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.

Have you got a story to tell, or thoughts to share, and want to start a podcast? In collaboration with the New Westminster Public Library, the ACNW is pleased to offer a brand new, three-part series we’re calling Podcasting 101.

We’ll review and demonstrate all the equipment you need to get started, share the how-tos of building your podcast from start to finish, and enjoy a Q&A event with a number of local podcasters.

The series will take place over three sessions on February 23, March 2, and March 9, 2022. Space is limited so register soon.

Click here to learn more and to register

Click here to listen to the ARTSNW Podcast

Are you a visual artist living or working in New West? Are you interested in a month-long exhibit on the 2nd floor gallery panels at the New Westminster Public Library? Submit to our Call for Artists for 2022-2023, open January 4 to February 11, 2022.

In 2022, 11 artists will be chosen to have a month-long exhibit in the upstairs gallery space. Successful applications will have a body of work (small is fine!), a strong artistic eye, and a desire to contribute to the artistic conversation in our community. You are also welcome to make a group submission with artist colleagues, but the group should be sure to consider the cohesion of the proposed exhibit.

A Community Art Selection Committee ensures the community and library’s interests are echoed in the works selected for exhibit. The Committee is comprised of one library trustee, library staff, and members of the community who are active in the creative arts in their personal or professional lives. A set of criteria is used to guide selection of work to exhibit each year.  Our selection process ensures that we represent the varied community interests and artistic talents of New Westminster and beyond. We are especially interested in showcasing the full spectrum of our diverse community so if you are a BIPOC artist, live with a disability, have a different gender expression or are LGBTQ2S (for example), let us know!

Selected artists are given one-month showings. Priority is given to exhibitors who live or work in the City of New Westminster and we encourage any artist or group who exhibited previously to apply.

NOTE: Submissions cannot be for work that has already been showcased in New Westminster in the preceding 12 months, nor (upon acceptance) be displayed in any other New Westminster gallery during the exhibiting year.

Please email art@nwpl.ca if you have questions.

To Apply: Click here for the Submission Form (scroll to the bottom)

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.

Drama
1h 30min

Director: Phil Connell
Writers: Wanuri Kahiu, Jenna Cato Bass
Stars: Phil Connell, Genevieve Scott
When: Monday, January 31, 2022 – 7:00 pm at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
{Advance tickets at the Massey Theatre Box Office}
{Advance tickets online at ticketsnw.ca}
{At the door, CASH ONLY}

SYNOPSIS:
Jump, Darling is a 2020 Canadian drama film directed by Phil Connell. The film stars Thomas Duplessie as Russell, a rookie drag queen reeling from a break-up, who escapes to Prince Edward County, where he finds his grandmother Margaret (Cloris Leachman) in steep decline yet desperate to avoid the local nursing home. The film was one of Leachman’s final performances before her death in 2021.

TRAILER:


The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

The “ACNW Permanent Collection: Static Transitions”

Exhibition Dates: December 1, 2021-January 30, 2022
Gallery Hours: Wed – Sun, 10 am – 2 pm

*Closed for the holidays December 20, 2021-January 4, 2022

Free Admission

Exhibition Statement

Arts Council of New Westminster is pleased to announce Sena Cleave and Aakansha Ghosh as guest curators who retrace ACNW Permanent Collection exhibition — Static Transitions. Together, Cleave and Ghosh have spent the past three months exploring the ACNW archives and permanent collection. From December 1st, 2021 to January 31st, 2021, prints, photographs, documents, and letters pulled from this process will be displayed at The Gallery at Queen’s Park to trace a journey from its beginnings in 1967 to its current home in the Centennial Lodge. The exhibition presents the multiple iterations of the ACNW and its relationships to the communities it serves—some of which occur in unexpected ways. The paths traced in Static Transitions, then, meander, conflict, and complicate the linear history of a longstanding organization. 

Sena Cleave pilfers cultural matter from everyday life and repurposes it for visual art and writing. Their work connects these materials to probe at the gap between the felt experiences of our bodies and the ways that bodies are represented or reflected back to us. Currently, they are pursuing a BFA at Simon Fraser University. 

Aakansha Ghosh is a visual artist who works across mediums and forms, using found everyday objects and building materials. Interested in sites and objects, her work weaves an understanding of place and home that navigate their presence through each other. She earned a BVA from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India (2018) and is currently pursuing her MFA at Simon Fraser University,Canada (2021). 

Cleave and Ghosh currently live, study, and work as guests on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

A special thank you to Stephen O’Shea, Laura Grady, Danielle Bobier, Andree St. Martin, and Allison Liu. We also want to acknowledge Hilda Cliffe, whose extensive archiving work has made our research possible. We are grateful for all their help, guidance and time. 

Media Release
November 29, 2021
For 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 New Westminster is pleased to announce Sena Cleave and Aakansha Ghosh as guest curators who retrace ACNW Permanent Collection exhibition — Static Transitions. Together, Cleave and Ghosh have spent the past three months exploring the ACNW archives and permanent collection. From December 1st, 2021 to January 31st, 2021, prints, photographs, documents, and letters pulled from this process will be displayed at The Gallery at Queen’s Park to trace a journey from its beginnings in 1967 to its current home in the Centennial Lodge. The exhibition presents the multiple iterations of the ACNW and its relationships to the communities it serves—some of which occur in unexpected ways. The paths traced in Static Transitions, then, meander, conflict, and complicate the linear history of a longstanding organization.

Sena Cleave pilfers cultural matter from everyday life and repurposes it for visual art and writing. Their work connects these materials to probe at the gap between the felt experiences of our bodies and the ways that bodies are represented or reflected back to us. Currently, they are pursuing a BFA at Simon Fraser University.

Aakansha Ghosh is a visual artist who works across mediums and forms, using found everyday objects and building materials. Interested in sites and objects, her work weaves an understanding of place and home that navigate their presence through each other. She earned a BVA from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India (2018) and is currently pursuing her MFA at Simon Fraser University, Canada (2021).

Cleave and Ghosh currently live, study, and work as guests on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

A special thank you to Stephen O’Shea, Laura Grady, Danielle Bobier, Andree St. Martin, and Allison Liu. We also want to acknowledge Hilda Cliffe, whose extensive archiving work has made our research possible. We are grateful for all their help, guidance and time.

About the Arts Council of New Westminster

Founded in 1967, The Arts Council of New Westminster is a community arts organization built by individuals and member groups who share an interest in visual, performing, and literary arts. The Arts Council’s role in the community is to advocate for the arts and foster support for those engaging in artistic and cultural endeavours. Serving the community for fifty-four years, the ACNW continues to bring innovative new programming to New Westminster

The exhibition will run from 1st Dec 2021 to 31st Jan 2022 at The Gallery at Queen’s Park, New Westminster. The Gallery is open to the public from Wednesday to Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm.

Last Monday at the Movies is returning to Massey Theatre on Monday, January 31, 2022!

Season Passes are on sale now!

$45 for 6 films.

Did you purchase a 2019/2020 Season Pass? Due to the cancelled season, you can exchange your old pass for a 2022 pass at no charge. Purchase or exchange your pass at The Gallery at Queen’s Park.

*Film selections coming soon!

Email programs@acnw.ca to learn more.


The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“Bare
by Fiona Tang

Exhibition Dates: November 3-28, 2021
Gallery Hours: Wed – Sun, 10 am – 2 pm

Free Admission

Exhibition Statement

“Bare” is a solo art show that offers a unique and intimate experience by local Artist Fiona Tang. Tang invites viewers to discover hidden animals with the use of blacklight flashlights. The show reveals a glimpse into Tang’s mental struggles in the most bare form. 

“Bare” invites viewers to get close and experience the artwork. At first glance, the atmosphere of each drawing seems empty, and bare but the viewers are given the key – a blacklight flashlight, to unlock what’s hidden within each drawing. Through the use of blacklight flashlights, animals emerge from the dark. These hidden animals represent Tang’s mental health condition of feeling trapped with anxiety and depression in the past year. Tang has felt robbed, invisible, and silenced by her own mental health, and the struggles are buried beneath the surface. One that struggles with mental health may look physically healthy, but are unwell inside. Tang is often known for her large-scale drawings of powerful and fierce animals such as tigers, however, this show takes a different approach where the fighting animals are caged in the depths of the drawings.  Come take a dive into the world of invisible. 

Artist Biography

Fiona Tang is a Vancouver-based artist who completed her BFA at Emily Carr University in May 2014 with a Drawing Major. She currently has a working studio in New Westminster at The Gallery at Queen’s Park. Tang often works with charcoal, chalk pastel and acrylic in the style of trompe l’oeil. She frequently uses animals as her subjects and creates big expressive and energetic drawings. Her animal drawings are typically life-size or larger to emphasize the interaction of viewers to her art. Tang has had group shows at the Concourse Gallery, Ayden Gallery, Richmond Art Gallery, The Fall, Anvil Centre, Wood Innovation and Design Centre, Vancouver Lipont Art Centre, dual shows at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Gryphon Musée, and Deer Lake Gallery, and solo shows at Queen’s Park Gallery and City Centre Community Centre. She was also featured in a public art project called “No. 3 Road Art Columns” in Richmond, BC and “Utility Box Art Wrap” in Vancouver, BC.

website

ArtsNW (http://artsnw.ca/) is a podcast that is homegrown and distinctly New West. Amidst the pandemic, the podcast seeks to remove the distance between us by sharing casual conversations between artists, and finding ways to continue support and present their work to the public through a virtual platform. Brought to you by the Arts Council of New Westminster with the support of HoneySpot, the City of New Westminster, the Province of British Columbia, and the BC Arts Council, the podcast gives insight into the way art influences our lives here in the Lower Mainland and the impact of local art on the national and international stage.

How to apply: Click here

Eligibility:
To apply to this Call, you are not required to be a member of the Arts Council of New Westminster.
To be considered for this opportunity, you must live and/or work in New Westminster.

Budget:
There is no fee to apply to this Call
Selected artists will be paid a fee of $150 for presenting on a podcast episode

Deadline to apply: November 1st, 2021 at 4:30pm

For any questions, please email: info@acnw.ca

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 Coast Salish Nations.

THE GALLERY AT QUEEN’S PARK
ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE
CALL FOR PROPOSALS 2022

The Arts Council of New Westminster aims to have an Artist-in-Residence program that features a variety of disciplines by a wide range of artists from New Westminster. The Artist-In-Residence program aims to reflect both the cultural and artistic diversity of contemporary art and to serve as an educational forum for the citizens of New Westminster and surrounding communities. This program is open to applications from both established and emerging artists living and/or working in New Westminster. For clarity: this is an artist development program, you do not need to be an established artist. This is an opportunity to develop as an artist, and no previous experience is expected.

Access and Inclusion Statement

The Arts Council wishes to highlight how diverse our community is, and in order to break down any exclusionary barriers and create a platform for marginalized voices, artists on the LGBTQ spectrum, non-binary artists, artists of colour, Indigenous artists, and disabled artists, are strongly encouraged to submit.

For additional information about access accommodations, please email or call Stephen O’Shea: info@acnw.ca or 604-525-3244. Please email or phone us at least 10 business days before the application deadline. We may not be able to accommodate requests made any later.

Submissions will be received up to 4:00 pm on Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Overview:

The ACNW operates a picturesque gallery in the Centennial Lodge, Queen’s Park known as The Gallery at Queen’s Park, which features a wide range of visual arts by local and emerging artists in exhibitions that change monthly.

The ACNW is seeking to provide New Westminster artists and local not-for-profit arts organizations with the opportunity to use the Lower Studio space in The Gallery at Queen’s Park free of charge in exchange for a weekly public programming event (2 hours) that engages the community. Collaborations between artists and community groups are welcome.

Selected eligible artists and organizations will have 24-hour non-exclusive access to the Lower Studio space. All successful applicants will be required to be members of the Arts Council of New Westminster.

As a community gallery, the gallery’s opening hours are maintained by volunteer staff, therefore the Artist-in-Residence will be expected to work collaboratively within the operations of the Gallery for the duration of their residency.

Eligibility:

  • To apply to this Call, you are not required to be a member of the Arts Council of New Westminster.
  • To be considered for this program, you must live and/or work in New Westminster.
  • To be in-residence, you must be a current member of the Arts Council of New Westminster at the time of your residency.
  • Artists whose work has already been exhibited in the gallery are invited to apply, allowing a 3-year interim between applications.

Budget:

  • The Council does not charge for artist-in-residence program, nor does it pay an artist to participate.
  • The Gallery at Queen’s Park will pay an honorarium of $150 for public programming during the residency.

How to Apply:

The Gallery Exhibition Selection Committee (GESC) will meet in December 2021 to consider applications for the 2022 calendar year. A well-prepared proposal helps in the selection.

To be considered at the next GESC meeting, please submit a completed Application Form:

  • Applicant’s Background:
    For Individual Artists: Artistic practice and objectives with short biography and/or professional artist CV
    For Arts Organizations: Organization history including mission statement, years of operation and a brief description of the organization’s current programs and services
  • Public Programming description:
    What the project is about, your plan for public programming in the space (readings, publications, book or zine launches, performances, film screenings, pop-up events, artist talks, performance art, theoretical or technical seminar, live drawing/painting, social practice, workshops, classes, community meetings etc.), and how it will engage/benefit the community
  • Your requested start date and occupancy period/time frame of use of the Lower Studio
  • Any proposed collaboration with other artists or groups, if applicable
  • Contact information (name, mailing address, phone number, email, website)
  • Please indicate If you are currently an ACNW member

Please include all written material as PDF files and submit via email to info@acnw.ca with The Gallery at Queen’s Park – Artists in Residence in the subject line. Please ensure that attachments total less than 5MB.

Deadlines for submission is 4:00pm on December 1, 2021. Proposals received by December 1, 2021 will be reviewed with preliminary decisions announced by December 31, 2021. All submissions will be juried by a panel of professional artists, educators, and administrators. Please note: All successful applicants will be required to be members of the Arts Council of New Westminster.

The Selection Process:

The GESC will meet in December 2021 to consider all applications received. All applications will receive a reply by email, stating whether the proposal has been accepted.  If your application has been successful, you will be contacted by telephone, a term length for residency will be confirmed, and a contract will be sent to you. This contract will outline your responsibilities and providing other details and dates.  A signed contract is required before the residency can proceed.

Application Tips:

  • Be sure that all documents include your name, complete contact information; phone number, email address, website and postal code.
  • Email submissions are preferred. For physical submissions, please phone the Gallery at 604-525-3244 for equitable access procedures.
  • DO NOT send composite images or prepared slideshows
  • Please test all documents on a PC computer to ensure compatibility

Submit your application via email to: info@acnw.ca

Estimated Timeline:

October 1, 2021
December 1, 2021 
Early December
Late December
January 2021
March 2021 & onward

Call to Proposals Launched
Deadline to submit
Gallery Exhibition Selection Committee meets
Artists contacted
Residency dates confirmed, contracts signed and returned
Residency/Public Programming begins

Contact:
All enquiries should be directed to:
Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director
Phone: 604 525 3244
info@acnw.ca

For more information about The Gallery at Queen’s Park, visit www.acnw.ca/gallery

To download a copy of the Application Form in PDF format, click here

The Arts Council of New Westminster
2021 Annual General Meeting
will be on Sunday, November 28, 2021.

Venue: To be determined, based on Provincial Health Orders. Either In-person at the Centennial Lodge or Online via Zoom
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00 pm
Click here to Register

Agenda Package and Annual Report will be distributed to bonafide members that RSVP with the link above.

Please share this invitation with others, as the meeting is open to the public. If you have any questions, would like more information, or are interested in joining the Board of Directors, contact Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director at info@acnw.ca

We look forward to seeing and hearing from you.

Project: Ewen Avenue Mural Project/ Mazarine Lodge Mural Project/ Inclusion and Community

Please send us a Notice of your Interest in submitting a concept or draft for a mural to be applied to the side of the Mazarine Lodge on Ewen Ave, in Queensborough, New Westminster, BC. Please include a letter outlining who you are, your interest in the project and examples of past relevant experience as well as images of past projects, and any other information about your process.Extra consideration will be given for a description of how or if you would lead a format whereby the community can be engaged in the implementation of the project. ie application of some paint, providing some imagery, workshop etc. Extra consideration will also be given to Artists who live or work in New Westminster.

Expression of Interest should be submitted by Sunday, October 24, 2021.
Email submissions to: queensboroughspecialprograms@gmail.com

Details: The theme will be Community and Inclusion. We are looking for a bright and meaningful image. Artist will choose the process, it can be a painted, a digital printed image, or other. The mural frame will consist of 4 landscape panels 8’ wide by 4’ high, stacked to create one image 8’ wide by 16’ tall. (There is the possibility of future addition of 2 more frames.) This is the first large art project undertaken in Queensborough and we look forward to having something that brings us all together and uplifts our souls.

Concept: From all submissions/expressions of interest, a short list of 3-5 artists will be contacted, on or around October 27th, to provide a concept or draft. We will provide to those artists a collection of community submissions to perhaps but not necessarily inform their concept. There will be a $353 honorarium provided to the 3 – 5 artists shortlisted, to cover the cost of providing your concept in a form we can show to the community. You may at any time provide a budget for the final project, this will not inform the decision of the merit of the image, but may help us with the funding process and planning. The concept or draft submission should be submitted November 25th, 2021.

Engagement: All artists concepts will be presented to the community in a display on November 30th at the Queensborough Community Centre. The community will be given the opportunity to comment on each concept, which will then all be presented to a jury of community stakeholders. The feedback will also be provided back to each artist, perhaps but not necessarily to inform the final mural.

Implementation: Once we have chosen the concept and the artist, we will enter into an agreement for renumeration for the final creative and then for implementation. We will provide the substrate (Dibond or similar panel) and the materials, We have a grant from the City of New Westminster for this concept phase. The final creative will be subject to approval by the City of New Westminster, as such there is no guarantee it will be implemented.

Note: by inclusion, we mean of every one, every age, gender, culture, ability and diversity, but this will be displayed on a womens’ residence, so should be sensitive and empowering in every way that art can possibly express to our communal mind, body and spirit.


Thank You for your Consideration
Email any questions to queensboroughspecialprograms@gmail.com

CALL FOR EXHIBITION PROPOSALS: ANVIL CENTRE COMMUNITY ART GALLERY
DEADLINE: October 31st, 2021

The Community Art Gallery, located on the 3rd floor of Anvil Centre, supports local artists through exhibition opportunities in order to stimulate creative dialogue, connect artists with the community and showcase the diverse range of creative expression that exists in New Westminster.

The Gallery is currently accepting proposals from artist teams or arts collectives for the 2022 exhibition schedule. This opportunity is open to groups of 3 or more New Westminster artists who reside, have a studio practice in the City or have a connection to the land and work in two­dimensional media. BIPOC artists, emerging and equity-seeking artists and other artists who have not participated in the past are encouraged to submit proposals.

Exhibition blocks are 2 months in duration.

There are opportunities for outreach programs such as artist talks or workshops during the exhibition period. Anvil Centre will also host an opening/artist reception for each exhibition.

Please send submissions via email by October 31, 2021 to rgagnon@newwestcity.ca

Submissions must include:

  1. Names and contact information for all artists (please identify a main contact)
  2. 3-5 JPEG or PDF images of proposed artworks by each artist
  3. List of artworks identifying artist names, work titles and dimensions
  4. Exhibition statement
  5. Artist biography/Current CV for each artist        

Please note that the proposed work submission must not have been exhibited in New Westminster in the preceding 12 months, nor (upon acceptance) be displayed in any other New Westminster gallery during the exhibition year. Proposals will be adjudicated by a peer jury. All artworks need to be ready for exhibition (framed and/or ready to display with appropriate wiring). There is no exhibition fee paid to selected artist(s).

Any questions? Considering submitting a proposal? Please contact Program Coordinator, Art Services rgagnon@newwestcity.ca


Call to Artists – Artist Roster for Public Art projects
Deadline: Friday, November 19, 2021 by 4:30 p.m. PST

Artists or artist teams who live or work in New Westminster and the Lower Mainland (which includes the regional districts of Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley) are invited to submit qualifications for public art opportunities under $25,000. Projects will vary widely and artists practicing in all media are encouraged to apply. Examples of such projects may include (but is not limited to) community engaged projects, site-responsive commissions for temporary works, artist residencies or design only contracts for permanent installations throughout the city. The Artist Roster is a list of artists who pre-qualify to create public art throughout the city. It allows for a streamlined selection process and will be one of several ways used to hire artists.

To learn more about this opportunity, including eligibility criteria and submission requirements, review the full Call to Artists.


Expressions of Interest – Artist-Initiated Public Art project
Deadline: Friday, November 26, 2021 by 4:30 p.m. PST

Artists or artist teams who live or work in New Westminster and the Lower Mainland (which includes the regional districts of Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley) are invited to submit expressions of interest for an Artist-Initiated Public Art project. This is an opportunity for artists to propose artworks in any medium, including non-object based work and temporary installations with a maximum total budget of $30,000.

This opportunity is meant to support artist-led initiatives, experimentation and to build capacity.

To learn more about this opportunity, including eligibility criteria and submission requirements, review the full Call to Artists.

Click image to be taken to the submission page

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“The Best of the Crawl
Group Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: October 6-31, 2021
Gallery Hours: Wed – Sun, 10 am – 2 pm

Special Viewings
October 12, 6pm to 8pm
October 15, 6pm to 8pm
October 15, 6pm to 8pm

Click here to reserve your spot

Free Admission

Exhibition Statement

Kick off the 2021 New West Cultural Crawl at The Gallery at Queen’s Park. The Best of the Crawl Exhibition features the works of participating Crawl artists. Browse pieces from over 20 artists as you plan your 2021 New West Cultural Crawl route. COVID-19 Health and Safety measures in place.

The 18th Annual New West Cultural Crawl, taking place October 16 +17, is a chance for the community and beyond to connect through art in a fun and safe way. This year’s crawl is an opportunity for art lovers, community members and visitors to explore local art and discover the diverse cultural experience that exists within the city.

Art lovers and curious culture seekers will be given an inside look into local artists’ creative spaces and home studios for two days only.

Stretched across five unique neighbourhoods, the New West Cultural Crawl takes visitors on a self-guided tour of studio spaces, civic art venues and galleries. From pottery to jewellery artists and acrylic painters to photographers, each crawl stop offers something new.

Public places like Anvil Centre, River Market, and Van Dop Art Gallery should be on your crawl route, but it’s the exclusive access to private home studios that make the crawl a unique art experience.

Visit www.newwestculturalcrawl.com to learn more and view the 2021 digital Guide Book.

Hi, I’m Celeste Snowber, and I want to invite your participation in a community art project by the New West Hospice Society and the Arts Council of New Westminster, with programming support from the New Media Gallery (NMG Lab).

Let’s consider the loss and grief and recognize the uncertainty that people have faced during this pandemic. You are invited to bring an embodied expression to these times including passion, whimsy or joy to New Westminster; to draw the community out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Between now and February 2022, I encourage you to film a short video (up to a minute) of yourself engaged in creative movement that can be posted to Instagram.

Include the tags #DanceToTheEndofLove along with @newwesthospice, @newmediagallery, @nmglab, & @artscouncilNW. Be sure to tag one friend as well.

In the Spring of 2022, we’re going to edit the submissions into a longer presentation accompanied by some exciting programming.

More details on our website here

Upcoming Community Workshops

Image Credit: Michelle Mateus

Dr Celeste Snowber – October 12, 2021 – 7:00pm
Click here to register

Workshop Description

This workshop will discover the knowledge we hold in our bodies and how movement/dance can be a playful and profound way to express the landscapes both within and outside. There will be time for a movement warm-up, skills to create dance with voice and the poetic and how to pragmatically listen to the body as a source for creation.  Opening up the possibilities of dancing in place, whether it is site-specific in the natural world, in the kitchen, or in a park will be explored as a way to create movement in place. There will be time for the pragmatics of what it means to film ourselves even with just your phone, and dance like no one is watching, and yet be conscious of creating a one-minute video.  This workshop is for anyone, with our without dance/movement experience and yearns to deepen and grown their expressivity.

About Dr Celeste Snowber

Celeste Nazeli Snowber, PhD is dancer, poet, writer and award-winning educator who is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University.  Celeste interweaves multidisciplinary forms in her performances and published works and attention to embodied ways of inquiry has been central to Snowber’s scholarly and artistic work for over two decades. She is the author of Embodied inquiry: Writing, living and being through the body as well as three collections of poetry. She creates site-specific performances of dance and poetry in the natural world and can be found at www.celestesnowber.com.

Chris Jung – October 19, 2021 – 7:00pm
Click here to register

Workshop Description

Learn how to produce creative and meaningful videos using a smart phone. This workshop will cover how to use camera angles, video editing techniques and lighting to convey emotion and tell a story. We will look at the techniques used by filmmakers and see how they can be translated to your smart phone. This course is suitable for beginners without any prior video production experience however the course requires access to a smartphone with the ability to capture audio and video. We will cover how to use both Apple and Android devices in this workshop.  

About Chris Jung

Chris Jung is artist who works in new media and paint with a background in computers and engineering. Chris received his Masters of Applied Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design in 2016. His practice explores material hybridity and cultural hybridity in relation to post-colonialism and cultural diaspora. Chris runs the NMG Lab for New Media Gallery, developing workshops, residencies and other programming for the public, artists, schools and universities.

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“ESSAYS IN INTERSTELLAR COMMUNICATION”
by Chris Dunnett

Exhibition Dates: September 8-26, 2021
Gallery Hours: Wed – Sun, 10 am – 2 pm

Free Admission

Exhibition Statement

Politics mired in the culture wars, social isolation brought about by the recent pandemic, and a changing media landscape have emerged alongside a polarization that threatens our collective ability for meaningful, productive dialogue. I wish to engage the public in considering how to move beyond our impasses by visually invoking the mystique of hope and progress that surrounded our first steps into space 50 years ago.

Taking interstellar distance as an analogy for ideological distance, I have created a series of fantastical designs for electro-mechanical communication devices. While they reference rational scientific elements, the visual execution is loose and betrays a sense of the irrational. Thus, our discussion of ideology is overtly contextualized by this push and pull of the rational and irrational and between medium and message.

Through these works, I ask the questions: how do we move forward in this media-rich age of division, isolationism, and fear? How can we construct dialogue that embraces hope, recognizes our common humanity, and brings us closer?

Artist Biography

Chris Dunnett is a multidisciplinary artist currently based in Port Moody, BC. He holds a BFA from NSCAD University, MSc from the University of Toronto, and a BSc from the University of New Brunswick. Chris has spent the past decade working in non-profit arts organizations, as a professional printmaker, and as an educator. He currently runs Tuckamore Press, a printmaking studio focusing on artist collaborations and classes.

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“Time Passages”
by Wade Comer

Exhibition Dates: August 4 – 29, 2021
Gallery Hours: Wed – Sun, 10am – 2pm

Medium: Photography.

Free Admission

Exhibition Statement

“Time Passages” is a continuing series of long-exposure photos. Using the technique of long-exposure photography from within, or upon moving vehicles, Time Passages relinquishes control of some of the aspects of photography, allowing chance to have an effect upon the outcome. Leaving the shutter open – often for up to sixteen minutes – turns the camera into a paintbrush, capturing blocks of time within a single photograph. The images created are beyond the anticipation of the artist’s pre–visualization, and beyond explanation in their finality. Equivalent to the superimposition of a hundred parallax views within a single photograph, the images are both reductive, and additive, removing detail while adding texture.

The Finding and the Making
Putting chance in a priority role led me to thinking differently about both the technical and creative processes of photography. If the photographer Saul Leiter is correct, that photography is the finding of things, and painting is the making of things, then Time Passages resides somewhere in between; merging the finding with the making, using a traditional photographic technique in a new way, and getting me back to being more in touch with my craft, and my surroundings.

Wade Comer is a Vancouver-based visual artist. A photographer for nearly thirty years, his work investigates two main concepts: how we see, and humanity’s effect on our environment.

Contact:
www.wadecomer.com
info@wadecomer.com
In: @wadecomerphoto
Tw: @wade_comer
FB: www.facebook.com/wadecomerphoto

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 Coast Salish Nations.

The Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) aims to have a Board of Directors that reflects both the cultural and artistic diversity of contemporary art and the citizens of New Westminster. The ACNW wishes to highlight the diversity of our community, and to foster the practice of equity and inclusion in our work, those on the LGBTQ2SIA+ spectrum, non-binary, people of colour, Indigenous, and/or disabled, are strongly encouraged to apply.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

The ACNW Board operates as a governing body and has a responsibility to its members to ensure stewardship of the organization, to provide sound financial management, and to develop a visionary strategic plan.

Board meetings take place from 6:00pm–8:00pm on the fourth Tuesday of every month.

Board members are expected to read all materials in advance and come prepared to contribute to the discussion. Once a year, the Board meets for a longer meeting, held on a weekend in the Spring to review our Strategic Plan. From time to time, there are other ACNW and community events that Board members are expected to attend.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Commit to the mission and vision of the ACNW
  • Familiarize themselves with ACNW’s programs and initiatives
  • Contribute in the areas of board governance, strategic planning, finance and fundraising, and resource development (human and capital)
  • Prepare for and attend monthly board meetings and attend the yearly AGM in November
  • Attend special events as required
  • Act as an ambassador of the ACNW to external stakeholders and community.

QUALIFICATIONS:

We are currently seeking Board members that have a skill set connected to our Strategic Goals and objectives. The ideal candidate will have previous Board experience (an asset but not necessary), bring expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Indigenous Perspectives
  • Financial Management
  • Literary Arts
  • Performing Arts

ATTRIBUTES:

Attributes of ACNW board members include:

  • clear understanding or commitment to learn about non-profit governance
  • ability to work on a team and communicate effectively
  • a passion for the arts, enthusiasm for the work of the ACNW
  • have the time to commit to completing the work of the ACNW and Board responsibilities

The ACNW is committed to providing all members of the Board with an appropriate orientation to the ACNW and their role as Directors, to ensure all Board members are familiar with and equipped to effectively carry out their responsibilities.

BENEFITS:

  • an opportunity to contribute to the growth and success of the ACNW and the arts in our community
  • an opportunity to develop personal leadership through projects of the Board
  • improved strategic and visionary thinking skills
  • building meaningful relationships with fellow board members, staff, and community members
  • an opportunity to use your creativity to contribute to an area of your passion

START DATE:

November 2021

COMMITMENT:

2-year term, 4-6 hours per month; depending on preparation and attendance of meetings and events.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please apply with a resume and cover letter outlining your skills and interests in the arts to: Bob Crockett, ACNW President: president@acnw.ca

In your cover letter, please talk about what you hope to contribute as a member of the ACNW Board and what you hope to gain from being on the ACNW Board. We appreciate your interest and will contact you to set up a time to meet.

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

The Outlaw Art Show
Pop-up Exhibition
as part of the Gordon Smithers Artist in Residency

Artists include :

Gord Smithers
Kelly Haigh
David Ostrem
Ray Condo
Ian Tiles
Keith Picot
Kevin House
Rob Thomson

Grant Shankaruk
Robert Bartovsky
Tony Bardach
Clive Jackson
Brad Lambert
Dallas Cooper
Jimmy Roy
Deb Dawson

Exhibition dates: July 26, 2021 – August 2, 2021

Hours:
Wednesday – Friday: 10 am – 2 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11 am – 4 pm
Saturday afternoon til 6 pm

Opening Reception: July 26, 2021, 6-8 pm
Closing Party: with DJ Dallas Cooper! Monday, August 2, 2021, 6-9 pm

Free Admission.

Artist Statement

An exciting exhibit of Art from the edge – the underground, the
outsiders – The Outlaws.

What can you expect from these denizens of the edge?

Dark gloom n’ doom?

I think not.

Here, you’ll find colour, and fun, and a healthy splash of weirdness.

The (B)Oldest City
in The West!

Welcome to the
(W)Underground!

Opening Reception:
Monday, July 26, 2021
6pmLive Music outside
Sinéad X Sanders & Double D!!
6:30 pm

Closing Party: with DJ Dallas Cooper!
Monday, August 2, 2021
6 pm to 9 pm

Join the Arts Council of New Westminster and River Market for Summer Sketching by the River. This series of free drawing classes will take place throughout the month of August. Local artist and experienced art teacher Sherida Charles will offer drawing tips as you capture the beauty and movement of the Fraser River.  

  • Drop-in. No registration required
  • All drawing supplies provided
  • Learn a new technique each class
  • Attend one class or attend them all
  • No Experience necessary
  • Meet outside at River Market (810 Quayside Drive)
  • Look for the ACNW tent  

*Submit your river drawing for display and receive a Food Crawl Single (good for one dish from River Market’s Food Crawl Menu) Limited quantity available.

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 exciting new performing arts and community program being imagined at 735 Eighth Avenue in New Westminster. Eighth & Eight (a transitional name) will make a significant contribution with its impressive size of 35,000 square feet by providing a new home and infrastructure for performing artists and the community.

With space for artists diminishing and becoming almost non-existent, this venue will fill a void desperately needed. The facilityincludes the 1260 seat Massey Theatre, the Plaskett Gallery, a black box presentation space, a dance/music rehearsal hall, and much more.

The Massey Theatre Society (MTS) with its history, accomplishments, and vision, make it the ideal organization to take on the role to manage and create programming. Jessica Schneider, Executive Director of the Massey Theatre, will be at the helm of the creative leadership team.   For the past 15 years, Jessica has worked diligently, making the theatre a vibrant and thriving venue.   She has also played a major role in being a forerunner in nurturing and promoting diverse voices working with QIBPOC communities providing a platform for a wide variety of organizations and productions.

“With the historic Massey Theatre to build out from,” stated Jessica Schneider, “a new arts space for community members and artists to collaborate, create and imagine a better world together is an incredible opportunity for everyone.”

Not only providing a place for the arts to flourish, the goal is to expand infrastructure and opportunity to diverse voices and communities as never before. The historic Massey Theatre, which opened in 1949 as British Columbia’s largest theatre, will continue to be at the heart of the facility. Over its 73-year history, the theatre has been an influential venue to a vast array of artists to local, provincial, and international performers.

The programming direction includes:

  • Digital Hub – providing infrastructure for performing artists to engage in the digital arts sector
  • Indigenous Cultural Development
  • We are Multitudes Program – for diverse African Heritages
  • Prismatica –  for LGBTQ2iA+ spectrum
  • Self-Advocate Theatre projects – evolving theatre works
  • Senior & Youth Programs
  • Low Income Family Programs
  • Global Cultural Intersections

Included in the leadership team is multimedia artist Ronnie Dean Harris, Indigenous Cultural Development Director, who guides the increasing opportunities for Indigenous culture and community activations, building on the histories and teachings of the land on which the facility is built.   MTS is also currently undergoing the search for a Programming Director, to be announced soon, who will develop and implement the wide range of programs. 

The complex will play a vital role in the cultural fabric and vibrancy of not only of New Westminster, but all of Metro Vancouver, British Columbia and beyond, offering services and opportunities for the arts and artists to grow and enrich all our lives and communities.

Engagement and opportunities for input and participation will be emerging in the fall in conjunction with the reopening of the Massey Theatre for large audiences.

For further information visit:   eighthandeight.com

Links:

Web: eighthandeight.com
Email:  hello@eightandeight.com
Facebook: @eightandeight
Twitter:  @eightandeight
Instagram: @eightandeight
Hashtag: #eightandeight

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Media Contact: 
Bonnie Allan
604-218-9525
bonnie@bonnieallan.ca

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 Coast Salish Nations.

THE GALLERY AT QUEENS PARK
EXHIBITION APPLICATION PACKAGE

CALL FOR ARTISTS 2022

The Arts Council of New Westminster aims to have exhibitions that feature a variety of visual arts by a wide range of artists from the Metro Vancouver region. The exhibition program aims to reflect both the cultural and artistic diversity of contemporary art and serve as an educational forum for New Westminster and surrounding communities. This program is open to applications from both established and emerging artists.

The Arts Council wishes to highlight the diversity of our community, and in order to break down any exclusionary barriers and create a platform for marginalized voices, artists on the LGBTQ spectrum, non-binary artists, artists of colour, Indigenous artists, and disabled artists, are strongly encouraged to submit.

Submissions deadline:
4:00 pm – Monday August 30, 2021

Overview:

The ACNW operates a picturesque gallery in the Centennial Lodge, Queen’s Park, known as The Gallery at Queens Park. Our monthly exhibition program features a wide range of visual arts by local and emerging artists.

This Call is for monthly exhibitions between February 2022 and November 2022 inclusive. Exhibitions typically open on the first Wednesday of each month and generally close on the last Sunday of the month.

The Gallery at Queen’s Park has one exhibition space, known as the Eileen Montague Room (labelled as the Main Gallery Space, see page 6). There is a total linear hanging space of approximately 15 m (49.5 ft). In certain instances, the Gallery Exhibition Selection Committee may pair two selected artists during the exhibition period.

Artwork must be suitably framed, ready for hanging, or, if three-dimensional, appropriately mounted or otherwise prepared for presentation.

As a community gallery, volunteer staff maintain the Gallery’s operating hours. Therefore, all selected artists are expected to sit as a Gallery Attendant on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am –  2:00 pm for the duration of their exhibition.

Eligibility:

  • To apply to this Call, you are not required to be a member of the Arts Council of New Westminster.
  • To exhibit, you must be a current member of the Arts Council of New Westminster at the time of your exhibition.
  • Artists whose work has already been exhibited in the Gallery are invited to apply, allowing a 3-year interim between applications.

PLEASE NOTE:  The proposed exhibition submission must not have been showcased in New Westminster in the preceding 12 months nor (upon acceptance) be displayed in any other New Westminster gallery during the exhibiting year.

Budget:

  • The Council does not charge for exhibiting, nor does it pay an artist to exhibit. The Council welcomes a 25% donation on total sales of artwork in the Gallery.
  • The Gallery at Queen’s Park will pay an honorarium of $150 for public programming during the exhibition, a part of the Inter/action Artist Learning Series.

How to Apply for an Exhibition:

The Gallery Exhibitions Selection Committee (GESC) meets each September to consider applications for the following calendar year. A well-prepared proposal helps in the selection.

The ACNW is dedicated to inclusion and access to the submissions processes and will accept applications in:

  • Zipped folder (no larger than 5MB) or by file hosting service (eg. WeTransfer, Google Drive)
  • Single PDF
  • Video submission. No more than 10 minutes and must be below 200MB
  • In-person or Oral application: Please email us at least 10 business days before the application deadline. We may not be able to accommodate requests made any later.

For additional information on application and access accommodations, please email or call Stephen O’Shea: info@acnw.ca or 604-525-3244

To be considered at the next GESC meeting, please submit the following:

  • A Curriculum Vitae (3 pages max.) including a list of your previous exhibition and education experience. Please include: mailing address, phone number, email, website
  • A selection of 8-10 digital images of proposed work you wish to exhibit. Digital images should be jpg format at 150 dpi; each image should be a maximum of 800 x 600 pixels. Image files should be clearly labelled with your Name, the Title of Work, Size in inches and Medium. Example: Artist-Title-Size-Medium.jpg
  • An Artist Statement (up to 500 words) giving your aims and objectives as an artist in relation to your work.
  • An Artist Biography (up to 500 words) to establish a better understanding of your background and experience.
  • A written proposal for public programming to be produced and hosted by the artist at the Gallery. The public programming event must occur during regular posted open hours, on a Sunday, during the exhibit. Proposed public programming may be events such as an artist talk, performance art, theoretical or technical seminar, live drawing/painting, social practice, etc.

Submit via email to info@acnw.ca with “Exhibition Submission – The Gallery at Queen’s Park” in the subject line. Deadline for submission is 4:00pm on Monday August 30, 2021. All applications will be notified of results. Please note: Applications will not be rolled over to the following year. To be considered for an application for the following year, please re-apply.

The Selection/Exhibition Process:

The GESC will meet in September 2021 to consider all applications received. All applications will receive a reply by email, stating whether the work has been accepted.  If your application has been successful, you will be contacted by telephone, an exhibition date will be confirmed, and a contract will be sent to you. This contract will outline your responsibilities and provide other details and dates.  A signed contract is required before the exhibition can proceed.

Application Tips:

  • Be sure that all documents include your name, a working title of the proposed exhibition and complete contact information; phone number, email address, website and mailing address, including postal code.
  • Email submissions are preferred. For hard copy submissions, please phone the Gallery at 604-525-3244 for equitable access procedures.
  • DO NOT send composite images or prepared slideshows.
  • Please test all documents on a PC computer to ensure compatibility.

Submit your application via email to: info@acnw.ca

Estimated Timeline:

July 1Call for Artists launched
August 30Deadline to submit
Mid-SeptemberGallery Exhibition Selection Committee meets
Early OctoberArtists contacted
Late OctoberExhibition dates confirmed, contracts signed and returned
February – Nov 2022Exhibition schedule

Contact:

All enquiries should be directed to:
Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director
Phone: 604-525-3244
info@acnw.ca

For complete information on how to apply for an exhibition, please refer to the Exhibition Application package.
For more information about The Gallery at Queen’s Park, visit www.acnw.ca/gallery

More information can be found here: https://www.theonlyanimal.com/show/greenhouse

Media Release
June 26, 2021
For 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 Council of New Westminster is proud to present an upcoming group exhibition by the Cedar, Sage and Sweetgrass Indigenous Art Group in The Gallery at Queen’s Park from July 2-25, 2021. The exhibition will feature a variety of Indigenous artworks in various mediums, including work by Kalum Teke Dan (Calgary), Uumati Kisoun (Victoria), and Susan Greig (New Westminster). On Saturday, July 3, there is an Opening Reception from 1 – 2 pm, featuring remarks from Elder Deanna Miller of the Katzie Nation, local dignitaries, and dancing by The Wild Moccasin Dancers. All are welcome to attend.

“As Indigenous Artists, we found that our art was not accepted to be part of shows in some of our community’s art galleries.” said Maryanne Lindberg, CS&SG spokesperson. “In speaking with other Indigenous Artists, we found that they experienced the same situation. We created Cedar Sage & Sweetgrass with the goal of giving Indigenous Artists a forum where they could show their best art, connect and encourage one another.”

The Gallery at Queen’s Park hosts monthly exhibitions that feature a variety of visual arts by a wide range of artists from the Metro Vancouver region. The exhibition program aims to reflect both the cultural and artistic diversity of contemporary art and serve as an educational forum for New Westminster and surrounding communities.

Following the most current Provincial Health Order, the exhibition and Opening reception will follow the Arts Council of New Westminster’s COVID-19 Safety Plan protocols and require masks and contract tracing upon arrival.

For more information about the exhibition, visit acnw.ca/galleryexhibit

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Exhibiting Artists

  • Kalum Teke Dan, (Feature Artist)
  • Zachary George (Grandson of Chief Dan George)
  • Dr. Lana Whiskeyjack
  • Autumn Whiteway
  • Jesse Gouchy
  • Jerry Whitehead
  • Uumati Kisoun
  • Susan Greig
  • Deanna Miller
  • Pat Calihou, Metis Carver
  • Maryanne Lindberg

Exhibition Dates: July 2 – July 25, 2021

Open Hours:   Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – 10:00 am to 2:00pm
                        Saturday & Sunday – 11:00am – 4:00 pm

Opening Reception:  July 3, 2021 – 1:00pm
                                   featuring dancing by The Wild Moccasin Dancers at 1:30 pm


For more information:
Stephen O’Shea
Executive Director, Arts Council of New Westminster
info@acnw.ca | 604 525 3244 | www.acnw.ca
@ArtsCouncilNW (Twitter/Instagram/Facebook)
#ArtsNW


About Cedar, Sage, & Sweetgrass Indigenous Art Group
Cedar Sage & Sweetgrass Indigenous Art Group seeks to encourage and promote young Indigenous Artists. That has been accomplished through interaction with our Feature Artist and other accomplished Artists that are in our shows. We have been happy to have all three Indigenous Peoples recognized in Canada – First Nations, Metis, Inuit – represented at most of our shows. Each of our shows has its own uniqueness. The Artists are chosen for that particular show, including a Feature Artist. Some shows include Indigenous entertainment. Others have Indigenous food, wine, coffee, tea. It’s an opportunity to show all wonderful Indigenous things.

About the Arts Council of New Westminster
Founded in 1967, The Arts Council of New Westminster is a community arts organization built by individuals and member groups who share an interest in visual, performing, and literary arts. The Arts Council’s role in the community is to advocate for the arts and foster support for those engaging in artistic and cultural endeavours. Serving the community for fifty-four years, the ACNW continues to bring innovative new programming to New Westminster 

Media Release
June 25, 2021
For 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 the 2021 guest curator for the Expressions of Reclamation series. S^yowah has spent the past three months developing and curating a showcase series presented this Summer between June and August. Featuring presentations by emerging Indigenous artists engaged in their artist practice, participants are invited to learn how contemporary Indigenous artists express and reclaim their identity through their art. Presented both in-person and through an online livestream, the series will allow for an interactive Q&A session hosted by Indigenous curator S^yowah.

“I’ve noticed that whenever there are words like reconciliation or reclamation, it has to do with land claims,” said S^yowah, ACNW Indigenous Curator, “but I’m interested in artists who use their creativity and artistic expression to reclaim their identity, their place in their nation, to connect to who they are.”

The Expressions of Reclamation series supports the Arts Council of New Westminster’s goal of building strong relations with Indigenous artists and facilitating dialogue, practice, and education between the presenting artists and community members. The series will be developed and delivered by the featured artists and will consist of artist talks, performance art, theoretical or technical seminars, live drawing/painting, collaborative social practice activities, workshops, or performances. Expressions of Reclamation series encourages the integration of the arts into daily life, providing fully hands-on, barrier-free, no-cost art education that promotes intergenerational mentoring opportunities and inclusivity between backgrounds of gender, race, age and ability.

Following the most current Provincial Health Order, events will be a hybrid in-person and online via live stream through the Arts Council of New Westminster’s Facebook page. In-person events will follow COVID-19 Safety Plan protocols and require pre-registration through Eventbrite to ensure proper contract tracing.

Biographies for artists participating in Expressions of Reclamation are available online. For more information about the Expressions of Reclamation series, please visit: acnw.ca/eor 

Expressions of Reclamation is supported by the Deux Mille Foundation

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Key Dates:

  • June 29 @ 6:30 pm – Cameron Peal (one-person theatre show “The Coffee Story”), Centennial Lodge, Queen’s Park
  • July 24 @ 12:00 pm – Fawnda Bullshields (Lady’s Fancy Shawl dance), Queen’s Park (meet at Centennial Lodge)
  • July 29 @ 12:00 pm – Elder Christy David (ribbon skirt sewing), Centennial Lodge, Queen’s Park
  • July 30 @ 6:30 pm – Mitchell Saddleback (standup/poetry), Queen’s Park (meet at Centennial Lodge)
  • August 12 @ 12:00 pm – Kaija Heitland (fabric design), livestream only completely online from her studio

For photos of S^yowah and the presenting artists, click here

For more information:

Crystal Lan
Cultural Programmer, Arts Council of New Westminster
crystal.lan@acnw.ca | 604 525 3244 | www.acnw.ca
@ArtsCouncilNW (Twitter/Instagram/Facebook)
#ArtsNW

About Indigenous Curator S^yowah (Timothy Elijah)

S^yowah (Son/yo/wa) / Tim (he/him/his) is a proud member of the Onyota’aka (Oneida of the Thames First Nation) Nation located outside of London Ontario. He is from a specific Bear Clan family known for their connections to the forests and trees. S^yowah would like to thank the attendees for participating in Reconciliation. S^yowah believes that in order to resolve the conflicts and issues between Indigenous Peoples and Canadians we need to listen, forgive, love and work together as one.

About the Arts Council of New Westminster

Founded in 1967, The Arts Council of New Westminster is a community arts organization built by individuals and member groups who share an interest in visual, performing, and literary arts. The Arts Council’s role in the community is to advocate for the arts and foster support for those engaging in artistic and cultural endeavours. Serving the community for 51 years, the ACNW continues to bring innovative new programming to New Westminster 

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

Cedar Sage and Sweetgrass Indigenous Art Group exhibition

Exhibition Dates: July 2 – 25, 2021.

Hours:
Wednesday – Friday: 10am – 2pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 4pm

Opening Reception: July 3 – 1pm
Including the Wild Moccasin Dancers at 1:30pm

Free Admission.

Exhibition Statement

As an Indigenous Artist, we found that our art was not accepted to be part of shows in some of our community’s art galleries. In speaking with other Indigenous Artists, we found that they experienced the same situation. We created Cedar Sage & Sweetgrass with the goal of giving Indigenous Artists a forum where they could show their best art, connect and encourage one another.

Cedar Sage & Sweetgrass also seeks to encourage and promote young Indigenous Artists. That has been accomplished through interaction with our Feature Artist and other accomplished Artists that are in our shows.

We have been happy to have all three Indigenous Peoples recognized in Canada – First Nations, Metis, Inuit – represented at most of our shows.

Each of our shows has its own uniqueness. The Artists are chosen for that particular show, including a Feature Artist. Somes hows include Indigenous entertainment. Others have Indigenous food, wine, coffee, tea. It’s an opportunity to show all wonderful Indigenous things.

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Local New Westminster artists are invited to submit artworks for a fall group exhibition to the Community Art Gallery at Anvil Centre. The exhibition Capture Light is welcoming submissions of photographic works that represents the diverse medium. Photography can reflect a range of creative expression, from macro to micro, from analog to digital, landscape to street photography, still frames to documentary works are welcomed. Accompanying short written statements or/and bios are also encouraged.

About
The Community Art Gallery, located in the lobby of the Anvil Centre Theatre celebrates the rich cultural landscape of New Westminster. The gallery forges creative dialogue, brings attention to local art and creates new opportunities for artists in our city. It is an accessible space where New Westminster-based art groups can organize members’ exhibitions. It is open to New Westminster emerging and established artists working in two-dimensional media.

Submission Deadline: Friday, July 30th, 2021
Exhibition period: November 9th – December 31st, 2021
Please send submissions via email by Friday, July 30th, 2021 to rgagnon@newwestcity.ca.

Submissions must include:

  • Artist name and contact information (phone number, email, mailing address)
  • 2-3 JPEG or PDF images of proposed artworks. Maximum 2 pieces per artist will be eligible for selection.
  • Label information: artist name, artwork title(s), media(s) and dimensions
  • other didactic text such as a written statement, story or poem (no longer than 100 words). This is not a submission requirement.
  • An artist biography

Please note that the proposed work submission must not have been exhibited in New Westminster in the preceding 12 months, nor (upon acceptance) be displayed in any other New Westminster gallery during the exhibition year. Proposals will be adjudicated by a peer jury. All artworks need to be ready for exhibition (framed and/or ready to display with appropriate wiring). There is no exhibition fee paid to selected artists. Submission deadline: July 30th, 2021

Questions and media enquiries can be submitted to rgagnon@newwestcity.ca

Roxanne Gagnon | Program Coordinator, Art Services
Pronouns: she/her/hers City of New Westminster | Office of the Chief Administrative Officer
777 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC V3M 1B6
T 604.515.3837 | C 778.773.0587 | E rgagnon@newwestcity.ca

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“Beyond Boundaries”
by New Westminster Secondary Student Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: June 2 – 27, 2021

Free Admission.

Exhibition Statement

The New Westminster 2021 Graduating Students have worked hard to bring together their best work for their third Grad Show. The show includes all manner of creation: ink drawing, painting, sculpture, and photography. These artists are excited to launch themselves into the big world and land in a way that honours their high school life. As you wander through the gallery of images and sculpture you will see yourself mirrored in their youth and proudly imagine the strength of our community’s future.

New West Craft is a handmade market hosted by the Arts Council of New West. New West Craft aims to provide a welcoming environment for crafters, artisans and makers to share their work with the community.

New West Craft Summer 2021 Markets will be taking place at Tipperary Park on the following dates:
Saturday, July 3 | Saturday, July 17 | Saturday, August 7 | Saturday, August 21

We are always looking for new vendors to join our events. Opportunities are always available!

Click here to apply

Click here to apply

In partnership with New Westminster Secondary School

Emily Simko has always been involved in the arts. Her passion began at a young age. Emily participated in school talents shows, jazz band, drama, to performing in school plays and musicals. Emily was also on the student council in grades 7 and 8.

At New Westminster Secondary school Emily’s main focus was the arts. Emily took drama, dance, was in the musical theatre program as well was a peer tutor in the drama program for grades 9 and 10. Emily was a cast member in the musicals ‘Crazy for You’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast. Emily also performed in the musical revue ‘What is Love’ at the Anvil Centre. 

Outside of school Emily volunteered her time as a cast member since 2012 to 2019 with the Royal City Youth Ballet. With RCYB, Emily performed various roles in the ballet the ‘Nutcracker’ as well one summer in the ballet ‘Coppelia’ as well danced with GOH Ballet, out of Vancouver, in the ballet the  ‘Nutcracker’.

Emily has been involved for many years with a local dance studio, formally known as the Northwest Academy of Performing Arts and now known as Royal Principal Ballet Academy, in New Westminster. Emily has danced in various styles of dance. Emily has competed in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary and Musical Theatre. With her dance studio she has performed in Disneyland, and on Princess Cruises, competed in Vancouver and around the lower mainland and well internationally in Seattle and New York City. Emily also had volunteered her time and was a teachers assistant at her dance studio and assisted ballet class for 5-6 year olds. Emily has volunteered her time and has performed in the Hyack Christmas parade and the Century House.

In the last 2 years Emily has also focused on getting experience in the acting side for film and T.V. Emily has taken acting workshops and scene study classes in Vancouver. To get some on set experience, Emily worked as a background actor one summer for a couple movies for Netflix and a Hallmark movie. 

Emily has been accepted to the 4 year Bachelors of Fine Arts degree program in Acting in sunny Los Angeles at the American Musical and Dramatic Arts Academy.  

In partnership with the Douglas College Foundation

Biography to come

In partnership with the Douglas College Foundation

Anja Frohnsdorf is an 18 year old music student in Douglas College’s Music Technology Diploma program. She is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist who has been singing and playing since she was 3 years old. Her years with the Coastal Sound Children’s Choir formed her desire to pursue music as a career, and now she is working hard to achieve her dreams of earning a living producing music and composing for film and television. She draws inspiration from classical music, film scores, musical theatre, indie-alternative, folk, jazz, and everything in between, and her deepest passion is to create music that tells stories.

Hilda Cliffe 1928 – 2021

It is with heavy hearts, we share that Hilda Cliffe, ACNW President Emerita, passed away on May 3rd, 2021. Hilda was a champion of the Arts in New Westminster and passionate about education. The Arts Council of New Westminster is proud to award two scholarships in her name to students at Douglas College and New Westminster Secondary School.

Obituary

Hilda Bardsley came into the world on January 14, 1928, in Oldham Lancashire. She was born in a pub called The Shepherds Boy. She passed away on May 3rd, 2021.

Her only sister Vera, 5 years her junior, died from Meningitis at the age of 6.

After finishing high school she attended Teachers College. One of her teachers challenged the class to draw up an imaginary journey, she chose Canada. In 1950 she came to Canada for a visit and fulfilled the “imaginary” trip! She returned to Canada in 1960 where Hilda received a Professional First-class Certificate. She was a teacher in Winnipeg Manitoba and met Jim. They were married on October 5th, 1962 but divorced on June 1st, 1977 but remained lifelong friends. As well as teaching she was involved in the Theatre world, did some acting and worked behind the scene.

She came to Surrey BC in 1963 and was teaching in Surrey while Jim was teaching in Langley. Hilda became a Canadian Citizen in 1974. Hilda’s last years of teaching were as Principle of the Montessori School in Surrey.

Hilda was very much a globetrotter visited Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America. Her regular trips to the UK and Europe kept her in touch with friends and family. She rode Camels in Egypt, Elephants in India, and flew in a Hot Air Balloon.

Hilda played the piano and directed choirs, was the president of The Vagabond Players and The Arts Council for many years as well “wardrobe mistress” for the Vagabonds. The City of New Westminster honoured her with the Bernie Legge Cultural Award.

Hilda supported many organizations in the city of New Westminster with her time as well as monetary gifts, especially Massey Theatre, Unity Church, Arts Council and Rotary to name a few. Hilda was a Champion of the Arts and an inspiration to her community!

A Celebration of Life will be held on June 12th at 2pm by Zoom or in person depending on regulations within current Provincial Health Orders.

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“Of The Earth”
by Victoria Mitchell

Exhibition Dates: May 5 – 30, 2021
Gallery Hours: Wed – Sun, 10am – 2pm
Medium: Paintings are acrylic, oil, & mixed media, on canvas & wood panel.

Free Admission.

EXHIBITION STATEMENT

I have had a life long passion for creating visuals from emotions, inspired by what comes from within. Extensive studies of body structure & kinetics over the years, as both an RMT & yoga teacher, has influenced my painting representations of natural elements. I’m intrigued by the exploration of our environments & finding different ways to communicate the feelings of what I see through painting. Living in the beauty of the BC West Coast lends inspiration to diverse creative endeavors, & there is an abundance of ever-changing elements & settings to explore through painting. I have enjoyed sharing these works in galleries and exhibitions, along with the pleasure of broadening communications with those who connect with what I create.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Victoria Mitchell was born in 1971 and raised in Vancouver BC. As a quiet child, she found a comfort and a stimulating way to relate with those around her through art. She was consequently given opportunities to attend workshops and receive private instruction from local teachers and career artists. Her early foray into the art world landed her scholarships and exhibitions including paintings displayed by the Medical Research Council of Canada, and at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

In 1993 she shifted her focus toward a 22 year career as a Registered Massage Therapist, and yoga instructor. In 2017 she left RMT work, for time to re-ignite her work as an artist, her life long passion.

Inspired by her continuing studies of body structure and kinetics, she ventures from these literal points of reference in abstract painting. Exploring broader emotional and visceral impacts through a variety of representations has been an important part of what she communicates, leaving room for variable interpretations. She also seeks to understand and express her natural surroundings, through a variety of landscapes and biological elements.

Victoria’s work is exhibited in various galleries throughout the year, and carries out her explorations and commission works, in her BC based studio.

Website

To celebrate The Gallery at Queen’s Park’s unique natural environment, we have decided to ring in spring with a photography contest! The subject is the beautiful and bountiful rhododendron bushes outside of the Centennial Lodge and inside the park. All styles of photographs and editing are welcome (black & white, macro, portraits, landscapes, manipulated, selfies etc.) The purpose of the contest is creative expression and appreciation of nature. In partnership with The New West Photography Club

To be eligible to win, photographers are required to:

1. Photograph the Rhododendrons in Queen’s Park.

2. Post their photograph on instagram.

3. Include the tags: @thegalleryqp #ARTSNW #thegalleryatqueenspark #rhodophoto_acnw #NWPHOTOCLUB

4. Tag one friend.

The Rhodo Photo Contest winner will be selected on May 31st, 2021.

Rediscover New West Campaign


The ReDiscover New West campaign is a campaign developed in collaboration with the City of New Westminster, Downtown New Westminster BIA, Uptown Business Association, Tourism New West, New West Chamber of Commerce, and the Arts Council of New Westminster to support and promote New Westminster businesses as they work toward recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. We seek a qualified, New Westminster based contractor(s) to provide: 

·        Blog writing services

·        Social media management services

·        WordPress-based website updates

We encourage BIPOC and equity-seeking individuals or companies to submit. Priority will be given to New Westminster-based businesses or individuals. We recognize the tight timeline of this RFP and encourage you to send a summary proposal in an email – further information may be requested if needed. 

Background:

The ReDiscover New West campaign is a campaign designed to promote New Westminster-based businesses from a variety of sectors. The first leg of the campaign focused on restaurants and eateries, and the next leg of the campaign will focus on retail businesses. The leg is expected to be 4-6 weeks. The campaign takes place mainly through an online or digital delivery. 

Scope of Work:

The contractor will be responsible for three main areas during the 4-6 week period. What is outlined below is the minimum expectation and we encourage applicants to put their best foot forward and offer their creative approach. 

·        Creating blog posts that celebrate and highlight retail sectors and neighbourhoods in New Westminster. Copy should be tight and clean, and ready for publication. These will be developed in conjunction with the planning team but the contractor should be able to provide editorial suggestions and content ideas. Approximately 10-12 posts will be required during this leg of the campaign. 

·        Managing social media content on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram on behalf of the campaign. This may look like 5 hours a week, or approximately 15 posts a week across all platforms, but flexibility and adaptability will be required based on engagement and milestones in the campaign. While some digital assets will be supplied, the contractor will be required to use stock imagery and unique, catchy, relevant posts to get the message across that are appropriate for each platform. Avoiding formulaic posts is key; the campaign needs a voice. 

·    Approving and refining submitted listings on a WordPress based business directory. Training will be provided.

BUDGET: $3,500-$4,000 inclusive of GST. 

Submission of proposal: programs@acnw.ca

Deadline to apply: April 8th, 2021

Work to commence April 19, 2021

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“LINES AND DOTS”
5th Annual Student Art Exhibition by Queen’s Park Parent Participation Preschool Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: April 1-April 11, 2021.
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 10:00am – 2:00pm

  • Gallery will be closed April 3 and April 5
  • Open 10am to 5pm April 4, April 10, April 11

Free Admission.


Exhibition Statement

Lines and Dots is an exhibit made up of individual and group work. The artists are 3, 4 and 5 year old students from Queen’s Park Parent Participation Preschool. All of the art was inspired in part by the books The Dot written by Peter ReynoldsLines That Wiggle by Candace Whitman and  Along A Long Road by Frank Viva. 

Since 1965 Queen’s Park Preschool has been a part of the New Westminster community offering a high quality and nurturing preschool program to families living in New Westminster and its surrounding communities.

The Arts Council of New Westminster is currently accepting applications for summer employment opportunities (May 16 – August 29, 2021) through the Canada Summer Jobs program:

ACNW Music Programmer

ACNW Cultural Programmer

Please submit your resume and cover letter by email to info@acnw.ca
The application deadline for all positions is Friday, April 30th, 2021 at 5 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE that these positions are pending funding from the Canada Summer Jobs programs.

The Arts Council of New Westminster thank all who apply for a summer employment opportunity, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“New West Craft Artisan Exhibition”

Featuring:
Pineapple Cat Studio
Clarissa Banos
Indiarts Collective
Glasea
Chroma Nostaa Designs

Exhibition Dates: March 3 – 31, 2021.
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 10:00am – 2:00pm
* Exhibition will be closed March 17-19

Free Admission.

Exhibition Statement

New West Craft is a collective of local artists, artisans and makers. The New West Craft Exhibition at The Gallery at Queen’s Park will feature the work of four local artisans. Each of the participating artisans showcase the diverse range of products, mediums and artistic styles of the New West Craft collective. Visit The Gallery at Queen’s Park and discover locally made glassware, pottery, art, jewellery and textiles.

The Arts Council of New Westminster aims to have an 8-week long Virtual Artist in Residence program that provides space for an Indigenous Youth artist living in British Columbia. The Virtual Artist In Residence program aims to reflect both the cultural and artistic diversity of contemporary art and to serve as an educational forum for the citizens of New Westminster and surrounding communities. This program is open to applications from both established and emerging artists living and/or working in British Columbia. For clarity: this is an artist development program, you do not need to be an established artist. This is an opportunity to develop as an artist, and no previous experience is expected. The program is open to Indigenous artists working in any artistic discipline who reside in British Columbia.

In order to break down any exclusionary barriers and create a platform for marginalized voices, artists on the LGBTQ spectrum, non-binary artists, and disabled artists, are strongly encouraged to submit. 

Submissions will be received up to 4:00pm 

on Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Overview:

The Virtual Artist in Residence Program for Indigenous Youth is an online space for an artist to explore and create art, engage with the community and have time and space for experimenting on something new. This program is not prescribed, therefore, artists have the freedom to occupy this space in a way that fits their creative expression.

This residency is a self-directed presentation of the artist’s artistic practise and output. The residency will take place online and the ACNW will provide its social media channels and website as the platform for expression and dissemination (or other proposed platforms). 

Purpose of the Virtual Artist in Residency Program for Indigenous Youth:

  • To foster a supportive environment for Indigenous youth artists 
  • To provide time and space for Indigenous artists to do research and develop their ideas
  • To honour the relationship between Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples 
  • To develop a connection between Indigenous Youth artists and the community of New Westminster 
  • To facilitate a digital presentation of the artist’s work

The Artist in Residence will be supported in doing the following:

  • Develop an art proposal (how and what would you like to share with the community of New Westminster)
  • Over the 8-week period, create a virtual story of your artistic practice / journey and share that through online platforms
  • The selected applicant will work with the program coordinator and invite the community to learn, share and experience the artist’s work.

Eligibility:

  • Ages 16-28
  • Be able to produce video or photographic content showcasing your work
  • To apply to this Call, you are not required to be a member of the Arts Council of New Westminster.

Budget:

  • $500.00 for the 8 week residency

How to Apply:

Please include all written material as PDF files (see form below) and submit via email to programs@acnw.ca with “ACNW Indigenous Virtual Residence Application” in the subject line. Please submit 4-6 images of your artistic expression. Please ensure that attachments total less than 5MB. 

Deadline for submission is 4:00pm on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Proposals received by March 31, 2021 will be reviewed with preliminary decisions announced by April 15, 2021. All submissions will be juried by a panel of professional artists, educators, and administrators. 

The Selection Process: 

The Arts Council of New Westminster aims to have an 8-week long Virtual Artist in Residence program that provides space for an Indigenous Youth artist living in British Columbia. The Virtual Artist In Residence program aims to reflect both the cultural and artistic diversity of contemporary art and to serve as an educational forum for the citizens of New Westminster and surrounding communities. This program is open to applications from both established and emerging artists living and/or working in British Columbia. For clarity: this is an artist development program, you do not need to be an established artist. This is an opportunity to develop as an artist, and no previous experience is expected. The program is open to Indigenous artists working in any artistic discipline who reside in British Columbia.

In order to break down any exclusionary barriers and create a platform for marginalized voices, artists on the LGBTQ spectrum, non-binary artists, and disabled artists, are strongly encouraged to submit. 

Submissions will be received up to 4:00pm 

on Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Overview:

The Virtual Artist in Residence Program for Indigenous Youth is an online space for an artist to explore and create art, engage with the community and have time and space for experimenting on something new. This program is not prescribed, therefore, artists have the freedom to occupy this space in a way that fits their creative expression.

This residency is a self-directed presentation of the artist’s artistic practise and output. The residency will take place online and the ACNW will provide its social media channels and website as the platform for expression and dissemination (or other proposed platforms). 

Purpose of the Virtual Artist in Residency Program for Indigenous Youth:

  • To foster a supportive environment for Indigenous youth artists 
  • To provide time and space for Indigenous artists to do research and develop their ideas
  • To honour the relationship between Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples 
  • To develop a connection between Indigenous Youth artists and the community of New Westminster 
  • To facilitate a digital presentation of the artist’s work

The Artist in Residence will be supported in doing the following:

  • Develop an art proposal (how and what would you like to share with the community of New Westminster)
  • Over the 8-week period, create a virtual story of your artistic practice / journey and share that through online platforms
  • The selected applicant will work with the program coordinator and invite the community to learn, share and experience the artist’s work.

Eligibility:

  • Ages 16-28
  • Be able to produce video or photographic content showcasing your work
  • To apply to this Call, you are not required to be a member of the Arts Council of New Westminster.

Budget:

  • $500.00 for the 8 week residency

How to Apply:

Please include all written material as PDF files (see form below) and submit via email to programs@acnw.ca with “ACNW Indigenous Virtual Residence Application” in the subject line. Please submit 4-6 images of your artistic expression. Please ensure that attachments total less than 5MB. 

Deadline for submission is 4:00pm on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Proposals received by March 15, 2021 will be reviewed with preliminary decisions announced by March 30, 2021. All submissions will be juried by a panel of professional artists, educators, and administrators. 

The Selection Process: 

A Jury Selection team will meet via ZOOM  to consider all applications received. All applications will receive a reply by email, stating whether the work has been accepted or not.  If your application has been successful, you will be contacted by telephone or email and we will outline your responsibilities and provide other details and dates.

Click below to download the Application Form

February 15, 2021

Dear members, 

Recent world events have pushed racial and socioeconomic injustices to the forefront of our attention, and we have a responsibility to address these topics in our community. As such, we are taking a clear position in stating that the ACNW unequivocally denounces racism in all capacities. The ACNW supports initiatives that shed light on police brutality, racial discrimination, microaggressions and macroaggressions facing Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) artists. 

We must also acknowledge the historic lack of artistic opportunities available to BIPOC artists, barriers of accessibility/engagement in the arts and the institutional systematic racism that still manifests itself today.

Like many organizations who have shared reflections during this time of reckoning, we take ownership of the fact that our past efforts in support of racial justice have not been deep enough, sustained enough, or accountable enough. We have been complicit with the systems that cause harm to minoritized and racialized communities. We want and need to do better. 

Our staff and board are committed to the following actions to increase equity, diversity and inclusion in our programs, outreach and development projects:

  • Identifying the ACNW’s contributions to oppressive structures and practices, whether inside or out of the council, and creating a plan to dismantle them. 
  • Continuing our own personal and organizational education about policies and actions that foster diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Establishing actionable policy for matters of EDI that will be informed by and shared with the membership, to be reviewed annually.
  • Commiting time and resources to develop more diverse leadership on our board.

This is the start of a long-term journey and true, positive change cannot be achieved overnight. We believe it is important that we communicate our intentions to develop safer and equitable opportunities for members of our community who identify as Indigenous, Black, Persons of Colour, non-white, differently-abled, of any gender, of any sexuality, and as members of any minoritized or marginalized community. We also recognize that merely stating the intention is not enough. Our commitment to you is to develop, before the end of 2021, a clear anti-racist and anti-oppressive strategy for the ACNW. 

Whether a current or past member, an artist, spectator, audience member, or another member of the community, your experiences with the ACNW can help us develop this strategy. We acknowledge that sharing experiences will require different emotional labour for different people and that there are power imbalances, class differences, economic circumstances, and other influences on participating in this process with us. We are open and grateful for any opportunity to listen to you. 

Please send your comments to info@acnw.ca or call us at (604) 525-3244. 

In solidarity,

ACNW Board and Staff

Bob Crockett – President
Ruby Campbell- Vice President
Andrew Koltek – Treasurer
David Vivian – Secretary
Rose Anza-Burgess – Director
Leah Chang – Director
Simrit Kainth – Director
Stephen O’Shea – Executive Director
Laura Grady – Program Manager

Please note: Additional ACNW Board Members have recently joined the Board, as of December 2020, and have not yet been a part of these conversations. For this reason, we have chosen not to add their names to this statement at this time. We look forward to their upcoming involvement.

Request for Proposals: Equity Diversity & Inclusion Consultant
Proposal Due Date: March 31, 2021

Project Overview

Founded in 1967, the Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) is a non-profit organization committed to a mission of bringing the arts to the centre of community life. We accomplish our mission through initiatives that focus on arts programming in the community, arts advocacy, and programs that nurture and support our local artists and arts organizations. The ACNW began its equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) journey in 2019, where we began a conversation about how bias impacts artists and arts programming, and potentially other stakeholders in New Westminster. The ACNW Board of Directors are developing a statement to publicly affirm its commitment to ensure that EDI will inform organization-wide efforts.

Project Goals

  1. Meaningful engagement with diverse communities within New Westminster.
  2. Written plan for the ACNW programs and operations to focus on, be effective, integrated and sustainable, and builds on ACNW’s EDI statement.
  3. Successful training of ACNW Board and Staff in principles of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion.

Scope of Work

Phase 1 – Internal

  • Diversity & Inclusion Auditing
  • Digital Media Scan
  • Board and Staff Training

Phase 2 – External

  • Community Stakeholder Engagement (monthly meeting Sept 2021 to June 2022)
  • Strategic Recommendations for action and long-term monitoring
  • Written Reports and Recommendations

Current Roadblocks/Barriers

The ACNW is seeking to meaningfully engage in this work and overcome structural biases that have become ingrained in the organization over its 54-year history.

Evaluation Metrics /Criteria

Proposal will be evaluated based on samples of your past work, a proven success record working with similar non-profits, your expertise and technical skills, and cost of services within our budgeted range.

Submission Criteria

  1. Description of your experience and/or organization overview
  2. 3 examples of past work in EDI consultation work
  3. Testimonials
  4. Project management methodology
  5. The consultant represents a Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color (BIPOC) owned business

Project Due by: June 30, 2022
Phase 1 – May 2021 – August 2021
Phase 2 – September 2021 – June 2022

Budget:
Phase 1 – $5,000
Phase 2 – $5,000

Contact: Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director | info@acnw.ca | 604 525 3244

To download a PDF of this RFP, click here

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 Coast Salish Nations.

Founded in 1967, the Arts Council of New Westminster is a community arts organization built by artists and arts groups who share an interest in visual, performing, and literary arts. The Arts Council’s role in the community is to advocate for the arts and foster support for those engaging in artistic and cultural endeavours.

Project
Inter/Action Learning Series is a regularly occurring artist talk series presented by the Arts Council of New Westminster at The Gallery at Queen’s Park. In 2021, the series will present a 5-part artist talk series featuring Coast Salish artists, curated by an Indigenous Curator and Host. This series will be an intercultural exchange that will engage in meaningful dialogue and learning across cultures and identities. Presented over Zoom, the series will involve collaborating with local Indigenous people in a series of open dialogue and discussions about artistic practice, culture, and story-telling. Each event in the series will be a multidisciplinary, inter-generational and cross-cultural presentation using story-telling and multimedia components.

Estimated Timeline: Spring 2021 – Fall 2021.
Previous Inter/Action Series: artscouncilnewwest.org/interaction/

Goals

  1. Engage an Indigenous Curator to facilitate and host 5 Indigenous lead artist talks via Zoom and/or in-person (depending on current pandemic Provincial Health Orders) at the Centennial Lodge.
  2. Create a deeper connection among Indigenous arts administrators and practicing artists in New Westminster.
  3. Contribute to knowledge sharing between cultural communities and foster the Decolonization and Indigenization of the cultural experiences available to the New Westminster community.

Remuneration: $2,000

Submit your interest by email to info@acnw.ca before 5:00 pm on February 28, 2021.

Expression of Interest Criteria

  1. Description of your curatorial practice
  2. Two examples of past work in curatorial programming
  3. Two testimonials

Please include “Expression of Interest – Indigenous Curator” as the subject of your email. We look forward to connecting with you and building a relationship.

Contact: Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director | info@acnw.ca | 604-525-3244

To download a PDF of this Expression of Interest, click here

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of us over the past year. As 2021 unfolds, the ACNW is seeking community input that will assist us as we plot our way forward through this pandemic. Please join ACNW Board and Staff for a series of Community Engagement Nights.  We are excited to receive the community’s ideas, questions, and feedback in order to develop our delivery of programming and services to artists and our arts community.

Preregistration is required. Click below for registration

Click here to register for February 17, 2021

Click here to register for March 24, 2021

Click here to register for April 21, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of us over the past year. As 2021 unfolds, the ACNW is seeking member input as we plot our way forward through this pandemic. Please join ACNW Board and Staff for a series of ACNW Membership Nights.  We are excited to receive your ideas, questions, and feedback in order to develop our delivery of programming and services to artists and our arts community.

This event is FREE and open to all members of the Arts Council of New Westminster. Please preregister so we can get an accurate count and prepare appropriately.

For more information, contact Stephen O’Shea by phone 604 525 3244 or by email: info@acnw.ca

Click here to register for February 10, 2021

Click here to register for March 10, 2021

Click here to register for April 7, 2021

The Arts Council of New Westminster aims to have an Online Artist-in-Residence program that features a variety of disciplines by a wide range of artists from New Westminster. The Online Artist-In-Residence program aims to reflect both the cultural and artistic diversity of contemporary art and to serve as an educational forum for the citizens of New Westminster and surrounding communities. This program is open to applications from both established and emerging artists living and/or working in New Westminster. For clarity: this is an artist development program, you do not need to be an established artist. This is an opportunity to develop as an artist, and no previous experience is expected. 

The Arts Council of New Westminster wishes to highlight how diverse our community is, and in order to break down any exclusionary barriers and create a platform for marginalized voices, artists on the LGBTQ spectrum, non-binary artists, artists of colour, Indigenous artists, and disabled artists, are strongly encouraged to submit. 

Submissions will be received up to 4:00pm  on Sunday, February 28, 2021

Overview:

The ACNW is seeking to provide local New Westminster artists the opportunity to access our online assets (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) to showcase their creative work with the community through an Online Artist in Residence Program.  The residency program is a virtual space for artists to explore and create art, engage with the community and have time and space for experimenting on something new. This program is not project driven, therefore, artists have the freedom to occupy this space in a way that fits their creative expression.

This residency is a self-directed presentation of the artist’s artistic practise and output. The residency will take place online and the ACNW will provide its social media channels as the platform for expression and dissemination. 

Eligibility:

  • To be in-residence, you must be a current member of the Arts Council of New Westminster at the time of your residency.
  • Have demonstrated working knowledge of social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter,  Instagram, Instagram Stories) and be able to use these platforms to produce engaging posts and live content.
  • Be able to produce a minimum of four posts per week 

Budget:

  • Selected artists will receive a $150 honorarium for the two-week artist in residence program

How to Apply:

Please include all written material as PDF files and submit via email to programs@acnw.ca with “ACNW Online Residence Application” in the subject line. Please submit 6-8 images of your work. Please ensure that attachments total less than 5MB. 

Deadline for submission is 4:00pm on Sunday, February 28, 2210. Proposals received by February 28, 2021 will be reviewed with preliminary decisions announced by March 15, 2021. Following that time, proposals will be accepted and reviewed on a first come, first serve basis. All submissions will be juried by a panel of professional artists, educators, and administrators. Please note: All successful applicants will be required to be members of the Arts Council of New Westminster. 

Click below to download the Application Form

The Selection Process: 

A Jury Selection team will meet via ZOOM on March 1, 2021 to consider all applications received. All applications will receive a reply by email, stating whether the work has been accepted or not.  If your application has been successful, you will be contacted by telephone or email and we will outline your responsibilities and provide other details and dates. 

The Downtown New West BIA proudly relaunches our annual placemaking grant program to inspire our community in activating local public spaces! 

In partnership with the City of New Westminster, The Downtown New West BIA invites individuals, businesses and not for profits to submit your proposals for unique and innovative activations in Downtown New West public spaces. A volunteer jury will choose 3 projects to support in 2021. 

The Downtown New West BIA originally launched the program in 2019, see the 2019 winning submissions here. Unfortunately like so many things, this program had to be canceled in 2020, but the BIA is excited to bring it back for 2021.

The Downtown New West BIA is looking to you to come up with creative ways to activate public spaces, get people outside, foster social connections safely, build community, and make the Downtown more fun and inclusive. Above all else activations must be safe and abide by all COVID-19 safety protocols.

Program Goals:

  • Foster activations in public spaces that are safe, welcoming and inclusive
  • Build community by encouraging people to connect with each other safely in public spaces
  • Test new ideas and help identify/remove barriers that discourage activations of public spaces

Funding:

The Downtown New West BIA is looking to fund 3 projects in 2021 for up to $2,500 each. This funding would go towards your costs of producing the activation, and could include materials, artist fees, insurance, marketing, equipment rental, and supplies. The funding is not eligible to cover charitable donations or liquor purchases. 

The Downtown New West BIA will also provide promotional support, and guidance in acquiring necessary permits with the City of New Westminster.  

Criteria:

  • Your activation could include dance, music, art, technology, or hopefully something we haven’t even thought of before! The one thing it MUST be is safe, welcoming and inclusive to everyone.
  • Activations could be a single day, recurring pop-ups, or a seasonal installation. 
  • Activations must follow all current public health orders and protocols. The City has some guidelines you can view here.
  • Ongoing or previous activations within Downtown New West do not qualify. 
  • You must be prepared to take on all aspects of producing the activation including staffing and funding (with the help of the grant of course).
  • Activations must take place before December 15th, 2021.
  • You must acquire appropriate insurance naming the Downtown New West BIA and the City of New Westminster as additional insured parties.
  • The activations must happen in a public space within Downtown New West as defined by the BIA boundaries

Bonus points for:

  • Using a previously underutilized public space and/or supporting a change in perception about a public space.
  • You bring together two or more individuals, businesses or not for profits to partner together on an activation.

Process:

  • To submit your proposal, please fill out our online form by March 8th, 2021.
  • BIA staff will then review and create a shortlist, asking that shortlist for more details and a budget by March 29th.
  • The shortlisted candidates will have the opportunity to present to the volunteer jury in early April.
  • The 3 successful proposals will be notified shortly after the volunteer jury presentations.

The Downtown New West BIA wishes to highlight how diverse our community is, and in order to break down any exclusionary barriers and create a platform for marginalized voices, artists on the LGBTQ spectrum, non-binary artists, artists of colour, Indigenous artists, and disabled artists, are strongly encouraged to submit.

Submit your proposal here!

Questions about any aspect of this program can be directed to info@downtownnewwest.ca

New Westminster Public Library’s Call for Artists is open. Expressions of interest for any artists interested in exhibiting their work for one month during 2021/2022, can be made by completing all fields in the form on their website. On receipt of your complete application, an acknowledgement will be sent via email. Artists selected to exhibit will be notified by the end of April, 2021. Successful artists will be required to submit a promotional image and exhibit statement upon notification of acceptance to exhibit.

NWPL does not accept paper and in-person submissions.

Estimated Timeline:

February 1, 2021: Call for Artists opens
March 5, 2021: Deadline to submit applications, Call for Artists closes
Early April, 2021: Exhibition Selection Committee meets
Late April, 2021: Exhibition dates confirmed, contracts signed and returned
June 2021 – March 2022: Monthly exhibits

To ensure exhibitors have a positive experience, NWPL has compiled a list of  Exhibition Guidelines that outline the responsibilities of artists exhibiting at the Library. By accepting a booking to display their work all artists agree to these rules and conditions.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact at: art@nwpl.ca

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The Anvil Centre Theatre and Art Services departments are seeking local performance-based artists and collectives to participate in a pilot residency program at Anvil Centre.  

Two calls have been posted: one for professional artists and one for community-based artists. Applications are encouraged from non traditional arts streams, emerging artists as well as those representative of Indigenous, equity-seeking and racialized communities.  The creation of these pilot residency programs is intended to support the local arts sector in navigating pandemic recovery and connect artists and community through adapted activation, engagement and presentation opportunities.  

Successful applicants will receive scheduled access to the Anvil Centre’s dance studio and Anvil Centre Theatre during open building hours to support the residency, and technical support including facilitated use of the Anvil Centre Theatre’s streaming equipment.  In exchange for this support, successful applicants will be required to provide specific outcomes related to community engagement and presentation.

Applicants should be New Westminster based or strongly affiliated.  Examples would include performers who work, live or go to school within New Westminster or who are connected to the Indigenous heritage of the land.

Two open Zoom information sessions will be held at 12:00pm and 6:00 pm on Tuesday, February 16th. The deadline for submission of proposals is February 22.

Anvil Centre Community-Based Performing Arts Residency Program (Artist Call)

Anvil Centre Professional Performing Arts Residency Program (Artist Call)

Deadline to Apply:

February 22, 2021

Information Contact:

Hannah Bennett, Arts Program Coordinator
hbennett@newwestcity.ca
P: 778-773-0587

ACNW - Pandemic Strategic Plan - Cover Page - 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of us over these past nine months. As we look ahead to 2021, the ACNW has created a strategic plan that will plot our way forward through this pandemic. Please join ACNW Board and Staff for a Community Engagement Night. We would like to workshop this strategic plan with you and further develop our delivery of programming and service to artists and our arts community.

Read the Plan | Register Here

This event is FREE and open to all members of the Arts Council of New Westminster as well as the entire community of New Westminster. Please RSVP so we can get an accurate count and prepare appropriately.

For more information, contact Stephen O’Shea by phone 604 525 3244 or by email: info@acnw.ca

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“New West Craft Artisan Exhibition”

Featuring:
Pineapple Cat Studio
Kathy Harms
Florenzca Designs
Relaxation Island
Glasea

Exhibition Dates: February 1 – 28, 2021.
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 10:00am – 2:00pm

Free Admission.

Exhibition Statement

New West Craft is a collective of local artists, artisans and makers. The New West Craft Exhibition at The Gallery at Queen’s Park will feature the work of four local artisans. Each of the participating artisans showcase the diverse range of products, mediums and artistic styles of the New West Craft collective. Visit The Gallery at Queen’s Park and discover locally made pottery, photography, textiles and all-natural handcrafted products.

Join a new artist collective at The Gallery at Queen’s Park

The Arts Council of New Westminster is responding to the needs of our members and community artists by offering studio space on the lower floor of The Gallery at Queen’s Park, within the Centennial Lodge.

There are currently two spaces available within this shared studio. Each space includes designated storage, shelf space, table and chairs, access to sink, fridge, wi-fi and electrical outlets. Each space can be rented for $200 per month on a six month lease.

The Gallery’s Lower Studio is open-concept allowing artists the opportunity to create community and collaboration while pursuing a productive studio environment. Located within Queen’s Park, the studio offers a quiet and serene setting.

What’s Included:

  • Unlimited access to studio space
  • Clean and quiet work environment
  • Access to sink, fridge, storage, tables, chairs, wi-fi
  • Opportunity to be a part of an artist collective
  • Supportive environment
  • Affordable rental price ($200 per month for a minimum of six months)

Email Laura Grady at programs@acnw.ca to learn more.

Join us as we explore how the arts can help us to think more deeply and empathetically about issues related to poverty and homelessness.

Saturday, November 14, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM PST
Via ZOOM
Click here to register

Public discussions of social housing often perpetuate stigmas around poverty and homelessness. Meanwhile, the voices of people who need social housing are not heard. This three-part event series aims to encourage more reflective and empathetic discussions by centering these voices through first-person narrative and the arts.

Part 3: Reframing the Narrative through the Arts

Join us as we explore how the arts can help us to think more deeply and empathetically about issues related to poverty and homelessness. This event will feature a panel discussion with artists Mariah Eli, Mihailo Subotic, and PJ Patten.

The event will be moderated by Khari Wendell McClelland, an award-winning musician and creative facilitator who uses the arts and experiential activities for transformational learning.

The hosting partners for this event are the Institute of Applied Ethics at Douglas College and the Arts Council of New Westminster.

This project is generously funded through a grant provided by the Vancouver Foundation.

Event Registration Information:

Please register for the event by ordering a ticket and adding your e-mail address. A Zoom link to access the event will be provided through e-mail to ticket holders before the event.

Closed captioning will be provided for the event. If you have any other accessibility needs and would like to attend the event, please get in touch with us.

Attendees will also receive a digital volume of artwork and essays on the topic of how the arts can be used to improve public dialogue about issues related to poverty and homelessness.

Territorial Acknowledgement:

We acknowledge the unceded territory of the Qayqayt , sq̓əc̓iy̓aɁɬ təməxʷ (Katzie), sc̓əwaθenaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsawwassen), Kwikwetlem, səl̓ilwətaɁɬ, təməxʷ (Tsleil-Waututh), S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō), Kwantlen, Stz’uminus, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh-ulh Temíx̱w (Squamish).

The Arts Council of New Westminster
and the New West Hospice Society present:

‘The Compassionate I : Personal Images of Loss & Healing’ pop-up group exhibition

Featuring photography by:

Melanie Evalyn | Kathy Harms
Janet Kvammen | Paul Newton
Heather Prost | Deepali Raiththa
Caroline Sullivan | Anonymous

River Market
November 2020 – January 2021

This exhibition features eight photographs engaging the broad themes of loss and healing.  A whole range of loss affects the human condition. Loss of loved ones, loss of home, ability, identity, and so on. With loss comes different modes of healing. There is no correct response to loss, nor right way to go about healing – it is very individual and personal. Images are an interpretation of loss and healing and captured by a compassionate eye / I.

Special thanks to Patterson Brands and River Market for supporting this exhibition

About the Arts Council of New Westminster
Founded in 1967, The Arts Council of New Westminster is a community arts organization built by individuals and member groups who share an interest in visual, performing and literary arts. The Arts Council’s role in the community is to advocate for the arts and foster support for those engaging in artistic and cultural endeavors.
More info: http://www.acnw.ca

About the New West Hospice Society
New West Hospice Society was incorporated in August 2016 with the goal of working to make New Westminster a Compassionate City where neighbour helps neighbour at end of life and where talking about dying, death and grief are not taboo subjects.
More info: https://newwesthospice.ca/

Open Call for Submissions
Federation of Canadian Artists
Ten Squared – Annual Federation Fundraising Exhibition

Deadline: November 22nd, 2020
Exhibition Dates: December 14 – 23, 2020

Submit at: https://artists.ca/submissions/view/id/1163
Open to all subjects, styles and FCA permissible media
Artworks must be sized 10″ x 10″, on an unframed support that is a minimum of 1.5″ thick
Artists can set their own prices, and share the commission of sales 50/50 with the Federation

The Arts Council of New Westminster
2020 Annual General Meeting
will be on Sunday, November 22nd 2020.

Venue: Online through ZOOM
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00 pm
To register for the AGM, click here
More information about this meeting, click here

Please share this invitation with others, as the meeting is open to the public. If you have any questions, would like more information, or are interested in joining the Board of Directors, contact Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director at info@acnw.ca

We looking forward to seeing and hearing from you.

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 Coast Salish Nations.

The Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) aims to have a Board of Directors that reflects both the cultural and artistic diversity of contemporary art and the citizens of New Westminster. The ACNW wishes to highlight the diversity of our community, and to foster the practice of equity and inclusion in our work, those on the LGBTQ2IA+ spectrum, non-binary, people of colour, Indigenous, and/or disabled, are strongly encouraged to apply.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

The ACNW Board operates as a governing body and has a responsibility to its members to ensure stewardship of the organization, to provide sound financial management, and to develop a visionary strategic plan.

In addition to this, each member of the Board is expected to chair one of the Committees to the Board in order to carry out the work of the Board and our strategic plan. Placement on Board committees is based on Board member’s interests, passions, and skill set. The frequency Committees meet is dependent on the Committee, therefore time commitments beyond board meetings vary.

Board meetings take place during the afternoon on the fourth Tuesday of every month over Zoom.

Board members are expected to read all materials in advance and come prepared to contribute to the discussion. Once a year the Board meets for a longer meeting, held on a weekend in the Spring to review our Strategic Plan. From time to time there are other ACNW and community events that Board members are expected to attend.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Commit to the mission and vision of the ACNW
  • Familiarize themselves with ACNW’s programs and initiatives
  • Contribute in the areas of board governance, strategic planning, finance and fundraising, and resource development (human and capital)
  • Prepare for and attend monthly board meetings and attend the yearly AGM in November
  • Chair a committee
  • Attend special events as required
  • Act as an ambassador of the ACNW to external stakeholders and community.

QUALIFICATIONS:

We are currently seeking Board members that have a skill set connected to our Strategic Goals and objectives. The ideal candidate will have previous Board experience (an asset but not necessary), bring expertise in one of more of the following areas:

  • Indigenous Perspectives
  • Fund Development
  • Community Connections

ATTRIBUTES:

Attributes of ACNW board members include:

  • clear understanding or commitment to learn about non-profit governance
  • ability to work on a team and communicate effectively
  • a passion for the arts, enthusiasm for the work of the ACNW
  • have the time to commit to completing the work of the ACNW and Board responsibilities

The ACNW is committed to providing all members of the Board with an appropriate orientation to the ACNW and their role as Directors, to ensure all Board members are familiar with and equipped to effectively carry out their responsibilities.

BENEFITS:

  • an opportunity to contribute to the growth and success of the ACNW and the arts in our community
  • an opportunity to develop personal leadership through committees and projects of the Board
  • improved strategic and visionary thinking skills
  • building meaningful relationships with fellow board members, staff, and community
  • an opportunity to use your creativity to contribute in an area of your passion

START DATE:

November 2020

COMMITMENT:

2 year term, 5-10 hours per month; depending on committee work and attendance at events.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please apply with a resume and cover letter outlining your skills and interests in the arts to: Bob Crockett, ACNW President: president@acnw.ca

In your cover letter please talk about what you hope to contribute as a member of the ACNW Board and what you hope to gain from being on the ACNW Board. We appreciate your interest and will contact you to set up a time to meet.

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“ACNW Permanent Collection”

Exhibition Dates: Oct 1, 2020 – January 31, 2021.

Free Admission.
Viewing by appointment only
Click here to book an appointment

Exhibition Statement

The Arts Council of New Westminster’s permanent collection of artwork consists of a variety of styles and mediums of various artists and patrons that have been connected to the Arts Council over the past fifty years. This year’s exhibition is a curated selection of natural landscapes and floral still lifes from the permanent collection. The styles of the different works range from abstraction to hyper-realism, exploring the subject matter in oil, acrylic, and watercolour paint. This selection of paintings and prints serve as an homage to The Gallery at Queen’s Park’s unique natural setting, and during our winter season, this exhibition offers a gentle reminder of the richness and vibrancy within nature.

BlackOutTuesday - RECAP

Blackout Tuesday was a collective action to protest racism and police brutality. Taking place on June 2, 2020, it was an opportunity for reflection on racism and the effects of racism on society. As an act of solidarity, individuals and organizations around the world posted the black square image alongside the hashtag #blackouttuesday. This campaign grew from an initiative called #TheShowMustBePaused, created by “two Black women in the music industry in observance of the long-standing racism and inequality that exists from the boardroom to the boulevard”.

According to the original statement released on theshowmustbepaused.com by Brianna Aygyemang and Jamila Thomas, “This is not just a 24-hour initiative. We are and will be in this fight for the long haul. A plan of action will be announced”. This is only phase one of a multi-phase movement.
Source: theshowmustbepaused.com

Those participating in the Blackout Tuesday event, but not involving themselves in other forms of activism, such as protesting or donating, are being performative in their activism.

On June 2, 2020, ACNW Staff gathered for an important conversation about solidarity action and the intentions behind it. Many views were discussed and considered. We all agreed that action needed to back up our intention. In the end, an action plan was developed by Staff and implemented over the next thirteen weeks. Collectively, we agreed to use our social media platforms to showcase Black artists that we have worked with in the past, currently in our programming, and others that we admire. We did the additional work of contacting these artists seeking their permission to place them on this platform. We thank them for their willingness to work with us and we applaud their continued artistic efforts in our community.

The artists below were curated by ACNW Cultural Programmer, Demi Cheng

Additional Resources

Black Lives Matter – Global
Black Lives Matter – Canada
Black Lives Matter – Vancouver | Donation Page
Hogan’s Alley Society | Donation Page

View the campaign here

Dominique Wakeland

Dominique Wakeland (they/them) was born on unceded Kwantlen territory and is a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s Theatre Performance program. Dom is a poet/ Drag artist/ and theatre creator. Full bio: http://bit.ly/2AVQKZO

Eddy van Wyk

Eddy van Wyk is a multidisciplinary artist from Namibia. She’s the winner of the TD Fringe Forward Award at the 2019 Vancouver Fringe Festival for her solo show “tadpole: the last episode” Full bio: http://bit.ly/3dbXvEi

Sam Chimes

Sam Chimes is an Afro-Canadian jazzy hip hop music artist. He is an international street performer, producer, and DJ who has ventured around the world twice, supported by his music.
Twitter: @1Chimes

Lili Robinson

Lili Robinson (she/they) is a playwright, poet, actor and community organizer. She is passionate about centering voices at the intersections of queerness, Black diaspora, socio-economic diversity and femme identity.

CS Fergusson - Vaux

CS Fergusson-Vaux is a Theatrical and Visual Artist, Organizer and Researcher with a belief in decolonizing our community, encouraging and aiding in cultural endeavours, and constructing an ethical and inclusive artistic legacy. http://csfergusson.wixsite.com/website

Tajah Olsen

Tajah Olson was born and raised in Malawi. She has a Fashion Design Dipoloma from Pacific Design Academy, and a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Emily Carr University. https://tajaholson.com https://aswesi.com

Efe Fruci

Founder of ODIHI, Career Coach, and International Speaker

Efe Fruci is a career coach teaching and building confidence in women to thrive confidently in their careers, businesses, professions, and education. She is also an international speaker, author, and scientist.

Learn more at www.efefruci.com or on Instagram @efefruci

Linda Adimora

Linda Adimora is the SOULpreneur & social entrepreneur behind BATIQUA! She is a proud Zimbabwean-born entrepreneur of amazing handmade textiles for home decor. Find her shop at http://batiqua.com

Olivia Mbabazi

Olivia Mbabazi is an Ugandan Canadian, and the founder of @SheraboOrganics. Her family-owned company offers handcrafted moisturizers using Fair-trade premium USDA-certified-organic Nilotica Ugandan Shea Butter. http://sheraboorganics-store.com

Boostani

Boostani promotes a handmade lifestyle with items that are ecofriendly, fair traded and biodegradable. They work mainly with an underprivileged community of gifted artisans from the Akamba tribe in Kenya to keep their crafts alive http://boostani.ca

Pearl Low

Pearl Low is an Afro-Asian Oscar Winning Story Artist, Illustrator and Comics Artist based in Vancouver, BC. Most of her works are rooted in themes of self-love, acceptance and Chinese-Canadian and Caribbean-Canadian experiences.
Twitter: @Fumi_chun

Linnea Perry

Linnea Perry is a mixed race interdisciplinary theatre artist currently living and working on unceded Coast Salish territories. At her apprenticeship at Pacific Theatre, Linnea has had the honor of assistant stage managing Kim’s Convenience.

Vanessa Richards

Vanessa Richards is an artist with a foundation in music, performance, creative writing, and socially-engaged practices. She has been an active member of the City of Vancouver’s Black History Month Citizen’s Advisory Group.

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 to share the legacy of Robert’s work with the community of New Westminster and exhibit his artwork at The Gallery at Queen’s Park for future generations to enjoy.

Robert King Courtney was born and raised in New Westminster in 1921 and served in World War 2 with the New Westminster Regiment. Robert exhibited at The Gallery at Queen’s Park in 1990 and participated in the ACNW Art Rental program throughout the 1990s.

For more information about the ACNW artwork donation policy, click here

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Local New Westminster artists are invited to submit artworks for a fall group exhibition to relaunch the Community Art Gallery at Anvil Centre. The exhibition New West Portraits is welcoming submission of works that respond to the personal and collective impacts of the pandemic, as well as the resistance and change associated with the social and cultural shifts unfolding around us.

Portraits can reflect a range of creative expression, from representational to abstract, sharing stories of community, hope and inspiration. Accompanying short written statements or poetry are also welcome and encouraged.

About

The Community Art Gallery, located in the lobby of the Anvil Centre Theatre celebrates the rich cultural landscape of New Westminster. The gallery forges creative dialogue, brings attention to local art and creates new opportunities for artists in our city. It is an accessible space where New Westminster-based art groups can organize members’ exhibitions. It is open to New Westminster emerging and established artists working in two-dimensional media.

Submission Deadline: Friday, September 25, 2020

Exhibition period: October – December, 2020 (Exhibition will be on display during the New Westminster Culture Crawl & Culture Days.)

Please send submissions via email by Friday, September 25, 2020 to hbennett@newwestcity.ca.
Submissions must include:

• Artist name and contact information (phone number, email, mailing address)
• 2-3 JPEG or PDF images of proposed artworks. Maximum 2 pieces per artist will be eligible for selection.
• Label information: artist name, artwork title(s), media(s) and dimensions
• Other didactic text such as a written statement, story or poem (no longer than 100 words). This is not a submission requirement.
• An artist biography

Please note that the proposed work submission must not have been exhibited in New Westminster in the preceding 12 months, nor (upon acceptance) be displayed in any other New Westminster gallery during the exhibition year.

Proposals will be adjudicated by a peer jury. All artworks need to be ready for exhibition (framed and/or ready to display with appropriate wiring). There is no exhibition fee paid to selected artists. Submission deadline: September 25, 2020.

Questions and media enquiries can be submitted to hbennett@newwestcity.ca. Hannah Bennett | Program Coordinator, Art Services
Pronouns: she/her/hers City of New Westminster | Office of the Chief Administrative Officer
777 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC V3M 1B6
T 604.515.3837 | C 778.773.0587 | E hbennett@newwestcity.ca

Last Monday at the Movies Season - Postponed

The Arts Council of New Westminster has made the difficult decision to postpone the start of our 19th season of Last Monday at the Movies. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the recommendations from the BC Government’s Provincial Health Orders, we have pushed our next season opener to January 2022, at the earliest. The public health and safety of our audience, volunteers, and staff is our top priority.

For those who purchased a 2019/2020 Last Monday at the Movies Season Pass, the March-June 2020 cancelled film dates will be credited and applied to your next Season Pass.

We look forward to seeing you again at the Massey Theatre sometime in 2022.

For questions or concerns please email programs@acnw.ca

MEDIA RELEASE
FOR 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 to bring messages of positivity to the New Westminster community through Seniors Expressions Through the Arts special projects

July 23, 2020 (New Westminster, BC) —

At a time when no one could predict how long lockdown would be in effect and the world seemed to hold its breath, one woman had a vision of how she might organize efforts to create a mural that would inspire hope. Merril Hall, long-time New Westminster resident and facilitator of local public art projects, was commissioned by the Arts Council of New Westminster to create an art project that could be accomplished within the new parameters of social distancing and eventually become an installation in one of the city’s public spaces. As facilitator of The Garden Gals, a group of active sketchers and painters who share a passion for art in nature and are all avid gardeners, Merill invited the gals to help create a mural project that would depict images that evoke sentiments like thoughtfulness, kindness, and appreciation experienced during these unprecedented times. Creating in isolation, each painter was left to their own devices to choose the color palette and format for their canvas after receiving instructions from Merill that each painting must include a heart and a flower and present an interpretation of the theme, “Positivity During COVID-19”. With titles like, “Hopeful Heart”, “Downside Up”, and “The Window Between Us”, viewers will see a series of paintings that carry the artists’ own powerful messages of how positivity can be witnessed in the world around us, and specifically in the New Westminster community.

The Seniors Expressions through the Arts program run by the Arts Council of New Westminster is a multi-faceted project that aims to foster cultural engagement opportunities for the 55+ community of New West. This mural project came about through recommendations from the program’s advisory committee as a way to memorialize the experiences of living through lockdown due to COVID-19.

Thanks to a partnership with the Anvil Centre, and the window of opportunity afforded by the facility’s closure, the individual paintings will be on temporary display, viewable thorough the Centre’s ground floor windows along Columbia Street August 10 to 27.  “This is a unique way to showcase this timely project”, noted Todd Ayotte, Manager of Community Art and Theatres for the City of New Westminster, adding that “plans are currently underway to reactivate the Community Art Gallery at Anvil later in the fall.” Public are encouraged to witness these works but are reminded to keep their distance and be responsible when occupying space on the sidewalk to view them. Following this exhibition, the paintings will be fused together to become an original mural. “If we had all been together, I would have set the color palette, and drawn up the plan. This way, each artist had their own freedom to choose their own way to connect with the theme. We thought of this as patchwork that would only all come together when the canvases were completed. In the end, we all feel incredibly proud of the work we were able to accomplish apart, together.” (Merrill Hall)

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About the Arts Council of New Westminster

Founded in 1967, The Arts Council of New Westminster is a community arts organization built by artists, audiences, and arts groups who share an interest in visual, performing and literary arts. The Arts Council’s role in the community is to advocate for the arts and foster support for those engaging in artistic and cultural endeavours.

For more information about The Arts Council of New Westminster, visit http://www.acnw.ca. We can be reached at info@acnw.ca.

Media Contact:
Olivia Davies, Seniors Expressions Through the Arts, Coordinator
Arts Council of New Westminster
seniors@acnw.ca | 604 525 3244 | www.acnw.ca

$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 of Arts Council #NewWest’ campaign has come to an end on July 1st. With an initial goal of $35,000 in donations, the ACNW Board of Directors are pleased to share that they have exceeded the target. An anonymous donor emerged mid-campaign with a commitment of up to $10,000 in matching donated funds. This pushed the campaign past its goal as the community responded with enthusiasm for the opportunity to double the impact of their gifts. Combined with ongoing support from community members, the City of New Westminster and additional support from the provincial and federal governments, along with the Vancouver Foundation, the ACNW is now able to address the immediate challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The strong support from all sectors shows the importance people place on the arts and the respect for the Arts Council’s role as a valued partner,” ACNW President Robert Crocket. “We are profoundly grateful for the community members and local businesses that contributed to this campaign; these contributions will ensure that the ACNW continues to create community cohesion through facilitating arts and culture in New Westminster. These results will assist the ACNW in promoting innovations that help artists adapt to the ‘new normal’ ahead.”

In the immediate future, the ACNW Board of Directors and staff will review their public programming and be adapting to new health regulations and guidelines. The ACNW’s work is to further allow everybody in the community to experience the arts, by increasing access and diversity and reducing barriers to participation. The ACNW will continuing in-person New West Craft artisan markets at Tipperary Park, produce future episodes of the ArtsNW Podcast featuring stories from local artists, and host the now-monthly New Westminster Cultural Roundtable as a platform for learning, information exchange, and capacity development. With these funds going to programs that support local artists, ACNW programming can be delivered in safe, accessible, and innovative ways. The ACNW will continue to be a valued community partner to artists, arts organizations, the City of New Westminster, and other local agencies and non-profits.

     The Friends of Arts Council #NewWest Campaign 2020 set the goal of raising $35,000, representing $1,000 for each year since The Gallery at Queen’s Park was founded in 1985. The ACNW is hopeful that the gallery will be able to re-open to the public in September 2020.

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About the Arts Council of New Westminster

Founded in 1967, The Arts Council of New Westminster is a community arts organization built by artists, audiences, and arts groups who share an interest in visual, performing, and literary arts. The Arts Council’s role in the community is to advocate for the arts and foster support for those engaging in artistic and cultural endeavours.

For more information about The Arts Council of New Westminster, visit http://www.acnw.ca. We can be reached at info@acnw.ca.

Media Contact:

Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director
Arts Council of New Westminster
info@acnw.ca | 604 525 3244 | www.acnw.ca

The Arts Council of New Westminster Board of Directors are very pleased to share the results of our most recent fundraising campaign. The ACNW Board of Directors chose to undertake this campaign in response to the unprecedented impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. A mid-campaign announcement of a $10,000 matching campaign helped push us past our goal. Many individual donors expressed enthusiasm for the opportunity to have their donation’s impact doubled by the generosity of an anonymous donor. Our sincerest THANK YOU to everyone that donated to ACNW’s Friends of the Arts Council #NewWest campaign. Together we exceed our initial fundraising goal of $35,000 and raised over $40,000!

These results will assist the ACNW in promoting innovations that help artists adapt to the ‘new normal’ ahead. Combined with reduced costs and support from governments and the Vancouver Foundation, this fundraising result solidifies our ability to operate through the immediate future. With these funds going to programs that support local artists, ACNW programming can be delivered in safe, accessible, and innovative ways. The ACNW will continue to be a valued community partner to artists, arts organizations, the City of New Westminster, and other local agencies and non-profits.

In our immediate future, the ACNW Board of Directors and staff will review our public programming. We will be adapting to new health regulations and guidelines. Our works is to further allow everybody in the community to experience the arts, by increasing access and diversity and reducing barriers to participation. We look forward to continuing in-person New West Craft artisan markets at Tipperary Park, future episodes of the ArtsNW Podcast featuring stories from local artists, and the now-monthly New Westminster Cultural Roundtable as a platform for learning, information exchange, and capacity development.

We could not have achieved these results without the help of our amazing community and the local businesses who generously donated. Special thanks to the City of New Westminster, Vancouver Foundation and ACNW’s various supporters throughout the community for their generous contributions to the campaign. We would like to thank the following amazing folks:

Diamond Donor – $5000 – $15000
Anonymous (x3)

Ruby Donor – $1500 – $4999
Bob and Cathy Crockett

Onyx Donor – $500 – $1499
Rick Carswell
Leah Chang
Margaret Barrett
Leanne and Michael Ewen *
Anonymous

Pearl Donor $250 – 499
Hannah Bennett
Ruby Campbell
Judy Darcy, MLA
Kendra Johnston & Aaron Skogland
Peter Julian, MP
Pam Rogers
Anonymous

Jade Donor – $100 – 249
David Boettcher
Kathy Brandon
Gabor Gasztonyi Studio
Ceci Lam
Gilles Malnarich
Brenda Martel
Brenda McEachern
Janice Meehan
Susan Millar*
Brandon Pham (The Phamily Table)
Russell Roberts/Colleen Winton
Matthew Silverman
Beth Snow
Audrey Soroka *
Anonymous (x 9)

 * denotes Monthly Donor

Coral Donor – $0 – 99
Dee Beattie
Veronique Boulanger
Tim Catcher
Brad Cavanagh
Kait DeWolff
Katrina Hilliard *
Joyce Jackson
Marianne Janzen
Jon Jennings
Simrit Kainth *
Janet Kvammen
Franci Louann
Nima Moazen
Minna Nikula
New Westminster Youth Ambassador Society
Janine Reid
Lori L Walker
Anonymous (x 27)

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 contribution to our organization that Past-President Leanne Ewen has made over the last ten years. Leanne is that special kind of leader that brings her knowledge and experience as a teacher to every interaction she has with the community. Her efforts guided the Arts Council through many exciting times for the arts in New Westminster and we want to thank her for countless hours and ideas she brought during her time as President.

Beginning as a Board member in 2013, Leanne’s enthusiasm for the arts has always been evident. She started as engaging and thoughtful Board Member that dove right in to developing policy and good governance. Serving as the Vice-President of the Arts Council, Leanne also took on the role of chair of the 2014 LitFest New West organizing committee. Leanne took on the role of President in November 2015, overseeing the first Executive Director change in over 25 years, providing the leadership to develop two strategic plans for the ACNW, and finding the resources this organization has needed to continue to foster the arts in New Westminster. Leanne brought forward the concept of “Bringing Community Together Through the Arts” and in our second strategic plan “Making the Arts Essential”. She understood that the arts are so important to the daily lives of each and every member of our community.

As she is an aspiring harpist, we are thrilled that Leanne will have more time for her own creative pursuits and efforts. We wish her great success in her future as the “ACNW” continues on with a strong foundation she helped build.

Sincerely,

Bob Crockett
President
Arts Council of New Westminster

The Arts Council of New Westminster, in partnership with the City of New Westminster’s Youth Services and Art Services Departments is proud to be presenting “Art in the Park” in July and August of 2020. For more details about these workshops, click here

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 for a Cultural Calendar that we have heard from the community for many years.

We have now created this online calendar as a resource on our website here: https://artscouncilnewwest.org/events/

You can submit your events to this calendar! Please bookmark this page: https://artscouncilnewwest.org/events/community/add/. When looking on our website, you can find the ‘Add your Events’ section in the menu under ‘Get Involved’.

In order to keep out spam, your events will be vetted by ACNW staff to ensure they are arts-based and central to New Westminster. Please email info@acnw.ca if you have concerns about your listing.

From your submitted events, we will curate a list of top events and activities for the community to enjoy! We will promote these through our social media and e-newsletters going forward

Contact:
Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director
info@acnw.ca | 604 525 3244

The New Westminster Overdose Community Action Team – Peer Network is assembling a memorial to commemorate the many lives that have been lost to the overdose crisis. We hope to capture the collective impact of the overdose crisis, which includes at least 95 lives cut short due to the contaminated drug supply in New Westminster since 2016.

We are inviting New Westminster community members to submit art, writing, or photos that will be framed and mounted on the New Westminster Overdose Memorial. Every submission represents the story of someone who will be remembered in our hearts. We want to provide our community an opportunity to reflect on what we hope to accomplish together in creating a safe and inclusive community for everyone.

We recognize that each person who has passed away has a story and a lesson for us. Each person has left loved ones behind. Acknowledging our community members is critical, as with the onset of the COVID19 pandemic, we are again seeing increasing rates of overdose deaths; the highest since March of last year.

Please submit your art, writing, or photos to the Lower Mainland Purpose Society
Email: courtney.pankratz@purposesociety.org
Fax: 604-526-6546
In person: 40 Begbie Street

Please include a paragraph with your submission, and, if possible, your contact information (name and phone number). Submissions that do not include this information will still be accepted.

The memorial will be on display for International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31) and Recovery Month (September).
Details of the location will be confirmed closer to the date.

If you are looking to be connected to supports, contact project ALLIES: 604-690-7337

To download a copy of this Call for Submissions as a PDF, click here

It’s summertime! The Arts Council of New Westminster has made a Summer 2020 playlist filled with Canadian artists from near and far. The playlist features a hodgepodge of many different genres, from instrumental music to rock and everything in between. Sit back, relax, and discover some great musicians with us. Curated by Queen’s Park Cultural Programmer, Demi Cheng.

ArtsNW is a podcast that is homegrown and distinctly New West. Amidst the pandemic, the podcast seeks to remove the distance between us by sharing casual conversations between artists, and finding ways to continue support and present their work to the public through a virtual platform. Brought to you by the Arts Council of New Westminster with the support of 100 Braid St Studios, the City of New Westminster and the BC Arts Council; the podcast gives insight into the way art influences our lives here in the Lower Mainland and the impact of local art on the national and international stage. The podcast is recorded on the unceded, traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the QayQayt (qiqéyt) Nation as well as all Coast Salish Nations.

For the summer edition, we are interested in connecting with emerging artists from across lower mainland. The recording will take place in the Arts Council of New Westminster gallery space in New Westminster in late June – early July, with all social distancing protocols in place. Small honourarium will be provided!

For any question, please email: howard@artscouncilnewwest.org

Submit through this Google Form!

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 and services, the ACNW has now received a gracious matching donation up to $10,000 from an anonymous supporter to help the Arts Council reach its $35,000 fundraising goal. New donations received between now and July 1st will double in value, contributing to the ACNW’s work of virtually delivered programs and sustaining services provided for members and citizens of New Westminster.

“Personally, I miss hearing music on the streets and in our parks” said Bob Crockett, ACNW President. “We don’t know when things will return but we do know life will be different. Your Arts Council is monitoring other cities and working with other organizations to bring back our vibrant arts scene.”

Donations to the Friends of Arts Council #NewWest Campaign 2020 will ensure that ACNW remains an information and resource centre for artistic and cultural projects, while continuing to help make our community a better place to live, work and play. Raised funds will also assist the Arts Council in continuing to host the weekly New Westminster Cultural Roundtables on Thursdays at 3:00pm as a forum for sharing amongst artists, artisans, curators, arts administrators, and citizens. Anybody interested and engaged in the arts and culture sector in New Westminster is welcome, professionally and otherwise.

The Friends of Arts Council #NewWest Campaign 2020 will culminate on July 1st, Canada Day, with the goal of raising $35,000, representing $1,000 for each year since The Gallery at Queen’s Park was founded in 1985.

To make a donation, visit acnw.ca/donate    

In this time of uncertainty and physical distancing, the joy you bring into our lives is more important than ever. Thank you for the gifts you give to our community every single day!
– Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, MLA for New Westminster

We are so grateful for you and for your generous contribution to making this challenging COVID-19 time lighter, enriching, and joy filled for us all. Thank you!
– Anonymous Donor

Thank you for working tirelessly and passionately to bring arts initiatives to New West!
– Lori L. Walker

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About the Arts Council of New Westminster

Founded in 1967, The Arts Council of New Westminster is a community arts organization built by artists, audiences, and arts groups who share an interest in visual, performing and literary arts. The Arts Council’s role in the community is to advocate for the arts and foster support for those engaging in artistic and cultural endeavours.

For more information about The Arts Council of New Westminster, visit http://www.acnw.ca. We can be reached at info@acnw.ca.

Media Contact:

Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director
Arts Council of New Westminster
info@acnw.ca | 604 525 3244 | www.acnw.ca

Joni Mitchell had it right when she sang “You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til its gone”. Among the casualties form this pandemic are all the theatre performances, music concerts and arts show that make New Westminster such a great place in the summer. In response, we’ve reduced expenses, postponed programs and are doing what we can online, including weekly the craft fair and weekly roundtables.

Personally, I miss hearing music on the streets and in our parks.

We don’t know when things will return but we do know life will be different. Your Arts Council is monitoring other cities and working with other organizations to bring back our vibrant arts scene. To keep our operations going through this time we have asked for your help and the response to our fundraising campaign has been terrific. If you have already donated, we thank you. If this is not a good time to donate, we fully understand.

Recently we were approached by a supporter who is willing to match any new donation up to $10,000. That will go a long way to helping us reach our $35,000 goal.

Please pass on the news that “if you could find your way to giving us a gift, your money will be doubled.” Donations can be sent by mail to PO Box 16003, New Westminster, BC, V3M 6W6, or online at acnw.ca/donate. To spread things out, donors could consider pledging a smaller amount monthly.

The ACNW Board believes the arts are essential to a livable city and we will make sure all funds are put to good use.

Thanks
Bob Crockett
President

‘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 this time of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has never been more important to ensure the safety of the most vulnerable members of our society. This shift in priorities has triggered changes in the way arts organizations are delivering programming. The Arts Council of New Westminster saw the need to adapt and rapidly redeployed its ‘Seniors Expressions Through the Arts’ project to promote creative expression and professional development for the emerging, mid-career, and senior level artists in New Westminster’s 55+ community.

In late April, the ACNW put out an artist call for a one-time Seniors Arts Awards, allocating $5,000 towards local arts projects. The awards presented an opportunity for arts projects to receive up to $500 in reimbursements for costs related to materials for art projects, technology upgrades, and professional courses offered online encouraged dozens of applicants to apply.

“The opportunity to engage creativity through the pursuit of arts, crafts, design, and learning can help dissolve the boundaries and challenges experienced in isolation.” says Olivia C. Davies, Arts Council of New Westminster Seniors Coordinator. “These arts awards will promote the health and welfare of our senior community by encouraging new creative expression and help ease the financial burden of purchasing non-essential items that help fulfill the artist’s desires to create something beautiful in these difficult times of social distancing.”

A volunteer adjudication committee of 55+ New Westers connected to the arts & culture community was struck to measure the merit of each application and accompanying budget. Ten successful applicants were awarded funds and each of the projects developed with this funding will be considered for public exhibition at The Gallery at Queen’s Park in 2021. Additional online content and virtual exhibition will be available on the Arts Council’s website in early Fall 2020. This initiative is part of the Seniors Expressions Through the Arts project, coordinated by Indigenous arts administrator and choreographer, Olivia C. Davies, and funded through the Government of Canada’s New Horizons For Seniors program.

Award recipients include:
Candace Colmer – series of acrylic paintings and online learning
Carolyn McLaughlin – Batik art fashion designs
Janet Kvammen – Senior’s Weekend Pop Up Show Event with live demos
Jim Keyes – series of acrylic paintings for exhibition and online portfolio upgrades
Lanta Meng – series of oil paintings for exhibition
Lavana La Brey – software and equipment for online teaching and presentations
Lee Down – series of acrylic paintings for exhibition
Melissa Mary Duncan – equipment for online presentations of Fantasy Art practise
Susan Ormsby – series of watercolor paintings for exhibition
Rodrigo Sarrat Cave – printing series of photobooks as teaching tools

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About the Arts Council of New Westminster

Founded in 1967, The Arts Council of New Westminster is a community arts organization built by artists, audiences, and arts groups who share an interest in visual, performing and literary arts. The Arts Council’s role in the community is to advocate for the arts and foster support for those engaging in artistic and cultural endeavours.

For more information about The Arts Council of New Westminster, visit http://www.acnw.ca. We can be reached at info@acnw.ca.

Media Contact:
Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director
Arts Council of New Westminster
info@acnw.ca | 604 525 3244 | www.acnw.ca

‘Seniors Expressions Through the Arts’ project changes gears to support ten local residents with funding for art projects and professional development.

Never before has it been more important to ensure the safety of the most vulnerable members of our society. This shift in priorities has triggered changes in the way arts organizations are delivering programming. At the Arts Council of New Westminster, we saw the need to adapt and did what was possible with funding received from the New Horizons for Seniors grant to promote creative expression and professional development for the emerging, mid-career, and senior level artists in our 55+ community. In late April, we put out an Artist Call for a one-time Seniors Arts Awards program. The chance to receive up to $500 in reimbursements for costs related to materials for art projects, technology upgrades, and professional courses offered online encouraged dozens of applicants to apply. A volunteer adjudication committee of 55+ New Westers connected to the arts & culture community was struck to measure the merit of each application and accompanying budget. Ten successful applicants were awarded funds and each of the projects developed with this funding will be considered for public exhibition in the Gallery at Queen’s Park in 2021. Additional online content and virtual exhibition will be available on the Arts Council’s website in early Fall 2020. This initiative is part of the Seniors Expressions Through the Arts program, coordinated by Indigenous arts administrator and choreographer, Olivia C. Davies.

“The opportunity to engage creativity through the pursuit of arts, crafts, design and learning can help dissolve the boundaries and challenges experienced in isolation.” says Olivia C. Davies, Arts Council of New Westminster Seniors Coordinator. “These arts awards will promote the health and welfare of our senior community by encouraging new creative expression and help ease the financial burden of purchasing non-essential items that help fulfill the artist’s desires to create something beautiful in these difficult times of social distancing.”

Award recipients include:

Candace Colmer – series of acrylic paintings and online learning
Carolyn McLaughlin – Batik art fashion designs
Janet Kvammen – Senior’s Weekend Pop Up Show Event with live demos
Jim Keyes – series of acrylic paintings for exhibition and online portfolio upgrades
Lanta Meng – series of oil paintings for exhibition
Lavana La Brey – software and equipment for online teaching and presentations
Lee Down – series of acrylic paintings for exhibition
Melissa Mary Duncan – equipment for online presentations of Fantasy Art practise
Susan Ormsby – series of watercolor paintings for exhibition
Rodrigo Sarrat Cave – printing series of photobooks as teaching tool

Arts Council of New Westminster pleased to share results of giving during May 5 global #GivingTuesdayNow

Dear friend of the Arts Council of New Westminster,

On April 26th, we sent out a request for your support to help us make it through these challenging circumstances.

The landscape is rapidly changing and it is difficult to predict exactly what we will need. But like so many others, we are facing a significant loss of income. Our goal is to raise $35,000 by July 1st. We were thrilled to see over $2,000 come in through Giving Tuesday on May 5th.

You may have heard that events over fifty people will not be taking place this Summer. This means that the ACNW will be developing new programming that we present artists through digital platforms and online offerings. Our efforts are focused on how we can develop those to ensure the arts connect to the daily lives of us in New Westminster.

We are on our way towards $35,000 and are overwhelmed with our community support. Your generosity confirms that you also agree the arts are essential to our community.

We are doing our best to provide service and keep supporting artists in these very uncertain times, and your gift will help us through this out together. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Will you help us get to our goal by July 1st?

My sincere gratitude,

Stephen O’Shea
Executive Director