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Sat. January 13th 2024 - Sun. March 3rd 2024 Victoria Arts Council Free

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You Are Welcome

Group exhibition featuring 10 artists from a diverse international background
Event can be attended in person In-Person Event
Sat. January 13th 2024 - Sun. March 3rd 2024 + Add to Calendar Victoria Arts Council (All Ages)
12-5 PM Free
Opening: Friday 12th January 2024


Lucia Anaya
Olena Bila
Anthony Carr
Bryan Cawas
Fenghua Cui
Isabel González Quiroz
Şansal Güngör Gümüşpala
Ji-Young Park
Maryam Tavakoli
Gabriela Torres Vanegas

Event Description

13 January – 3 March 2024

Opening Reception: Saturday 13 January, 3PM-5PM
Artists-in-Conversation: TBC

Victoria Arts Council’s Pat Martin Bates Gallery
1800 Store Street [wheelchair accessible]

Gallery hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 12-5 pm.

Featuring: Lucía Anaya (México); Olena Bila (Ukraine); Anthony Carr (United Kingdom); Bryan Cawas (Philippines); Fenghua Cui (China); Isabel González Quiroz (Chile); Şansal Güngör Gümüşpala (Türkiye); Ji-Young Park (Korea); Maryam Tavakoli (Iran); Gabriela Torres Vanegas (Colombia)

Co-Curators: Desirée Leal and Kegan McFadden

The Victoria Arts Council is pleased to announce our first full scale collaboration with the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria with the exhibition YOU ARE WELCOME.

After posting a Call to Artists, and then hosting meetings to engage with numerous members of the community, ten artists, from diverse backgrounds who now call Victoria home, have been selected to exhibit their visual art. The VAC is thrilled to showcase artists working across drawing, painting, photography, installation, new media, textiles, and more as part of You Are Welcome. Ranging from the personal one-on-one relationships to how food and language act as the bedrock for so much culture, to much larger socio-economic and political touchstones that continue to resonate long after someone has left their homeland, the work exhibited offers insight into the ways we long for connection no matter where we find ourselves.

“Though this is a group exhibition featuring artists who might not otherwise show together, this conversation is fortified by the understanding that each piece recalls the artist’s homeland through the lens of Vancouver Island.” clarifies exhibition co-curator Kegan McFadden.

This project is generously sponsored by the Andrew Beckerman Fund with the Victoria Foundation, as well as supported by the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria, along with the Province of British Columbia, BC Arts Council, CRD Arts Commission, and VAC Members.


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