Pre-Conference Tour: Art/Seen Vancouver

The Arts in Society Conference is pleased to announce the Pre-Conference Tour.

Join other conference delegates and plenary speakers the day before the conference for a walking tour of Vancouver's art scene:

The tour will touch on aspects of the themes of the conference and provide conference participants a look into how arts organizations connect arts to the context of Vancouver. Inside perspectives will be offered by directors and curators on the themes of organizational history, mandates, and programming as well as the challenges and successes of running organizations within the dynamic set of pressures of contemporary Vancouver. The tour will be focused in The Flats, Chinatown, and Main Street areas, which are the city's arts communities both old and newly developing. Comfortable walking footwear is recommended.

Highlights include:

  • A selection of Vancouver's Artist-Run Centers - the cornerstone of Vancouver's art scene and diverse in its mandates and programming.
  • The Vancouver Mural Festival - a recent initiative producing over 100 street murals and an annual free street festival. VMF is mandated to provide a platform for Vancouver's diverse art scene to contribute to the city's cultural legacy and their accomplishment is unique in Vancouver.
  • Public art mandated by the City of Vancouver's Public Art Program, which has over its life of 25+ years produced a major visible public art collection.

Date: Tuesday, 26 June 2018
Time: 14:00-16:00 (2:00-4:00 PM)
Duration: 2 hours
Meeting Location: Outside Starbucks on the NE corner of Main Street and Terminal Avenue at the Main Street Science World Skytrain Station (view map and view directions)
Cost: US$45

Booking: Reservations can be made by clicking the button below. Please note, only reservations that have been paid in full will be considered confirmed. Simply requesting a reservation will not guarantee a place on the tour.

Conference Tour: Artist-Run Centers

The Arts in Society Conference is pleased to offer a tour of artist-run centers.

Pernille Lystlund Matzen and Nanna Rebekka, Breaker of Horses, 2015 - Courtesy of Pernille Matzen and Nanna Rebekka

Participants of the 2018 Arts in Society Conference are invited to take part in an evening guided tour of artist-run centers on Wednesday, June 27. The tour will start after the last panels of the first day. Participants are asked to gather in the main entrance of the university in order to meet their guide for the evening tour that will include stops at the Western Front and Or Gallery, among others. Below is information on the exhibitions that will be part of the evening tour. Please note that more information will be added as the participating artist-run centers finalize their summer exhibition schedule.

On view at Or Gallery (555 Hamilton Street):

Robin Peck

Curated by David MacWilliam

Twelve works from the more than one hundred mixed-media sculptures comprising Crania, a series of by artist Robin Peck. Referencing both figurative and minimalist sculptural practices, Peck's unassuming plaster and wax shellacked forms are also vessels for material ranging from quartz, copper, steel, rosewood to more ephemeral contents such as burlap and cardboard. These assembled contents call attention to his experimental studio process but also remain, for the most part, intangible and invisible inside the final dome-like exteriors.

Robin Peck is a Canadian artist, writer and educator living is Fredericton, NB. Since receiving his MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in 1975, he has exhibited across Canada and internationally. His artwork and writing have appeared in C Magazine, Parachute, Vanguard, Boo Magazine, Canadian Art, and the Vancouver Anthology. Since 2005, he has taught Visual Arts at St.Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Breaker of Horses
Pernille Lystlund Matzen and Nanna Rebekka
Producer: Marta Mleczek
Composer: Aske Zidore

Curated by Denise Ryner

Starting with the location of a dramatic bronze sculpture at an otherwise unremarkable urban intersection in Copenhagen's Sydhavn district. The essay film 'Breaker of Horses' follows the hidden stories contained within the bronze cast. This leads back to the genesis of the sculpture in an antique Greek myth, to a Belgian Africa museum and deep into Europe's colonial past. Through digitized forms and archived images, the copper material mixed into the bronze is traced back to the era of mining and extraction through the slave labour of the Congolese that comprised the economic foundation for the Belgian King Leopold's empire.

Original title: Hestebetvinger.
Duration: 14 min 50 sec.
Danish with English subtitles

Nanna Rebekka is an independent filmmaker based in Copenhagen. Her work lies within the realm of hybrid fiction, documentary and video art. She studied filmmaking at the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media, University of Washington and at the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, York University. She is currently a master's degree candidate in visual culture at the University of Copenhagen.

Pernille Lystlund Matzen is an independent writer and filmmaker currently living in Copenhagen. Her work concentrates on new documentary forms, video art and essayistic modes of filmmaking. She holds a master's degree in Art History and Modern Culture from Columbia University, Universität der Kunste, Berlin, and Copenhagen University. She is the art critic for the Danish newspaper Information.

Tour Information
: Wednesday, 27 June 2018
Time: Directly following the last session of the day
Meeting Location: Main entrance of the university
Cost: Complimentary to all conference delegates, but please register in advance

Booking: Reservations can be made by clicking the button below.

Conference Closing Reception

The Arts Conference is pleased to announce the Conference Closing Reception.

© Equinox Gallery, Ema Peter Photography

Common Ground Research Networks and the International Conference on the Arts in Society will be hosting a closing reception at Equinox Gallery. The reception will be held directly following the last parallel session of the last day, 29 June 2018. Join other conference delegates and plenary speakers for drinks, light hor d'oeuvres, and a chance to converse.

Date: Friday, 29 June 2018
Time: Directly following the last session of the day
Location: Equinox Gallery (view map)
Cost: Complimentary to all conference delegates

There is no need to pre-register for this event.