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Artist Salon with Signs of Pride

Richmond Cultural Centre, Performance Hall

Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate

Richmond, BC

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Visual arts

Youth & teens

Join LGBTQ2+ youth artists and professional artists Sam McWilliams and Paige Gratland as they discuss their public art project at the West Richmond Community Centre, created to amplify and celebrate Pride Week 2021 in Richmond. Hear what it was like for the both the artists and the youth to work on developing a community art project, and insight into what artists need to consider when planning works or programs that work directly with a community. This session will be in-person with limited seating at the Richmond Cultural Centre Performance Hall (the room across from the Richmond Art Gallery). Registration is required for in-person attendance. A COVID-19 safety plan in compliance with the current Provincial Health Orders for indoor gatherings will be in place to ensure a safe gathering and experience for all attendees. In keeping with BC Health Guidelines, all attendees must wear a mask when entering the building, and practice social distancing in the seated area. Session will NOT be recorded at this time. About the Artists: Paige Gratland makes work that moves outside of the gallery system, in sync with people’s daily lives and in dialogue with social history and design. My projects have been featured in The Walrus, Geist, Spacing and the Phaidon book: Art and Queer Culture and are held in collection at the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa) and the Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles). Employing creative strategies to seek out community and make connections is a theme that runs through my practice. Sam McWilliams is an acclaimed tattoo artist and botanical illustrator and educator. Sam holds a BFA with High Distinction in painting and drawing from California College of the Arts and excels at botanical and nature-inspired designs. She has worked as a blacksmith, community muralist, youth wilderness guide and organic farmer and gardener. For many years she worked to integrate gardens into public school curriculums and arts programming. For the past two years Sam has taught drawing online with Draw Botanical and San Francisco Zen Centre.

Sat 25 Sep
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

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This event is free.

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City of Richmond

The Richmond Art Gallery Artist Salon Series is an opportunity for emerging and established visual artists to learn from arts professionals and discuss opportunities in the arts community. Each month presents a different guest presenter for inspirational talks and professional development advice for visual artists. The Richmond Public Art Program sparks community participation in the building of our public spaces; offers public access to ideas generated by contemporary art; encourages citizens to take pride in public cultural expression; and creates a forum to address relevant themes and issues.


Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate

Richmond, BC

The Richmond Cultural Centre is within a 10 minute walk from Brighouse Canada Line Skytrain Station. Limited parking is available on site.

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Elisa Yon

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This event is wheelchair accessible.