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.

Tour Information
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.

Exhibition at the Libby Leshgold Gallery: "It's difficult to put a painting in a mailbox"

Don't forget to pay a visit to the READ bookstore, located right next to the gallery.

READ is an ongoing public program of the Libby Leshgold Gallery. It is a social space for the fostering, cultivation, and promotion of publication as an artistic practice and aims to further the discourse around and support the production of contemporary art and design.

READ serves as the bookstore for Emily Carr University and the wider community. The store stocks an impressive array of artist's monographs, exhibition catalogues, critical theory, artist editions, magazines, and ECU course textbooks. Public book launches and readings are organised by the store on a regular basis.

Exhibition view of "It's difficult to put a painting in a mailbox"
Publication Studio, Libby Leshgold Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art + Design
READ bookstore

Join us this summer at the Libby Leshgold Gallery as we present It’s difficult to put a painting in the mailbox, an exhibition devoted to exploring publication as an artistic practice. This exhibition marks the first iteration of a new programming initiative, laying the groundwork for the future development of a Summer School for Artists’ Publishing. The Summer School will expand on READ Books’ mission to create a platform and social space for experimental practices in publication by bringing leading local and international artists and practitioners together to present exhibitions, seminars, and public events.

This summer, READ and Publication Studio Vancouver (PSV) will host a series of events including workshops, launch parties, panel discussions, and talks. Participants include: Danielle St. Amour of Art Metropole; Jacquelyn Ross of Blank Cheque Press; Casey Wei of agonyklub; Emma Metcalfe Hurst and Christian Vistan of SPIT; Jonathan Middleton of Distribution Office; Ryan Smith of Brick Press; Louisa Bailey of Publication Studio London; Kristy Trinier of Publication Studio Edmonton; and Patrick Kiley of Publication Studio Hudson. During this time, PSV will be making books in the gallery while interacting with artists, students, and members of the larger public. We will present a diverse range of artists’ publications drawn from Emily Carr University’s Ian Wallace Collection, the Banff Centre’s Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, and from private collections.

It’s difficult to put a painting in the mailbox is a quotation from John Baldessari’s artist book Ingres and Other Parables(1971). The book is comprised of short stories about the art world and our borrowed exhibition title is the punchline-like moral of “The Best Way to do Art”, a parable about an artist experiencing paintings by Cezanne in person for the first time after only having seen them reproduced in books. Although Baldessari’s sentence is from 1971, it touches on key ideas and issues that artists producing publications—be they digital or paper—continue to consider, work or even grapple with such as audience, circulation, and distribution. Lucy Lippard echoes Baldessari’s maxim in her assertion of primary information, that an artist book is an artwork as such (as opposed to a book about an artwork).

Publication Studio Vancouver has been publishing books and projects by artists and writers they admire since 2010. PSV is part of an international network of Publication Studios made up of studios in cities such as London (UK), Glasgow, Rotterdam, São Paolo, San Francisco, Hudson (NY), Hong Kong, Edmonton, and Guelph (ON). Publication Studio is a laboratory for publication in its fullest sense—not just the production of books, but the production of a public.

READ is an ongoing public program of the Libby Leshgold Gallery. It is a social space for the fostering, cultivation, and promotion of publication as an artistic practice and aims to further the discourse around and support the production of contemporary art and design. READ also serves as the bookstore for Emily Carr University and the wider community.

The Libby Leshgold Gallery gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the British Columbia Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Presenting sponsor: RBC Wealth Management.

Exhibit and READ Bookstore Information
Date:
On exhibit from 15 June to 16 September 2018
Time: Open daily 12:00-17:00 (12:00-5:00 PM)
Location: Emily Carr University of Art + Design, second floor by the main entrance

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

Or Gallery: Pop-Up Bookstore

Or Gallery is pleased to offer a Pop-Up Bookstore.

Or Gallery is pleased to present a pop-up Or Bookstore at Emily Carr University of Art + Design on the occasion of the 2018 International Conference on the Arts in Society. The bookstore will be open on-site June 27 and 28 with items available for purchase.

Like the Or Gallery bookstore, the pop-up bookstore will feature artist publications, design publications, local and small-press publishing, and criticism and theory, with a special focus on books related to public engagement, social practice, and pedagogy.

Pop-Up Bookstore Information
Date:
Wednesday and Thursday, 27 and 28 June 2018
Time: 12:00-16:00 (12:00-4:00 PM)
Location: Emily Carr University of Art + Design, library entrance

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

Rungh Magazine: Information Table

Rungh Magazine is pleased to offer a Pop-Up Bookstore.

Rungh is an art magazine and platform. Founded in 1992 as a "South Asian Journal of Culture, Comment and Criticism", Rungh relaunched in 2017 with a new tag line: " Rungh. Means. Colour". Through a quarterly publication, event partnerships, community engaged practices, and thoughtful dialogue, Rungh has returned. Rungh is committed to inter/cross/multi-disciplinary cultural conversations focusing on intersectional Indigenous, Black and People of Colour (IBPOC) art/community practices. Join the conversation at www.rungh.org.

Contact: info@rungh.org

Rungh Magazine Information
Date:
Wednesday and Thursday, 27 and 28 June 2018
Time: 12:00-16:00 (12:00-4:00 PM)
Location: Emily Carr University of Art + Design, library entrance

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

Special Conference Lunch: Social Practice Kitchen

Social Practice Kitchen (SPK) is a weekly student-led by-donation community kitchen that fosters cultural exchange and relationship building across Emily Carr University. SPK invites students, staff, and faculty to create vegan meals and encourage the resident chefs to share a dish that is culturally or personally significant. SPK believes in providing vegan meals to be as accessible as possible to our diverse community, while also promoting affordable, healthy foods.

Each day SPK will share some of their own favorite cultural meals with a limited number of Arts in Society delegates. Participants will enjoy lunch and conversation on the role of food, dialogue, and events-based, socially-engaged making within an arts context. Each day will feature a different (culinary) artist, meal, and environment.

Availability Day Menu
Available June 27 Green Onion and Potato Pancakes with Cho Ganjang (contains wheat, soy, and sesame)
NOT Available June 28 White Lentil Risotto with BC Mushrooms
Available June 29 Garlic Kanin and BBQ Ulam (contains soy)

Participation on each day is limited to the first 25 people, so please sign-up early to secure your spot.

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, on view at Or Gallery
Elizabeth Milton, "Punching A Pillow Until The Sun Rises," 2017 (video still) - on view at Access Gallery

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. Below is information on the exhibitions that will be part of the evening tour. Comfortable walking footwear is recommended.

Tour of the Mount Pleasant Area Tour of Chinatown Tour of Gastown and Downtown

Tour Guides:

Angela Fama
Eileen Stephens

Tour Guides:

Denise Holland
Melina Querel

Tour Guides:

Anne Languedoc
Garima Sood

Itinerary:

1. grunt gallery
#116 - 350 East 2nd Avenue

Jeremy & Sus Borsos: The Blue Cabin Exhibition

For more information on the exhibition, click here.

2. Western Front
303 East 8th Avenue

Alessa Cohene: I Don’t Get It
&
John Brennan: Temporal Drum Set

For more information on the exhibitions, click here.

Itinerary:

1. Access
222 East Georgia Street

Feathers, Heather, Sand, Speech


For more information on the exhibition, click here.

2. Centre A
268 Keefer Street

I know you are but what I am

For more information on the exhibition, click here.





Itinerary:

1. Artspeak
233 Carrall Street

Ruth Buchanan: Dead Marble


For more information on the exhibition, click here.

2. Or Gallery
555 Hamilton Street

Robin Peck: Crania

Pernille Lystlund Matzen & Nanna Rebekka: Breaker of Horses

For more information on the exhibitions, click here.

Tour Information
Date
: 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 Tour: UBC's Public Art Collection​

The Arts in Society Conference is pleased to offer a tour of the UBC's Public Art Collection.

James Hart, 7idansuu (Edenshaw), "Reconciliation Pole," 2015-17, Photo: Paul Joseph
Hock E Aye VI Edgar Heap of Birds, "Native Hosts," 1991/2007, Photo: Michael R. Barrick
Marianne Nicolson, "The Sun is Setting on the British Empire," 2016, Photo: Michael R. Barrick

Join the staff of the Belkin Art Gallery at the University of British Columbia for an outdoor walking tour of UBC's Public Art Collection that is organized specially for The Arts in Society Conference.

The tour will focuses on the work of three artists from different Indigenous communities. We'll meet and begin the tour at Reconciliation Pole: Honouring a Time Before, During and After Canada's Indian Residential Schools ( 2015-17) by master carver and hereditary chief, 7idansuu (Edenshaw), James Hart of the Haida Nation. Next is Native Hosts (1991/2007) by artist and scholar of Cheyenne and Arapaho descent, Hock E Aye VI Edgar Heap of Birds. We'll conclude the tour at The Sun is Setting on the British Empire (2016) by Marianne Nicolson, who is an artist of Scottish and Dzawada'enuxw First Nations descent, a member tribe of the Kwakwaka'wakw. This is a great opportunity to discuss how artistic and cultural practices are used to address urgent, contemporary social and political concerns.

The tour will involve about 30-minutes of walking. Comfortable walking footwear is recommended.

Tour Information
Date
: Thursday, 28 June 2018
Time: 18:00 (6:00 PM)
Duration: 1.5 hours
Meeting Location: James Hart's Reconciliation Pole located on the University of British Colombia's campus (view directions)
Cost: Complimentary, but please register in advance as space is limited

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.

Reception Information
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.