Among the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture's 450 members are artists, performance groups and cultural workers at museums, theatres, concert venues, community organizations, professional associations and more. Here's what some of them are up to this week.
Elizabeth Zvonar: The Future Is Coming Every Day
With her scissors and stack of magazines and books, Vancouver artist Elizabeth Zvonar fuses different histories, contexts and metaphors to upend the status quo — in the process winning the Mayor’s Arts Award for Emerging Visual Artist in 2009 and the Shadbolt Foundation’s VIVA Award in 2015. Zvonar's collages at Evergreen Cultural Centre explore notions of feminism, metaphysics, and time.
(Coquitlam: Nov. 18-Jan. 7)
2018 PuSh Festival Program Launch Party
PuSh Festival executive director Norman Armour gets so excited about the performances presented at each festival, you can’t help but think Vancouver is the coolest cultural place on earth, too. As Armour shares fantastic video clips, slides and commentary about the shows, you'll feel like you’ve experienced a good chunk of the groundbreaking festival (Jan. 16-Feb. 4) — all in just over an hour at the Fox Cabaret.
(Vancouver: Nov. 21)
The Fabric of Our Land: Salish Weaving
Explore the past 200 years of Salish wool weaving, from the earliest known woven blankets to examples of current loom weaving, at this exhibition presented by Museum of Anthropology. The early weavings come from museums in Europe and the U.S. — institutions that acquired the treasures from early traders and explorers, who removed them their traditional territories (i.e., right here). “The process of colonization took the same devastating toll on Salish weaving as it did on countless other Indigenous cultural practices,” states MOA curator Susan Rowley. “Mass-produced Hudson Bay Company blankets replaced hand-woven creations…the Indian Act banned ceremonies where blankets played an integral role, and residential schools broke the intergenerational transmission of knowledge. The resilience and strength of amazing women have led to the revival of Salish weaving.”
(Vancouver: Nov. 19-Apr. 15)
N. Vancouver: Group Show
Finally, the Polygon Gallery opens to the public. The light-filled oceanfront facility is nearly five times the size of the old Presentation House Gallery, which it replaces. The inaugural exhibition takes North Vancouver as its inspiration, with commissioned works by Andrew Dadson, Althea Thauberger, Stephen Waddell and others, paired with existing work by Stan Douglas, Greg Girard, Fred Herzog and Jeff Wall, among other BC art stars.
(North Vancouver: Nov. 18-Feb. 18)
Eastside Culture Crawl
The 21st annual Eastside Culture Crawl features its largest line-up of artists, venues, and events yet, with more than 500 artists showing works in 80 buildings. Organizers say the Crawl neighbourhood is “the most densely populated community of artists in Canada.” And while the visual arts, design and crafts on display impress, it’s the opportunity to explore quirky art studios—in old warehouses, basements, garages, closets and more—that makes this experience unique.
(Vancouver: Nov. 16-19)
More Holiday Craft Fairs
The Campbell River Art Gallery’s annual curated Artisan Market takes over the gallery space, Nov. 18 until Dec. 24. On Saturdays, you can make your own crafts, including festive cards and papier-mâché piggy banks. (And if you’re a curator looking for job, they’re hiring.) The Chilliwack Craft Fair is a holiday tradition (and key fundraiser for the Chilliwack Arts Council). Its 43rd year showcases 175 artisans from all over BC, Nov. 17-19.
(Campbell River and Chilliwack)
For more member events, check out our Member News page. To see your event on the BC Alliance website, email your press release to Nancy Lanthier at firstname.lastname@example.org.