May 4, 20179:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Contemporary art comes in so many forms! Enrich your understanding of what artists are making today with a fun and insightful guided bus tour. You’ll see exhibits in a range of media—from video and photography to wood-fired ceramics— Evergreen Art Gallery in Coquitlam, The ACT Art Gallery in Maple Ridge and The Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford. Ages 16+. Bring a bag lunch or pick something up on site.
Led by Surrey Art Gallery curator Jordan Strom and curatorial researcher Rhys Edwards, participants will meet at the Surrey Art Gallery for an orientation over coffee before hitting the road.
Evergreen Art Gallery
First on the itinerary is Train Dreams at the Evergreen Art Gallery in Coquitlam. The train looms large in the history of Canada, British Columbia, and the Tri-Cities. It is just over 130 years since the first transcontinental train pulled into Port Moody from Montreal. In time for Canada’s 150th anniversary, this experimental multimedia installation presents animation, video, archival footage, and original sound design produced by four artists working as The Common Collective. Simultaneously projected on three screens, Train Dreams plays with viewers’ sense perceptions, creating experiences of scenes, shapes, spaces, colours, textures, and sounds that blend together to form ambiguous impressions of the past.
The Act Art Gallery
The next stop is The Act Art Gallery in Maple Ridge where you’ll see Wood + Wood Fired. Featuring wood and wood-fired ceramics, this exhibition shows the enduring beauty and versatility of wood in furniture, kitchen utensils, fine art, and other wood objects. Integrated with the wood display will be a collection of wood-fired ceramics by Maple Ridge potter Mark Tigges.
The Reach Gallery Museum
Rounding out the day will be a visit to The Reach Gallery Museum where numerous exhibits are on offer. In the photography and installation exhibit Grand Theft Terra Firma, David Campion and Sandra Shields use the visual language of digital gaming to reframe the colonial settlement of Canada as a complex heist masterminded by criminals in London and played out in Stó:lō territory. Alongside this you’ll see emerging Stó:lō artist Carrielynn Victor’s first solo exhibit Poison, Pattern, Paradigm. Her paintings use limited colours and repeating shapes to emphasize the interdependence of all things. Last but not least, in Stretchers, Headers and Footnotes, Lyndl Hall examines the role of the “red brick building” in colonial expansion using two case studies: the Clayburn/Kilgard brick-works of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia, and the City Hall in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
On this tour, you’ll experience art by Canadian artists and learn about new gallery trends—all in a friendly, accessible, and conversational environment.
Register online using barcode# 4520109