Curating Community

I’m on a panel tonight called “Curating Community at Britannia Centre.  Looking forward to hearing the other 3 panelists – proud to be included with them – and the dialogue.

See here for details. Free – just show up. Maybe join me for a beer afterwards!

Britannia Art Gallery presents
Curating Community
A panel discussion on the differences and similarities between artist-run centres, arts councils, artist
collectives & community public galleries.
Wednesday, September 18th, 7 – 9 pm
In the Family Canuck Place building/Britannia Community Centre, on the north side of Grandview park
Panelists: Hank Bull, Mary Bennett, Sylvia Oates and Famous Empty Sky
Hank Bull is recognized as a pioneer of new forms of art and community engagement. As a curator,
administrator and arts advocate at the Western Front, he helped to establish a network of artist-run
centres across Canada. In 1999, he co-founded Centre A, the Vancouver International Centre for
Contemporary Asian Art. His personal art practice takes place at the intersection of painting, video,
performance and sound. His work is present in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada,
the New York Museum of Modern Art and other institutions.
Mary Bennett has been engaged in the art of creating community since an early age. She is the lead
artist on two community-engaged projects: RoundAbout Kits and Bird on the Beach and regularly
leads Kitsilano Bee-Line Walks that combine art, community and environment. From 2008-2013,
Mary worked for the Community Arts Council of Vancouver as it was rebuilding with a focus on
community-engaged arts and environmental arts.
Sylvia Oates moved to the Drive in the early nineties. In 1993, when the Gallery Project now the
Britannia Art Gallery,was created by the Britannia Community Centre, in partnership with the Library,
Sylvia was its first curator and for the next ten years firmly established the gallery as part of the library.
By the time she stepped down in 2003, over 200 artists who either lived or worked locally had shown
their work to their neighbours.
Famous Empty Sky is a long time member of Avenue for/des Arts/AVA, a community based artist
collective located in east Vancouver. Through AVA, she got involved in numerous art shows and
community projects. Famous Empty Sky was the Gallery Director during AVA’s two year residency
at the Cultch. In 1998 she was AVA’s facilitator for a series of public workshops whose results became
a mural called “The Party of the Century” and in 2013 she curated an exhibition as part of AVA’s
interdisciplinary project, “Clockwork Universe: A Steam Punk Art Happening” at the Havana Gallery.
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Curator: Haruko Okano 604.874.5916
Hank Bull
Sylvia Oates 604.254.8305 Cell: 240-0419
Mary Bennett 604.617.0142
Famous Empty Sky 604.253.0164
1661 Napier St., Vancouver, BC

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