The mission of BAF is to promote the development of, and excellence in, the visual arts in Canada – accomplished through innovative PUBLIC ART projects and other programs. BAF hopes to advance the understanding and appreciation of the Arts in Vancouver by showcasing local and global talent from the creative minds of today and tomorrow in dynamic ways. We create opportunities that enable artists to produce their work in the public realm and share it with the world.
The Vancouver Biennale has a mandate to mount a major biannual outdoor art exhibition featuring world-class international sculptures, new media and performance art. In addition, the Vancouver Biennale produces publications, curriculum, professional symposiums and public lecture series.
On October 1, 1940, the image of a child breaking free of his mother’s hold to reach out to his father became one of the enduring images of WWII. It was taken by Claude Dettloff at Columbia and 8th Street in New Westminster, as the soldiers of the Duke of Connaught’s Own Rifles marched off to fight in the Second World War.
The City of New Westminster is commemorating this historic moment in time through a commissioned public artwork / war memorial, to be installed in-situ and unveiled in Hyack Square on October 4, 2014.