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City of Vancouver recognizes Pride in Art as “a cutting-edge producer/presenter/curator”

A recent report from the City’s General Manager of Arts, Culture and Community Services, highlighted Pride in Art Society: “ The following highly-regarded organizations reflect the existing criteria at high level...

Georgia Straight :: Queer Arts Festival expands repertoire

WHILE WE’RE TALKING about the Queer Arts Festival, let’s get one thing perfectly straight: it is not an official part of Vancouver’s annual Pride celebration. Although it grew out of an earlier...

Vancouver Sun | Alien Sex: a transgressive work of the Oscar Wilde variety

Alien Sex: a transgressive work of the Oscar Wilde variety BY ART SEEN Published Thurs, May 22, 2014ORIGINAL ARTICLE: http://blogs.vancouversun.com/2014/05/22/alien-sex-a-transgressive-work-of-the-oscar-wilde-variety/ ALIEN SEX has met its goal of $10,000 on Kickstarter. In fact, it...

Georgia Straight | Artist Shaira Holman nominated for YWCA Women of Distinction award

BY JERICHO KNOPP Published Fri, May 23, 2014ORIGINAL ARTICLE: http://www.straight.com/arts/650806/artist-shaira-holman-nominated-ywca-women-distinction-award Queer art has always been underrepresented in the mainstream art world, but things might be starting to change. Vancouver artist Shaira...

Camera Obscura (hungry ghosts) brings artist Paul Wong’s story to multimedia life at the Queer Arts Festival

Janet Smith – The Georgia Straight – June 19, 2018 It’s hard to believe, given the charismatic provocateur who’s her subject, but Lesley Ewen has been working on getting her play about celebrated Vancouver...

Vancouver’s Queer Arts Festival Marks A Decade Of Provocative And Innovative Programming

Tara Lee - Inside Vancouver - June 14, 2018 Vancouver’s Queer Arts Festival Marks A Decade Of Provocative And Innovative ProgrammingFor its tenth year, the Queer Arts Festival (QAF) will be a showcasing an array of...

Vancouver’s Queer Arts Festival Celebrates 10 Years of Boundary-Pushing Art

Vancouver’s Queer Arts Festival Celebrates 10 Years of Boundary-Pushing Art  ALEXIS BARAN- MetroSource - June 13, 2018 Dare to be challenged. Risk being changed. That’s the motto behind Vancouver’s Queer Arts Festival. The...

Vancouver Queer Arts celebrates DECADEnce

Stuart Derdeyn- Vancouver Sun- June 13, 2018 Vancouver visual artist SD Holman is also the artistic director of the Vancouver Queer Arts Festival.  Queer Arts Festival: DECADEnce When: June 16 to 28,...

In Conversation With QAF Artistic Director SD Holman

Elizabeth Holliday- Sad Mag- June 18, 2018 Over the past 10 years, the Queer Arts Festival (QAF) has staked its place in the histories of Vancouver and the world. Beginning in 1988...

INQUIRE: SD Holman Talks Queer Arts Festival + Beyond

Murray Patterson Marketing Group - April 25, 2018The sun was shining and the view of the city was spectacular as we sat perched on the tailgate of SD Holman’s truck on...

Canada’s only queer multidisciplinary gallery just opened in Vancouver — and that’s quite SUMthing

Peter Knegt· CBC Arts· May 9 Karin Lee's My Sweet Peony, part of the first exhibition at Vancouver's new SUM gallery. (SUM)0comments Queeries is a weekly column by CBC Arts producer Peter...

SUM Gallery opens in permanent home for Queer Arts Festival

Kevin Griffin - Vancouver Sun - May 9, 2018 In art-world terms, something unusual is happening Saturday, May 12* in Vancouver. It’s the opening of SUM Gallerywhich describes itself as the...

The two-spirit artists breaking down the colonial narrative for Canada 150

UnSettled will feature the works of 17 two-spirit artists at the 2017 Queer Arts Festival in Vancouver DailyXtra – Mar 24, 2017 – Chahira Merarsi. After years as a tribal councillor with the...

Vancouver’s Queer Arts Festival to highlight two-spirit and indigenous perspectives this year

Georgia Straight - Mar 6, 2017 - Craig Takeuchi With the theme UnSettled, Vancouver's Queer Arts Festival (QAF) announced today (March 6) that this year's Queer Arts Festival will explore two-spirit viewpoints and...

SD Holman Artistic Director of the Queer Arts Festival

Beatroute • Thursday 13th, April 2017 • by Kendell Yan VANCOUVER – SD Holman has been a participating artist with Pride in Art (PiA) since its inception in 1998 as a...

Vancouver Sun: ART SEEN: Everything from the beautiful to the disturbing is in Drama Queer

Kevin Griffin • Published June 30, 2016 Drama Queer is a mass of contradictions — and that’s exactly as intended. It has works that are both utterly beautiful and shockingly disturbing....

Vancouver Sun: Drama Queer exhibit aims to forge emotional connection

Kevin Griffin: Published on: June 15, 2016 In the contemporary art world, the language used to talk about art is often as dull as a quarterly corporate report. It steers...

ART SEEN:

Jonathan D. Katz’s quest to queer the art world one exhibition at a time Vancouver Sun – Kevin Griffin – June 21, 2016 Click here to watch the video: http://vancouversun.com/news/staff-blogs/art-seen-jonathan-d-katzs-quest-to-queer-the-art-world-one-exhibition-at-a-timeIn 2005, Jonathan D. Katz...

Vancouver’s Queer Arts Festival 2016 to explore emotion in art and activism

by Craig Takeuchi, Georgia Straight, March 15th, 2016 Vancouver’s Queer Arts Festival continues its dedication to LGBT art and social progress with the theme of the 2016 edition of the...

AIDS crisis changed society, politics — and art as well

By On The Coast, CBC News Posted: Nov 28, 2015 Artists at the time had to be discreet when exploring the new disease in art, a curator says When AIDS...

Westender: Best of the City 2016

By Robert Mangelsdorf, Managing Editor, Westender • Published Feb. 14, 2016 It’s no secret that Vancouver is best place to live in the world. Heck, we know it, that’s why...

Vancity Buzz Summer Festival Guide

Published in Vancity Buzz Ultimate guide to 74 Metro Vancouver Summer Festivals This summer in Metro Vancouver, music festivals, night markets and more are the perfect way to let loose in...

Georgia Straight Summer Festival Guide

Lower Mainland summer arts festivals have it made in the shade Beat the heat at the city’s growing roster of art walks, theatre series, danceshowcases, exhibitions, and concerts. Art walks,...

Emily Carr University | Shaira (SD) Holman, 2014 ywca women of distinction award winner

Shaira (SD) Holman, 2014 YWCA Women of Distinction Award Winner BY ECUAD, Published Wed, June 4, 2014 1:00 pm EDTORIGINAL ARTICLE: http://www.ecuad.ca/about/news/313320 Shaira (SD) Holman (’92) is the recipient of a 2014 YWCA Women of...

Vancity Buzz Recognizes Shaira Holman

Published in Vancity Buzz, March 06, 2015By Jill Slattery For International Women’s Day, we thought we’d celebrate some local women doing great things in Vancouver and around the world. They are...

Vancity Buzz Recognizes Shaira Holman

Published in Vancity Buzz, March 06, 2015By Jill Slattery For International Women’s Day, we thought we’d celebrate some local women doing great things in Vancouver and around the world. They are...

Best of the City 2015 Results: Westender

Published in Westender, February 26, 2015 Queer Arts Festival makes the list for Best of the City in the visual arts category. It’s no secret that Vancouver is best place to live...

Shaira and Rachel win OUT TV queers of the year 2014

Posted in OutTV January 2, 2015By David Jones There are so many Vancouver queers that inspire me, make me jealous, or simply make me smile. Be they loving, passionate, tenacious,...

WE Vancouver | Three Must-See Queer Arts Fest Events

By Robert Mangelsdorf – Published July 30, 2014 Throughout history, tyrants have banned “degenerate” artists or artworks under the argument that they posed an imminent danger to the social fabric....

Georgia Straight | Queer Arts Festival 2014 provides regeneration for LGBT activism

By Craig Takeuchi – Published on July 25 2014 Original Article: HERE AT THE OPENING party of the Queer Arts Festival on July 23 at the Roundhouse Community Centre, Vancouver Mayor Gregor...

Vancity Buzz | QAF 2014 Presents “X”

By Jon Keller – Published July 28 2014 Australian performer Sunny Drake’s one-man show “X” closes out a trio of performances tonight as part of this year’s Queer Arts Festival...

Xtra! Vancouver | Refugee mural reverberates at Queer Arts Festival in Vancouver

By Natasha Barsotti – Published on July 25, 2014. ORIGINAL ARTICLE: HERE After writing his name in capital letters on my cheat sheet of questions, Salvador Ramirez Perez begins to explain why...

La Source forum de la diversité | « Queer Arts Festival » : Une célébration engagée!

Noëlie Vannier // Culture, Festivals // Volume 15, Édition 2 – 8 juillet au 26 août 2014 Quoi de plus banal que de voir un couple homosexuel se tenir par la main à Vancouver. Sans...

Vancouver Sun | The Sunny side of queer: Theatre artist brings crowd-pleasing one-man show to Queer Arts Festival with a list of five events to watch at this year’s event

BY YVONNE ZACHARIAS Published Fri, Jul 18, 2014ORIGINAL ARTICLE here Australian-born theatre artist Sunny Drake isn’t afraid to tackle difficult subjects on stage but there is nothing preachy or didactic about the...

Georgia Straight | SD Holman’s BUTCH: Not like the other girls challenges traditional gender roles

BY MICHELLE DA SILVA Published Fri, Jul 17, 2014ORIGINAL ARTICLE here THERE’S NO ARGUING that the range of images of women depicted in mainstream media is limited—not only in terms of race, class, and...

Daily XTRA | Vancouver’s increasingly stable Queer Arts Festival regenerates

BY STACY THOMAS Published Thu, Jul 17, 2014ORIGINAL ARTICLE hereThis year’s fest aims to build bridges across all kinds of borders For Rachel Iwaasa, ReGenerations means cultivating new connections across age, boundaries, experience...

Roundhouse Blog Team | EXPLOSION OF TALENT AT THE QUEER ARTS FESTIVAL

BY LINDSAY GLAUSER KWAN Published Fri, Jul 11, 2014ORIGINAL ARTICLE here Dare being challenged. Risk being changed at this year’s Queer Arts Festival at the Roundhouse. From July 23 to August 9, the...

SD Holman recognized for showcasing LGBT artists and community

Published in Xtra, June 4, 2014 By Natasha Barsotti Shaira (SD) Holman, artistic director of the Queer Arts Festival, has won the 2014 Women of Distinction Award from the YWCA, under...

YMCA Woman of Distinction

Published in Vancouver Sun, June 4, 2014 Shaira Holman recognized as Woman of Distinction. By Matthew Robinson Shaira (SD) Holman, a photographic artist and a driving force behind Vancouver’s Queer...

Daily Xtra | Queer Arts Fest Artistic Director nominated for YWCA award

Queer Arts Fest Artistic Director nominated for YWCA award BY NATASHA BARSOTTI, Published Fri, May 30, 2014 1:00 pm EDTORIGINAL ARTICLE: http://dailyxtra.com/vancouver/news/queer-arts-fest-artistic-director-nominated-ywca-award SD Holman up for Women of Distinction Award on June 3...

Shaira (SD) Holman, 2014 YWCA Women of Distinction Award Winner

BY ECUAD, Published Wed, June 4, 2014 1:00 pm EDTORIGINAL ARTICLE: http://www.ecuad.ca/about/news/313320 Shaira (SD) Holman (’92) is the recipient of a 2014 YWCA Women of Distinction Award for her work as Co-founder/Artistic Director of Vancouver’s Queer Arts...

GayVancouver | Alien Sex is romantic, disturbing, passionate and tender

BY GAY VANCOUVER in ARTS Published Thurs, May 22, 2014 ORIGINAL ARTICLE: http://gayvancouver.net/arts/alien-sex-romantic-disturbing-passionate-and-tender/ If the thought of Alien Sex doesn’t immediately pique your interest, perhaps the idea of a trans-disciplinary arts project that combines generations,...

Daily Xtra | Queer Arts Festival receives more stable BC funding

By Corey |  April 12, 2014 Queer Arts Festival receives more stable BC funding BY SHAUNA LEWIS Published Sat, Apr 12, 2014 1:00 pm EDTORIGINAL ARTICLE: http://dailyxtra.com/vancouver/news/queer-arts-festival-receives-stable-bc-funding Organizers waiting to hear from federal ministry that cut funding...

WE Vancouver | Best of the City 2014: Reader’s Choice Results!

Best of the City 2014: Reader’s Choice Results! BY WE VANCOUVER EDITORIAL Published Tues, Feb 25, 2014 9:00 pmORIGINAL ARTICLE: http://www.wevancouver.com/news/best-of-the-city-2014-readers-choice-results-1.881310 Our readers know what makes Vancouver one of the best cities in...

Vancouver Sun: Kinnie Starr at QAF

Kinnie Starr: Home is everywhere.  Juno-nominated artist takes fringe cultures to the cutting edge. By Francois Marchand, Vancouver Sun, July 26, 2013 Kinnie Starr Aug. 2, 7:30 p.m. | Roundhouse Performance CentreTickets:...