ARTISTIC EXPRESSION IN ABUNDANCE THIS SPRING: NEW EXTREME YOUTH GROUPS

By April Caverhill, New Extreme Mentorship Program Coordinator

Artistic expression was in abundance this spring as our New Extreme youth groups and artist mentors collaborated on their projects. This year’s students were from SJ Burnside Alternative Education, and Central Middle School. Having been witness to much of the art making I can speak to how meaningful this program has been for everyone involved! I’ve learned so much from this year’s artists and students, and I am already looking forward to next year’s partnerships.

PAINT-IN MEMORIES

By Eliana Parker, AGGV Events Engagement Assistant

Growing up on Moss Street, the Paint-In was the most wonderful time of the year. On one very special
day each year, my front yard magically transformed from a garden into a colourful, artistic wonderland.

AGGV GALLERY SHOP READING LIST: ART & COMMUNITY

by John Manson, Gallery Shop Coordinator

The theme of the Gallery Shop Reading List this quarter is Art and Our Community. We are featuring books about community and books that are connected to the programming, events and exhibitions that have recently happened at the AGGV.

CELEBRATING NIPD AT THE AGGV & BEYOND

By Mel Granley, AGGV Assistant Curator (Michif and mixed-European)

The annual festivities of National Indigenous Peoples Day provide an opportunity for everyone in so-called “Canada” to embrace and celebrate the peoples who have tended to this land for time immemorial. Historically, this event has existed as a way for Indigenous people to uplift and show pride for our cultures in the face of discrimination and oppression. Today, while Indigenous people continue to push against those forces, June 21st has become a day for everyone to come together and consider their positions on the lands they live, and to celebrate the nations who have stewarded these beautiful lands for generations upon generations.

SUMMER IN THE GALLERY SHOP: 5 BC-BASED ARTISTS & MAKERS

We are always looking for new local and BC-based artists to add to our Gallery Shop! While we currently have a lot of products that relate to current exhibition programming (such as the stunning collection of books for Symbiosis), we continue to celebrate local and regional artists and their work.

KEMI CRAIG ON THE AGGV’S #WIP PODCAST

“Being an interdisciplinary artist is what made my way of working as a curator in this programming series interdisciplinary in nature. In the real world we experience things in immersive multisensory ways. So, I crave that kind of experience when I’m going to galleries, and I wanted to share that kind of experience with others through this program,” says Kemi Craig – guest curator for the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s Blueprints for the Afrofuture programming series – on a brand new episode of the AGGV’s #WIP Podcast!