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Play and create with tactile textiles at Surrey Art Gallery’s Family Sunday!

14oct11:00 am3:00 pmPlay and create with tactile textiles at Surrey Art Gallery’s Family Sunday!11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Family Sunday | October 14 | 11am - 3pm

Surrey, B.C. - Surrey Art Gallery invites families to join them for a fun-filled afternoon of artmaking and an interactive musical yarn and dance performance on Sunday, October 14 from 11am to 3pm on the theme “Tactile Textiles.” Everyone is welcome at this free drop-in event-children must be with an adult.

Inspired by the Gallery’s fall exhibits, this upcoming Family Sunday celebrates the ordinary and extraordinary world of textiles. Cotton, silk, wool, nylon, and polyester are just a few types of textiles or fabrics created out of natural or synthetic fibres. These materials are around us every day-from the clothes we wear to the sheets we sleep in and artists use this material to create beautiful works of art.

On arrival, create an interactive art book with a woven cover to bring with you to record your discoveries throughout the day! Among the many artworks you’ll see in the galleries are a man’s suit cut up to look like a spider, a map of Canada in the form of a quilt, and a stuffed sculpture of dark matter in the universe. Make your own fabric artworks with exhibiting artists! Elizabeth Carefoot will use her years of experience playing with textiles to help you create your own art monster fabric collage. Just like the do-it-yourself culture celebrated in Kathy Slade’s larger-than-life Orange pom-pom, you’ll have the opportunity to fashion your own colourful pom-poms. In our classrooms, experiment with patterns and textures in clay as you press different fabrics onto your designs.

Fuzzy or coarse, smooth or slippery, there are so many textures created from fibres. At the entrance to the main gallery, touch and add your woven, braided, or knotted fabric piece to a fibre forest installed on a giant loom and inhabited with trees, salmon, and creeks. Including recycled and upcycled fabrics, this immersive artwork called Bearing Witness by Roxanne Charles and Debbie Westergaard Tuepah honours the interdependency of forests, wildlife, and people while celebrating the power of collaboration in protecting our environment.

Engagement Facilitator Sophie Vandenbiggelaar says, “Family Sundays are a fun and accessible way to engage with contemporary art. Kids and adults alike have the opportunity to explore their creativity in response to the thought-provoking works on display through hands-on artmaking activities led by experienced artist-educators.”

At 12pm, 1pm, or 2:30pm, join an interactive performance called Tricoter in the Studio Theatre. Danced by Meredith Kalaman and accompanied by Meredith Bates on viola from the group Foolish Operations, this performance invites you to move as yarn gets tangled in a large knot of bright colours. The choreographer Julie Lebel says, “The memories that knitting occupy in our own family history re-emerge. We experience Tricoter through play, curiosity, and exploration of belonging to a community.” Pick up your free tickets on arrival to reserve your spot.

Fall exhibitions include Connecting Threads featuring over 20 artworks from Surrey Art Gallery’s permanent collection; Maggie Orth’s interactive colour-changing weavings in Moving Towards Stillness; Kathy Slade’s pop culture-infused images and objects in This is a chor­­­­d. This is another.; and the abundance of beloved items for the home and wardrobe in The Art of Warmth by Peace Arch Weavers and Spinners Guild.

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 |  HOURS: Tues-Thur 9am-9pm | Fri 9am-5pm | Sat 10am-5pm | Sun 12-5pm | Closed Mondays and holidays.



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