The ultimate end-of-summer family event is happening at the Vancouver Art Gallery this weekend

Aug 17 2018, 10:12 pm

Summer fun continues at the Vancouver Art Gallery with the highly-anticipated Family FUSE Weekend: Listen to the Land.

On Saturday, August 25, and Sunday, August 26, enjoy two full days of unique and exciting art experiences that investigate themes relating to the current exhibitions at the Gallery.

This event is the perfect way to spend a day with the kids before they go back to school. Together, you’ll learn how creators use film, performance, music, and art to tell stories about what the land teaches us. You’ll also learn how you too can listen to and learn from the landscape.

Admission is free for Gallery Members and children aged 12 and under. Children attending must be accompanied by an adult. To give you an idea of the great things you can expect, here’s a look at the artists and collaborators who will be at Family FUSE Weekend: Listen to the Land.

DJ O Show

Orene Askew, AKA DJ O Show, is from the Squamish First Nation in Vancouver. An inspirational speaker, she travels across Canada and the US to foster ambition and drive in youth. Askew recently won the Kimberly Nixon Trans, Two-Spirit, Gender Non-Conforming Contribution to Community Award from The Vancouver Pride Society. At this edition of Family FUSE Weekend, listen and learn with DJ O Show as she shares the latest DJ industry-standard equipment from around the world in an informative, inspiring and very hands-on workshop.

Tiny Tricycle Poets

Canadian poets Emma Field, Angelica Poversky and Andrew Warner make up Tiny Tricycle Poets. They have performed all over Canada at events like TEDx, Richmond World Festival, CHIMO Voices against Violence against Women, and the Canadian Top 25 under 25 Environmentalists celebration. Laugh and think along with them as they use spoken-word poetry to respond to the artwork on display.

Family FUSE Weekend/The Vancouver Art Gallery

Christopher Auchter

Growing up roaming Haida Gwaii’s beaches and forests inspired Christopher Auchter’s art, which is deeply rooted in the land and stories of the local Haida people. The natural environment, as well as the artist’s interests in forestry and fishing, can be seen in his work, and today he focuses on filmmaking, recording his feelings and impressions as images. Find out more about how Haida artist and illustrator Christopher Auchter uses animation and visual storytelling to express what he learned from the land and from his family’s culture during fishing trips.

Kate Dawson

Saskatchewan-born Kate Dawson has a wealth of experience in working with young people as she was previously an early childhood educator with UBC Childcare Services, the PACE Program, and the Richmond School District. She has a keen interest in an educational practice that builds community through collaboration. Join roving art and outdoor educator Kate Dawson at the Sketch Station for a close look at the artworks on display, then create your own masterpiece in response to the work of artists David Milne and Mark Lewis.

Family FUSE Weekend/Anita Bonnaren

You’ll also take an interactive tour of the exhibition Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin: how do you carry the land? with the Vancouver Art Gallery educator Jessa Alston-O’Connor; explore ancient art-making techniques from all over the world using rope, weaving and stitching with artists Haruko Okano and Rebecca Graham of the EartHand Gleaners Society; and collaborate with mixed-media artist Roxanne Charles Roxanne to create a soundscape from natural materials.

For more information, visit the Vancouver Art Gallery now.

Family FUSE Weekend

When: August 25 and 26
Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm (Gallery closes at 5 pm)
Where: The Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby Street
Price: FREE for Gallery Members, as well as children age 12 & under when accompanied by an adult | Regular adult admission rates apply

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