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.

SPEAKER

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

SPEAKER

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

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.

SPEAKER

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.

SPEAKER

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.

SPEAKER

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.