Centre Stage Cultural Production Coordinator Neil Scott launching PechaKucha Night Surrey series.

Public art the theme at Surrey’s first PechaKucha

Fast-paced idea exchange comes to Centre Stage at City Hall Oct. 16.

Surrey Civic Theatres launches a PechaKucha Night series next week focussing on the theme of public art.

Artists, architects, directors and coordinators will inform and entertain attendees with short, fast-paced presentations about local and international public art.

The event takes place Oct. 16 at Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall (13450 104 Ave.)

PechaKucha is an international movement that creates forums for the exchange of ideas relating primarily to the creative sector. There is a simple presentation format where speakers present 20 images for 20 seconds each, accompanied by dialogue.

The presentation format was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture. The first PechaKucha Night was held at SuperDeluxe in Tokyo in February 2003 and has since spread to more than 700 cities around the world. See www.pechakucha.org for more information.

The speakers at Surrey’s first PechaKucha event will present images, stories, and perspectives on public art created locally as well as internationally.

Speakers include Miriam Blume (Vancouver Biennale), Peggy Kendellen (Oregon’s Public Art Program), Cath Brunner (projects realized by 4Culture throughout Washington state), Laura Becker and Kelly Pajek (City of Seattle’s Public Art Program), Lori Phillip (City and District of North Vancouver’s Public Art Program), Karen Henry (Vancouver’s Public Art Program), Eric Fiss (City of Richmond’s Public Art Program), Barbara Cole and Vanessa Kwan (Other Sights for Artists’ Projects in Vancouver), Diana Freundl (Vancouver Art Gallery Offsite program), Karen Bubb (Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid sculpture by Edvard Eriksen in Denmark), and Bryan Lemos Beça and Steve DiPasquale (Surrey’s The Space of Difference interactive artwork on UrbanScreen).

Doors open with a musical performance at 6:30 p.m., followed by the presentations from 7-8:30pm. Tickets are $15. Call 604-501-5566 or visit tickets.surrey.ca to book a seat.

 

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