MISSION

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 and member of PAARC.


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CO-DIRECTOR

Whitney Brennan graduated from the Masters of Arts, Art History: Critical and Curatorial Studies program at the University of British Columbia. She currently works as the Education Programmer for the Vancouver Police Museum & Archives. She has worked as an independent curator in Vancouver since 2014 and curated exhibitions at The FALL Tattooing & Artist Gallery, Gam Gallery, and Access Gallery, and as part of Vancouver's Capture Photography Festival. She was part of the curatorial team for the 40th AHVA Graduate Symposium at UBC and was an intern in the An education department of Documenta 14 in Athens, Greece. She is currently a curator with Decoy Magazine and a member of the women-led media artists collective, The Work Group. Her writing has been included in C magazine and Luna Luna magazine. Her curatorial focus is on media and performance art, particularly by female-identified artists with an emphasis on environmental and gendered concerns.

CO-FOUNDER AND CO- DIRECTOR

Meichen Waxer is an interdisciplinary queer artist culturally inherited structures of value and their relation to different modes of representation; often looking to architecture, ornamentation, and objects that hold generational, cultural and nostalgic value. Meichen holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Ontario College of Art and Design University. Meichen was recently an artist in residence at Treignac Projet, France; Anvil Centre, New Westminster and halka sanat projesi, Istanbul, Turkey as well as Turkish Cultural Foundation. Fellow Recent exhibitions include CSA Space Vancouver; #3 Gallery, Vancouver Canada; Charles H. Scott, Vancouver, Canada; halka sanat projesi, Istanbul, Turkey; and Open Studio, Toronto.

CO-FOUNDER

Brynn McNab is a writer, facilitator, and curator who specializes in event-based and social practices, publishing, and co-authorship. She holds a Masters in Philosophy, Art & Critical Thought from European Graduate School. Her most recent projects include Co-Writing Criticism (Vancouver, and Montreal), a co-authorship workshop, and An Exact Vertigo (Vancouver), an iterative contemporary dance series. She is currently a Student of the European Graduate School in Philosophy, Art, and Critical Thought. She was the gallery manager at Franc Gallery (Vancouver), managed Unit/Pitt Projects (Vancouver) from 2013-2015, and revived and became editor-in-chief of ISSUE Magazine (Vancouver) during that time. Her poetry, essays, and short stories have been published across Canada and internationally. She attended Nova Scotia College of Art and Design for filmmaking and photography, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University in Critical and Cultural Practices.

History

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 AArts 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.

Arts Assembly continues to program research driven projects and unique artist residencies often in collaboration and in open dialogue with community.