Arts Assembly is a not for profit community-centric arts organization that emphasizes artistic collaboration. With a focus on social practices and research, we aim to foster relationships between the community and professional artists. We hope to expand the notion of what art can be and do, and provide a high calibre of diverse and inclusive arts programming.
We seek to fairly compensate artists for their work and research, and acknowledge womxn’s leadership in the creative community.
We encourage work that doesn’t necessarily end in a product to be sold, but rather builds relationships between communities, and allows for in-depth research, and creates unique experiences.
Arts Assembly acknowledges the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples on whose traditional territories we live and work on.
Arts Assembly is a registered not for profit organization in British Columbia.
History and upcoming activity
ARTS ASSEMBLY was initiated as an enterprise to bring artistic research and social practice at a high-caliber, international level to West Vancouver and its surrounding regions. The availability of Saint Monica’s Church as a property for sale in Horseshoe Bay was a catalyst to being active.
ARTS ASSEMBLY inaugurated their programming in September 2016 with Holly Schmidt’s Vanitas, a foraging and flower arranging session that began with a lecture on Dutch still life. Throughout ARTS ASSEMBLY’s first year, we held numerous workshops led by local social practice artists ranging from textile processes, movement, to urban planning. All of which emphasized accessibility and community.
During this four-month period, ARTS ASSEMBLY developed and produced a publication in collaboration with arts centre Treignac Projet, of Limousin, France, held a week--long public forum project with artist and urban planning collective Crazy Dames and a pop-up exhibition space during Harmony Arts Festival with Jacob Gleeson’s Tent Shop, and a mobile dance and lecture series Orchestra in collaboration with local performance collective BoomBox.
In 2018 ARTS ASSEMBLY will be focusing on two major projects. Locally, a series of architecture workshops led by artist /designer Charlotte Falk, exploring relationships between the body and the natural environment as a way of developing architecture and design that is responsive. The second project, the partnership with halka sanat projesi which spans over two years explores how creative practice as a way of holding space for communities, and develop greater internal and international collaboration and exchange.