Memento Mori at Surrey Art Gallery


Memento Mori: A Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Still Lifes

Presented in conjunction with the Surrey Art Gallery fall exhibits related to the still life genre, the Arts Council of Surrey presents an exhibit of 2D artworks that explores contemporary ideas about still life. Artists have been invited to consider the meanings and symbolism of still life imagery today through a variety of media including painting, drawing, printmaking, and photography.

Opening reception on Saturday, September 17, 2016.

Artists: Afuwa, Adam Back, Linda Bickerton-Ross, Gail Biddle, Elizabeth Carefoot, Beatrice Cojovanu, Sanjoy Das, Rowena Dela Pena, Alanna de la Vega, Nino Dobrosavljevic, Tom Douglas, Ernie Faessler, Eileen Fong, Kathleen Gaitt, Kathleen Gallagher, Katina Giesbrecht, Helmut Gruntorad, Louise Harding, Elizabeth Hollick, Karen Kroeker, Melanie Lastoria, Amy Lee, Chito Maravilla, George Omorean, Lea O’Shea, Raghavendra Rao K.V., Roland Rihela, Erik Rissiek, Meghan Spence, Paul Stilwell.

Curator: Juried

Origin of Exhibition: Arts Council of Surrey – See more at:

familiar icons at the liu Institute for global issues, ubc

Familiar Icons - The Poet

tuesday 21 january, 4 pm – 6:45 pm
Liu Institute for Global Issues UBC, 6476 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver
Conversation on relationships & diaspora with Fikir Zerai Mengistu, community advocate & artist,  and Juliane Okot Bitek, writer, poet and Liu Scholar; reception follows.

Exhibition runs til 28 February
Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm. Fully wheelchair accessible.


ANU: The Mother

ANU 10: The Mother

ANU is an annual  gathering of contemporary and traditional musicians, dancers, vocalists and visual artists.  In honour of International Women’s Day,  and scheduled to not conflict with other IWD events, 14 brilliant women artists perform together under the theme THE MOTHER.

In exploring THE MOTHER, artists gather for a series of meetings that lead to a performance of guided improvisation where the spotlight leads to spontaneous creation, artistic freedom, chaos, symphony and surrender.

The concept of ANU emerged as artist Jabbar Al Janabi’s response to the destruction in his hometown of Baghdad during the 1990s Gulf War.  What if, he wondered, in those moments of explosive light ― the result could be pure creation, instead of pure destruction?

ROUNDHOUSE PERFORMANCE CENTRE 181 Roundhouse Mews (Davie/Pacific), Vancouver BCanu10_poster
Seemi Ghazi :: vocals
Melissa Hammer :: trumpet
Chelsea Johnson :: vocals
Eileen Kage :: percussion
Sacha Levin :: percussion
Kozue Matsumoto :: koto
Katheryn Petersen :: accordion
Chris Rzepa :: cello
S P O K E N  W O R D
Ndidi Cascade :: MC
Sheri-D Wilson :: poetry
Afuwa :: painting
Haisla Collins :: painting
Jacky Essombe :: African dance
Vanessa Goodman :: Contemporary dance
Tanya Evanson-Mother Tongue Media
TICKETS at the door $15 general admission / $12 students & seniors
Doors 7pm. Show 8pm.
VENUE is fully wheelchair accessible. Underground parking off Drake.


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The F Word: exploring feminism in the 21st century

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February 23 – April 2
Leigh Square Community Arts Village, 1100 – 2253 Leigh Square Place, Port Coquitlam, BC
Free Admission.  Open daily excepting statutory holidays.   

Venue is wheelchair accessible.

On Saturday 25 February  The F Word: Exploring Feminism in the 21st Centuryopens in Leigh Square Community Arts Village.  

This celebration of International Women’s Day was conceived and midwifed by Thingy Studio‘s Sherazad Jamal and Cat L’Hirondelle.

Games People Play

July 26 – August 13 at the Roundhouse, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver. Visual Arts Exhibition at the QAF, curated by Persimmon Blackbridge, Jeff Gibson and SD Holman.

Gamepiece detail from “Last Laughs”, 2011

March 2- April 8: Creating Resistance

Brittania Gallery presents

March 2-April 8, 2011

Opening reception and live music: Wednesday, March 2, 6:30-8:30pm

Creating Resistance: Youth Art/Work from the Purple Thistle Centre

The Purple Thistle Centre is a youth-run arts, activism and resource centre in East Van.  This art/work was created at the Purple Thistle by youth and youth allies, in a spirit of learning based on curiosity, self-direction and community; it demonstrates the media and skills youth can access and explore in our space.  Our processes of inquiry and creation are in active resistance to capitalist values.

Creating Resistance: Youth Art/Work from the Purple Thistle Centre showcases the variety of media explored in one year of the Purple Thistle Centre, as we give voice to multiplicity of issues found within the intersections of community, art, and activism.

Curated by Carla Bergman, Sarah Lum, Diana Hart & Afuwa Granger.

Artists/Activists Joi Arcand, Carla Bergman, Sadie Couture, Aly D., Arlin Ffrench, Caitlin Ffrench, Afuwa Granger, Diana Hart, Leia Herrera, Adam Huggins, Shizen Jambor, Sarah Lum, Kevin Matheson, Marita Michaelis, Hebecca Montoril, and Samantha Ruth present paintings, linocuts, screenprints, photography, couture fashion, zines, animation & film stills made at the Purple Thistle Centre.

February 28: Media Arts Program Anti-Racism Trajectories

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I’m one of the media mentors for the MAP:ART Community Event

February 28, 2011 from 5 – 7:30pm The Wise Hall (1882 Adanac Street)
MAP:ART youth participants unveil their community arts projects that address issues of racism and discrimination in Vancouver.

The Media Arts Program Anti-Racism Trajectories, (MAP-ART) is a six-session intensive media arts program for immigrant, refugee, indigenous, racialized, of-colour, LGBTQ, two spirited and ‘at-risk’ youth between the ages of 13 and 21. MAP-ART involved weekly programming and a three-day intensive media creation process where youth participated in discussion and storytelling while gaining specific anti-racism and media skills.

please RSVP
604 709 5728

This initiative is made possible through funding from