Community Art Exhibitions
Community Art Exhibitions
The Richmond Cultural Centre public area has two exhibitions - the Upper Rotunda Gallery and Minoru Hall.
Visit the Richmond Art Gallery page for specific exhibit information for that facility.
Upper Rotunda Gallery
The Future is Now
Aug 2-Sep 6, 2021
Eric Mazimpaka’s artwork interfaces with the rich history of East African art by assimilating its styles and mediums. Mazimpaka casts, cuts, colours and amalgamates the works of classical and renaissance painters, with a contemporary African pulse, creating ceremonious themes composed of bright colours aligned with newer tales of Afrofuturism.
This exhibit has been made possible with the support of Richmond Black History Month.
Richmond Black History Month was initiated by Mary Wilson in 2016 to share Black History, to acknowledge and celebrate the vast contributions of People of African descent to Canada. Art plays an integral part of these contributions.
The Upper Rotunda Gallery exhibits works from the Richmond Arts Centre Resident Art Groups and Instructors throughout the year. Several months are made available for community artists to showcase community art groups, arts students and aspiring artists. Due to the current pandemic restrictions at the Richmond Cultural Centre, many of these exhibitions have been suspended. Art work from some of the Richmond Art Centre's Resident Art Groups can be enjoyed virtually by visiting Online Community Art Exhibitions.
Despite the current restrictions, submissions continue to be accepted and kept on file so that exhibitions are ready to resume once restrictions change. The Richmond Art Gallery manages all exhibition submissions. Artists and artist groups from Richmond will be prioritized, however proposals are accepted from artists living beyond the city. Submissions are accepted throughout the year and should be submitted via email to email@example.com.
The Rotunda venue only displays work in two-dimensional media and all work must be ready to hang. Proposals should include: a current CV, an artist statement and up to five images of work.
Materials submitted will not be returned; do not submit original work. Artists will receive notice of receipt for submissions. Submissions will be kept on file for consideration for a period of up to one year.
Minoru Hall Exhibition
Pictorial History of the Steveston Fire
During the early 20th century, Steveston was a booming industrial village due to the strength of the fishing industry. The many salmon canneries built there - with housing for their workers and many businesses established to serve them - were all wood framed buildings packed close together, heated by wood stoves and lit with coal oil lamps. That, combined with minimal or non-existent fire protection, made the place a tinder box.
Fires were common, but the fire of May 14, 1918 was the worst. The fire is alleged to have started in the Chinese cookhouse of the Star Cannery with strong winds causing it to spread quickly. By the time the fire was extinguished most of the buildings between No. 1 Road, 3rd Avenue and south of Moncton Street had been destroyed, including three canneries, three hotels and numerous businesses.
Approximately 600 Japanese, Chinese and First Nations workers and their families were made homeless. Total damages amounted to $500,000.
This exhibit has been made possible with the support of the friends of the Richmond Archives and the City of Richmond Archives.
|After the Steveston Fire, 1918. City of Richmond Archives photograph #1977 11 2.|