Julie McIntyre studied at the Banff Centre, Alberta in 1986 and received her BFA from Queen’s University with a major in printmaking in 1987. She has had solo shows in 20 public galleries in Canada and participated in well over 40 juried exhibitions, including 23 international credits to date. Julie has taught workshops across Canada and is a long time Artist in Residence with the Vancouver School Board. Her solo exhibition "Travel Stories" premiered at the Burnaby Art Gallery last winter and will be at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery, January 27 to March 24, 2019.
I was born and raised in China, got my MFA degree from Emily Carr University in 2017 and BFA degree from Xi’an Academy of Fine Art in 2013. By studying and immigranting overseas, this culture transformed experience gives me a deeper understanding towards my art and identity. Through working with various mediums including video, installation art and performance, I focus my practice and research on themes of identity, social issues, as well as culture transformation. Many of my projects are related to social issues and everyday life. By mixing art and everyday life, switching identity between artist and others, I looking into art to pursuit the answers for reality life. Moreover, I believe experimentation is fundamental in art. Hence, I have dedicated myself to projects that strive to expand the boundaries of art. As an international artist who is looking for start art career in Canada, to have a studio among other artists in such a dynamic community is an exciting beginning.
Paul Wong is a media-maestro making art for site-specific spaces and screens of all sizes. Born in Prince Rupert in 1954, Paul is an award winning artist and curator known for his tough engagement with controversial issues and his eye for social context, driven by an insatiable search for identity, community and authenticity. Paul is a pioneer of early visual and media art in Canada, founding several artist-run groups, leading public arts policy, and organizing events, festivals, conferences and public interventions since the 1970s. Writing, publishing and teaching have been an important part of his praxis. With a career spanning four decades he has been instrumental proponent to contemporary art. His works are in many public collections including those of the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Canada Council Art Bank (Ottawa),and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Among his many distinctions, Paul is the first recipient of the Transforming Art Award from the Asian Heritage Foundation in 2002 and he received Canada’s Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Art for outstanding contributions to the field.
I am Katharine Meng-Yuan Yi, a Chinese-Canadian visual artist from Vancouver. I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of British Columbia. My practice is about seeking to transform rationalized presumptions into works that evoke of sentimentality, identity, and belonging that are inextricably linked to my personal experience of growing up as an immigrant to Canada. A quintessential part of my practice is about creating dialogues and confronting issues of cultural identity and transcultural experience, and Chinatown is a community that has fostered and witnessed the history and personal tales of such experiences. My role as a local Chinese-Canadian artist is to present issues and phenomenon that are little known and seldom represented outside of the Vancouver Chinese community. I am excited to become part of BC Artscape at the Sun Wah building because it is a significant step taken in revitalizing Chinatown through art and culture.
Janet Wang is a visual artist working within a traditional painting practice, integrated with sculptural installation practices and digital media. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia and her Master of Arts in Studio Practice from the University of Leeds in England. Her work explores the construction of identity through the appropriation and disruption of social patterns and familiar gestures. The artist borrows heavily from the canons and traditions of history, both the artistic and the quotidian, in order to use the familiar as a meeting point with the viewer. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, the United States, and the UK, and has been awarded residencies from the Arts Council of England, ArtStarts, the Burnaby Arts Council, and received the Visual Arts Development Award by the Vancouver Foundation. She is currently is an instructor at the Lasalle College Vancouver, Langara College, and Emily Carr University.
I am a Singapore-born visual artist and photographer with an M.F.A. in Visual Art from the University of British Columbia (2010) and an Honours B.F.A. in Photographic Studies from Ryerson University (2008). Since 2003, I have participated in exhibitions and events across Canada including the Two Rivers Gallery, The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, orris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, an Brock University. y artistic practice has been foregrounded on the everyday, ready-made, and seemingly unremarkable as subject matter, material and process. Over time, it has come to encompass navigating the landscape where my subjectivities and personal politics—as a Chinese-Canadian, an immigrant, a settler, a woman, and a concerned citizen—all collide. Presently, I am focused on exploring the relationship between the politics of identity and issues of social justice through visual and written means.
Afuwa was born in Guyana, on Karinya and Akawaio lands; she makes art on Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam, and Squamish territories. She is a managing editor at The Capilano Review, a member of Gallery Gachet, and was 2013 Visiting Artist at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC. She has mentored youth and led art workshops at LOVE BC, EWMA, Gallery Gachet, and other community organizations in the Lower Mainland. Her text and images have been featured online and in publications including The Feminist Wire, Briarpatch, West Coast Line, subTerrain, and in Beauchesne & Santos’ Performing Utopias in the Contemporary Americas (Palgrave Macmillan 2017).
Her ongoing 2D, installation and movement-based work re-imagines relations across the Atlantic diaspora.