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At Home and Elsewhere—Artists’ Conversation About Working in the Pandemic

14nov2:00 pm5:00 pmAt Home and Elsewhere—Artists’ Conversation About Working in the Pandemic2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Event Details

An Online Artist Panel with Sonny Assu, Heidi McKenzie, Helma Sawatzky, and Jan Wade.

Saturday, November 14, 2020, 2pm on the Surrey Art Gallery’s Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

Surrey, BC – Surrey Art Gallery is pleased to announce At Home and Elsewhere, an online panel discussion featuring artists who will speak about their work in the Gallery’s current exhibition, the themes of the exhibition, and also how the dynamics of the pandemic have shaped their practice—at home and in public.

Their works variously address themes of diaspora, racism, communication, desire, pop culture, and more. The panel features a diverse roster of practicing contemporary artists: Sonny Assu, Heidi McKenzie, Helma Sawatzky, and Jan Wade. The conversation will be introduced and facilitated by Surrey Art Gallery Assistant Curator, Rhys Edwards.

Where We Have Been commemorates the Gallery’s 45th anniversary with paintings, photographs, sculptures, and video installations, reflecting on the connection between place, nature, memory, and identity in the South of the Fraser. It also speaks to the challenges of the present moment: the difficulties of finding a place to live, thrive, and be present with one another.

“The pandemic is hitting the art world very hard,” says Edwards. “For example, The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recently estimated that one in three museums worldwide will close as a result. Now more than ever, it is vital to bring artists voices to the table.

At Home and Elsewhere is an opportunity to discuss how art practice has been impacted by our current moment, how it has suffered and thrived, and to comment on the increasingly blurred lines between work environments and domestic spaces.”



(Saturday) 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


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