KEYNOTE PANEL

Art on the Canada Line

Intervening in the Flow of Traffic

In developing an ongoing public art program along Richmond’s Canada Line/ No. 3 Rd over the past seven years, Biliana Velkova (Public Art Planner, City of Richmond) and Shaun Dacey (Director, Richmond Art Gallery) have sought to engage commuters in dialogue with artists in consideration of the histories, cultures, contexts, and changing physical and psychological landscape of Richmond’s rapidly growing City Centre. Velkova and Dacey will lead a discussion about their ongoing public art program along No. 3 Rd unpacking the logistical, conceptual and curatorial concerns of cultivating this annual project. Joining them on the panel will be artist Cherry Archer and curator Maria Palad. Each will discuss past projects co-presented as part of the Capture Photography Festival as well as the City’s No 3 Road Art Columns Program.

The cylindrical backlit display cases that make up the No. 3 Road Art Columns are located under the Canada Line guideway at Aberdeen and Lansdowne Stations. These distinctive displays showcase artwork by visual artists who work in 2D media and are part of the City’s commitment to enhance the No. 3 Road streetscape, as well as provide opportunities to local, often emerging, artists to exhibit their work in the public realm. The program was launched in 2010 in partnership with the Appia Group of Companies, in collaboration with InTransit BC. Since then, the program has featured the work of dozens of artists with rotating exhibitions that change twice a year.

Launched in 2013, Capture Photography Festival is Western Canada’s largest lens-based art festival. Annually in April, lens-based art is exhibited at dozens of galleries and other venues throughout Metro Vancouver. Since 2018, Richmond Public Art, in partnership with Richmond Art Gallery, Capture Photography Festival, and InTransit BC has presented a series of public installations at Richmond’s Canada Line stations as part of Capture. Over the years, this program has featured a diverse range of practices by artists including Jaspal Birdi, Kyla Bourgh, Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Brendan Fernandes, Adad Hannah, Karilynn Ming Ho, Marisa Kriangwiwat Holmes, Tom Hsu, Emily Neufeld, Diamond Point, Manuel Axel Strain, Ho Tam, Chad Wong and Faune Ybarra.

SPEAKER

Biliana Velkova

(She/Her)

Biliana Velkova is the Public Art Planner for the City of Richmond and oversees the City’s Public Art Program. One of the main goals of the Program is to develop opportunities to maximize public art’s potential to engage communities and transform public space. Previously, she was the Arts Coordinator for the City of New Westminster and Executive Director of PAVED Arts in Saskatoon. She has an MFA from the University of Saskatchewan and a BFA from Concordia University. Biliana also has an active art practice focusing on diaspora and Slavic folklore.

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Shaun Dacey

(He/Him)

Shaun Dacey is Director at Richmond Art Gallery, where he has curated exhibitions exploring the histories and contexts of Richmond with artists including Jon Sasaki, Ho Tam and Karen Tam. Previously, he was Curator at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, and developed its Burrard Marina Field House Studio residency program. Dacey holds a Master’s degree in Critical and Curatorial Studies from UBC, and has written for publications such as e-flux and Blackflash. He is a ninth-generation settler from the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit, and currently resides on the unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓ əm, Skwxwú7mesh, and səl̓ ílwətaʔɬ Nations.

SPEAKER

Cherry Archer

(She/Her)

Cherry Archer is a Vancouver-based Trinidadian-Canadian multidisciplinary artist. Her art explores humanity’s relationship with and responsibility to nature. It is informed by ecopsychology, a field of study fostering ecological thinking and documenting how exposure to nature benefits mental, physical, and emotional well-being. In 2022, Archer was nominated to enter the Prix Pictet, a Swiss-based international photography award pertaining to issues of sustainability. Her photography is featured in the Hatje Cantz published book accompanying the 2023 Prix Pictet exhibition. Her botanical ice tile photography is an ongoing project. It has been exhibited in galleries throughout Metro Vancouver. She was recently selected by the City of Richmond for an installation of this series of work at Aberdeen Canada Line Station launching in May 2024

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Maria Filipina Palad

(She/Her)

In 2023, Maria Filipina Palad curated Richmond Public Art and Richmond Art Gallery’s Canada Line installations for the Capture Photography Festival with exhibitions featuring lens-based works by emerging artists Jaspal Birdi and Faune Ybarra. Palad holds a Master’s degree in Contemporary Arts from SFU, where her essay on the aesthetics of virtual reality art was nominated for the Western Association of Graduate Schools & ProQuest Distinguished Master’s Thesis. She also studied in the Master in Arts Management program at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Italy. Her curatorial projects have been exhibited in Vancouver and Manila, Philippines. She currently serves as a Curatorial Assistant at the Richmond Art Gallery.

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SPEAKER

Germaine Koh

(She/Her)

Germaine Koh is an artist and organizer whose work ranges widely across media. Her work adapts familiar objects, everyday actions, and common spaces to create situations that look at the significance of communal experiences and the connections between people, technology, and natural systems. She is a 2023 winner of the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts and for the 2023-24 academic year she is a Shadbolt Fellow at Simon Fraser University. She served as the City of Vancouver’s first Engineering Artist in Residence in 2018-20 and as the 2021 Koerner Artist in Residence at the University of British Columbia. Koh’s ongoing projects include Home Made Home, an initiative to build and advocate for alternative forms of housing; League, a participatory project using play as a form of creative practice. and the Hemlock Micro Studio artist residency focused on land-based and sustainability practices.

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Shirley Wiebe

(She/Her)

Shirley Wiebe (b. Saskatchewan, lives and works in Vancouver BC; the unceded territories of Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Wautuh peoples). A self-taught interdisciplinary artist, Shirley creates site-specific sculptural installations that explore the interrelationship between physical geography and the built environment. Her concepts develop through a considered exploration of community, place and materials. Shirley has been invited to collaborate with diverse groups and organizations to develop community engaged projects, and she in turn invites them to improvise with her. Recently, she reimagined her practice of working in partnership during a unique one-year art residency with hcma Architecture + Design in 2020. Collecting photo-based contributions from staff members, Shirley created distinctive mural installations for their three offices. A daily visual reminder of their commitment to design buildings, brands, and shared experiences to connect people. Shirley has exhibited in public galleries and sculpture parks throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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Lukas Lundberg

(He/Him)

Lukas Lundberg is a visual artist based in Vancouver, Canada. He is a painter with a muralist background, alongside of his work creating special effects for feature films. Lukas’ paintings often depict vibrantly coloured monochromatic portraits of people or wildlife with abstract elements. His artistic style utilizes highcontrast elements to emphasize the motive he chooses to paint, often using a complimentary colour to reflect warm and cold tones. Selected murals include Pompeii Street Festival, Meeting Of Styles Germany, Meeting Of Styles Copenhagen, Vancouver Mural Fest, Brilliant Minds Stockholm, Springbeast Stockholm, Urban Arts Malmö, East West Mural Fest Victoria, Andina Brewing Company, Wesgroup & Penticton Art Gallery.

SPEAKERS

Monique Motut-Firth

(She/Her)

prOphecy sun

(She/Them)

Using paper cut outs to explore the past of pop culture Canadian artist Motut-Firth recombines familiar images into playful reconstructions of visual understanding. prOphecy sun (Ph.D.) is an interdisciplinary performance artist, queer, video, sound maker. Her practice celebrates both conscious and unconscious moments. Motut-Firth holds an MFA (2015) and BFA (2003) from Emily Carr University of Art + Design; she is a recipient of a number of Canada Council for the Arts, grants. She has gained international recognition for her animation shorts and has been awarded a number of scholarships as well as residencies including, the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts in Alberta. In 2016, she was a finalist for the Vancouver Arts Society Emerging Artist Award.

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Kemi Craig

(She/Her)

Kemi Craig is an interdisciplinary artist primarily working through dance and media based here in the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territories. Through her lived experience as a woman of African descent, Kemi’s art utilizes movement, materiality and new media to center experiences for people with racialized and gendered bodies. She is inspired by Black history and Afrofuturism, dance that expresses and augments what we do every day, DIY culture and by visual histories and pop cultural production. Kemi is a graduate from the Emily Carr University of Art Design with a Masters degree in Fine Art. Since graduating she has exhibited and performed across BC and Canada. She has worked with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria as a guest curator and programmer and currently works for the city of Victoria as the Artist in Residence.

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Amesh Narsing

(He/Him)

Amesh Narsing (VP of Software Development, Hololabs) is an interdisciplinary veteran of interactive media and video game development contributing to design, engineering and technical direction on over 15 launched titles. Amesh graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Computer Science and has a background in film and graphic design. Amesh joined Hololabs as the lead programmer on the dance action game, Floor Kids (2017), which launched on all major platforms. Since then Amesh has led and directed the development of two mobile games, The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency (2020) and Sky Haven: AR Merge Adventure (2023) while contributing to and creating community driven Augmented Reality public art works. Most recently he led development of two groundbreaking multiplayer art installations, “Afroquatics” and “Glowshrooms”, at the 2024 Winter Arts Festival in Victoria BC.

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Charlotte Falk

(She/Her)

Charlotte Falk is an interdisciplinary designer, educator and researcher. Her practice is anchored in Industrial Design, and spans Communication Design, Architecture and Art. She is currently a Lecturer in Industrial, Communication and Foundation Design at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and teaches studio courses in Design and Public Art at Langara College. Materiality, process and technique inform her research and teaching practice. Design for public space and site specificity are often at the core of her work; with lenses towards sustainable acts of care for community and biodiversity, and making-based iterative design processes. Past work includes Making Space, a series of workshops developed in partnership with Arts Assembly. These participatory events looked at alternative methods for site specificity, intuitive responses to space, and the democratization of design. Since 2010, Falk has been collaborating with renowned visual artists in the development and delivery of large-scale public art commissions. As a designer, project manager, technical consultant and collaborator, she draws on her experience in the building industry and understanding of contemporary art to bring complex public art projects to fruition.

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Will Fu

(He/Him)

Will Fu is currently a designer based in Vancouver. Will holds a Master of Architecture from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from the University of Waterloo. He has previously worked for Johnston Marklee, MPdL Studio, and Bjarke Ingels Group. His writings have been published by Pidgin, POOL, Scroope, Trans Magazin, and PLAT, and animations and drawings have been exhibited at the AA, the Sao Paulo Biennale, and the ArFrederick Kiesler – Conceptual Drawing for lighting system, 1942 (Ink on Paper 8 x 11in)ch+ Gallery in Berlin. Will’s research revolves around the relationship between social spaces and media technologies in residential architecture.

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Iryna Karaush

(She/Her)

Iryna Karaush, B. Arch, M. Arch, MBA(c), serves as the co-chair and faculty in Product Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Wilson School of Design. With a strong commitment to research, Iryna focuses on Food Design in her academic pursuits. Iryna leads the innovative research group, D+FA (Design Plus Food Atelier), comprised of esteemed design faculty and motivated students. Their work centers on Human-Food Interaction (HFI), delving into the intricate relationship between individuals and food. Iryna’s research not only addresses current challenges but also anticipates and proactively tackles future dilemmas, especially within the context of climate change and disruptive technologies. Presently, Iryna collaborates with Dunefield Consultancy on research and system design for the Strathcona Food Cluster project, aimed at establishing a sustainable circular economy through collaboration among independent businesses. You can learn more about D+FA at their website. Additional Names: JooHui Im; Cheuk Yeung.

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Kay Gallivan

(She/Her)

Kay Gallivan is a muralist and educator, whose artwork primarily adorns buildings in Victoria, BC and through Mexico. Her art practice frequently involves facilitating participatory experiences with local community members, culminating in a collaborative art piece. Before becoming a muralist herself, Kay curated various street art events at the Vancouver Island School of Art as well as a speaker series at the Legacy Art Gallery called Street Art and the Politics of Urban Placemaking. She often works with the Esquimalt Community Art Hub on educational activities related to muralism and Placemaking.

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Connor Tice

(She/Her)

Connor Tice is the project manager for the City of Victoria’s OUR DWTN initiative, which is a revitalization program investing in the downtown core with a focus on beautification, programming, cleaning and enhanced safety and the activation of downtown spaces. In this role she works with many City departments and external community and business groups. Connor joined the City in 2016 as an Arts, Culture and Event’s Liaison. She has been overseeing the Art in Public Places Program for the past eight years and recently shifted to her new role supporting the OUR DWTN Initiative. Before coming to work at the City of Victoria, she worked in municipal government, a post-secondary business school, public galleries, and co-founded a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting creative industry entrepreneurs. Her formal education includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Emily Carr), an Applied Leadership Certificate (SAIT) and a Master of Arts (Maastricht University – Art & Heritage: Policy, Management and Education). Connor is the proud mom of two kiddos, she is humbled and grateful to raise them on the homeland of the lekwungen, known today as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations.