Art Services


 SUMMER 2024 Arts & Heritage Program Brochure


New Westminster encourages and supports arts and culture opportunities to generate and encounter the diverse creative, spiritual, emotional, intellectual and material features of the city and its development. Our goal is to create inspiring, diverse and distinctive art programs, cultivate contemporary artistic discourse, create outreach opportunities and encourage meaningful audience engagement.  Discover the best in contemporary new media art at the New Westminster New Media Gallery, explore public art in your everyday spaces, register for a new art program and discover your passions, or view local artists’ work at the Community Art Gallery.


    • Anya Olenchenko

      Faculty - Creative Movement

      Anya Olenchenko BCRPA specializes in fitness: Older Adult/Personal & Weight Trainter/Yoga & Pilates Fitness/Aquatic Fitness and Group Fitness. 

      She loves what she does in helping others in their fitness journey! She hope to see you in her classes! 

    • Doreen Chand

      Faculty - Creative Movement

      Doreen Chand completed a two month intensive training program in India and is certified yoga instructor from a registered yoga alliance school in India. For numerous years she has been a part of the Anvil Centre in leading Prenatal/Parent Baby Yoga, Yin, Meditation and other classes.  For her, breathing exercises is the key to relieving stress.  Yoga teaches us to breathe in a way that we are relaxed and any amount of stress will then not affect us.  Doreen is devoted and very passionate about their practice who welcomes to join her in bringing this enlightened approach to the community. 


    • Jane Braithwaite

      Faculty - Creative Movement

      Jane Braithwaite is BCRPA certified and has been teaching yoga, meditation,and group fitness for many years in Vancouver, Los Angeles,and Montreal. She has a psychology and acting background.  Jane is very passionate about teaching yoga and meditation. There is great value in aligning mind, body, Spirit. One can get beyond the limitations of thought and connect to their true power and heal.

    • Jessie Au

      Faculty - Creative Movement
      Jessie Au began her dance training at the age of three studying ballet at Jean M.Wong School of Ballet in Hong Kong.  Upon moving to BC, she expanded her dance training to include tap, contemporary, jazz, musical theatre, and hip hop. A graduate of the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Food Nutrition and Health. Jessie has her Fitness Instructor Specialist certification from Canfitpro, TRX Suspension Training certification, Barre Fitness teaching certification and is the Head Coach for the Special Olympics British Columbia Coquitlam Rhythmic Gymnastics program.  Wearing many hats as an arts administrator, dance teacher, choreographer, athletic coach and fitness instructor, Jessie also performs throughout the Lower mainland and dabbles in acting on film and television.  She truly believes that movement is for everyBODY and strives to create a class environment that is inclusive, fun and light. 
    • Kaitlin Deavy

      Faculty - Music


      Welcome to the fast-paced, fresh, and energy-packed musical world of Kaitlin Deavy.  After a brief career as a mechanical engineer, reporting to NASA and programming brain surgery robots in Toronto, Kaitlin discovered that her passion for music had outgrown her aptitude for math.  She moved to the west coast to immerse herself in songwriting, performing and studying music.  In addition to her Bachelor of Engineering for the University of Guelph, Kaitlin holds a singer-Songwriter Certificate from Langara College, and Diplomas in Music Technology and Music Therapy from Douglas College.

      Kaitlin has been teaching private and group guitar, piano, and ukulele lessons for the past 6 years with students ranging from ages 4 to 84.  In addition, she perform live and organizes a wide range of musical events, workshops, and camps across the Lower Mainland, BC.  

      When she's not filling the minds of young rockstars with inspiration, you can find Kaitlin dishin out upbeat and humorous folk-rock as the front woman of the Cat Murphy Band.  Her songwriting will bring you to tears, make you dance and make you laugh as she recounts the awkward, painful, and everyday stories of her life and those around her. 

      So buckle and get ready to be inspired, entertained or educated by Kaitlin Deavy! 

    • Noelle Horrocks

      Faculty - Art
      Coming soon.
    • Seamus Fera

      Faculty - Theatre

      Seamus has been working with The Anvil Centre since 2017.  He is a director, playwright and actor who received a BFA in Acting from UBC in 2017.  He is the current Literary Manager of Western Gold Theatre, Senior manager of Events for the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards, and Director of the Coquitlam Youth Theatre.  His TYA touring products have been seen by over 10000 students in the Lower Mainland.  Recently he was commissioned to write his first Audio play, Persy's Phone which premiered in 2021.  He also wrote Shakespeare's Redux for Art Umbrella.  He also works as an Artist in Residence for the Vancouver School Board.  Seamus worked for companies including Bard on the Beach, The Arts Club, Carousel Theatre for Young People, Boca Del Lupo, Awkward Stage Productions, Promethean Theatre, the Only Animal, United Players and Eternal Theatre Collective.  He believes in fostering creativity and inspiring young people. 

      Twitter: @Seamusfera

      Instagram: @shakespearhipster


  • Anvil Centre is pleased to announce the professional and community based artists that will be participating in the 2021 Performing Arts Residency Program at Anvil Centre and the Anvil Centre Theatre.  

    This pilot program emerged as a collaboration between the City's Arts Services Department and the Anvil Centre Theatre.  The creation of this pilot residency program provides an opportunity to adapt municipal space to assist the performance sector on their journey to post pandemic recovery.  Further they serve as a jumping off point for future programming and residency opportunities at Anvil Centre.

    A schedule of activities has been created to support six unique artist residencies over the coming months.  Working within COVID-19 protocols, all residencies will begin with artists working individually in the Anvil Centre to develop their work.  A series of shoot dates in the theatre will capture an array of digital content from all six to share with the community through social media networks and online streaming channels.  As gathering restrictions allow, the artists will come together to rehearse and capture imagery and video in larger groupings.  The four - month process will culminate in a weekend open house in late June (steamed or in person) which will serve as the final showcase of the creative outcomes of the residencies. 

    Community Performing Arts Residency

    Peruvian Roots is an artist collective that practices, teaches and shares Peruvian dance, music and traditional customs through performance.  Although local to New Westminster, Peruvian Roots has a regional reach to Peruvian communities throughout Metro Vancouver.  As part of their residency, Peruvian Roots will be creating photographic and video documentation of their work with individual members. 

    Quayside Voices is a well-established local acapella group looking to reconnect with local audiences through online engagement opportunities offered as part of their residency.  The residency will also support their efforts to advance new audience connections as they explore new artistic directions, including developing new original works in Mandarin. 

    Professional Performing Arts Residency 

    Cassius Khan is a New Westminster - based master of Indian Classical music in Ghazal and Tabla.  His residency will focus on developing new compositions and adaptations of classical works and presenting a range of virtual engagement opportunities including vocal and tabla/drumming demonstrations, lectures and group lessons.  If gathering restrictions allow, Cassuis envisions taking his residency outdoors to share artistic outcomes alongside his community collaborators. 

    Howard Dai and Logan Rhys Hallwas are theatre artists that through their work as devisors, explore the act and art of collaboration.  Through their residency, Howard and Logan will work with community members and local artists through an immersive and collaborative process focused on gathering and interpreting dreams and devising performances in response. 

    Jess Amy Shead and Simran Gill (Catfish) are collaborating artist working to develop an original play for the digital realm that explores Simran's perspectives, humour and insight as a deaf person.  The residency will provide and opportunity for Jess and Simran to share their creative process through digital engagement opportunities as they prepare their play for an upcoming digital theatre festival. 

    Alley Theatre's Inheritance: a Pick-the-Path Experience is an interactive play, co-written by Daniel Arnold, Darrell Dennis and Medina Hahn and directed by Herbie Barnes.  The play was originally mounted in March 2020 and it explores Indigenous land sovereignty.  Using a "pick-the-path" journey as its format, the audience is actively involved in determining the direction of the plot.  the residency will engage the local community, support Alley Theatre's development of a digital version (filming the various "paths"), and facilitate their preparation for a remount and tour of the play. 

    Please note that the Anvil Centre AiR program is currently on hold.  Please call 604.515.3837 for more information.  

    The Anvil Centre AiR is a self-directed residency program offering opportunities for artists to focus on work in a creative environment, with dedicated studio time.


    This residency accommodates artists and artist collectives working in sculpture, print, fibre, drawing, painting, writing and literary arts, music, dance and performance for an eight-week period for research, development and production of new or ongoing bodies of work. In exchange, artists will facilitate an outreach program for the local community during their residency.

    November - December 2018

    Bronwyn Shuster


    September - October 2018 

    Emiliano Sepulveda


    May - June 2018

    Marzieh Mosavarzadeh

    Marzieh Mosavarzadeh is a Vancouver-based visual artist.  She had a BFA in painting from Azad University of Tehran and an MFA on printmaking from University of Calgary.  In her artwork, she shows the shifts and reconstructions that take place in one's identity as the result of immigration a living in a different culture.  She uses an interdisciplinary approach that includes painting, photography, printmaking, drawing, and text, as a means of investigating and narrating her story.


    Artist in Residence Workshop:
    Free Family Printmaking Event

    Wednesday, June 13
    First Floor Atrium, Anvil Centre
    777 Columbia Street, New Westminster 


    March - May 2018

    Jessica Gnyp

    Jessica Gnyp works with photography, drawing, sculpture, installation, and video. As part of her artistic and theoretical research at the Anvil Centre, Gnyp will critically investigate exhibition display techniques at the New Westminster Museum and Archives. This query will be initially focused on wire mounts used to stabilize objects in display cases. Jessica Gnyp studied at the University of British Columbia (MFA, Visual Arts), Emily Carr University of Art and Design (BFA, Photography), and the University of Victoria (BA, Anthropology).

    Her work has recently been exhibited at the Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey; Bežigrajska galerija 2, Ljubljana; and the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver. Most recently she has contributed an artist project to the arts periodical Visual Arts News, Halifax, NS.

  • The Anvil Centre AiR is a self-directed residency program offering opportunities for artists to focus on work in a creative environment, with dedicated studio time. This residency accommodates artists and artist collectives working in sculpture, print, fibre, drawing, painting, writing and literary arts, music, dance and performance for an eight-week period for research, development and production of new or ongoing bodies of work. In exchange, artists will facilitate an outreach program for the local community during their residency.


    The 2017 particpants were:

    Sam Davidson, Sarah Gallos, Sandeep Johal, Chelsea Comeau, Teodora Zamfirescu, Elisa Yon, Lois Klassen, Jennifer Pielak, Meichen Waxer, Andrea Taylor, Margery Theroux, Julian Legere, Michelle Cyr, Farouche Collective (Mahaila Patterson O'Brien, Felicia Lau, Erika Mitsuhashi), and Dawn Livera.


    November 2017: Dawn Livera

    Dawn Livera is a visual artist primarily working in textile and fibre arts, with a focus on “freestyle weaving”. She studied weaving with master weaver Suzanne Gaston-Voute for about ten years. Recently her work has been influenced by SAORI freestyle weaving. In freestyle weaving, “there are no mistakes”. She has taken workshops at SAORI studios in Canada, USA and Estonia. Community engagement is an important part of her practice. She believes that everyone should feel free to explore their own creativity without worrying about whether their art is "good enough".

    While the mainstream fashion industry strives to force people to squeeze into a single “idealized” silhouette and colour palette, Livera's work boldly celebrates all our individual differences and unique perspectives. Livera uses a bold colour palette and freestyle weaving techniques to counteract the negative messages from the media and even our own thoughts that tell us that we are not good enough. During the residency artist Dawn Livera will focus on creating one-of-a-kind wearable art garments from handwoven and/or hand dyed fabric, or other repurposed textiles. The work would unfold intuitively, with decisions made as it evolves. Always open to exploring the possibilities of “what would happen if....” Each garment will be a completely unique original work of art that could never have been made by a machine.



    September 2017: Farouche Collective

    Erika Mitsuhashi is an emerging dance artist based out of Vancouver, British Columbia. Erika has interpreted the work of Robert Kitsos, Vanessa Goodman, Judith Garay, Katie DeVries and Daisy Thompson in festivals and platforms such as International Dance Day hosted by The Dance Center, Dance Allsorts, Dancing on the Edge, The Interplay Project, Vancouver International Dance Festival and Simon Fraser University masters showcase. As a choreographer, she has had her work presented locally and nationally by the Powell Street Festival, Toronto’s PS:We are All Here and the Surrey Art Gallery’s InFlux. 

    Felicia Lau is a dance artist based in Vancouver. She received her BFA Honours degree from SFU School for the Contemporary Arts. She has interpreted the works of Dancers Dancing (Judith Garay), Rob Kitsos, Desirée Dunbar, Katie DeVries, Emmalena Fredriksson, and Mahaila Patterson-O’Brien. Two of Felicia’s upcoming performances will be Hong Kong Exile’s VISITORS FROM FAR AWAY TO THE STATE MACHINE (Club Push) and Meredith Kalaman’s Femme Fatales (Shadbolt Centre). 

    Mahaila Patterson-O’Brien is an emerging dance artist in Vancouver. She studied at SFU School for the Contemporary Arts receiving her BFA (Hons) in dance. She has studied at The School of Contemporary Dancers in Winnipeg, MB, and at The University of Winnipeg. As a choreographer her work has been presented at multiple venues, including Project CPR, 12 Minutes Max, Dance Allsorts, ROMP! Festival 2015 (Victoria, BC), ASCENSION 2013 /2014, Launch! Festival 2014, and Ignite Youth Festival 2013. 

    As a new collective, Farouche will use this residency to develop a series of duets as research for collaborative choreography, and methods of approaching duets performed by multiple bodies, no bodies, and bodies with projection and light. How these integrated mediums interact and develop will guide their investigation surrounding the duet form.


    Open House

    Come by Anvil Centre's Dance Studio to meet the artists, and partake in demonstrations of the research they have been conducting as part of this residency! The Open House is one of many special events taking place at Anvil Centre as part of BC Culture Days! 

    Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
    Friday September 29th, 12:30pm-1:30pm 
    This event is FREE and open to the public!

    **Please note there are no shoes, drinks or food allowed in the Dance Studio.**

    August 2017: Julian Legere & Michelle Cyr

    Julian Legere studied Acting for Stage and Screen and obtained his Bachelor of Performing Arts from Capilano University. His training and artistic practices span acting, directing, physical theatre, collaboration, writing, devised theatre, and clowning. Works he has co-created are Pub Culture (Loose Leaf Collective/Vancouver Fringe), Phantasmagoria: Circus of Dreams (Loose Leaf Collective/PuSh Festival), and Balls! (Stages Theatre & Deux par Quatre/rEvolver Festival). 

    Michelle Cyr is an avid storyteller who loves to put on a show. Dedicated to the theatre, Michelle has spent most of her theatrical career on stage. Behind the scenes, Michelle has stage managed a number of productions, assistant directed post-secondary shows, has her own small production company, and coaches various tales.

    Seeing all their friends doing amazing feats and playing gut-splitting physical  comedy, two clowns are feeling left behind. With their lack of coordination, these two  have never mastered the usual clown antics, but that won’t stop them from trying with  all their hearts. Clumsy Valentine is a bittersweet celebration of the single coin whose two sides are joy and sadness. Two clowns with no special skills or spectacular talents will work to give homage to Great Love Stories, sharing a journey with their audience as they earnestly attempt all the tricks they never got a chance to learn.


    Two Fools Improv Evenings

    Join theatre duo Two Fools and explore Improvisation and Clowning in a fun, informal setting. Participants of all ages will learn to unlock their creative power through the magic of play.

    Improv will be explored through classic drama games, scene work, and various exercises to build fundamental physical, mental, and emotional performance skills. Basic principles of Clown practice will also be explored through a combination of one-on-one or small group exercises and presentations. Seasoned performers looking to brush up their skills and first-timers curious to know what Improv and Clowning are about are welcome. Participation is optional, join in when you are ready!

    Anvil Centre Studio 411B
    Thursday August 17, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
    - or -
    Anvil Centre Studio 413
    Thursday August 24, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
    Registration Fee: FREE with RSVP

    These workshops are FREE and open to the public. RSVP required - please contact to reserve your spot. Maximum 15 participants. Must be 18+ or accompanied by an adult.

    August 2017: Andrea Taylor & Margery Theroux

    Andrea holds an MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Arts (2014). She had two solo shows in 2016 at Back Gallery Project and Malaspina Printmakers in Vancouver. Other recent shows include Port City Gallery in Portland OR, Bjornson Studio Vancouver, DownStreet Art in North Adams MA, and Moving Art juried show in Vancouver 2014.Andrea teaches in Continuing Studies at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

    Margery Theroux holds an MFA in Visual Art (Vermont College of Fine Arts, 2014), and a BA in Art History from New York University. She studied painting at New York Studio School. Recent shows include a drawing show in Garrison NY, which she co-curated and DownStreet Art in North Adams MA. Margery teaches at three local New Jersey art schools and holds monthly workshops in Experimental Drawing.

    For the duration of their collaborative residency, artists Andrea Taylor and Margery Theroux will explore collaborative drawing, printmaking and writing, to create a limited edition book of a visual conversation. Working collaboratively through the experience of drawing/monotype Taylor and Theroux will document their visual conversation and create a limited edition of ten handmade books which contain original monotypes and drawings, a copy of which will be remain the Archives/Reading Room. An artist talk/book launch will be scheduled for the final week of the residency. Fall 2015, Taylor and Theroux completed a month long collaborative drawing residency, artist talk and exhibition in Port Chester, NY at Miranda Arts Project Space.


    Open House - New Westminster Cultural Crawl
    Anvil Centre Cultural Studio 411B
    Friday August 11
    5:00 - 7:00pm
    FREE and open to the public.

    July 2017: Meichen Waxer

    Meichen Waxer is an interdisciplinary artist engaged in questions surrounding culturally inherited power structures and resulting modes of representation. She holds a Masters of Applied Art, Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Recently, she was Artist-in-Residence at 33 Officina Creativa (Italy) and Halka Sanat (Turkey) and Turkish Cultural Foundation Fellow. Meichen will be Artist-in-Residence August 2017 at Triegnac Projet (France). Recent exhibitions include Charles H. Scott, Halka Sanat, and Open Studio. Meichen sits on the Board of Directors at the Or Gallery, Vancouver. Meichen is a co-founder and co-director of Arts Assembly, a community centric not-for-profit arts organization.

    For the duration of her residency, Meichen will be conducting artistic research based on the historic architecture in New Westminster. Through the archives of the New Westminster Museum and embodied observation, Meichen will question how the history of a physical place and its archival façade are negotiated through a process of urban revitalization. This research will involve walking, observation, exploratory sculptural works made with locally sourced materials and writing. This project will also include public workshops, which aim to promote oral histories of the cultural geography specific to New Westminster through collective discussion and sharing.
    Workshops: Stay tuned for more information!

    June 2017: Jennifer Pielak

    Jennifer is a local actor, improviser and singer who is becoming known as one of the top musical improvisers in Canada. She currently performs completely improvised musicals, teaches classes in the art form here in Vancouver and co-founded Off Key Improv, a local musical improv group she both performed with and was Artistic Director of for 4 years. She has performed improv at Second Storey Theatre, The Improv Centre, with The Fictionals, Table23, Improv Boston and at festivals in Vancouver and New York. Her latest credits include Connected: The Musical, Dogfight, and playing Katniss Everdeen in Hunger Games The Musical.

    For the duration of her residency, Jennifer’s goal is to develop a one woman, improvised musical. The show will involve improvising all the songs, dance, characters and storyline, with a musician improvising on piano. Using Anvil Centre’s studio space to workshop both independently and with a musician/musical director, there are also opportunities for invited local directors, choreographers, and dramaturges to participate. This residency will allow Jennifer to develop the show’s vision and format, and expand her skill sets as a performer.


    A girl, a piano player and many voices. A heartfelt, character driven, one-woman musical. Oh yeah… it’s also improvised!

    June’s artist in residence, Jennifer Pielak, presents a workshop version of her show in development - Voices. Voices is a one-woman improvised musical performed by Jennifer Pielak, co-directed by Alison Chisholm with piano by Peter Abando. All the singing, dancing, characters and story are all created in the moment. Inspired by the many voices we all have in our heads, Jennifer will be pulling inspiration from the audience to create the characters she will play this evening. Come watch this free performance along with a post-show artist talk-back on August 24th at 7pm!

    Anvil Centre, 4th Floor Landing
    Thursday August 24th
    Presentation: 7:00pm-8:00pm (doors at 6:45)
    Artist Talk: 8:00-8:30pm
    Registration Fee: FREE and open to the public
    ***Seating is limited. Please e-mail Kristina at to reserve ahead.***

    Musical Theatre Improvisation Workshop
    Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
    Saturday July 22, 2:00-4:00pm
    Registration Fee: FREE and open to the public
    To registration email (spaces are limited, maximum 12 participants)

    Show Test Runs and Q&A/Feeback Sessions
    Looking for an audience! Jennifer will be doing a short intro to her new work, a 45 minute show and a 15-30 min audience Q&A/Feedback session. The show is a one woman improvised musical performed by Jennifer Pielak with music direction by Peter Abando. With the show currently in development at the Anvil Centre, these performances will help Jennifer determine how best to work with an audience, drawing inspiration from real people in attendance.
    Anvil Centre Dance Studio 415
    Monday June 26: 2:30pm-4:00pm
    - and -
    Wednesday June 28: 6:00pm-8:30pm
    Registration Fee: FREE, open to the public
    Spaces are limited. To register email:

    June 2017: Lois Klassen

    Lois Klassen’s long-term projects involve collective making and dialogue. Archive City: Portraits of Lulu Island (Cindy Mochizuki, Jaimie Robson, Lois Klassen, 2008) presented a memory collection that was gathered from residents of the City of Richmond (Richmond Art Gallery). Klassen’s Garden Gnomad (2009) gathered stories and imagery from community gardeners by way of a solar-powered media cart (Means of Production Artists Raw Resource Collective and Emixer, Surrey Art Gallery). Klassen’s texts are published in Word Hoard, Fillip, Public Journal and Border Crossings.

    Reading the Migration Library is a research-creation component of Lois Klassen’s current doctoral research on ethical frameworks of social art practices at the Cultural Studies Program, Queen’s University. This new project combines research, archiving, public engagement and performance. It involves the assembly of a virtual migration library, the production of new narratives in small press publications, and reading aloud in public. The project’s process is documented at


    Join June Anvil Centre Artist-in-Residence Lois Klassen for an artist-book making workshop in a uniquely New Westminster collection of migration stories. Learn to make small, easy to reproduce booklets (also called chapbooks or ‘zines) based on themes of migration by way of personal experiences, or information borrowed from the New Westminster Museum and Archives. Add your booklet in art exhibitions and events related to the project, Reading the Migration Library! For more information go to,

    Anvil Centre Room 411B
    Saturday June 10, 10:00am – 2:00pm
    Thursday June 22, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
    Registration Fee: Free with RSVP.

    These workshops are FREE and open to the public. RSVP required - please contact to reserve your spot. Maximum 15 participants. Must be 18+ or accompanied by an adult. Supplies will be provided.

    May 2017: Elisa Yon

    Elisa Yon is a Vancouver-based artist and public Art Coordinator for the City of Richmond. Her recent work includes Alien Terrarium, a collaboration with artist Amanda Arcuri as part of the Vancouver Public Art Program's Platforms 2016: Coastal City exhibition, and Working Holiday, a year socially engaged artist residency project at Dunbar Community Centre in Vancouver, working in collaboration with artists Leah Weinstein and Jaspal Marwah. She holds a Master of Applied Art degree from Emily Carr University and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Waterloo.

    A new hybrid art and curation project by Elisa Yon will aim to create a mutable and transitory gathering, book-making and performance space, designed to host artist and non-artist text-based book projects or libraries, such as Lois Klassen's current work, Reading the Migration Library. This residency will allow the artist to question, test and develop the inaugural manifestation of Curating Library.


    Still Life w/ No Name (18+)
    Anvil Centre Artist-in-Residence, Elisa Yon will lead a still life drawing and recipe-making workshop inspired by the budget conscious foods she consumed growing up in a Chinese-Canadian immigrant family. Participants will create drawings and recipes from a still life composed of an assortment of no name brand food products. At the end of the workshop, participants will be invited to contribute one drawing and/or recipe to an artist book that will be produced by the artist and contributed to, a project by Lois Klassen, Anvil Centre's June Artist-in-Residence. Drawing materials will be provided.

    Friday May 12, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    Anvil Centre Studio 411B

    Sunday May 14, 10:00am - 2:00pm
    Anvil Centre Studio 411B

    These workshops are FREE and open to the public. RSVP required - please contact to reserve your spot. Maximum 12 participants. Must be 18+ or accompanied by an adult.

    April 2017: Chelsea Comeau

    Chelsea Comeau is a freelance writer and editor, and an Education Assistant, whose work has appeared in The Claremont Review, Quills, and CV2. In 2011, Amber Tamblyn selected her as the winner of the BUST magazine poetry contest. In 2014, she was one of eight poets across Canada accepted for the poetry genre in the Banff Centre’s Writing With Style Programme, working with Lorna Crozier. In 2015, she was the Canadian winner of the Leaf Press chapbook contest. She has appeared at Word Vancouver, and was a guest on Co-Op Radio’s Wax Poetic show. She attends poetry retreats with Patrick Lane and Lorna Crozier.

    For the duration of her residency, Comeau will develop a full-length poetry manuscript that explores the themes of women and a
    connection to place. Comeau believes that women’s issues are extremely relevant at this point in time, particularly following the recent U.S. election results. Being a resident of New Westminster, a location steeped in history, Comeau also feels a deep sense of connection to physical presence. She will be exploring both her role in this world as a woman, as well as emotional ties to her environment through poetry.


    Looking for professional feedback for your manuscript, article, review or other written work? Join April Artist-in-Residence Chelsea Comeau for one-on-one advice about your project. Comeau's advice can help strengthen your work, maximize your chances of success, or provide suggestions to push your writing to the next level. Depending on your project and needs, this special workshop can accommodate either 30 or 60-minute sessions. To book your one-on-one consultation,
    Anvil Centre Room 311
    Saturday May 13, 12:00pm-4:00pm
    FREE; RSVP required.

    April 2017: Teodora Zamfirescu

    Born in Transylvania and relocating various times around the globe, Teodora Zamfirescu spent many years growing up in the Eastern block dictatorship. This has set the foundation for how she views the world in terms of philosophical as well as aesthetic questions. She points to the everyday moments and the small details in life as her source of inspiration, and describes her work as a playful response to existential thoughts about the purpose of animate and inanimate matter. Her work is humorous as well as deeply serious, anchored in contradictions of philosophical pessimism which is equally romantic and life-affirming. She remains a big supporter of collaborations, public space installations and ad-hoc processes.


    THINK TANK Come to Anvil Centre to examine spaces and places (including archives, landing, studios, bathrooms etc.) and share ideas (from totally doable to totally crazy) for filming and creative works. After considering all ideas, Zamfirescu will be shooting a film. Come give us your ideas!

    Thursday April 13, 5-7pm, Room 411B
    Sunday April 16, 11am-1pm, Room 411A

    March 2017: Sandeep Johal

    Sandeep Johal is a Canadian-born South Asian artist whose meticulously crafted, detail-oriented work embraces the intuitive and often spontaneous relationship between pattern and colour. Grounded in principles of symmetry and geometry, her pattern-work is heavily influenced by South Asian textile design and motifs, particularly the mandala form. Sandeep is fascinated with exploring meditation through the process of repetition and creating a contemplative space for her viewers.

    For the duration of her residency Sandeep will be exploring themes of gender justice, continuing the series HARD KAUR -not your starlet, not your victim, and creating new works her upcoming solo show, REST IN POWER. For updates, follow her on Instagram @sandeepjohalart


    Artist Talk: Sandeep Johal
    Join Vancouver-based artist and March Artist-in-Residence Sandeep Johal for an presentation and discussion about the artist's ongoing series HARD KAUR - not your starlet, not your victim. The works acknowledge female victims of gender-based violence and will be shown in the artist's upcoming solo exhibition REST IN POWER opening at the gam gallery September 8th.
    Anvil Centre Room 417
    Saturday May 13th, 2pm-4pm

    *Due to the content of the artist's work and practice, this event is 19+

    February 2017: Sarah Gallos

    Sarah Gallos is a dancer, choreographer, improviser, and teacher based in Vancouver, BC. Her work is based in contemporary forms, influenced by her study of contact dance and release technique, informed by her practice of clown as well as classical ballet.
    Her choreography FOLLOW has been selected for Des Arts Dehors/ Arts Outside, a Made in BC: Dance on Tour initiative. She is co-producer of the Shooting Gallery Performance Series; showcasing short form experimental dance and theatre. She has performed for choreographers Julie Lebel, Julianne Chapple, Meredith Kalaman and is a member of the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret.


    Artist in residence Sarah Gallos is offering a parent and child movement-based class. Perfect for spring, come to learn about and move like plants. Great for younger children to adults, this session will touch upon the stages of growth of a plant. Starting with the moment a seed starts to reach its roots into the earth through to summer, fall and ending with it buried under the winter snow.

    Sunday March 12th 11:15 am -12:00 pm

    All performances and presentations free and open to the public.


    January 2017: Sam Davidson

    Sam Davidson (B.Mus) is a specialist in the EWI, a breath-controlled synthesizer of under-realized potential which he features in his recordings and performances. He is a member of Canadian band Brasstronaut who have toured Europe and North America extensively. He also performs as sideman to Toronto violinist Jaron Freeman-Fox and The Opposite of Everything.

    For the duration of the residency Sam has been working across several genres and instruments, developing his compositional techniques. Using 'early music' (AD1620-1720) as source material, he has immersed himself in baroque melodies, extracting their themes to recycle into new innovative works.

    Pop-Up Performances:

    Tuesday January 10, 11:30am
    Friday January 13, 2:00pm
    Tuesday January 17, 6:00pm
    Tuesday January 24, 3:00pm
    Thursday January 26, 11:00am

    Final Presentation & Performance:

    Saturday February 4, 3:00pm

    All performances and presentations free and open to the public.

  • Please note that the Solid Waste & Recycling Artist in Residence program is currently on hold.  Please call 604.515.3837 for more information. 

    The City of New Westminster's Solid Waste and Recycling Artist in Residence program is a collaboration between the Arts Services and Engineering departments. The program will accommodate artists and artist collectives working in sculpture, print, fibre, drawing, painting, literary arts, music, dance and performance for a five month period for research, development and production of new or ongoing bodies of work. The artists will work out of the Anvil Centre and the Engineering Operations yard in New Westminster. The program encourages interdepartmental collaborations, creating opportunities for artists to engage in City services outside of the existing cultural facilities. The program will also aim to generate educational opportunities about recycling and waste management in the city, and further open discussions of urban waste and its environmental impacts. As part of the residency, the selected artist will create a project that will be installed in the public realm or on public infrastructure. In addition, the artists will facilitate an outreach project for the local community that may include school groups, youth and seniors and other public audiences to further disseminate their ideas while working in the Solid Waste and Recycling artist residency.

    July - November 2018 Katherine Soucie

    Katherine Soucie (BAA Fashion Design; Dip. Textile Arts; BFA, Textiles;  MAA Visual Art, Textiles) is an award winning artist and designer who specializes in transforming textile industry waste into new textiles and sculptural forms.  She studied Fashion Design in London and Toronto, Ontario, Canada before furthering her studies in Textiles and Visual Art in Vancouver. Upon establishing her studio practice in 2003, her experimentation with textile industry waste has resulted in an extensive body of work for which she has received a numerous scholarships, grants and awards.

    Her use of traditional artisanal textile and garment techniques is often deconstructed and (re)imagined through the use of obsolescent textile technology and industrial sewing machinery.  The intention of her work is to explore forms of visible mending where she reverse engineer modes of production in order to honour and value the history of the discarded, castoff materials and tools she salvages. The laborious and repetitive handcraft applications performed throughout their transformation leads to unexpected and emergent forms and constructions.

    Ms. Soucie is the recipient of the BC Creative Achievements Award 2006 (Canada), shortlisted for Niche Award 2007 (USA), the recipient of the International Design Green Award 2008 (USA) and recently shortlisted for the SustainArt Design Competition 2014 (UK). She was the Visiting Professor in Textiles at the Welch School of Art, Georgia State University 2013 – 2014. Ms. Soucie is the Program Director of Fashion at LaSalle College in Vancouver.


    February - June 2018 Molly Marineau

    During her tenure, Molly will be exploring text from recycled objects as a medium for a hybrid of sculpture and poetry. After cutting text from litter, throw-away packaging, and recyclable materials, it will be used experimentally in collage, sculpture, video, and printmaking in an exploration of how a word’s original meaning can be changed by its context, color, shape and form. Because this resource of recycled materials comes directly from the residents of New Westminster, Molly is excited to create artwork that the public can interact with to create a larger community dialog about art, resources, and consumer culture. A blog of Molly’s project and other artwork can be seen on her website at and on Instagram @mjmarineau

    Video about Molly Marineau's project

    Outreach Programs:

    Collective City Poetry

    Participate in a collaborative and ever-evolving poetry sculpture. As New Westminster’s Solid Waste and Recycling Artist in Residence, Molly Marineau has created building blocks for this participatory sculpture from words found all over the city. Come build a phrase or poem from these found-words, or donate some of your own found-words to the project. Use  #nwcitypoetry to share your work or see what others have created online. This event is free and open to people of all ages.

    Old Crow Coffee Co – Saturday, April 14 1-5pm
    River Market – Saturday, April 14 7-10pm
    Anvil Centre Foyer – Sunday, April 15 10-12noon