Art Services

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, register for a new art program and discover your passions, or view local artists’ work at the Community Art Space.

  • The City of New Westminster Arts Services department offers opportunities for artists, performers, musicians, craftspeople, community members and visitors to experience a diversity of arts and culture activities in our city. Whether through community events such as VIBE, the Community Art Space exhibitions, seasonal programming or special events, our goal is to nurture the growing arts and culture scene of our city.

    New Westminster Arts Services department includes Arts Coordinator Biliana Velkova and Arts Programmer Kristina Fiedrich.


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  • All of our programs can be found in our current Program BrochureClick here to see our full list of Fall 2017 Programs online.

    Click here to register online. You can also call 604.527.4640 for more information and to register.

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  • In 2012, the City of New Westminster adopted its first Public Art Policy which lays out the foundation for creating a dynamic and engaging Public Art Program. The Policy aims to create a dynamic visual expression in the urban landscape.  The specific goals are to increase foot traffic on the street, animate New Westminster’s historic downtown and draw attention to New Westminster as a vital municipality which promotes arts, culture and tourism.

    Take a self-guided public art tour: Public Art on the Riverfront

    If you're wanting to view public art the Cultural Map lists the location and history of each public art project in the city.


  • The Community Art Space at Anvil Centre celebrates the rich cultural landscape of New Westminster. The space forges creative dialogue, brings attention to local art as well as creates new opportunities for artists in our city.  It is an accessible space, where New Westminster based art groups can organize members’ exhibitions.  It is open to New Westminster emerging and established artists working in two dimensional media.

    For exhibition guidelines please click here.

    Current Exhibitions:

    ArchiTEXTURE: Hard Edges in a Soft Media

    Past Exhibitions:

    Youth & Reconciliation

    Things with Wings

    Unity of Spirits

    Uncover

    Teacher's Lounge

    Diverse/City

    Boulevard Gardens of New Westminster

    Longevity

    The Dichotomy of Change

    Faces and Places

    The Art of History

    Expression of Spring

    Let Me Count the Ways

    Cover Story: Album Art Reimagined

     


  • CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS: Your Story: Write, Draw Share & Show

    funded by Shaw, Canada 150 Fund and the City of New Westminster, presented in partnership with the Arts Council of New Westminster.

    Deadline to register: October 12 2017

    Download full Call for Participants


    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Holiday Greeting Card

    Submission Deadline: October 13, 2017 at 4:30pm

    Download full Call for Submissions


    CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Anvil Centre Artist-in-Residence Program 2018

    Submission Deadline: November 15, 2017 at 4:30pm

    Download full Call for Proposals


    CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Solid Waste and Recycling Artist-in-Residence Program 2018

    Submission Deadline: November 15, 2017 at 4:30pm

    Download full Call for Proposals


    CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Capture Photography Festival 2018

    Submission Deadline: November 1, 2017 at 4:00pm

    Download full Call for Proposals


    For questions about our Opportunities for Artists, please contact:

    Biliana Velkova, Arts Coordinator
    Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street
    New Westminster, BC V3M 1B6
    E bvelkova@newwestcity.ca
    T 604.515.3822

  • The Anvil Centre Artists-in-Residence Program

    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.

    2017 Artists-in-Residence:
    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), Jessica Gnyp, and Dawn Livera.

    2018 Anvil Centre Artists-in-Residence Program Current Call For Proposals:
    The Anvil Centre Artist-in-Residence Program is calling for proposals for the 2018 calendar year. Deadline to submit applications is Wednesday November 15 2017, 4:30pm. For more information, download full Call for Proposals.


    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.

    Workshops:

    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.

    Workshops:

    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.

    Workshops:

    Voices
    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 kfiedrich@newwestcity.ca (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: kfiedrich@newwestcity.ca


    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 http://www.readingthemigrationlibrary.com

    Workshops:

    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, readingthemigrationlibrary.com

    Anvil Centre Room 411B
    Saturday June 10, 10:00am – 2:00pm
    or
    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.

    Workshops:

    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 readingthemigrationlibrary.com, 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.

    Workshop:

    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.

    Workshop:

    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

    Workshop:

    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
    FREE

    *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.

    Workshop:

    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.

  • Find out about job opportunities for artists, instructors, and a rts professionals through The City of New Westminster Arts Services department.

    The City of New Westminster is committed to employment equity. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified individuals.

    Current Jobs

    Competition #17-104 - Music Instructor, Anvil Centre
    Office of the CAO
    Deadline: September 1 2017
    Download Call for Applications

    Competition #17-105 - Printmaking Instructor, Anvil Centre
    Office of the CAO
    Deadline: September 1 2017
    Download Call for Applications

    Competition #17-106 - Theatre Instructor, Anvil Centre

    Office of the CAO
    Deadline: September 1 2017
    Download Call for Applications

  • The Anvil Centre has a number of quality and professional community studios and purpose built music rooms available to rent.These quality venues are excellent for visual, performing, applied and media arts. In addition, our studios can host workshops, lectures, screenings, rehearsals and drop-in services. 

    Please follow this link to see our full list of facilities available for short and long-term rentals.

    For details, call 604-527-4640 or .

  • Art Strategy (2008-2013)

    Public Art Policy (2012)

    Art Strategy (2017-2022)

    The new Arts Strategy will reflect the cultural growth of the City. Since adopting the existing Arts Strategy, there has been a great deal of cultural development in New Westminster. A City’s Cultural Services department was established, the Anvil Centre opened, a Public Art Policy was adopted and many ambitious cultural projects realized. In order to continue developing the arts and creating new cultural opportunities that reflect the growth of the city, we needed a new plan that will guide us into the future. The purpose of the Art Strategy is to create a clear cultural path that will make our community more desirable place to live, work, play and create. The Art Strategy will be a guiding document that will renew, refresh, and re-envision plans for the development of arts in New Westminster and align them with the City’s three sustainability pillars: Social, Environmental and Economic.
    • Biliana Velkova

      Arts Coordinator

      Biliana holds a Diploma in Studio Art (Capilano University), a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts (Concordia University), and a Master of Fine Arts Degree (University of Saskatchewan), as well as over 15 years of experience in working for cultural organizations and developing community partnerships, educational programs and curatorial projects. As the Arts Coordinator at the North Vancouver Community Arts Council, Biliana programmed numerous exhibitions with local and international artists, developed outreach projects and established fundraising strategies for the organization.  Most recently, Biliana was the Executive Director at PAVED Arts Media Centre in Saskatoon where she developed curatorial projects and coordinated partnerships which engaged local and national communities. In 2013, Biliana was a recipient of the National Partnership Award from Business for the Arts for her work with the Core Series, a collaborative project between PAVED Arts and the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra.

      Biliana most recently served on the Board of Directors for both Access Gallery and the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre in Vancouver and is also the founding member of the Sofia Art Residency, an organization whose mandate is to promote dialogue and engagement opportunities between Canadian and Eastern European artists. Biliana maintains an active art practice that incorporates photography, performance, and installation to explore issues of consumerist culture, diaspora, and social identity.

    • Kristina Fiedrich

      Arts Programmer

      Practicing artist and scholar Kristina Fiedrich holds an undergraduate degree in studio art (Thompson Rivers University, 2005), A Masters of Applied Arts in visual arts (Emily Carr University of Art + Design, 2012) and a Masters of Arts in Comparative Media Arts (Simon Fraser University, 2015). Fiedrich’s studio practice focuses on the medium of drawing and explores the body, its failures and adaptabilities, and the impact of technologies on physical and embodied representations. With an interest in both studio and research-based approaches to creative practices, Fiedrich explores representations of the body through both her writing and studio practices. In 2011, Fiedrich was awarded the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Graduate Student Award for her thesis “The Fashionable Prosthetic: investigating the visibility and new fashion of prosthetic research” and in 2014 received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Graduate Scholarship for her ongoing research about the living body and the mediation of life via technological means, specifically biometrics. Fiedrich has earned diplomas in photography and printmaking, and degrees in studio and visual arts. She has exhibited in Canada and the US, and received awards for excellence in academics, printmaking and photography. Fiedrich served on the board of CARFAC BC, and has held positions as sessional faculty for Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Artistic Program Manager for the International Symposium on Electronic Arts (2015), is a founding member of the Journal of Comparative Media Arts, and produces work as part of Vancouver-based artist collaborative Lucida Lab.

    • Wendy Anderson

      Faculty - Art

      Wendy Anderson earned a Bachelor of design degree from the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary. While her studies largely focused on Advertising and Design, involvement with her children’s education changed the more commercially focused practice to one that encompasses workshops, programs and classes for kids. Wendy works as a docent and Art Educator in Coquitlam and Art Instructor at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster. Wendy’s practice is often influenced by the programs and classes she teaches, working in a wide range of media including clay, paint, papier maché and cartooning. As an art teacher, Wendy loves sharing skills to help children explore art and express themselves. Wendy’s art reflects the pleasure of observing the world around us, and the enjoyment in playing with whatever medium she is using.

    • Jessie Au

      Faculty - Creative Movement
      Coming soon.
    • Carolina Bergonzoni

      Faculty - Creative Movement

      Carolina Bergonzoni is a Vancouver-based Italian dance artist, yoga teacher and scholar. She recently completed an MA in Comparative Media Arts (Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada) and holds an MA in Philosophy (University of Bologna, Italy). Her research interest includes dance and phenomenology, as well as the definition of presence in dance performances. Over the last year, she presented her work at various conferences and was part of the organization of MOCO2015 (Movement and Computing), in partnership with ISEA2015 (Vancouver, Canada). She has been teaching dance and Philosophy for Children and Community (P4C) since 2008. In 2011, she graduated as Dance Educator and Community Engagement Facilitator; since then, she has been building a community of movers and thinkers, moving and dancing with people from 0 to 99+ years old. Carolina practices presence through dance, including contact improvisation, somatic based techniques, release, etc., yoga, and her academic studies. www.carolinabergonzoni.org

    • Renee Bucciarelli

      Faculty - Theatre

      Currently a resident of British Columbia, Renée enjoyed a two-decade career in New York City theatre as an actor, director, teaching artist, and administrator. She performed extensively in classical and experimental theatres Off-Broadway and regionally in the United States, including with Theatre for a New Audience, Julie Taymor, New Jersey Shakespeare Company, Hudson Valley Shakespeare, and the Kings County Shakespeare Company (KCSC), with whom she was an Associate Artist for 17 years. An Honors graduate of Wesleyan University, and of the Eugene O’Neill Theater National Theater Institute, Renée has taught at The Brearley School (New York, NY), for Bard on the Beach (Vancouver, BC), and as an adjunct professor for St. Francis College (Brooklyn, NY) and the University of Rochester (Rochester, NY). She presently serves as producing Artistic Director of City Stage New West, and recently produced a professional cast recording of Stump City Stories, an original Canadian musical by George Ryan based on the diverse history of New Westminster, commissioned by CSNW in 2009 to celebrate the City’s 150th anniversary. She has also directed T.S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral, and Shakespeare’s King Lear as part of a special project for CSNW “Enduring Age/Enduring Youth”, which brought together senior professional classical actors with emerging artists.

    • Caitlin Chaisson

      Faculty - Art

      Caitlin Chaisson is an artist and writer based in Vancouver, BC. Her work explores the social body, and the relationships that materialize out of that constantly shifting arena. She observes and reflects on these interdependencies through a practice of drawing. Caitlin received a BComm with a Minor in Art History from the University of British Columbia in 2010, and in 2016 she completed a Master of Applied Arts degree at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

    • Doreen Chand

      Faculty - Creative Movement
    • Holly Clarke

      Faculty - Art
      Coming soon.
    • Cindy Couturier

      Faculty - Creative Movement
      Coming soon.
    • Riette Gordon

      Faculty - Art

      Riette Gordon started off as a self-taught fine artist and eventually graduated as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator from Capilano University. She worked as a Creative Director and

      Graphic Designer for 20 years in her own Studio and now teaches children and adult drawing and painting watercolour classes. Riette’s enthusiasm to share her love of art is contagious.

      She enjoys encouraging her students to discover their own creativity and to see beauty, form and light in everyday objects.

    • Noelle Horrocks

      Faculty - Art
      Coming soon.
    • Saskia Jetten

      Faculty - Printmaking

      Originally from the Netherlands but currently residing in the Fraser Valley, Saskia Jetten works in a wide variety of media including graphite, linocut and woodcut, intaglio and stone lithography, applying these techniques to paper and also to less conventional materials such as silks and ceramics. Her work touches on themes related to theatre, identity, and inter-personal relationships, and she often uses the face (or the mask) as a starting point for an artwork. Continually pushing the boundaries of printmaking, Jetten has exhibited widely in Europe and Canada as well as at the International Print Centre in New York, US. Most recently she was one of the 30 selected printmakers to show her work in a survey of Canadian printmaking showcased in Beying, China. She has received numerous prizes, most notably the ‘Grafiek Nu 10’ Dutch Printmaking Award. In 2012 she was the recipient of the Alain Piroir Studio Residency Prize in Montreal, Quebec, as well as of the ‘Prix Banque National’ from the International Contemporary Print Biennale in Trois Rivieres, Quebec in 2011. She has a broad experience of 25 years international teaching on University level as well as tutor/coach and art educator.  Her work can be viewed at www.saskiajetten.com

    • Melissa Thorpe

      Faculty - Art

      Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Melissa developed a love for art early on.  She attended Simon Fraser University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, and now lives and works as an artist and instructor not far outside of Vancouver.  Melissa has a strong relationship with her natural surroundings: the ocean, the smell of the sea, the forest, the mountains.  Inspired by light, movement, surprising colour combinations, social interaction, and patterns, her creative practice generates abstracted, pixilated combinations. Melissa’s personal blog follows the journey of creating art inspired from daily life, updates on recent work and upcoming events. hilltophausfrau.etsy.com
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