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SAGA Thursday Artist Talk with Indigenous Contemporary Art Intensive

April 4 | 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Surrey, BC – Surrey Art Gallery Association announces their April Thursday Artist Talk with five young artists who participated in a summer residency in Surrey Art Gallery’s TechLab last year.  Their talk titled “Sharing Perspectives” will take place at Surrey Art Gallery on April 4 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Admission is free.

Working in a range of mediums from painting to beadwork and carving, artists Kelsey Sparrow, Naomi Kennedy, Alanna Edwards, Atheana Picha, and Avishka Lakwijaya will discuss their summer residency, their resulting artworks, and their individual art practices. Along with displaying some of their work, they will present their videos created for UrbanScreen.

On April 9 from 8 to 9:30 p.m., the public is invited to UrbanScreen at Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre for an additional screening at the Pixel Art Party presented by Surrey Art Gallery and Community Art Program.

Engagement Facilitator Alanna Edwards says, “The residency at the Gallery has ignited a passion for combining my love of artmaking with public education and interactive artworks. Sharing our stories in an experiential, material way can help lead to change in perspectives and better understanding.”

About the Artists

Naomi Kennedy is a student at Fraser Heights and a member of the Stella’ten First Nation. Along with drawing, she is also a writer and is inspired by slam poetry and spoken word practices. Avishka Lakwijaya aspires to work in curatorial in museums and is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Victoria. Atheana Picha is a multimedia visual artist from the Kwantlen First Nation.

Kelsey Sparrow is Musqueam and Ojibwe from White Fish River, working with ceramics, printmaking, and wood carving.  Alanna Edwards is an artist of Mi’gmaq and settler descent, focusing on sculpture and video.

About Surrey Art Gallery Association

Surrey Art Gallery Association (SAGA) is a non-profit society that offers its members the opportunity to participate in and respond to contemporary art and be part of a community that actively supports Surrey Art Gallery.

About Surrey Art Gallery

Internationally recognized for its award-winning programs, Surrey Art Gallery, located at 13750 88 Avenue in Surrey, 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.



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