The Audain Prize and Mayor Gregor Robertson

May 12, 2010 § 1 Comment

British Columbia’s most prestigious annual award for the visual arts, the Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts, and VIVA Awards was presented tonight at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The Audain Prize, awarded by the Audain Foundation for the Visual Arts, honoured Haida artist Robert Davidson. The 2010 VIVA Awards, granted annually by The Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation, was given to artists Germaine Koh and Marina Roy. All artists showed their appreciation in heartfelt speeches.

The VAG, for the second time in a week, provided me with the opportunity to meet someone I admire. Last week was Kerry James Marshall and tonight the mayor of Vancouver, Gregor Robertson (photo below).  We had a quick chat about politics in Brazil and Latin American and the importance of awards like tonight’s to express recognition to artists. And yes, he is a very handsome guy with a certain Clark Kent vibe.


photo by me

The new Audain Gallery

February 12, 2010 § 1 Comment

curator - Audain Gallery, VancouverSabine Bitter: Curator, Audain Gallery – photo by me

Saturday, February 6th, saw the opening of a new and exciting space for visual arts in Vancouver: the beautiful and spacious Audain Gallery at SFU’s Woodward’s.The inaugural exhibition  is First Nations / Second Nature, curated by Candice Hopkins.

With a mandate that wants to explore contemporary projects in Vancouver and internationally, the new gallery will encourage conceptual and experimental projects. Sabine Bitter, curator of Audain Gallery, is an internationally recognized multi-media artist.

The location of the gallery, on the ground level at West Hastings Street, changes the view in the neighbourhood. Art is visible to pedestrians and transit-users through its large windows (see bellow).

photo by me

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