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City of New Westminster partners with Capture Photography Festival to bring new public art installation to Sapperton Park
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March 26, 2018

Please join us for unveiling and curator talk on April 21st at 12 noon at Sapperton Park, 351 E. Columbia Street

New Westminster – The City of New Westminster has partnered with the Capture Photography Festival once again to bring a new public artwork to the city. The Play, by Ruth van Beek, is a large-scale installation to be located on the Sapperton Park fence on 351 East Columbia Street. The work will be officially unveiled on Saturday, April 21st at noon.

Ruth van Beek is a Dutch artist and bookmaker whose work draws from her ever-growing archive of found source material taken from vintage books and magazines. For her installation at Sapperton Park in New Westminster, van Beek pulls from photographs found in instructional manuals for children’s toys. Here, a set of child’s hands are a surrogate for the artist’s own hands, shown animating a collection of abstract painted shapes. The Play is curated by Jeff Khonsary for New Documents.

 “The 2017 Capture exhibit in New Westminster generated great conversations and public engagement and we are equally excited about the upcoming 2018 exhibit,” said Mary Trentadue, City Councillor and member of the Public Art Advisory Committee.   “Our communities are beginning to expect public art installations in their neighborhoods. The area surrounding the Royal Columbian Hospital and our newly renovated Sapperton park will be a wonderful location for the new installation.”

The Capture Photography Festival will present photography at over 75 esteemed galleries throughout Metro Vancouver and include public art installations, tours, films, artist talks, and panel discussions.

To learn more about the artwork, please visit



Media Contact:

Biliana Velkova, Arts Coordinator, City of New Westminster

604-604-515-3822 or


About the artist:

Ruth van Beek is a Dutch artist and bookmaker based in Koog aan de Zaan. Her work has been presented in several solo and group exhibitions in Amsterdam, Berlin, New York, and San Francisco, and published online and in print in Capricious, Foam Magazine, Vanity Fair, Rodeo, It’s Nice That, and the British Journal of Photography. She recently completed a collaboration with the Italian fashion label Marni.