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.

Anvil Centre Logo

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, 2020 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

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

Anvil Centre Logo

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 to cancel public gatherings over 50 people we will push back our next season to September 2021. 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 can be credited and applied to your 2021/2022 Season Pass.
We look forward to seeing you again at the Massey Theatre in September 2021.

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 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

‘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

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

In partnership with New Westminster Secondary School

Claire was born and grew up in New Westminster with her mom, dad and older sister, and spent most of her time growing up playing in Queens Park and jumping rope. She is a graduate of New Westminster Secondary School as of June 2020, and spent most of her time as a student at the high school volunteering or working at the Massey Theatre. She fell in love with the arts at a young age, learning to play 7 instruments throughout middle and high school
and then ultimately pursuing technical theatre in grade 10. Due to the incredible opportunities she was offered at the Massey theatre, she was able to work with companies such as Royal City Musical Theatre, The Stage New West, ACNW, the Vagabond Players, and the Pacific National Exhibition. Claire loves the teamwork aspect of technical theatre and she has always been fascinated by the secret workings of backstage that an audience wouldn’t see. She is currently
enrolled in the technical theatre program at Capilano University and on her way to starting her second year in September. Since starting in technical theatre, Claire has gained experience in stage management, lighting design, rigging, set construction, costume and prop design and construction, followspot operation, and backstage crew work. Claire is very thankful to everyone who has encouraged and mentored her along the way, including the Hilda Cliffe scholarship, which helped pay for her first semester at Capilano University. After completing her diploma at
Capilano, she hopes to ultimately work in live music and tour around the world as a theatre technician.

In partnership with the Douglas College Foundation

Basic Musicianship Certificate
Biography to come

In partnership with the Douglas College Foundation

Theatre Diploma
Biography to come

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

April 26, 2020 (New Westminster, BC) —

     In response to having to cancel and postpone numerous events resulting in significant sponsorship and event revenues, the Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) is launching the Friends of Arts Council #NewWest Campaign 2020 to support the continuity of ACNW’s programs through virtual delivery, along with sustaining services provided for the arts and artists of New Westminster. The campaign will launch on Tuesday, May 5th to coincide with #GivingTuesdayNow – a new global day of giving and unity scheduled as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

As a lead gift, ACNW President Bob Crockett and his wife, Cathy Crockett, have made a gracious donation in the amount of $2,500. This lead contribution has inspired donations from other ACNW board members and will hopefully inspire donations from community members who value the arts and the work of The Arts Council of New Westminster.

Donations to the Friends of Arts Council #NewWest Campaign 2020 will ensure that ACNW continues to help make our community a better place to live, work and play. Funds from the campaign will allow the ACNW to continue to be an information and resource centre for artistic and cultural projects and deliver adapted programs such as the New West Craft Virtual Market and the ArtsNW Podcast. Raised funds will also assist the Arts Council in continuing to host the community through the weekly New Westminster Cultural Roundtables using ZOOM on Thursdays at 3:00pm as a forum for sharing amongst artists and artisans. These programs provide opportunities for community cohesion through facilitating arts and cultural activities in New Westminster.

 “We truly believe that a vibrant local Arts scene is essential to a livable city. The Arts Council has an important role in helping the city reconnect and heal from this pandemic.” says ACNW President Bob Crockett. “We look forward to giving artists back their voices and helping people reconnect through shared experiences. A vibrant, viable arts scene keeps the “New” In New Westminster.”

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 www.acnw.ca/donate      

Joining the New West Craft markets this year has been one of the best choices I have made for my business – it allowed me to meet other makers and engage with my community. The fact that the Arts Council of New Westminster, adapted so well to the Covid crisis by making a virtual market for their creators made all the difference. It has allowed me to continue to strengthen the bonds I have made through the market and find new customers while social distancing. I am grateful for their support.
Britt MacDuff, Emerald and Ginger

The Arts Council of New Westminster is a wonderful organization that brings awareness to local artists and provides us with a platform to express ourselves through our work.  During this time of uncertainty and a long road with no clear end in sight ahead of us the New West Craft Virtual markets give us local artists a bit of hope. I am so grateful for all the hard work that is put into them as they keep us in the awareness of local consumers in a time where those of us who rely on markets and trade shows for sales are struggling to keep our small businesses afloat.
Paula Godden, The Pirate + The Gypsy Designs

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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.

About #GivingTuesdayNow

#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. We invite all Canadians to join us in demonstrating the power of kindness and generosity.

More info: https://givingtuesday.ca/gtnow

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

We acknowledge that 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 and the New West Hospice Society present:

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

Fall 2020

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

We invite all visual artists from Metro Vancouver to submit photographic images for a group pop-up exhibition during and event to be rescheduled for the Fall of 2020 in New Westminster, B.C. (subject to relaxing of COVID-19 related social distancing practices).

The theme of the exhibition is “The Compassionate I : Personal Images of Loss & Healing”.

In recognizing how diverse our community is, and in order to break down any exclusionary barriers and create a platform for marginalized voices, we specifically encourage artists with lived experience of homelessness, poverty, and substance use to submit. Artists on the LGBTQ spectrum, non-binary artists, artists of colour, Indigenous artists, and disabled artists, are strongly encouraged to submit.

PLEASE NOTE: EXTENDED TIMELINE
Submissions will be received up to 4:00pm on

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Overview:

This Call for Submissions is for photographs engaging the broad themes of loss and healing.  These images will become an important part of an event to be rescheduled for the Fall of 2020 in New Westminster (subject to relaxing of COVID-19 related social distancing practices). 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.

We are seeking all types of photographic images for this contest. Images can be black & white or colour; captured by digital camera, film camera, or a phone. They can be of people, places, things — realistic or abstract. Anything goes. Images should be an interpretation of loss and healing and captured by a compassionate eye / I.

Although not mandatory, you are welcome to submit a short synopsis to enhance the story of your image.

One image per entry will be allowed. All varieties of photographic methods will be considered including Phone Camera, Digital Camera, and Film/Polaroid. Up to nine images will be selected by the jury to be included in the pop-up exhibition.

Please note: The New West Hospice Society will reserve the right to retain the reproductions of the selection images and may auction off the reproductions in support of the New West Hospice Society. For Clarity: you will retain your copyright to your submitted image. Your copyright won’t be transferred to either the ACNW or the New West Hospice Society. This Call is for the non-exclusive license for use of images in the exhibition. The New West Hospice Society will pay for the reproduction of the selection images to be displayed during the exhibition. The New West Hospice Society will also display the selected images on their website.  There will be no use in perpetuity, and no reproductions beyond the ones used in the exhibition. Any submitted images that are not selected by the jury will not be used by the ACNW nor the NW Hospice Society for any purpose.

Eligibility:

This call is open to applications from both established and emerging photographers. To apply to this Call, you are not required to be a member of the Arts Council of New Westminster.

Budget:

This Call for Submissions will not charge for submissions or exhibiting, and artists will not be paid a fee for participating in this exhibition. The New West Hospice Society will pay for reproduction costs of the images to be exhibited.

How to Apply for an Exhibition:

The Selection Committee will meet in late May 2020 to consider applications for the exhibition. A well-prepared proposal helps in the selection.

To be considered, please submit the following:

  • One digital image of proposed work you wish to exhibit. Digital images should be in JPG format at 150 dpi; each image should be a maximum of 5MB. Image files should be clearly labelled with your Name, the Title of Work, Size in inches and Medium.
    Example: Artist-Title-Size-Medium.jpg
  • Contact information (mailing address, phone number, email, website, or shelter address).
  • An Artist Statement giving your aims and objectives as an artist in relation to your submitted work (optional).

If possible, please include all written material as PDF files and submit via email to info@acnw.ca with “Exhibition Submission – New West Hospice Pop Up Exhibition” in the subject line. Please ensure that attachments total less than 5MB. For handwritten submission options, please contact the gallery at 604-525-3244.

Deadlines for submission is 4:00pm on Thursday April 30, 2020.

The Selection Process:

The Selection Committee will meet in late May 2020 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, exhibition details 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, name of your artwork, and complete contact information.
  • 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 digital documents on a PC computer to ensure compatibility

Estimated Timeline:

February 15, 2020
March 31, 2020
April 30, 2020
Late May 2020
June 2020
Fall 2020
Fall 2020
Call for Submissions Launched
Original deadline to submit
Extended deadline to submit
Selection Committee meets
Artists contacted, contracts signed and returned
Installation dates
Rescheduled New West Hospice Event


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

As the Arts Council of New Westminster continues to track the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we will be sending out notifications. Join our newsletter to keep up-to-date:

The Arts Council of New Westminster Board of Directors have spent this first week of social distancing curating a playlist of their favourite songs to self-quarantine to during the spread of COVID-19. They highly suggest you throw this on and enjoy the tunes! Click here to listen on Spotify or listen below:

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, The Gallery at Queen’s Park is closed to the public. Please check this space for updates

Updated: July 3, 2020 – 8:00am

The Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) is keeping up to date with the continuing developments surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. We are communicating and coordinating with our members, non-profits, partners, and local municipality to ensure we are guided by evidence-based recommendations published by Fraser Health Authority, BC Centre for Disease Control, and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The health and safety of artists, audiences, and ACNW staff and volunteers is our top priority. We are carefully reviewing updates to determine our course of action during this time.  We would like to assure our community that we are committed to the safety of all who attend ACNW events and are taking the appropriate measures to help ensure that participants will experience a safe and healthy environment.

Effective, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, all City of New Westminster community centres and public facilities have been closed to the public. This has impacted our operations of The Gallery at Queen’s Park. All exhibitions, events, workshops, rental use, and activities have been cancelled up to August 31, 2020.

As such, we are announcing that the following updates on ACNW programming:

The Gallery at Queen’s Park – Closed until August 31, 2020

New West Craft Artisan Markets
A pilot project is being undertaken at Tipperary Park on July 4, 2020. More info here

ArtsToGo/Momentum Youth Arts
An ArtsToGo Workshop was posted online for Canada Day. View here
A pilot project in partnership between these two programs is being undertaken in July and August. More info here

Last Monday at the Movies
The remainder of the 2019/2020 season, up to June 2020. Join us for start of our 18th Season in September 2020. Contact programs@acnw.ca for details about 2019/2020 Season Pass credits

Seniors Expressions Through the Arts
All activities are now taking place online. Contact seniors@acnw.ca for more details

ACNW Summer Music Program
All in-person activities are cancelled until August 31, 2020. Currently being redeveloped through a podcast series

New West Cultural Crawl
We are currently planning for this festival to take place with in-person activities on October 16 & 17, 2020. More information here

Additional events are currently being evaluated. If you are unsure about an activity or program, please email info@acnw.ca for clarity.

We also wish to highlight on-going activities that you can participate in from your home:

  • List to seven episodes of the ArtsNW podcast here
  • New West Cultural Roundtable – Monthly – details here

Additional resources and public statements:

Canadian Heritages FAQ (click here)
Canada Council for the Arts FAQ (click here)
BC Arts Council FAQ (click here)
BC Gaming Statement (click here)
BC Alliance for Arts + Culture Resource Page (click here)
ArtsBC Resource PDF (click here)

What we can continue to collectively do:

  • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces daily.

As audiences are needing to stay at home. What are their options?

  1. You may donate your tickets back to Arts Council of New Westminster and we will issue you a charitable tax receipt for the equivalent amount. This is a particular gift during a challenging time for non-profit arts organizations like the ACNW.
  2. Give your tickets to a friend! They can pick up the tickets under your name, just call the box office and let us know.
  3. Exchange your tickets for a future performance. Please contact our office to discuss options by calling 604-525-3244 or e-mailing info@acnw.ca. We hope that all of you stay healthy – and we look forward to seeing you safely soon.

As new directives require additional physical distancing requirements, our arts activities will be complient with these guidlines. Artists are exploring exciting ways to continue creating; many arts organizations are live-streaming and podcasting (including the ACNW ArtsNW Podcast). We encourage you to practicing social distancing as we continue our lives and responsibly enjoy arts activities.

Sincerely,

Stephen O’Shea
Executive Director

CALL FOR ARTIST 2020

Organizers:
The Shops at Morgan Crossing is located in the heart of South Surrey. The shops at Morgan Crossing is a vibrant outdoor shopping centre offering a unique collection of independent retailers, fashion outlets, restaurants, and cafés.
Website: www.theshopsatmorgancrossing.com

Overview:
An opportunity exists to create a public art piece in the exterior public realm of the shopping centre for
intervention with visitors. The intervention should activate the public realm with an innovative and
potentially interactive public artwork. The objectives of the project are:

  1. To be a defining feature of the shopping centre
  2. To develop a sense of place, community pride and identity
  3. To reflect artistic diversity and creativity
  4. To serve as a visionary piece for the citizens of South Surrey and surrounding communities
  5. To inspire visitors
  6. To enhance the appearance and experience of the shopping centre

The artist will be responsible for design of the artwork; fabrication and installation of the artwork may be by the artist or by others, depending on the nature of the artwork, but the fabrication and installation is to be included in the overall project budget.

The Shops at Morgan Crossing will commission one or more professional artist(s) and/or artist team(s) to create a concept that will be meaningful for The Shops at Morgan Crossing. The winning design element could be located at various locations within the shopping centre. The intent is for the artworks to be a permanent display and legacy of the 10th anniversary celebration and revitalization plan of The Shops at Morgan Crossing.

Artwork must be for installation on the ground and suitable for outdoor weather.

Location:
The Shops at Morgan Crossing is located at 15765 Croydon Drive (at 24th Avenue), Surrey, BC.

See PDF for detailed locations on the site

Potential areas for artwork marked in red circles. Artists are welcome to make suggestions for other areas. Pictures of some of the marked areas follows.

Artist Criteria for Submissions:
Submit proposals of artwork along with a budget that includes the cost of creating the design, fabrication, installation and insurance to jng@strathallen.com. Please be sure to include digital images.

Contact information (Name, address, email, phone number, website)

Please provide a clear and concise statement explaining which areas you are proposing your art to be exhibited with a budget for creating, fabricating and installing the artwork.

An artist Statement giving your aims and objective as an artist in relation to your work.

The intent is to award the fabrication and installation of the artwork to the artist of the selected submission.

Deadlines for submission is 4:00pm on Friday, March 20, 2020

Selection Process:
The Selection Committee will meet to consider all submissions received. All applicants 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, exhibition details will be confirmed, and a contract will be sent to you.
This contract will outline your responsibilities and providing other details and dates.

Budget
The total budget available to artist(s) team is $50,000. The artwork budget must be inclusive of all costs including (but not limited to) artist fees, studio overhead, consultant fees (structural, electrical, etc.), artwork fabrication, site preparation, travel, transportation, traffic control, installation, all taxes and general liability insurance.

Estimated Timeline:

March 1, 2020
March 20, 2020
March 27, 2020
April 6, 2020
April 30, 2020
April 30, 2020
July 15-30, 2020
Call to Artist Launched
Deadline to submit
Selection Committee meets
Artist contacted
Permanent display dates confirmed
Contract to be signed
Installation dates

Contact:
All inquires should be directed to:
John Ng, Senior Property Manager
Phone: 604-639-0126
Email: jng@strathallen.com

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

The Arts Council of New Westminster is currently accepting applications for summer employment opportunities (May 11 – August 28) through the Canada Summer Jobs program:

Summer Music Coordinator

Summer Music Programmer

Cultural Coordinator

Queen’s Park Cultural Programmer

Please submit resume and cover letter by email to info@acnw.ca
The application deadline for all positions in Monday, April 6th, 2020 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

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, this event has been cancelled. The ACNW will be announcing credits for Last Monday at the Movies Seasons Pass holders in the coming weeks.

Drama/Romance
1h 40min

Director:  William Nicholson
Writers: William Nicholson
Stars:  Josh O’ConnorBill NighyAnnette Bening 
When: Monday, March 30, 2020, 7pm at Massey Theatre (doors open at 6:30pm).
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:
A couple’s visit with their son takes a dramatic turn when the father tells him he plans on leaving his mother after 33 years of marriage.

Trailer:


The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Abhisek Mukherjee

Artist Talk: Sunday, March 15, 2020. 3pm –  4pm

INTER/ACTION

Inter/action is a monthly free public event that facilitates dialogue, practice, and education between the exhibiting artists and members of the community. The programming will be developed and delivered by the artists at The Gallery at Queen’s Park during their exhibition, and will consist of creative events such as artist talks, performance art, theoretical or technical seminars, live drawing/painting, collaborative social practice activities, workshops, or performances. Inter/action: Artist Learning 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.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Abhisek Mukherjee was born in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), a pioneering city in Indian renaissance, a place long known for its literary, artistic and revolutionary heritage. Mukherjee has taken a keen interest in art and design since childhood, and holds a Master of Design from NID, a premiere design Institute in India. He is a biophilic sculp­tor, using elements from nature to create scapes and installations. His early work also includes photo-doc­umentaries and clay models. An apparel designer by profession, he is a winner of Best Collection at Max Design Award (2014) and has worked as a designer at Ed Hardy.

At the age of eight, inspired by his father, Mukherjee made his first plant-scape and developed an interest in “painting” with plants; he would collect and bring home natural pieces with which to create eclectic art. He has recently moved to Vancouver, a city abundant in nature that serves as a muse reflective of his art forms. Mukherjee has started a line of planters and handmade cards called Buno, which means “wild” in Bengali, his mother tongue.

Mukherjee’s key purpose and ideology in creating bio designs is to establish a connection between art and its collector. Having seen much magnificent artistry gathering dust, he prefers to explore a medium wherein a user interacts with the sculpture. He celebrates the importance that plants hold in our lives and hopes to someday open a gallery inside a greenhouse.

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“Background for Thoughts”
by Abhisek Mukherjee

Exhibition Dates: March 4 – 29, 2020
Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, March 15, 2020, 3-4pm

Free Admission.

EXHIBITION STATEMENT

For Abhisek Mukherjee, life is a series of breaths. To perceive only when the seer and the seen are perfectly aligned signifies a connection between them, and fosters an environment of stewardship.

Mukherjee’s work is a medium intended to create a sense of awareness, inviting the viewer to interact with nature. We often identify the most significant places in our childhood with the outdoors, and experience the natural environment in a deep and direct manner—not simply as a background for events, but as a factor and a stimulator. An experience where one is involved, with one’s body, senses, and awareness, is likely to be etched in memory for a long time, and a sympathetic attitude toward nature to resonate in one’s memory.

Through inspiration derived from a love of nature and the experience of solitary walks, Mukherjee explores rela­tionships between time, distance and dimensions. His work unveils surprising coincidences and remarkable affinities in the way we look at a view—whether near or far, high or low, or from inside out.

ARTIST BIO

Abhisek Mukherjee was born in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), a pioneering city in Indian renaissance, a place long known for its literary, artistic and revolutionary heritage. Mukherjee has taken a keen interest in art and design since childhood, and holds a Master of Design from NID, a premiere design Institute in India. He is a biophilic sculp­tor, using elements from nature to create scapes and installations. His early work also includes photo-doc­umentaries and clay models. An apparel designer by profession, he is a winner of Best Collection at Max Design Award (2014) and has worked as a designer at Ed Hardy.

At the age of eight, inspired by his father, Mukherjee made his first plant-scape and developed an interest in “painting” with plants; he would collect and bring home natural pieces with which to create eclectic art. He has recently moved to Vancouver, a city abundant in nature that serves as a muse reflective of his art forms. Mukherjee has started a line of planters and handmade cards called Buno, which means “wild” in Bengali, his mother tongue.

Mukherjee’s key purpose and ideology in creating bio designs is to establish a connection between art and its collector. Having seen much magnificent artistry gathering dust, he prefers to explore a medium wherein a user interacts with the sculpture. He celebrates the importance that plants hold in our lives and hopes to someday open a gallery inside a greenhouse.

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 Summer Music Coordinator will be responsible for full program delivery. This position will coordinate, administer, and promote a concert series throughout New Westminster. The program takes place at locations throughout New Westminster during the summer of 2020, with the aid of volunteers and staff support as available.

Responsibilities:

  • Participating in the facilitation and the coordination of Music by the River, Uptown Unplugged, Fridays on Front and other music events throughout New Westminster
  • Building long term connections and partnerships with the artists, the arts community, local businesses and service organizations.
  • Facilitating volunteer involvement
  • Helping plan and facilitate meetings, taking minutes, email meeting notifications
  • Collection of data (including attendance records, community engagement, etc)
  • Tracking goals, progress, and deadlines
  • Onsite day-of support
  • Other duties as assigned, by the ACNW Executive Director

Qualifications:

  • An interest in and/or knowledge of Event Management and Promotions
  • Completion of one year of post-secondary education
  • Computer literacy, experience with multiple social media platforms
  • Attention to detail and ability to work independently
  • Excellent communication skills – written and verbal
  • High degree of self-motivation and creative problem solving
  • Culturally aware and a love for the Arts
  • Available to work weekends and evenings
  • Valid Class 5 Driver’s License for the Province of British Columbia

Timeline: May 11, 2020 to August 28, 2020, Wednesday to Sunday; however, a flexible week may be necessary in order to meet programming needs.
Remuneration: $18.00 per hour, 40 hrs per week
Submit resume and cover letter by email to info@acnw.ca before 5:00pm on April 6, 2020.
Include “Summer Music Coordinator – Application” as the subject of your email.
Only selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Please note that the staffing of the position and its duration are conditional on the approval of the grant application submitted to the Canada Summer Jobs program. To be considered for this position, students must be between 15-30 years of age at the start of employment, registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year, intend to return to school on a full-time basis next year, is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred.

To download a PDF of this job description, click here

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 Cultural Coordinator will work in collaboration with all ACNW staff in undertaking a community-based research and planning project for the implementation of workshops, events and other arts activities in New Westminster for Indigenous artists to connect, promote and present their work.

Responsibilities:

  • Participating in the facilitation and the coordination of National Indigenous Peoples Day Music by the River, Fridays on Front and other ACNW programming.
  • Strengthen Indigenous connections in New Westminster and overseeing the presentation of Indigenous Artists within ACNW programming
  • Building long term connections and partnerships with the artists, the arts community, local businesses and service organizations.
  • Collection of data (including attendance records, community engagement, etc)
  • Tracking goals, progress, and deadlines
  • Onsite day-of support
  • Other duties as assigned, by the ACNW Executive Director

Qualifications:

  • An interest in and/or knowledge of Event Management and Promotions
  • Completion of one year of post-secondary education
  • Computer literacy, experience with multiple social media platforms
  • Attention to detail and ability to work independently
  • Excellent communication skills – written and verbal
  • High degree of self-motivation and creative problem solving
  • Culturally aware and a love for the Arts
  • Available to work weekends and evenings
  • Valid Class 5 Driver’s License for the Province of British Columbia

Timeline: May 11, 2020 to August 28, 2020, Wednesday to Sunday; however, a flexible week may be necessary in order to meet programming needs.
Remuneration: $18.00 per hour, 40 hrs per week
Submit resume and cover letter by email to info@acnw.ca before 5:00pm on April 6, 2020.
Include “Cultural Coordinator – Application” as the subject of your email.
Only selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Please note that the staffing of the position and its duration are conditional on the approval of the grant application submitted to the Canada Summer Jobs program. To be considered for this position, students must be between 15-30 years of age at the start of employment, registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year, intend to return to school on a full-time basis next year, is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred.

To download a PDF of this job description, click here

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 Summer Music Programmer will work closely with the Summer Music Coordinator to ensure full program delivery. This position will produce live music concert series throughout New Westminster. The program takes place at locations throughout New Westminster during the summer of 2020, with the aid of volunteers and staff support as available.

Responsibilities:

  • Participating in the production and programming delivery of Music by the River, Uptown Unplugged, Fridays on Front and other music events throughout New Westminster
  • Building long term connections and partnerships with the artists, the arts community, local businesses and service organizations.
  • Facilitating volunteer involvement
  • Helping the Summer Music Coordinator with planning and facilitating meetings, taking minutes, email meeting notifications
  • Collection of data (including attendance records, community engagement, etc)
  • Onsite day-of support
  • Other duties as assigned, by the ACNW Executive Director

Qualifications:

  • An interest in and/or knowledge of Event Production and Live Sound.
  • Familiarity with running PA system and assembling staging
  • Computer literacy, experience with multiple social media platforms
  • Attention to detail and ability to work independently
  • Excellent communication skills – written and verbal
  • High degree of self-motivation and creative problem solving
  • Culturally aware and a love for the Arts
  • Available to work weekends and evenings
  • Valid Class 5 Driver’s License for the Province of British Columbia

Timeline: May 11, 2020 to August 28, 2020, Wednesday to Sunday; however, a flexible week may be necessary in order to meet programming needs.
Remuneration: $16.00 per hour, 40 hrs per week
Submit resume and cover letter by email to info@acnw.ca before 5:00pm on April 6, 2020.
Include “Summer Music Programmer – Application” as the subject of your email.
Only selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Please note that the staffing of the position and its duration are conditional on the approval of the grant application submitted to the Canada Summer Jobs program. To be considered for this position, students must be between 15-30 years of age at the start of employment, registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year, intend to return to school on a full-time basis next year, is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred.

To download a PDF of this job description, click here

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 Queen’s Park Cultural Programmer will support arts and culture events taking place within Queen’s Park during the Summer of 2020. The Queen’s Park Cultural Programmer will work closely with the ACNW Program Coordinator and Gallery Coordinator to ensure full program delivery, with the aid of volunteers and staff support as available.

Responsibilities:

  • Participating in the production and programming delivery of Poetry in the Park, ArtsToGo workshops, Queen’s Park Bandshell programming, and activities within The Gallery at Queen’s Park.
  • Building long term connections and partnerships with the artists, the arts community, local businesses and service organizations.
  • Facilitating volunteer involvement
  • Planning and facilitating meetings, taking minutes, email meeting notifications
  • Collection of data (including attendance records, community engagement, etc)
  • Onsite day-of support
  • Other duties as assigned, by the ACNW Executive Director

Qualifications:

  • An interest in and/or knowledge of Event Production and Arts Workshops.
  • Computer literacy, experience with multiple social media platforms
  • Attention to detail and ability to work independently
  • Excellent communication skills – written and verbal
  • High degree of self-motivation and creative problem solving
  • Culturally aware and a love for the Arts
  • Available to work weekends and evenings
  • Valid Class 5 Driver’s License for the Province of British Columbia

Timeline: May 11, 2020 to August 28, 2020, Wednesday to Sunday; however, a flexible week may be necessary in order to meet programming needs.
Remuneration: $16.00 per hour, 40 hrs per week
Submit resume and cover letter by email to info@acnw.ca before 5:00pm on April 6, 2020.
Include “Queen’s Park Cultural Programmer – Application” as the subject of your email.
Only selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Please note that the staffing of the position and its duration are conditional on the approval of the grant application submitted to the Canada Summer Jobs program. To be considered for this position, students must be between 15-30 years of age at the start of employment, registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year, intend to return to school on a full-time basis next year, is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred.

To download a PDF of this job description, click here

We acknowledge that 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 and the New West Hospice Society present:

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

Festival of Loss and Healing | May 2, 2020

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

We invite all visual artists from Metro Vancouver to submit photographic images for a group exhibition during the Festival of Loss and Healing in New Westminster, British Columbia. Reproductions of submitted images will be featured in a pop-up exhibition at the New Westminster Festival of Loss and Healing on May 2, 2020.

The theme of the exhibition is “The Compassionate I : Personal Images of Loss & Healing”.

In recognizing how diverse our community is, and in order to break down any exclusionary barriers and create a platform for marginalized voices, we specifically encourage artists with lived experience of homelessness, poverty, and substance use to submit. 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 Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Overview:

This Call for Submissions is for photographs engaging the broad themes of loss and healing.  These images will become an important part of the May 2020 New West Hospice Society’s Festival of Loss & Healing in New Westminster. A whole range of loss affects the human condition. Loss of loved ones including pets, 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.

We are seeking all types of photographic images for this contest. Images can be black & white or colour; captured by digital camera, film camera, or a phone. They can be of people, places, things — realistic or abstract. Anything goes. Images should be an interpretation of loss and healing and captured by a compassionate eye / I.

Although not mandatory, you are welcome to submit a short synopsis to enhance the story of your image.

One image per entry will be allowed. All varieties of photographic methods will be considered including Phone Camera, Digital Camera, and Film/Polaroid. Up to nine images will be selected by the jury to be included in the pop-up exhibition.

Please note: The New West Hospice Society will reserve the right to retain the reproductions of the selected images and may be auctioned off in support of the New West Hospice Society. Digital images will may also display on the New West Hospice website and promotional materials

Eligibility:

This call is open to applications from both established and emerging photographers. To apply to this Call, you are not required to be a member of the Arts Council of New Westminster.

Budget:

The Festival of Loss and Healing will not charge for submissions for exhibiting, nor will the Festival pay a photographer to participate in this exhibition. The Festival will pay for reproduction costs of the images to be exhibited.

How to Apply for an Exhibition:

The Selection Committee will meet in early April 2020 to consider applications for the exhibition. A well-prepared proposal helps in the selection.

To be considered, please submit the following:

  • One digital image of proposed work you wish to exhibit. Digital images should be in JPG format at 150 dpi; each image should be a maximum of 5MB. Image files should be clearly labelled with your Name, the Title of Work, Size in inches and Medium.
    Example: Artist-Title-Size-Medium.jpg
  • Contact information (mailing address, phone number, email, website, or shelter address).
  • An Artist Statement giving your aims and objectives as an artist in relation to your submitted work (optional).

If possible, please include all written material as PDF files and submit via email to info@acnw.ca with “Exhibition Submission – Festival of Loss and Healing” in the subject line. Please ensure that attachments total less than 5MB. For handwritten submission options, please contact the gallery at 604-525-3244.

Deadlines for submission is 4:00pm on Tuesday March 31, 2020.

The Selection Process:

The Selection Committee will meet in early April 2020 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, exhibition details 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, name of your artwork, and complete contact information.
  • 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 digital documents on a PC computer to ensure compatibility

Estimated Timeline:

February 15, 2020
March 31, 2020
Early April 2020
Mid-April 2020
May 2, 2020
May 2, 2020
Call for Submissions Launched
Deadline to submit
Selection Committee meets
Artists contacted, contracts signed and returned
Installation dates
Festival of Loss and Healing


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

Call for Artists
Artists by the River is a one day Fine Art event hosted by the Arts Council of New Westminster. On Saturday, June 13 the boardwalk at Westminster Quay will be lined with an assortment of painters, sculptors, mixed media artists, pottery artists and more. Are you a fine artist? Interested in joining this community event? Click here to apply.

Email programs@acnw.ca to learn more.

The Arts Council of New Westminster requests your feedback!

Please take ten minutes to fill out our Community Engagement Survey. Your answers will assist the ACNW in enhancing the delivery of programming and serving our community.

Click here for the Community Engagement Survey

Click here for the ACNW Programming Survey

The survey will be open for your feedback until February 29, 2020

Call for Artists - The Art of Pride - Art for, by, about and in allyship with LGBTQ2SIA+

Youth for a Change, in partnership with the Arts Council of New Westminster, invite artists to submit for consideration for inclusion in our 5th annual art show. All mediums will be considered.

The Art of Pride
Art exhibit by, for, in allyship with LGBTQ2SIA+.
With spoken word performance.
Exhibition date: August 10, 2020
Location: Centennial Lodge, New Westminster

To participate contact: surreyjen@yahoo.ca

Submit your application for the 2020 ACNW Summer Music Program, including live concerts a part of Uptown Unplugged, Music by the River, and many more.

Drama/Romance
1h 23min

Director: Wanuri Kahiu
Writers: Wanuri Kahiu, Jenna Cato Bass
Stars: Samantha MugatsiaNeville MisatiNice Githinji
When: Monday, February 24, 2020 – 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:
Kena and Ziki long for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls resist and remain close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety. Inspried by Monica Arac de Nyeko’s “Jambula Tree”, which chronicles a story of two girls in love in Uganda, “Rafiki” challenges deep rooted cynicism about same sex relationships among actors, crew, friends, and family in Kenya.

TRAILER:

The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Alisha Sian

Artist Talk: Sunday, February 16, 2020. 3pm –  4pm

INTER/ACTION

Inter/action is a monthly free public event that facilitates dialogue, practice, and education between the exhibiting artists and members of the community. The programming will be developed and delivered by the artists at The Gallery at Queen’s Park during their exhibition, and will consist of creative events such as artist talks, performance art, theoretical or technical seminars, live drawing/painting, collaborative social practice activities, workshops, or performances. Inter/action: Artist Learning 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.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Surrey-based visual artist Alisha Sian has aspired to embrace her artistic passions from an early age, including enrollment at Emily Carr. Like many young girls of South Asian heritage growing up in an increasingly expensive city, her family pressured her into a more financially viable career path, and away from pursuing art in any professional context. Sian has taken matters into her own hands and is sharing her debut exhibition  drawing series, Vulnerability, in the hopes of starting her career as a professional artist.

Sian frequents life-drawing seminars in the metro Vancouver area and since 2017 has been commissioned for portrait work, mostly in graphite pencil. She has earned a nursing degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and completed a practicum in mental health, addictions and youth care. She is now a fully certified nurse, a profession that deeply inspires the emotional content of her work.