Sonny Assu’s Welcoming Those They Did Not Want, a digital print on aluminum, is one of the featured pieces in SAG’s current exhibition Where We Have Been, subject of an online panel discussion this Saturday on the gallery’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. SITE Photography photo

Sonny Assu’s Welcoming Those They Did Not Want, a digital print on aluminum, is one of the featured pieces in SAG’s current exhibition Where We Have Been, subject of an online panel discussion this Saturday on the gallery’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. SITE Photography photo

Surrey Art Gallery set to host online panel

Streamed conversation concerns themes of show, challenges of pandemic

The survival of the arts during pandemic times is one of the key themes of an online panel discussion to be presented by the Surrey Art Gallery this weekend, featuring artists participating in the gallery’s current exhibition.

At Home and Elsewhere – Artists’ Conversation About Working In The Pandemic will be streamed on the SAG’s Facebook page and YouTube channel at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14.

Participating artists Sonny Assu, Heidi McKenzie, Helma Swatzky and Jan Wade will speak not only about the intrinsic themes of the gallery’s 45th anniversary exhibition, Where We Have Been, but also about how the dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic have shaped their practice, both at home and in public.

Featuring paintings, photographs, sculptures and video installations, Where We Have Been reflects on the connections between place, nature, memory and identity in the South of the Fraser region.

According to a media release, themes of the artists’ work include both historic issues such as diaspora, racism, desire, communication and the role of pop culture.

But they also include challenges of the present; particularly in the difficulty individuals experience in “finding a place to live and thrive and be present with one another.”

Introducing and facilitating the discussion will be SAG assistant curator Rhys Edwards, who pointed out in the release that, due to the pandemic, arts venues themselves are currently facing many of the same challenges.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recently estimated that as many as one in three museums will close as a result of the pandemic, he noted.

“Now, more than ever, it is vital to bring artists’ voices to the table,” he said. “At Home and Elsewhere is an opportunity to discuss how art practice has been impacted by our current moment, how it has suffered and thrived, and to comment on the increasingly blurred lines between work environments and domestic spaces.”



alex.browne@peacearchnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

art exhibitCoronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Pastry chef Eric Fernandez stands alongside some of his many creations at Popup Patisserie, a pop-up pastry shop on 176th Street that will be open until the end of December. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
Popup Patisserie opens in Cloverdale

Handmade holiday pastries shop located on 176th Street

Tom Jackson and bassist Kirby Barber in a trailer for "The Huron Carole," from video posted to youtube.com.
Tom Jackson’s ‘Huron Carole’ concert in White Rock goes virtual to feed hungry Canadians

Surrey broadcast date of Blue Frog-recorded show is Friday, Dec. 11, to benefit Surrey Food Bank

The COVID-19 test centre at Peace Arch Hospital is located on the building’s south side. (Tracy Holmes photo)
South Surrey woman calls for consistency in COVID-19 post-test messaging

‘Could we just get one thing straight?’ asks Deb Antifaev

A worker from Yellow Fence Rentals installs fencing around Cloverdale Youth Park Nov. 25. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
Cloverdale Youth Park closed

Basketball court and skate park fenced off

Joel Goddard and Susie Fletcher are parents of a baby son. Joel hasn’t been seen since Nov. 10. (Missing Joel Goddard Facebook page)
Family and friends continue searching for missing Langley father

Helicopters, drones and foot searches planned in the coming days

A man wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of COVID-19 walks in downtown Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. The use of masks is mandatory in indoor public and retail spaces in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. records deadliest day of pandemic with 13 deaths, 738 new COVID-19 cases

Number of people in hospital is nearing 300, while total cases near 30,000

(File photo)
Alberta woman charged after allegedly hitting boy with watermelon at Okanagan campsite

Police say a disagreement among friends at an Adams Lake campsite turned ugly

Court of Appeal for British Columbia in Vancouver. (File photo: Tom Zytaruk)
B.C. woman loses appeal to have second child by using late husband’s sperm

Assisted Human Reproduction Act prohibits the removal of human reproductive material from a donor without consent

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

B.C. projects targeting the restoration of sockeye salmon stocks in the Fraser and Columbia Watersheds will share in $10.9 million of federal funding to protect species at risk. (Kenny Regan photo)
13 projects protecting B.C. aquatic species at risk receive $11 million in federal funding

Salmon and marine mammals expected to benefit from ecosystem-based approach

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Krista Macinnis displays the homework assignment that her Grade 6 daughter received on Tuesday. (Submitted photo)
B.C. mom angry that students asked to list positive stories about residential schools

Daughter’s Grade 6 class asked to write down 5 positive stories or facts

Barrels pictured outside Oliver winery, Quinta Ferreira, in May. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
B.C. Master of Wine reflects on industry’s teetering economic state

Pandemic, for some wine makers, has been a blessing in disguise. For others, not so much.

Most Read