact: Holly Schmidt, Assistant Curator at [email protected] contemporaryartgallery.ca

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Inside Out: Studio, Gallery, Street Open call: Visual Art Summer Youth Intensive


Re-Visions: Improvisation & Collaboration
In November 2014, a group of artists met at the CAG to begin an intensive learning program to produce a new media installation for TELUS Garden with the guidance of mentors Josh Hite, Brian Lye, and Jem Noble.

Megan Low, one of the participating artists writes on the production process, transformation and endlessness….

I’ve been thinking a lot about endings, especially since this project is now complete. It feels bittersweet that after the many months spent meeting, discussing, and hovering over computer screens, the thing exists beyond the seed of an idea.

I’ve also been returning to what artist Laiwan Laiwanette said to us in a talk about extending the life of a project through different mediums, and about documenting the process as part of the work itself.

Now that I can reflect on it, I sense that the work exists in written ideas and individual interpretation as much as it does on screen. There are moments in it that linger and make you question the reality you think you know, and moments left on the cutting room floor that are as much a part of the piece as what remains. It almost seems fit that, for a project exploring spatial transformations in relation to time, the work has undergone prolonged visions and re-visions.

Although there is a self-congratulatory satisfaction in having laboured over something that has finally made its way out into the world and being able to actually see it, what has been more satisfying has been the process itself. Connecting as a group—learning, doing, failing, and succeeding together—has been an invaluable experience, as has being afforded expert mentorship and guidance. I’m almost certain that I speak for everyone involved in saying that this opportunity has been transformative beyond measure in terms of skills and personal growth gained.

I picture the steady stream of people walking by or stopping to watch our piece as it loops continuously throughout the workday, and I can’t help but be poetic as I think of the city just outside continuously changing. I still wonder about endings…

– Megan Low

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Transformative experience and mentorship – on the Telus Garden Project by Megan Low


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