BC Gay and Lesbian Archives photo identification project

The BC Gay and Lesbian Archives (BCGLA) is a diverse collection of LGBTQ2+ history, started by Ron Dutton in 1970s and recently donated to the City of Vancouver Archives. Of the over 5,400 images that have been digitized, about 1,000 photographs depict people and events that are currently unidentified.

In partnership with the SUM Gallery, the City of Vancouver Archives is asking for help to identify these people and events in the BCGLA photo collection. Spanning from the 1940s to the 2000s, capturing moments from drag performances to City Hall protests, these photos tell the story of a long and powerful history of LGBTQ2+ resistance, solidarity, and strength.

Join us to look through these photos and by sharing your stories, enhance access to this collection. This photo identification event is free and open to the public.

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Curated by Justin Ducharme in collaboration with the artist, this year’s Vancouver Queer Film Festival offers a pop-up exhibit featuring new and retrospective works from artist Zachery Longboy.

Longboy is from Churchill, Manitoba and is of Sayisi Dene lineage. This new and retrospective collection continues the artists’ exploration within a fractured cultural experience through deeply felt layered videos, paintings and archival film.

The exhibit has been held over until September 14.

Adrian Stimson: Naked Napi [Opening]

SUM Gallery, Canada’s only queer multidisciplinary gallery, is honored to host Adrian Stimson’s debut of their most recent work for the gallery’s second exhibition of the year, Naked Napi.

Adrian Stimson: Naked Napi
Exhibition Dates: Sept 8, 2018 to Dec 8, 2018 – Tuesday to Saturday, 12 to 6pm – by donation
Artist Talk: Sept 6, 2018 – 7pm to 9pm, in Full Circle studio, suite #416 Exhibition Opening: Sept 8, 2018 – 2 to 4pm, in SUM gallery, suite #425

Curated by SD Holman

Presentation partner: Full Circle – First Nations Performances

About the Exhibition

Napi is a character from traditional stories of the Siksika (Blackfoot) nation. Often referred to as the “Old Man” who came from the sun, Napi alongside the “Old Woman” are known as quasi-creators in these stories.

Naked Napi presents Adrian Stimson’s new site specific installation.

Through this collection, Naked Napi reimagines the traditional tales of Napi in the present. Where the intersections of indigeneity, sexuality and Two-Spirit identities are drawn to the forefront in this retelling. It is a display of reclamation that challenges the colonial erasure of Indigenous bodies, power and sexual histories.

Read more about the works presented and the artist at: https://queerartsfestival.com/adrian-stimson-naked-napi/

ACCESS & ACCESSIBILITY

The address is 268 Keefer St, between Main St and Gore Ave. The SUM gallery is located on the 4th floor, suite 425.
The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday 12 – 6pm, closed on Sunday, Monday and stat holiday.

Transit access:
Skytrain: Main Street-Science World or Stadium-Chinatown;
Bus: 22 on Gore; 03, 08, 19 on Main; 14, 16, 20 on Hastings.

– There is a paid parkade as part of the building, that unfortunately closes at 7pm. After 7pm, we recommend people to park at EasyPark at Keefer and Quebec St or street parking.

Accessibility: This location has not yet had an accessibility audit.

– Building entrance is street level with no steps at front entrance. The front doors of the building are locked at 7:00 pm, so call 778-323-3593 to be let in after that.
– There is a ramp with a hand rail to reach the elevator.
– Washrooms are accessible & non gendered, doors will be propped open.
– The front door of our suite has an automatic door operator.
– The gallery space has no windows.
– Our events are scent reduced.
– There will be ASL interpretation.
– BC Artscape is dog-friendly, so you may encounter some furry friends in common areas and elevators and in our suite.

Please let us know if you have any requests or need more information events@queerartsfestival.com

Karin Lee: QueerSUM 心 [opening]

Opening: May 12  2 – 4pm

Exhibition: May 12 – August 18 (Tuesday – Saturday 12-6pm)

Curated by Paul Wong and SD Holman
Presentation Partner: On Main Gallery

Queer-sum a “Chinglish” translation and play on the words Queer Love, alludes to queer attraction that people experience, even though they believe themselves to be straight identified – or queer-sum (sum=heart=love).

Photo Credit: Chick Rice

QueerSUM心 presents three of Karin Lee’s media works: a 2-channel remix of her classic 16mm film My Sweet Peony Remix, a fantastical drama shot in the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens; Portrait of a Girl, a documentary shot in Beijing; and Small Pleasures, a period drama set in Barkerville BC.

The works not only investigate sentiments of being “Queer-sum,” but pay tribute to Vancouver’s Chinatown—where Lee spent her childhood—and examine the underlying racism which contributed to the very creation of “Chinatowns” amidst the colonization of Indigenous peoples.

Read more about the works presented and the artist at: http://queerartsfestival.com/queersum-show-karin-lee/

ACCESS & ACCESSIBILITY

The address is 268 Keefer St, between Main St and Gore Ave. The SUM gallery is located on the 4th floor, suite 425.

Transit access:
Skytrain: Main Street-Science World or Stadium-Chinatown;
Bus: 22 on Gore; 03, 08, 19 on Main; 14, 16, 20 on Hastings.

– There is a paid parkade as part of the building, that unfortunately closes at 7pm. After 7pm, we recommend people to park at EasyPark at Keefer and Quebec St or street parking.

Accessibility: This location has not yet had an accessibility audit.
– Building entrance is street level with no steps at front entrance
– There is a ramp to reach the elevator
– Washrooms are accessible & non gendered, doors will be propped open
– The automatic door operators haven’t arrived yet but the main doors will be propped open.
– Our events are scent reduced.
– ASL interpretation will be provided.
Please let us know if you have any requests or need more information.
Note that BC Artscape is dog-friendly, so you may encounter some furry friends in common areas and elevators and in our suite.

Karin Lee: QueerSUM 心 [artist talk]

Opening: May 12  2 – 4pm

Artist talk: May 17 7 – 9pm

Exhibition: May 12 – August 18 (Tuesday – Saturday 12-6pm – closed on stat holidays)

Presentation Partner: On Main Gallery

Come join filmmaker Karin Lee and curators Paul Wong and SD Holman on May 17 for an informal artist talk around QueerSUM心

Photo Credit: Chick Rice

QueerSUM心 presents three of Karin Lee’s media works: a 2-channel remix of her classic 16mm film My Sweet Peony Remix, a fantastical drama shot in the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens; Portrait of a Girl, a documentary shot in Beijing; and Small Pleasures, a period drama set in Barkerville BC.

The works not only investigate sentiments of being “Queer-sum,” but pay tribute to Vancouver’s Chinatown—where Lee spent her childhood—and examine the underlying racism which contributed to the very creation of “Chinatowns” amidst the colonization of Indigenous peoples.

Read more about the works presented and the artist at: http://queerartsfestival.com/queersum-show-karin-lee/

ACCESS & ACCESSIBILITY

The address is 268 Keefer St, between Main St and Gore Ave. The SUM gallery is located on the 4th floor, suite 425.

Transit access:
Skytrain: Main Street-Science World or Stadium-Chinatown;
Bus: 22 on Gore; 03, 08, 19 on Main; 14, 16, 20 on Hastings.

– There is a paid parkade as part of the building, that unfortunately closes at 7pm. After 7pm, we recommend people to park at EasyPark at Keefer and Quebec St or street parking.

Accessibility: This location has not yet had an accessibility audit.
– Building entrance is street level with no steps at front entrance
– There is a ramp to reach the elevator
– Washrooms are accessible & non gendered, doors will be propped open
– The automatic door operators haven’t arrived yet but the main doors will be propped open.
– Our events are scent reduced.
– ASL interpretation will be provided.
Please let us know if you have any requests or need more information.
Note that BC Artscape is dog-friendly, so you may encounter some furry friends in common areas and elevators and in our suite.

Cris Derksen Orchestral Powwow

In this chamber symphonic work, classically-trained Allegra Chamber Orchestra follows the lead of The Chippewa Travellers’ Powwow drum, as they create new forms of music in cellist/composer Cris Derksen’s Orchestral Powwow. Bringing Indigenous music to the centre of the European model, Cris Derksen, The Chippewa Travellers, hoop dancer Nimkii Osawamick, and percussionist Jesse Baird perform this Juno-nominated composition outdoors as part of the 2017 Queer Arts Festival.

“Using older classical tools with Powwow groups is a way I can express the intersections between the old and the new. It brings together both parts of who I am as a Half-Cree, Half- Mennonite Classically Trained Cellist.”

                                                                                                                    — Cris Derksen

with the support of

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Community Partner: The Canadian Music Centre

This is a free, outdoor event. If you clicked here planning to buy a ticket, please consider supporting this event by donating instead. To make your tax-deductible charitable donation, please click HERE .

If you prefer to make your gift via PayPal,click the “Donate” button below.

Scent Reduced:
This event is scent-reduced. Please help us keep this a welcome space for everyone and refrain from wearing scented products while attending QAF events.
Mobility Accessibility:
This event is fully wheelchair accessible.

Click HERE for a full accessibility audit of the space by Radical Access Mapping Project. To learn more about Radical Access Mapping Project, visit their website at radicalaccessiblecommunities.wordpress.com

QAF takes place on the traditional, unceded territory of the Coast Salish people, in particular the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ílwəta? (Tsleil-Waututh) nations. We recognize their sovereignty, as there are no treaties on these lands, and we are dedicated to building a new relationship between our nations based on respect and consent.

SUM: Free workshops on Technology in the Arts

Emerging Artists Program

Join us at SUM for FREE workshops on Technology in the Arts!

Technology in the arts can provide us with incredible opportunities to take our creations to the next level. However, knowledge on how to use and install equipment can keep us from exploring and achieving the potential of our artistic visions. Workshops are FREE and available for all Queer and Allied Emerging Artists!

Technology in Performing Arts with Sammy Chien

Ever wondered… How does technology facilitate the way we create art? What are the dramaturgical perspectives on video projections?
How does the role of arts and technology implicate with our artistic expression and our spiritual health?

Friday May 4 from 3-5pm come and learn from cutting edge interdisciplinary media artist Sammy Chien, the official selected mentor for the audiovisual performance software Isadora from the creator of the software Mark Coniglio.

This workshop will focus on introducing audiovisual technologies and demonstrating its applications to inspire the participants’ creative possibilities working with sound, video and new media/technologies.

Intro to Media Art Installation with Bobbi Kozinuk

On Wednesday May 9 from 2-6pm, join media artist extraordinaire Bobbi Kozinuk at SUM gallery for an intro to Media Art Installation!

In this workshop you will learn about:

  • Sources: DVD, media players, computers, looping and auto start, file types, compression, synchronization.
  • Projectors: aspect ratio, image resolution, brightness, care and setup, orientation, zoom and throw.
  • Signals and Cables: hdmi, dvi, VGA, video, sdi, wifi. Cable length.

** You can come to one, the other or both workshops. No registration required. **

PAID INTERNSHIPS OPPORTUNITY The Queer Arts Festival is offering emerging artists a rare opportunity to receive an honorarium while working and learning alongside professional artists. Through a mentorship and training program, you will learn the skills necessary to work towards a career in the arts and technology. Please see the job descriptions for details on the available positions. QAF Emerging Artist program works to equip you with new skills and experience through mentorship, to offer you the resources and techniques to engage new technologies as a means to further your career, develop leadership skills, and build the necessary abilities for further employment in arts and technology. These mentorship positions will provide you with introductory experiences in the arts as well as on-the-job training. Previous experience or knowledge is not required. Read the job descriptions below: EA Job Description_ Assistant Stage ManagerEA Job Description_ Media Art Installation TechnicianApplication forms available at the workshops. *ASL interpretation available upon request. Please contact us directly with any accessibility needs at info@prideinart.ca

ACCESS AND ACCESSIBILITY

The address is 268 Keefer St, between Main St and Gore Ave. The SUM Gallery is located on the 4th floor, suite 425.

We respectfully acknowledge that this event will take place on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded Indigenous territories of the ʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations. We recognize their sovereignty, as there are no treaties on these lands, and we are dedicated to building a new relationship between our nations based on respect and consent. We would also like to acknowledge that this event is taking place in Chinatown, which is home to low income and Chinese immigrant communities. We are thankful and consider it a privilege to be able to do our sharing here.

Transit access:
Skytrain: Main Street-Science World or Stadium-Chinatown;
Bus: 22 on Gore; 03, 08, 19 on Main; 14, 16, 20 on Hastings.
There is a paid parkade as part of the building, that unfortunately closes at 7pm. After 7pm, we recommend people to park at EasyPark at Keefer and Quebec St. or street parking.

Light snacks and beverages provided.

Accessibility: This location has not yet had an accessibility audit.
– Building entrance is street level with no steps at front entrance
– There is a ramp to reach the elevator
– Washrooms are accessible & non gendered, doors will be propped open
– The automatic door operators haven’t arrived yet but the main doors will be propped open.
– Our events are scent reduced.
– ASL interpretation can be provided upon request.
Please let us know if you have any requests or need more information.
Note that BC Artscape is dog-friendly, so you may encounter some furry friends in common areas and elevators.

Contact:

Alecska alecska@queerartsfestival.com or Emily ebailey@queerartsfestival.com


This event is supported by the Telus Community Board.

2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Come to a party at our Annual General Meeting. We’ll be providing updates on new developments at Pride in Art Society, and giving a sneak peek into this year’s festival.

Not only does the AGM provide us the opportunity to hang out with you in advance of this year’s festival, but AGM attendance is a key factor for some of our funders (so please show up!).

ASL Interpretation will be provided. Pride in Art Society’s 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held: Thursday May 31, 2018 7pm SUM Gallery 425 – 268 Keefer St, Vancouver All members invited to attend. Membership renewal and signup for new members will take place before formal business.

RSVP at info@queerartsfestival.com with AGM in the subject line.

Can’t come, but still want to support? If you are unable to attend the AGM, please consider appointing a proxy by filling out this Proxy Form and sending it to Kimberly Sayson.

ProxyForm_AGM_2018_PiA

ACCESS and ACCESSIBILITY

The address is 268 Keefer St., between Main St. and Gore Ave. The SUM gallery is located on the 4th floor, suite 425. We respectfully acknowledge that this event will take place on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded Indigenous territories of the ʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations. We recognize their sovereignty, as there are no treaties on these lands, and we are dedicated to building a new relationship between our nations based on respect and consent. We would also like to acknowledge that this event is taking place in Chinatown, which is home to low income and Chinese immigrant communities. We are thankful and consider it a privilege to be able to do our sharing here. Transit access: Skytrain: Main Street-Science World or Stadium-Chinatown; Bus: 22 on Gore; 03, 08, 19 on Main; 14, 16, 20 on Hastings. – There is a paid parkade as part of the building, that unfortunately closes at 7pm. After 7pm, we recommend people to park at EasyPark – Lot 7 and the address is 180 Keefer Street; or street parking. Accessibility: This location has not yet had an accessibility audit. – Building entrance is street level with no steps at front entrance. – There is a ramp with a hand rail to reach the elevator. – Washrooms are accessible & non gendered, doors will be propped open. – The front door of our suite has an automatic door operator. – Our events are scent reduced. – ASL interpretation will be provided. BC Artscape is dog-friendly, so you may encounter some furry friends in common areas and elevators and in our suite. Food will be provided: dim sum and pastries from local shops, some with meat products and some vegetarian options. There will be alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Please let us know if you have any requests or need more information.

DECADEnce

June 16 – 27 — The Roundhouse

DECADEnce visual art exhibition curated by Valérie d. Walker.

Visual artists

AA Bronson
Angela Gabereau & Coral Short & Visionaries
April Sumter-Freitag
Berlynn Beam
Carl Pope Jr.
Chandra Melting Tallow
Dana Claxton
Dayna Danger
Eloisa Aquino
General Idea
Guerrilla Girls
Jenny Lin
Katherine Atkins
Mutya Macatumpag (moo-cha) (maca-toom-pag) – aka. FiND MUTYA
Paul Wong
Raven Davis
Susan Stewart
Syrus Marcus Ware
TJ Norris

What is a mark? In a settler colonial society we have a very solidified perception of what “counts” as worthy of articulating. Programmed in an imperial tradition, we literally count success and attach dates to significant momentous occasions, times in history when someone is said to have “accomplished something” that should be celebrated and then written down to measure its worth, annually. HIStory has tried to erase the Other in its wake of calculating difference, asserting authority, superiority, a bar to be set by systems of power to ensure the success of a single story.

2018 marks 10 years of the Queer Arts Festival and Pride in Art’s 20th year as an artist-led organization. 2018’s curated visual art exhibition DECADEnce remembers the Other marks and interrogates what we collectively choose to celebrate. By engaging queer artists across disciplines DECADEnce explores marks that live beyond the page, numerical devices, and quantitative data; the mark that lives in actions unnoticed, voices unheard, lost stories of self, and races won in forgotten Herstories/Ourstories.

DECADEnce marks a time for us to revisit, and therefore represent and archive, the stories of us by celebrating and honouring our community of trailblazing queer ancestors, the stories untold, the unmeasurable progress, visceral pleasures, tragic loses, the almosts, the push back, the unnamed, the unmarked, the dead, the blood-sweat-and tears. These marks continue to live in and inform our actions, our reality to fuel a discourse that challenges perceptions of success by sharing the stories of how we got here and what sacrifices and struggles it required.

Our marks draw circles, wherein the repeating struggle continues in the company of a rejuvenated resistance, reviving of power and strength through art.

These marks are where we find joy, love, thrive, and create to feed our spirits and develop thick skin. We are time travelers, we have been here before, and will do it again.

Curator Tour

Roundhouse Exhibition Hall

Curator Valérie d. Walker discusses DECADEnce with curated artists Berlynn Beam, Eloisa Aquino, Jenny Lin, and Mutya Macatumpag (moo-cha) (maca-toom-pag) – a.k.a. FIND MUTYA the stirring moments of queer time, the inherited legacies of queer ancestors and why public queer art is essential and timely.

Community partner: Contemporary Art Gallery

Unfortunately due to unforeseeable events, today’s event will not include ASL interpretation. Our apologies to anyone who planned on attending and required this resource.

Transfixed – Media Art Program

with VIMAF | Roundhouse Performance Centre

Transfixed is a curatorial collection of films that highlights the strategies utilized by Trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming artists to mitigate violence. Each artist within the collective examines the fractals of state violence that is perpetuated onto their bodies. The collective’s works discuss white supremacy, transphobia, violence against femmes, colonialism internationally, and colonialism on the land we are presently on. Transfixed is intensity, urgency, and power.

Curated by Fallon Simard.

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Dayna Danger
Jack Saddleback
Alec Butler
Thirza Cuthand
Jes Sachse
Joshua Vettivelu
Kim Ninkuru
Monica Forrester

Regular 4-Show Flex Passes ($79) and single tickets on sale April 16 at Brown Paper Tickets: