Press Releases

March 9, 2022 – New Westminster
From the Board of Directors, Arts Council of New Westminster

It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude, we announce that Stephen O’Shea has chosen to leave his role of Executive Director for the  Arts Council of New Westminster, effective June 30, 2022.

Since 2015, Stephen has played a critical role in the development and success of the organization. We will miss him and his inspiring leadership. Having just completed his Masters Degree in Professional Communication at Royal Roads University, he is ready to move on to the next step in his career. We want to thank him for the seven years of dedicated service, which involved many significant accomplishments, including:

  • Partnering with local organizations for festivals and events such as Music by the River and Fridays on Front.
  • Streamlining ACNW program delivery into the STRIVE arts education, DRIVE arts outreach, and THRIVE arts enhancement initiatives.
  • Increasing ACNW staff from one to two full-time and two seasonal staff.
  • Upgrading of The Gallery at Queen’s Park as a community art gallery
  • Growing membership to over 300 members

We are pleased to announce that upon Stephen’s departure at the end of June, Laura Grady will be promoted from her role as Program Manager to the Executive Director. Laura knows the local arts community well and has taken on increasing responsibility over her six years at the Arts Council. Thanks to Stephen’s succession planning, she is well-prepared to take on the role of Executive Director. One of her immediate tasks will be to hire an Operations Manager. The details of this part-time position will soon be posted on the ACNW website.

Again, we thank Stephen for the dedication, passion, and enthusiasm he has given our arts community over the past seven years. He will be greatly missed by the staff, Board, members and partners alike. We look forward to following the success of his career and are excited for the next chapter of the Arts Council of New Westminster as we continue to bring community together through the arts.

If you have any concerns or suggestions for the Art Council going forward, please do not hesitate to contact Bob Crockett directly at president@acnw.ca

Sincerely,

Bob Crockett, Dawn Dutriza-Larose, Stephanie Hughes, Alie Mayr, Tim Varro, David Vivian
Board of Directors
Arts Council of New Westminster

From Laura Grady, incoming Executive Director, Arts Council of New Westminster 

With the full support of the Arts Council of New Westminster Board and current Executive Director, Stephen O’Shea, I am pleased to announce that I will be stepping into the Executive Director role on July 1, 2022.

Over the last six years, I have worked for the ACNW as Program Manager, and it has been an honour to serve the community through my role in supporting artists and art initiatives in New Westminster. I am passionate about connecting my community to the artists and makers who enrich our city and invite us to be inspired, challenged, and engaged. I am looking forward to this new opportunity and leading this organization in a direction that continues to meet the needs of artists and the community.

Stephen is leaving behind a solid and stable organization for me to step into. I am grateful for his leadership, guidance and support in preparing me for this role. I am eager to continue my work with the ACNW and build on the vital relationships with our partners, volunteers and members. Together with the ACNW Board, I plan to carry on our vision of creating an active and engaged arts council within our creative and diverse city.

Sincerely,

Laura Grady
Program Manager
Arts Council of New Westminster 

From Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director, Arts Council of New Westminster 

Dear ACNW Members and New Westminster Community,

I have decided to resign as the Executive Director at the Arts Council of New Westminster, effective June 30, 2022. My first official day with the ACNW was on March 9, 2015, and after seven years with ACNW, I have made this choice to make room for a new leader. Those of you who know me well know that I am passionate about serving artists and the positive impact that work has on our community. I am a true believer that every leader should reflect on their capacity to serve and acknowledge when they know their time has come to an end. For organizations like ours to succeed through life cycles of growth and renewal, knowing when to get out of the way can be just as important as knowing when and where to lead.

I am grateful for the valuable experience and the opportunities I received while working at the ACNW. It’s been great to work with such talented and helpful colleagues. I could not have asked for a more supportive Board of Directors, and I treasure the friendships I have cultivated with each one of you. During my time at the ACNW, I grew both personally and professionally, which I know will benefit me with my future endeavours. Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Executive Director these last seven years.

While I have a mix of emotions as I move into this next chapter of my career, I will continue in the work that has become so important to me: community building and serving artists. The decision for my transition is one I have been actively planning for years. Good succession planning and leadership transition are incredibly important for non-profit organizations. I have worked hard over the past two years to ensure this process is as smooth as possible. By giving the Board of Directors my intention to resign years in advance, they have had an opportunity to develop a robust succession plan. Additionally, we have worked in upskilling staff, like ACNW Program Manager Laura Grady, to take on bigger roles. And I am pleased to share that we have secured a three-year funding commitment from the City of New Westminster that stretches to December 2024. I now depart with the strongest organizational foundation the ACNW has had in a very long time.

I want to give my deepest gratitude to all who have been so supportive of the organization and me personally over the years: excellent and dedicated staff, passionate and strategically minded Board Members, and most vitally, of course, our artists, partners, volunteers, and ACNW members. Without you, the organization would not be as strong and vibrant as it is. I am so honoured to have been the leader of this incredible organization and will watch with much excitement and anticipation as it makes strides in supporting artists in New Westminster in the coming years. We have a brilliant and strategic Board of Directors who have my full confidence that they and Laura are going to push this organization to new heights.

My immediate plan is to become a Corporate Member of the ACNW and a regular monthly donor. I ask you to consider giving Laura the strongest possible footing for success by becoming a monthly donor as well. Consistent funding is the bedrock that allows confident planning to see the STRIVE, DRIVE, and THRIVE programs continue for artists in New Westminster. 

It has been one of the greatest pleasures of my life to serve in this role. To so fully immerse myself into New Westminster’s arts community has been a huge reward. We have accomplished many great things together in the past seven years and I look forward to what will be accomplished with new leadership in the future. Between now and June 30 we have important work to see this transition through, so now I need to get back to work!

Sincerely,

Stephen O’Shea
Executive Director
Arts Council of New Westminster

Media Release
January 18, 2021

Presented by the Arts Council of New Westminster: Comedian & Performer Tin Lorica prepares for Poets+ debut

With the Poets+ virtual performance about to debut, poet, writer and comedian Tin Lorica is preparing to slam for the first time in over a year.

It’s a craft they’re returning to after focusing primarily on comedy, hosting the recurring stand-up event Millennial Line at Red Gate. Poets+ is giving them that opportunity to share their more serious, vulnerable material again. 

“Basically, I miss it. I really want to do it again,” said Lorica, about performing slam poetry.

“Even before the pandemic started, a lot of my work and my energy was really being put towards doing stand-up. You can be poetic in comedy and use your words really well in a way that’s not mainstream stand-up, so I was trying to access more of my vulnerability. I missed using that voice because that’s where I started writing, was with poetry.”

While there will be bits of humour sprinkled into their set, most of it will be centred on their experiences of diaspora and yearning to connect with the local arts and culture scene during the pandemic.

They’re excited to get back to sharing the feelings that bubbled up during the pandemic — especially alongside the other poets: Jillian Christmas, Justin Percival, and Tawahum Bige.

“When we were filming, even before people got a chance to see their stuff in front of the camera, I could just feel people being really excited to be in there and share their art,” they said.

Poets+ was curated by Tawahum Bige and organized by Stephen O’Shea from the Arts Council of New Westminster.

The performance can be watched comfortably at home. To learn more, visit the project’s website.

Learn more about Poets+ here.

BACKGROUND:

An exciting new collection of performances from emerging poets of color is debuting through the Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) in 2022. To be officially released on Jan. 14, the hour-long compilation was curated by Łutselkʼe Dene, Plains Cree poet and spoken word Tawahum Bige

In Poets+, Bige performs alongside Nisga’a spoken word/hip hop artist Justin Percival, queer Filipinx comedian Tin Lorica, and creative facilitator Jillian Christmas. Together, they cover themes of identity, oppression, and reconciliation. 

The project was recorded and filmed at Fifth Chord Studios in New Westminster last summer. When it is released in the new year, it will be available to view through YouTube and Earshot digital Distribution System.
Media Contact: Aly Laube
To interview the artists or organizers, reach out to me here or at 7788081400.
Media Release
January 10, 2022

Presented by the Arts Council of New Westminster: Poets+ curator Tawahum Bige shares selection and creative process
Tawahum Bige, one of the many performers of colour participating in Poets+, has been working with the New Westminster Arts Council for years.

His partnership with the Council’s Stephen O’Shea has produced performance opportunities, reference letters, and mutual pursuit of creative freedom.

So when O’Shea asked Bige to curate the multi-poet online performance, he readily agreed. 

“Stephen came up to me and was like, ‘I don’t really have an idea for an event, but I want to make the space for you to have an idea, and for that to be something we work towards because I want to put a little bit more control to the artist,’” says Bige.”

“That’s what was happening, rather than coming with his own institutional programming. I thought that was really awesome.” 

With time, Poets+ came into being. And for Bige, one of the most important goals was bringing together poets who are also activists and community leaders.

“My idea is to bring folks who are in fact poets, but they do a great deal of other kinds of work,  whether that’s Tin Lorica’s comedy, Justin Percival’s hip-hop music and really intense spoken-word, or Jillian Christmas’s music and spoken word,” he says. 

He chose people who are well connected to the community not only to give them a voice, but to thank them.

“If you’re doing poetry in Vancouver, you can’t not know Jillian Christmas, who has made it possible in so many venues for us to do our poetry, whether it’s spoken word festivals or many years of slam organizing,” he says. 

“I want to really extend my deep appreciation and gratitude for everything she’s done in the community.”

There are people who have already been around in the scene for a long time, but there’s also a mix of newer talent. Even now, Bige considers himself new — especially compared to poets like Jillian Christmas.

“Then you’ve got Tin Lorica, who runs an amazing poetry and comedy show out of Red Gate, Millennium Line, and really pushes that forward in new ways. I extend that gratitude to them as well,” he says.

“Justin Percival’s up and coming in the community and very involved in the Downtown Eastside, as well as performed through Talking Stick Festival and doing a mentorship with him. He’s a rising star, and I just want to uplift that.”

While he understands it’s an addition to their virtual portfolio as well, Bige hopes the performers involved come out of the event feeling like they’re valued in the community for the work they’re doing.

“I always enjoy receiving a random email one day to get to perform in a project. Then I’ve been picked just for what I do. And I hope they really feel the sense of that when they see everybody’ live together,” he says. 

“They were picked because they are some of the best, and I also hope that they feel the sense of pride when it reaches a wider audience than just those who are able to hang out in the room with them.”

It’s a great time to focus on connection, with so many members of the community scattered and stuck at home under public health restrictions. Poets+ provides an opportunity for the folks missing live performances to participate as much as they can, even if it’s from a distance.

Bige’s set will be about 15 minutes of “as much back-to-back poetry and music as [he] can manage,” based heavily on their work as a land protector.

Learn more about Poets+ here.

BACKGROUND:

An exciting new collection of performances from emerging poets of color is debuting through the Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) in 2022. To be officially released on Jan. 14, the hour-long compilation was curated by Łutselkʼe Dene, Plains Cree poet and spoken word Tawahum Bige

In Poets+, Bige performs alongside Nisga’a spoken word/hip hop artist Justin Percival, queer Filipinx comedian Tin Lorica, and creative facilitator Jillian Christmas. Together, they cover themes of identity, oppression, and reconciliation. 

The project was recorded and filmed at Fifth Chord Studios in New Westminster last summer. When it is released in the new year, it will be available to view through YouTube and Earshot digital Distribution System.

Media Contact: Aly Laube
To interview the artists or organizers, reach out to me here or at 7788081400.
The Arts Council of New Westminster is excited to announce: Poets+ curated by Tawahum Bige
An exciting new collection of performances from emerging poets of color is debuting through the Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) in 2022.

To be officially released on Jan. 14, the hour-long compilation was curated by Łutselkʼe Dene, Plains Cree poet and spoken word Tawahum Bige

Bige’s relationship with the Arts Council began in 2019, when they hosted a workshop for New Westminster’s annual literary arts festival, LitFest New West. They are a long-standing member of the poetry community and have been widely recognized for their talent as a spoken word performer and writer. In their words, Bige’s work aims to “expose growth, resistance, and persistence as a hopeless Two Spirit non-binary sadboy on occupied Turtle Island.”

So when Stephen O’Shea from the Council started thinking about releasing a spoken word compilation on contemporary issues facing marginalized artists in so-called Canada, he knew Bige was the person to put it together. 

In Poets+, Bige performs alongside Nisga’a spoken word/hip hop artist Justin Percival, queer Filipinx comedian Tin Lorica, and creative facilitator Jillian Christmas. Together, they cover themes of identity, oppression, and reconciliation. 

“Showcasing four emerging spoken word artists at this time in their careers is really important for them and the meaningful work that they’ve been engaged in with the Vancouver spoken word and music scene,” says O’Shea. 

“Hearing the authentic voices of emerging artists of colour who are addressing historical wrongs and a pervasive narrative of white supremacy — these voices are vital and important, and I think people need to hear them.”

O’Shea says it’s an honour to contribute to the project and work with the artists involved.

“We celebrate not only the journey they’ve had up until now or on this project, but even the work that they will do in the future and the way they’ll change and improve and re-contextualize so-called Canada’s cultural fabric,” he says.

The project was recorded and filmed at Fifth Chord Studios in New Westminster last summer. When it is released in the new year, it will be available to view through YouTube and Earshot digital Distribution System.
Media Contact: Aly Laube
To interview the artists or organizers, reach out to me here or at 7788081400.

Media Release: Arts Council engages two new curators for annual Permanent Collection exhibition at The Gallery at Queen’s Park

November 29, 2021

Media ReleaseNovember 29, 2021For Immediate Release Arts Council engages two new curators for annual Permanent Collection exhibition at The Gallery at Queen’s Park New Westminster, BC – Arts Council of […]

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An Exciting New Creative Arts Space – Eighth & Eight

July 10, 2021

Wow! A new announcement from the Massey Theatre Society about the future of this important art space in New Westminster! Check out this media release: Eighth & Eight is an […]

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Media Release: Cedar, Sage & Sweetgrass Indigenous Art Group to exhibit at The Gallery at Queen’s Park

June 26, 2021

Media ReleaseJune 26, 2021For Immediate Release  Cedar, Sage & Sweetgrass Indigenous Art Group to exhibit at The Gallery at Queen’s Park in July 2021 New Westminster, BC – The Arts […]

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Media Release: S^yowah guest curator for Expressions of Reclamation 2021

June 25, 2021

Media ReleaseJune 25, 2021For Immediate Release S^yowah guest curator for Expressions of Reclamation 2021 New Westminster, BC – The Arts Council of New Westminster is pleased to announce S^yowah as […]

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Media Release: New donation of artworks to the ACNW Permanent Collection

August 20, 2020

The Arts Council of New Westminster is pleased to have received a donation of artworks by Robert King Courtney to the ACNW Permanent Collection by Sean Courtney. We are excited […]

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Media Release: Garden Gals create a series of paintings in direct response to COVID-19

July 23, 2020

MEDIA RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Garden Gals create a series of paintings in direct response to COVID-19 A group of women who share a passion for painting and gardening come together […]

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Media Release: Arts Council of New Westminster exceeds fundraising goal of $35,000, as part of the ‘Friends of the Arts Council #NewWest’ campaign

July 14, 2020

$10,000 MATCHING DONATION FROM ANONYMOUS DONOR PUSHES CAMPAIGN PAST ITS TARGET July 13, 2020 (New Westminster, BC) — Launched on May 5th, the Arts Council of New Westminster’s (ACNW) ‘Friends […]

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Letter to the Editor – Celebrating Leanne Ewen

July 6, 2020

Dear Editor, On behalf of myself and all the Board of Directors of the Arts Council of New Westminster, along with staff and volunteers, I want to publicly acknowledge the […]

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Arts Council of New Westminster to launch new Cultural Calendar on our website

June 19, 2020

In asking ourselves as a staff team how we can continue to support our members, artist and the arts community, we quickly realized that we could respond to the calls […]

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Media Release: Friends of The Arts Council #NewWest Campaign Receives $10,000 Matching Donation from Anonymous Supporter

May 19, 2020

May 19, 2020 – New Westminster, BC In addition to ACNW’s Friends of Arts Council #NewWest Campaign 2020, launched on May 5th to support the continuity of ACNW’s digital programs […]

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Media Release: Arts Council of New Westminster supports local 55+ community with arts awards

May 17, 2020

‘Seniors Expressions Through the Arts’ project changes gears to support ten local residents with funding $5,000 for art projects and professional development. May 17, 2020 (New Westminster, BC) — In […]

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Arts Council of New Westminster launching campaign for May 5th global #GivingTuesdayNow

April 26, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Arts Council of New Westminster launching campaign for May 5th global #GivingTuesdayNowFRIENDS OF THE ARTS COUNCIL #NEWWEST CAMPAIGN 2020 TO RAISE $35,000 TO SUPPORT ACNW PROGRAM DELIVERY […]

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ACNW Board of Directors curate Spotify playlist

March 21, 2020

The Arts Council of New Westminster Board of Directors have spent this first week of social distancing curating a playlist of their favourite songs to self-quarantine to during the spread […]

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS – The Gallery at Queen’s Park – Artist in Residence 2020

November 29, 2019

At the Arts Council of New Westminster, we live and work on the unceded, traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the QayQayt (qiqéyt) Nation as well as all […]

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Media Release: The ARTSNW Podcast

November 16, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ARTSNW, the podcast. A first listen to the art beat of the city.THE ARTSNW PODCAST HIGHLIGHTS MAKERS AND MOVERS IN THE ROYAL CITY November, 15 2019 (New […]

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INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS DAY CALL FOR ARTISTS – ANONYMOUS SHOW

June 13, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 13, 2019 NEW WESTMINSTER, BC – June 2019,  100 Braid St Studios and the Arts Council of New Westminster invite you to take part in the […]

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MEDIA RELEASE: Students films showcased at upcoming screening at the Massey Theatre

May 10, 2019

May 10, 2019 MEDIA RELEASE: Students films showcased at upcoming screening at the Massey Theatre The Arts Council of New Westminster along with the Massey Theatre Society, New West Film […]

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MEDIA RELEASE: International Artist Day Anonymous Art Show to benefit local charity

August 31, 2018

Media Release August 31, 2018 For Immediate Release  International Artist Day Anonymous Art Show to benefit local charity New Westminster, BC – The Arts Council of New Westminster is pleased to […]

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MEDIA RELEASE: Arts Council of New Westminster to host two All-Candidates Meetings

August 23, 2018

Media Release August 23, 2018 For Immediate Release  Arts Council of New Westminster to host two All-Candidates Meetings New Westminster, BC – The Arts Council of New Westminster will be […]

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Arts Council of New Westminster announce scholarship recipient for 2018

May 1, 2018

The Arts Council of New Westminster is proud to announce Hailey Connor as the 2018 recipient of the ACNW Scholarship through the Douglas College Foundation. Hailey is studying as an […]

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CALL FOR MUSICIANS – ACNW Summer Music Program – 2018

April 30, 2018

Thank you for your interest in our 2018 Summer Music Program. Our Call for Musicians is now closed

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Call for Committee Members – The Gallery at Queen’s Park

March 21, 2018

Interested in making a difference to the New Westminster arts community? Consider volunteering on the Visual Arts Committee or one of its sub-committees. These committees plan, develop, and facilitate arts […]

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ACNW50 Presentation and City of New Westminster Proclamation

November 7, 2017

Arts Council of New Westminster President Leanne Ewen and Executive Director Stephen O’Shea gave a presentation to Mayor Cote and Council on November 6th, 2017 at New Westminster City Hall. […]

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Arts Council of New Westminster 50th Anniversary Celebration

October 25, 2017

Come help us celebrate the Arts Council’s 50th anniversary! Yes, that’s right, the Arts Council has been a part of New Westminster for 50 years. To celebrate this milestone, we […]

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ACNW 50th Anniversary Celebration Exhibition – Joseph Plaskett – Nov 1-26, 2017

October 25, 2017

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents: “ACNW 50th Anniversary Celebration Exhibition” A selection of Joseph Plaskett’s work, on loan from the Collection of the New Westminster Public Library Exhibition […]

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Feast on the Fraser – Sept 25 2017 – Taste of Sri Lanka Gallery Long Table

August 24, 2017

The Arts Council of New Westminster and Emerald Culinary & Catering Club present The Taste of Sri Lanka! This exciting long table dinner includes an innovative sampling of traditional Sri […]

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Canada Day Pick-a-Box Silent Auction RESULTS!

July 18, 2017

A big THANK YOU to everyone that celebrated Canada Day in Queen’s Park on July 1, 2017. We were thrilled to host the Pick-a-Box Silent Auction during the festivities to […]

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Analog Pop-Up Vinyl Shop April 22nd, 2017

April 10, 2017

Analog: Pop Up Vinyl Shop returns to New West on Record Store Day On Saturday, April 22nd from 2-5pm, indie and electronic record labels from across Metro Vancouver will descend […]

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2017 LitFest New West

March 16, 2017

Celebrated authors, the Pop This! Podcast, LitCafés, storytelling and kids’ programming set for 7th Annual LitFest New West.  New Westminster, BC– Showcasing BC’s vibrant talent, the 7th annual LitFest New West returns with an exciting mix of featured author events, literary […]

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CALL FOR ARTISTS: Royal City Farmers Market – Pop Up Exhibition

January 5, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: New Westminster, January 05, 2017 The Arts Council of New Westminster in partnership with Royal City Farmers Market is now inviting all visual artists from Metro Vancouver […]

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A very successful Sing a-Long Sound of Music Fundraiser

December 5, 2016

Our sincerest thanks goes out to everyone who made this year’s Sing a-Long Sound of Music fundraiser such a great success. We are proud to partner with Royal City Musical […]

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New Arts Council of New Westminster Logo

November 22, 2016

Say Hello to the NEW Arts Council of New Westminster logo! Designed by Shannon Pawliw of Mighty Sparrow Design

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AGM NOTICE 2016

October 25, 2016

The Arts Council of New Westminster Annual General Meeting will be on Sunday, November 20th 2016. Venue: Centennial Lodge in Queen’s Park Time: 2 – 3 pm After our formal AGM, […]

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Steel & Oak Brewing Co. has partnered with the Arts Council of New Westminster to bring Analog: Pop Up Vinyl Shop to the Royal City!

October 6, 2016

Steel & Oak Brewing Co. has partnered with the Arts Council of New Westminster to bring Analog: Pop Up Vinyl Shop to the Royal City! On Sunday, October 23rd from […]

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Artists explore the complexities of the human form

July 26, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 26, 2016 Artists explore the complexities of the human form in As You Are at The Gallery at Queen’s Park New Westminster, British Columbia – July […]

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POP-UP EXHIBITION: Royal City Manor – July 27 – 31, 2016

July 11, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 11, 2016 POP-UP EXHIBITION AT THE GALLERY AT QUEEN’S PARK SHOWCASES HOW ART CAN HELP BREAK DOWN BARRIERS CAUSED BY DEMENTIA THE EXHIBITION HOPES TO SPARK […]

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The Gallery at Queen’s Park – Call for Artists 2017

July 1, 2016

The Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) is now inviting artists to submit applications for solo or duo exhibitions during the 2017 calendar year. The ACNW operates a picturesque gallery […]

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New Exhibitions Heart of the Forest and Lost Wax and Art in Bronze Can Be Found in the Heart of Queen’s Park this July

June 23, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 23, 2016 New Exhibitions Heart of the Forest and Lost Wax and Art in Bronze Can Be Found in the Heart of Queen’s Park this July […]

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Guild Turns Wood into Art

May 25, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild It’s Our Turn: The Art of the Turned Wooden Form Exhibition Dates: June 1 – 26, 2016 Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 1, 6 – 8pm […]

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CALL FOR ARTISTS – RiverFest 2016

May 24, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: New Westminster, May 24, 2016 The Arts Council of New Westminster in partnership with the Fraser River Discover Centre is now inviting all visual artists from Metro […]

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Artist Explores Creation From Destruction

April 21, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HighPower: Unfolding Beauty from Destruction Exhibition Dates: May 4 – 29, 2016 Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 4, 6-8pm Artist’s Talk (as part of Litfest New West): Sunday, […]

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LitFest New West 2016

April 8, 2016

April 8, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Arts Council of New Westminster, New Westminster Public Library, Douglas College and the Royal City Literary Arts Society are excited to present the 2016 […]

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Call for Committee Members – Canada 150 / ACNW 50

April 1, 2016

Interested in making a difference to the New Westminster arts community? Consider volunteering on a committee with the Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW). These committees plan, develop, and facilitate […]

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ARTOVATIONS Continues with ‘Taxes For Creatives’ Workshop

March 30, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 30, 2016 NEW WESTMINSTER, BC – The Arts Council of New Westminster in partnership with 100 Braid Street Studios and the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce […]

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The Arts Council of New Westminster presents Danielle Bobier and Curtis Grahauer at The Gallery at Queen’s Park

March 22, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 22, 2016 NEW WESTMINSTER, BC — The Arts Council of New Westminster is proud to present upcoming exhibitions by Danielle Bobier and Curtis Grahauer in The […]

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Spring has Sprung in Pop-Up Exhibition featuring the Garden Gals

March 9, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 9, 2016 NEW WESTMINSTER, BC — The Arts Council of New Westminster is proud to present The Glory of the Garden, a Pop-Up exhibition featuring the […]

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The Arts Council of New Westminster presents Local Musician, Eden Fine Day, in Upcoming Gallery Sessions.

March 9, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 9, 2016 NEW WESTMINSTER, BC — The Arts Council of New Westminster is proud to present Eden Fine Day in its March installment of Gallery Sessions […]

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Free ‘ArtsToGo’ Workshops for Children and their Families

March 3, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 3, 2016 NEW WESTMINSTER, BC — The Arts Council of New Westminster is proud to present its free monthly series of ‘ArtsToGo’ workshops for children and […]

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Artovations, workshop series presents the business of art

February 29, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 29, 2016 NEW WESTMINSTER, BC— The Arts Council of New Westminster is proud to be partnering with 100 Braid Street Studios and the New Westminster Chamber […]

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Royal Flush Fundraiser Results

February 26, 2016

A big THANK YOU to all the folks who came out and attended our Royal Flush: Let’s go all in for the Arts! Fundraiser on Tuesday February 23rd. We are […]

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New West Cultural Crawl Invites Artists to Participate in its 13th Year

February 23, 2016

NEW WESTMINSTER, BC (February 23, 2016) – The Van Dop Gallery in partnership with The Arts Council of New Westminster proudly presents the 13th Annual New West Cultural Crawl on […]

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THE NEW WESTMINSTER CULTURAL ROUNDTABLE

February 18, 2016

The Arts Council of New Westminster in partnership with the Alliance for Arts + Culture and the City of New Westminster is proud to present THE NEW WESTMINSTER CULTURAL ROUNDTABLE […]

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Art Gets Squared in Gallery Exhibition

February 16, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 15, 2016 ART SQUARED: New West Artists Exhibition Dates: March 2 – 27, 2016 Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 6 – 8pm NEW 2016 GALLERY […]

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Royal Flush: Let’s go all in for the Arts! Fundraiser – February 23 2016

January 29, 2016

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents: Royal Flush: Let’s go all in for the Arts! Fundraiser MATCH Eatery & Public House 350 Gifford Street New Westminster, BC February 23rd […]

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ACNW Satellite Galleries in New Westminster

January 29, 2016

The Arts Council of New Westminster is proud to showcase artists Susan L. Greig and Tony Durke in its Satellite Galleries. Susan L. Greig February 1 to March 31, 2016 […]

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Robert Fee Combines Art and Music in New Westminster Gallery Exhibition

January 12, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 12, 2016 HAPPENSTANCE: A Solo Exhibition by Artist Robert Fee Exhibition Dates: February 3 – 28, 2016 Gallery Hours: Wednesday, 1 – 8pm Thursday to Sunday, […]

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2016 Gallery Hours

January 1, 2016

The Arts Council of New Westminster has changed the operating hours of The Gallery at Queen’s Park in 2016. The new gallery hours will be as follows: Wednesday: 1pm – […]

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LitFest NewWest 2016 – Call for Workshops Proposals

December 14, 2015

Call for Workshop Proposals Deadline for submissions: February 15, 2016 We are seeking proposals for exciting interactive workshops for LitFest NewWest 2016, an annual literary arts festival presented by The […]

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ACNW Permanent Collection – December 14 – January 31

December 14, 2015

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents “ACNW Permanent Collection” by Various Artists December 14 to January 31 Viewing is available by appointment only To book an appointment, please email us here or […]

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Lifetime Membership Recipient – Andrée St Martin & Rick Carswell

November 24, 2015

The Arts Council of New Westminster is proud to announce: Andrée St Martin and Rick Carswell have been awarded Lifetime Membership at our AGM on November 22nd 2015. Since 1967 […]

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Local painter explores the boundaries of space and time in new exhibition

November 2, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Local painter explores the boundaries of space and time in new exhibition New Westminster, British Columbia (November 2, 2015) — The Arts Council of New Westminster is […]

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Local photographer captures simplistic beauty of nature in latest exhibit

October 7, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 7, 2015 LAND OF LIGHT: Local photographer captures simplistic beauty of nature in latest exhibit (New Westminster, BC) — His stunning images have sold thousands of […]

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ACROSS the RIVER: Artists in the Boro Pop-up Art Exhibition and Sale

October 1, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 1, 2015 ACROSS the RIVER: Artists in the Boro Pop-up Art Exhibition and Sale (New Westminster, BC) — Hot on the heels of its first successful […]

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LAST MONDAY AT THE MOVIES SEASON ABOUT TO BEGIN

September 21, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 21, 2015 LAST MONDAY AT THE MOVIES SEASON ABOUT TO BEGIN Program creates inclusive community-building opportunities New Westminster, B.C.—The Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) is […]

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LONG LIVE NEW WEST CRAFT!

September 14, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 14, 2015 LONG LIVE NEW WEST CRAFT! Artisan Fair Renamed New Westminster, B.C.—New Westminster’s Artisan Fair, presented by The Arts Council of New Westminster, is kicking […]

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Gallery Exhibition: CATFISH: Images of Deceit and Misrepresentation

September 10, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 10, 2015 CATFISH: Images of Deceit and Misrepresentation New Westminster, B.C.—The Arts Council of New Westminster is proud to present Catfish: Images of Deceit and Misrepresentation, […]

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POTPOURRI: New West Artists Pop-up Art Exhibition & Sale

September 7, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 7, 2015 POTPOURRI: New West Artists Pop-up Art Exhibition & Sale New Westminster, B.C.—The Arts Council of New Westminster is proud to present POTPOURRI, a pop-up […]

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Century House Artists Group Exhibition – Aug 18 to Sept 11

August 7, 2015

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents “Century House Artists Group Exhibition” Various Media August 18th to September 11th 1 to 5pm Tuesday – Sunday Opening Reception: Sunday August 23rd, […]

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Starlight Casino donation to the Arts Council of New Westminster

July 6, 2015

(From left) Rowland England, General Manager, Starlight Casino presents $2000 to Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director and Leanne Ewen, President of the Arts Council of New Westminster, in support of the […]

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Call for Artists 2016

June 22, 2015

The Arts Council is now inviting artists to submit applications for group or solo exhibitions during the 2016 calendar year. The Arts Council operates a picturesque Gallery in Queens Park, […]

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Call for Artists – New West Pride Partnership

April 1, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: New Westminster, March 27, 2015 The Arts Council of New Westminster is now inviting LGBTQ artists to submit applications for a group exhibition in conjunction with New […]

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Cultural Mapping Survey

October 16, 2013

For Immediate Release New Westminster, October 15, 2013 Community Survey Supports City’s Cultural Mapping Project The launch today of a survey to collect details about the depth and breadth of […]

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27th Annual Treasure Room

December 8, 2012

Press Release: 27th Annual “Treasure Room” in Queens Park at the Arts Council Gallery December 1 to December 23rd: OPEN 1 to 5pm Closed Mondays Click here for the full […]

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Celebration

October 30, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oct 30, 2012 “Celebration” a solo exhibition by Marney-Rose Edge Click to view/print the full press release

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Call for Artists

July 5, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: New Westminster, July 4th 2012 The Arts Council of New Westminster is now inviting artists to submit applications for the 2013/2014 exhibition season. The Arts Council operates […]

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2012/2013 Movie Passes

July 5, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: New Westminster, July 4th 2012 Arts Council of NW Presents: Last Monday at the Movies Season Passes for our 10th year now on sale. This past season […]

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Gallery in July

July 5, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: New Westminster, July 4th 2012 In the Arts Council Gallery till July 28th, featuring a multi talented trio: Wanda Doyle: Paintings, Acrylic and Oil Kay Austen: Stoneware […]

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Artisan Spring Market

May 4, 2012

The Arts Council is featuring the Artisans Spring Market, its 25th year, on the Victoria Day Weekend as part of the Hyack Festival in Queens Park New Westminster. Six tables […]

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Lit Fest Events

March 16, 2012

Click here for the March 9th press release 

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Monday Movies – March to May

February 27, 2012

Upcoming films for Last Monday at the Movies. Click for full press release.

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LIT FEST NEW WEST

December 31, 2011

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : December 31, 2011                                        LIT FEST NEW WEST  April 14th 2012. This event was created to celebrate the literary arts, writers, authors and their accomplishments. This all day event […]

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We are reintroducing the on-line Arts Directory!

December 17, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Arts Council Announces on-line Arts Directory New Westminster, December 15th 2011 We are reintroducing the on-line Arts Directory. If you are an artist or an arts organization, […]

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