The next is excerpted from Vancouver Outsider Arts Competition Press Launch.
From October 14–16, 2022, the Neighborhood Arts Council of Vancouver (CACV) will current the sixth annual Vancouver Outsider Arts Competition (VOAF) on the Roundhouse Neighborhood Arts & Recreation Centre. As Canada’s first and solely outsider artwork pageant, VOAF offers a much-needed platform to rejoice artists who stay and work outdoors of mainstream cultural areas. VOAF invitations guests to rethink and expertise artwork typically discovered on the periphery of society. This weekend guarantees to be one in every of connection and studying, by free exhibitions, performances, and workshops.
“Outsider artwork shakes up what we predict and learn about artwork, difficult conventional notions about who and what counts within the artwork world,” says Kristin Cheung, government director of CACV. “These artists have varied ranges of coaching and are available from numerous cultural backgrounds, bringing with them a wide range of life experiences. Their artwork typically addresses tough social and political points head on. There’s an incredible richness within the work that may depart viewers with a larger sense of group and a deeper understanding of these round them.”
VOAF’s artist choice course of is designed to advertise fairness and amplify the work of those that would historically face varied sorts of boundaries to having their work exhibited. Eligible artists self-identify as outsiders, exhibit dedication to their apply, and have a complete physique of labor that’s festival-ready. Candidates are then chosen by a lottery course of, a standard apply throughout fringe festivals. At VOAF, these artists may have the chance to share their views with a wider viewers.
This yr’s programming contains greater than 60 artists and artist teams from throughout Metro Vancouver, representing visible artists, performers, artwork teams, and rising bands. Returning artists embody the Vancouver Cantonese Opera, multi-disciplinary artist Charlie Sandeman, and visible artist Penny N. Lim, whereas new artists embody singer-songwriter Jason Qiu, the poetry group The Troupe de Poetry, and drag king Heathen.
Along with visible and performing arts displays, CiTR & Discorder Journal will showcase stay performances, a workshop titled “Media Ethics for Non-Fiction Storytellers,” and stay on-air interviews that will probably be broadcast on the pageant’s opening day, October 14. All through the pageant, the general public can also be invited to attend free workshops centered on felting, Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging), ceramics, and extra.
Following the pageant’s shut, VOAF will current a free live performance of previous performers on the Annex Theatre (823 Seymour St) on Saturday, October 29 at 6pm. A touring exhibition throughout the Decrease Mainland will start in December 2022 and proceed into fall 2023. Venues and dates will probably be introduced on CACV’s social media later this yr.
VOAF 2022 Collaborating Visible Artists
Amy J. Dyck, Ankha Sita Qualia, Anoop Dhaliwal, Aryana Neff, Barb Bell, Bay Ribeiro, Blip Pictures, Brandy Mars Designs, Charlie Sandeman, Cole Schmidt, Dano Guay, Fateh Creations, Georgia Youngs, Girish Chandok, Glenn Hesse, Hoda Mir, Jacqueline Primeau, John Clinock, Tuyết Ánh Judith Nguyễn, Karen C, Karen Vanon, Katalina Guerrero, Linda Haftner, Margaux Wosk (Retrophiliac), Maureen West, Melanie Stuparyk, MigyB, Mishel Arrieta, myclaraoceans, Nané Jordan, Norman Brule, Norman Watson, Omega Al, Penny N. Lim, Pili, Sam Lynn Gallant, Shamsah Mohamed, Stevie Broome, Taylor Neal, Tianna Corridor, Totter, Val Fishman, Varro Arts, Wendy Stewart
VOAF 2022 Collaborating Performing Artists
Angelic Goldsky, Aridonis, Stunning Losers, Future Star, Heathen, Jason Qiu, Laura Fukumoto, Matthew Presidente, Tamami Maitland Trio, Taz Solace, The Troupe de Poetry, Vancouver Cantonese Opera
VOAF 2022 is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, Metropolis of Vancouver, Canadian Heritage, Modo, and Artistic BC.