22sep(sep 22)2:30 pm16dec(dec 16)4:00 pmRock N’ Roll Meets Embroidery In Artwork Inspired By Diy Culture(september 22) 2:30 pm - (december 16) 4:00 pm Location: 13750-88 Avenue, Surrey, BC, Canada Cost: FREE
KATHY SLADE: THIS IS A CHORD. THIS IS ANOTHER. | SEPTEMBER 22−DECEMBER 16, 2018 | OPENING RECEPTION: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 | 2:30-4PM Surrey, B.C. | Surrey Art Gallery
KATHY SLADE: THIS IS A CHORD. THIS IS ANOTHER. | SEPTEMBER 22−DECEMBER 16, 2018 | OPENING RECEPTION: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 | 2:30-4PM
Surrey, B.C. | Surrey Art Gallery is pleased to announce another exhibit completing their four textile-themed shows this fall. Kathy Slade: This is a chord. This is another. opens Sunday, September 23 from 2:30 to 4pm. Admission is free. This solo exhibit explores Slade’s decade and a half long practice of making textile-based works that put sound at the centre of the image. Pop music, literature, art history, rock n’ roll, and film stills inform the artist’s embroidered panels created between 2002 and 2017. Her minimal, monochromatic works are charged with the passion of fandom and female desire to upturn power.
The embroiderer has been traditionally depicted in art as a quiet and lonesome female figure. In Slade’s artworks, however, a noisy, assertive spirit rips out of her stitched and printed images. One panel depicts Veruca Salt from the 1971 film Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory as she brazenly declares, “I want it now!” Italian conceptual artist Alighiero Boetti (1940–1994), famous for a series of embroidered maps of the world, influenced Slade’s artistic practice.
In a series of panels reminiscent of Andy Warhol’s silkscreens, Slade shows Boetti playing the drums. Her largest installation is a pom-pom made of orange yarn, sitting silently on the Gallery floor but invoking the energy of cheerleading chants at pep rallies. Celebrating the do-it-yourself culture of both rock and roll history and non-professional textile-making, Slade’s work underscores the idea that we can all be artists.
The DIY culture of textile arts is echoed in her instructional abstractions of “Learn Guitar” manuals and stitched notations of guitar chords popular in rock music. The title alludes to the punk rock maxim first coined by Mark Perry in 1976: “This is a chord. This is another. This is a third. Now form a band.” and points to the ease with which anyone can be a rock star, an artist, a revolutionary.
Other artworks in the show include embroideries based on song lists scrawled on crumpled scraps of paper or inspired by sheet music of 1960s chanteuse Francoise Hardy and 1980s new wavers Duran Duran. The exhibition also features silk georgette scarves with slogans that range in references from New Order to Brexit.Surrey Art Gallery Curator of Exhibitions and Collections Jordan Strom says, “Kathy Slade gathers her miscellany and elevates them as lost moments from the not-so-distant past.
Her embroidered images may appear at first to be austere and meditative, but with closer examination, they unleash a raw energy—a raucous noise and yearning for a better world.”The opening reception will also celebrate Surrey Art Gallery’s other textile artworks on exhibit: Maggie Orth’s interactive colour-changing weavings in Moving Towards Stillness, the 20+ fibre-based artworks from the Gallery’s collection in Connecting Threads, and the abundance of beloved items for the home and wardrobe in The Art of Warmth by Peace Arch Weavers and Spinners Guild.
About the Artist
Kathy Slade is a Vancouver-based artist, curator, and editor. She is currently completing her MA at European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, Switzerland and holds a BA from Simon Fraser University. She works in a variety of media including textiles, sculpture, sound, performance, film, video, print, and publication. Through her practice, Slade points to moments and events in literature, art history, and popular culture from which to reimagine existing texts, to create looping structures, and to produce remakes that play on repetition and ideas of original and copy.
Recent solo exhibitions include I WANT IT ALL I WANT IT NOW, Walter C. Koerner Library, Vancouver, BC (2018) and Blue Monday, 4COSE, London, UK (2017). Slade founded READ Books at Libby Leshgold Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, where she holds the position of Head of Publication and Communication. http://www.kathyslade.com/
The exhibition Kathy Slade: This is a chord. This is another. will be accompanied by a publication of the same name that documents the exhibition and includes essays by Brady Cranfield, Lina Morawetz, and Jordan Strom.
Admission to all exhibitions and events is free unless otherwise noted (donations gratefully accepted).
Panel and Opening Reception
Sunday, September 23 | 1:30−4pm
Celebrate the opening of our contemporary textile art exhibitions! A panel discussion with Connecting Threads artists Roxanne Charles, Bettina Matzkhun, and Ruth Scheuing will start at 1:30pm; reception follows at 2:30pm. Visitors will also have the opportunity to engage with a new participatory installation Bearing Witness by Roxanne Charles and Debbie Westergaard Tuepah and learn some weaving techniques in the process.
Saturday, October 20 | 2:30−4pm
Unravel the threads (figuratively speaking) in our textile exhibits Connecting Threads and Moving Towards Stillness to learn about how the artworks are made, what inspired them, and how they challenge our assumptions about art. Exhibiting artists Kathy Slade and Robin Ripley will accompany Gallery Curator Jordan Strom to share their reflections on their works!
About Surrey Art Gallery
Internationally recognized for its award-winning programs, Surrey Art Gallery is the second largest public art museum in Metro Vancouver. Founded in 1975, the Gallery presents contemporary art by local, national, and international artists, including digital and audio art. Its extensive public programs for children through to adults aim to engage the public in an ongoing conversation about issues and ideas that affect our communities and to provide opportunities to interact with artists and the artistic process. Admission is free.
Surrey Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance of the City of Surrey, Province of BC through BC Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, and the Surrey Art Gallery Association.
Surrey Art Gallery is located at 13750-88 Avenue, Surrey, BC, Canada. 604-501-5566 | surrey.ca/artgallery HOURS: Tues-Thur 9am-9pm | Fri 9am-5pm | Sat 10am-5pm | Sun 12-5pm | Closed Mondays and holidays.
September 22 (Saturday) 2:30 pm - December 16 (Sunday) 4:00 pm
Diwali in B.C., taking place October 3 to November 17, is founded and produced by award-winning Artistic Director Rohit Chokhani. A provincial initiative aimed at making Diwali celebrations province-wide
Diwali in B.C., taking place October 3 to November 17, is founded and produced by award-winning Artistic Director Rohit Chokhani. A provincial initiative aimed at making Diwali celebrations province-wide over the next five years, Diwali in B.C. is an annual multicultural, multi-disciplinary, inclusive festival which aims to showcase artists from diverse backgrounds and different abilities to celebrate the festival of lights during the annual Indian New Year.
The artistic theme for the 2018 celebrations is ‘New Horizons’ and features theatre, dance, and culturally specific workshops across Vancouver, Coquitlam, Vernon, Maple Ridge, and Nanaimo. 2018 programming includes A Vancouver Guldasta at Vancity Culture Lab, Shyama at the York Theatre, The Believers Are But Brothers at Vancity Culture Lab, Bombay Black at various venues in B.C., Shiamak Vancouver at The ACT Arts Centre as well as the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre, and Arno Kamolika at the Evergreen Cultural Centre. Additional programming and details can be found here.
October 3 (Wednesday) 1:00 am - November 17 (Saturday) 1:00 amA heartfelt and award-winning drama is the first of three Canadian shows in the Arts Club Series in Surrey
10oct(oct 10)1:00 am20nov(nov 20)1:00 amA heartfelt and award-winning drama is the first of three Canadian shows in the Arts Club Series in Surrey(october 10) 1:00 am - (november 20) 1:00 am Location: Surrey Arts Centre - 13750 88 Avenue Cost: $29 to $49
The Piano Teacher, October 10-20 | Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre Surrey, BC | Surrey Civic Theatres presents the Arts Club Theatre Company’s production of The
The Piano Teacher, October 10-20 | Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre
Surrey, BC | Surrey Civic Theatres presents the Arts Club Theatre Company’s production of The Piano Teacher-lessons on life and love-at the Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre (13750 88 Avenue) from October 10 to 20.
Sometimes theatre can create a safe space for conversations about complicated subjects at the same time as it creates a compelling and engaging experience. In The Piano Teacher Erin, a concert pianist, hasn’t touched a piano since her husband died. As Elaine, a piano teacher, gently reacquaints Erin with her instrument, other life changes follow. A simple update to Erin’s home, for instance, brings the unexpected companionship of a contractor, Tom.
Reviewers called the premiere production in 2017 “a beautiful meditation on grief, loss, and the healing power of music” (Georgia Straight), and an “incredibly moving piece of theatre, filled with maturity and thoughtfulness” (Vancouver Presents). It won the Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Script.
About this touring production, which reunites the original actors, playwright Dorothy Dittrich said, “Now we have this beautiful opportunity to return to the story, to explore and try things that time and distance have allowed us to ruminate on, wonder about, and sometimes discover after the fact.”
The Piano Teacher kicks off the 2018/19 Arts Club Series at the Surrey Arts Centre with an all-Canadian lineup. Other shows are the spontaneously fun Blind Date (January 9–19, 2019) and the critically acclaimed musical tribute to Joni Mitchell Circle Game (February 20–March 2, 2019).
VALUE ADDED PERFORMANCES
· Opening Night Wednesday: Ticket buyers to the October 10 performance can arrive early to relax, socialize, and enjoy complimentary appetizers from 6:30pm.
· First Friday: Tickets to the October 12 performance include dessert and coffee after the show—with a chance of actor sightings.
· Paint at the Play: During the 4pm performance on October 13, child care for ages 6 to 11 with an experienced visual art educator is free for ticket buyers. Registration is through the Box Office at 604-501-5566.
· NEW—Pre-show Chat: On October 16 at 6:45pm in the lobby, playwright Dorothy Dittrich will offer an insider’s look into the show.
· Talkback Thursday: Audience members can stay in the theatre after the performance on October 18 for a chat with the actors.
· VocalEye: Live audio description of important visual details and physical actions is available for audience members with vision loss at the 4pm performance on October 20. Equipment (the use is free) must be reserved in advance through the Box Office.
- Tuesday to Thursday at 7:30pm
- Friday and Saturday at 8pm
- Saturday and Sunday at 4pm
- Running time is approximately 2 hours, including intermission
- $29 to $49 (includes all fees)
- Tickets Online: tickets.surrey.ca
- Box Office: 604.501.5566 | 13750 88 Avenue
Mature themes and strong language
Megan Leitch (Erin), Caitriona Murphy (Elaine), and Kamyar Pazandeh (Tom)
Scott Bellis (Co-director), Jenifer Darbellay (Costume Designer), Rachel Ditor (Co-director & Dramaturg), Sandra Drag (Stage Manager), Kyla Gardiner (Original Lighting Designer), Becca Jorgensen (Apprentice Stage Manager), Yvette Nolan (Original Director), Patrick Pennefather (Sound Designer), David Roberts (Set Designer), Ted Roberts (Tour Lighting Designer)
October 10 (Wednesday) 1:00 am - November 20 (Tuesday) 1:00 am
The Firehall Arts Centre is proud to produce and present The Enemy from Saturday, November 10 to Saturday, December 1, 2018. Set in a small town in
The Firehall Arts Centre is proud to produce and present The Enemy from Saturday, November 10 to Saturday, December 1, 2018.
Set in a small town in British Columbia, The Enemy is a contemporary interpretation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People. Dr. Stockman, played by Jenn Griffin, becomes a pariah when her discovery of pollution in the local Healthy Springs Spa and Water Park threatens the town’s tourism industry and economic well-being. What happens when truth is declared not to be the truth and disbelief is spread through social media, ‘fake news’ and shoddy journalism? Who is the enemy?
Adapted and directed by the Firehall Arts Centre’s Artistic Producer Donna Spencer, The Enemy is a political drama with a plot that intertwines an ethically compromised antihero, political extremism, corruption, environmental activism and a lack of accountability for the destruction of a town. The Enemy features performances by Jenn Griffin, Paul Herbert, Peter Anderson, Daniel Arnold, Sharon Crandall, Braiden Houle, Michael Scholar Jr., Donna Soares and Agnes Tong.
With regards to the choice of programming and producing this piece, Donna Spencer says, "Recently we witnessed a decision south of the border that many of that country's constituents did not support for good reasons. But the majority of those who had the power to vote supported the choice, angering thousands and potentially impacting hard-earned freedoms and rights. With the Firehall’s presentation of The Enemy, I have adapted Henrik Ibsen's drama – which asks the question, is the majority always right? – and applied it to a contemporary issue not unlike the one faced by Ibsen's version of Dr. Stockman. In this contemporary context of The Enemy, the role of Dr. Stockman is written as a female and illustrates the challenges that women face when confronting and disputing the ‘powers-that-be’ or as some would say ‘the old boys’ club’”.
Credits for The Enemy: Adapted and Directed by: Donna Spencer Performances by: Jenn Griffin, Paul Herbert, Peter Anderson, Daniel Arnold, Sharon Crandall, Braiden Houle, Michael Scholar Jr., Donna Soares and Agnes Tong Stage Management by: Dorothy Jenkins Lighting Design by: Kyla Gardiner Costume Design by: Stacey Steadman Video Design by: Pedro Meza Sound Design by: Alastair Wallace
The Enemy: November 10th – December 1st, 2018 | Firehall Arts Centre | 280 E. Cordova
Media Opening: November 14 at 8:00pm
Performance Times: Tues, 7pm | Wed-Fri, 8pm | Sat, 3pm & 8pm | Sun, 3pm | Wed, 1pm PWYC (Nov. 14, 21, 28)
Preview Performances: Nov. 10, 8pm | Nov. 11, 3pm | Nov. 13, 7pm | Nov. 14, 1pm (PWYC)
Tickets: From $20 at www.firehallartscentre.ca or 604.689.0926
November 10 (Saturday) 8:00 pm - December 1 (Saturday) 9:30 pm
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