Helen Reed, Hannah Jickling, and Vanessa Kwan


Image credit: Tall Tale Postcards, 2016, Risograph Postcard Edition, 10cm x 15cm, edition of 250
Hannah Jickling, Helen Reed, and Division Seven students of Queen Alexandra Elementary School: Savanna, Jackie, Kurtis, Kia, Karyl, Dekoda, Farhin, Chris, Susan, Francis, Lorne, Saiyaka, Cathy, Gabby, Lily, Angelo and Lucas.

Helen Reed and Hannah Jickling have been collaborating since 2006. Their projects take shape as public installations, social situations, and events that circulate as photographs, videos, printed matter, and artists’ multiples. They are currently fascinated with the contact high intrinsic to collaborative research, especially in their recent projects with children. Jickling and Reed are recipients of the 2016 Ian Wallace Award for Teaching Excellence (Emily Carr University of Art & Design) and a 2017 Mayor’s Arts Award for Emerging Public Art (City of Vancouver).

Vanessa Kwan is a Vancouver-based artist and curator with a focus on collaborative, site-specific, and community-engaged practices. Among other things, her artworks have included a geyser (with Erica Stocking), a garden best viewed by moonlight, and a series of events for sad people. She works as a curator with Grunt Gallery where she manages residencies, exhibitions, and special projects and is a member of Other Sights for Artists' Projects, an artist-run organization that curates and produces artworks for the public realm. She is a founding member of the arts collective Norma who were honored with a Mayor’s Arts Award for public art in 2012. Vanessa regularly writes and publishes on art and culture, and is currently at work on curated projects at venues across the Pacific Rim (Vancouver, Seoul and Sydney) that explore sculpture and sound installations in public space.