Setting the Table
Wednesday, June 12, 1:30 - 4:30pm
Cicely Belle Blain will be leading a workshop to understand the basics of anti-oppression work. Learn how to be more inclusive and respectful and engage in work that propels you and your staff to being a central part of a more equitable future for all. Setting the Table is a series of talks, performances, screenings and weave-ins that explore how different people share community and support one another. It is a showcase of LGBTQ2S artists, activists and leaders who present work on intersectional issues and allyship. Following the workshop, Paige Gratland, 2019 Branscombe House Artist in Residence will direct the group in an activity to help weave a portion of the place setting for the Branscombe House Pride Picnic and Social in August.
Cicely Belle Blain is a diversity and inclusion consultant, activist and writer; they are one of Vancouver’s fifty most influential people of 2018, as awarded by Vancouver Magazine, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter – Vancouver, one of CBC’s 150 Black Womxn Making Change in Canada and BC Business 30 Under 30 2019 and has served as a member of the Canadian Youth Delegation to the United Nations. Cicely Belle runs Cicely Blain Consulting – a social-justice informed diversity and inclusion consulting company with clients across North America, Europe and Asia. Their work is informed by their professional and academic background at the University of British Columbia and their lived experience as a Black, queer artist, a community builder, an intersectional feminist and a Black liberation activist. Cicely Belle’s first book debuts in 2020.
The event is free, however we encourage you to RSVP to ensure we have adequate art supplies available.Accessible venue, materials supplied, no weaving experience needed. For more information or question, please contact Paige at Branscombe
Celebration: Diamond Point – Fraser River Families
Musqueam public art project on the Canada Line
Saturday, June 29, 1:00 - 3:00pm
Celebrate this inaugural Musqueam public art project with refreshments and words at the rooftop garden located in the Richmond Cultural Centre followed by a short walk to see the public art project at the Brighouse Skytrain station.This commission honors the long and enduring relationship Musqueam have with the land and waters of what is now known as the Fraser River estuary and Richmond.
Brighouse Skytrain station now features bold salmon motifs with many stories behind them, by Diamond Point. “If you ask anyone in our community of their fondest childhood memories, connecting them to their family and ancestors, many will tell you fishing stories” she explains. The young artist worked with family and community members to create a stunning photo montage for Richmond.
Diamond Point was selected for this Canada Line station by a panel of Musqueam artists and project mentor, artist Krista Belle Stewart (Syilx Nation) from an open call for a Musqueam artist or collective.This celebration is also the launch for this ongoing commission, with the details of the open call for a Musqueam artist or collective for 2020 to be announced. This project is a partnership between Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond Public Art, Capture Festival and Canada Line.
Exhibition Opening Reception
Rita McKeough: dig as deep as the darkness
Friday, July 19, 7:00 - 9:00pm
Guest Curated by Dylan McHugh, Dig as deep as the darkness is an immersive media installation that proposes an abstractive narrative of an excavation site that reveals subterranean layers below an imagined city. It is a precarious site but resonant with the voices of resistance in the natural world. Please join us for the opening reception, artist Rita McKeough will be in attendance. McKeough is an installation and performance artist based in Calgary.
Exhibition Opening Reception
Cindy Mochizuki: Cave to Dream
Friday, September 27, 7:00 - 9:00pm
Please join us for the opening reception, artist Cindy Mochizuki will be in attendance. Cave to Dream is a multi-media installation consisting of mixed media, hand-drawn animations, sound and live action video set within a theatrical set of costume and porcelain game pieces. Cindy Mochizuki creates multi-media installation, audio fiction, performance, animation, and drawings. Her works explore the manifestation of story and its relationship to site-specificity, invisible histories, archives, and memory work. Her artistic process moves back and forth between multiple sites of cultural production considering language, chance, improvisation and engaging communities. She has exhibited, performed and screened her work in Canada, US, and Asia. She received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the School For Contemporary Arts (2006).