CreateSpace Public Art Residency with Jeni Chen
Richmond Cultural Centre Outdoor Plaza
7700 Minoru Gate
Nature & outdoors
Sculpture & installation
Writing & literature
Richmond artist Jeni Chen hosts an outdoor exhibit and hands-on activity throughout the Culture Days weekend launch as part of her CreateSpace Public Art Residency. Participants are invited to walk through the art installation and then write down responses on strings of ribbons that are tied to a "wishing tree". Drop in anytime between 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM to the outdoor Plaza of the Richmond Cultural Centre to experience the interactive public artwork and to add your own voice to the project. Free drop-in for all ages, no registration is required. This public art installation will be temporarily displayed at the Richmond Cultural Centre Plaza throughout the month of Culture Days, until October 24, 2022. At the end of the project, Chen will weave these ribbons into a Tapestry of Hope that represent the choices that we have every moment by choosing to think and act based on love rather than fear. This event is a partnership with the Richmond Art Gallery. The CreateSpace Public Art Residency is hosted by the STEPS program. About the Artist: Jeni Chen is a Taiwanese-Canadian artist based in Richmond, BC. She is interested in the investigation of our “true self” beyond this thinking mind and physical body. Her art practice from comics, to picture book to paintings and now this public art project reflect her research and expressions on this inquiry of “who we really are.” About STEPS: STEPS believes public art has the ability to challenge the systemic inequities that exist in public space. The CreateSpace Public Art Residency is a national program for emerging Black, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) and racialized artists to build and advance their public art practices. Designed in collaboration with advisors from coast to coast, the ten artists-in-residence are provided opportunities to build skills, relationships and the practical experiences needed in the field of public art. This year’s artist cohort is participating from across the country and each will create unique and inspiring public artwork in their respective communities with the support of multidisciplinary artistic mentors, virtual workshops and peer mentorship.
This event is free.
Richmond Art Gallery
Richmond Art Gallery (RAG) is a non-profit municipal art gallery established in 1980. The gallery produces an array of exhibitions and programs that connect, empower, and provoke conversation with our diverse Richmond, BC communities. RAG actively contributes to Richmond’s cultural communities through our commitment to supporting artists via exhibitions, educational programs, publications, and a permanent collection. Richmond Art Gallery is dedicated to promoting dialogue among diverse communities on challenging ideas and issues of today as expressed through local, national and international contemporary art. Through its exhibitions, publications, educational programming, collections and significant partnerships, the Richmond Art Gallery provides opportunities for the enhancement of life in Richmond while serving the contemporary arts community in Canada.
7700 Minoru Gate
Located outside the front doors of the Richmond Cultural Centre and Richmond Public Library.
This event is wheelchair accessible.