Join us for a five-part lecture series featuring distinguished local and international artists speaking about their art practice.

Everyone is welcome. All talks are 6-7pm

Rick Leong  - Artist Talk: Jan 18th

Rick Leong is a Victoria-based artist that uses the language of landscape to explore hybridity between disparate experiences of space and place. Drawn from observation and influenced by historical Chinese art forms, Rick’s work investigates the interconnectedness of the land and the subjectivity of human experience.

Rick obtained his MFA from Concordia University (Montreal, 2007), and his thesis work was acquired by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. In 2008, he was a finalist in the Royal Bank of Canada’s Painting Competition, touring to the National Gallery of Canada, the Power Plant (Toronto) and the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver). In addition to having participated in many group exhibitions at various Canadian and international spaces, Rick has exhibited solo at Two Rivers Gallery (Prince George), Anna Leonowens Gallery (Halifax), the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, and the McClure Gallery (Montreal).


Clive Powsey - February 8

...Was born in Ashford, Kent, U.K., 1958, and studied drawing, painting and printmaking at The Ontario College of Art, spending the fourth and final year in an off-campus program in Florence, Italy. Clive has exhibited as a fine artist in solo and group shows since 1981.

Clive worked in animated film and television from 1985 to 2016 as an art director and background artist. Projects on which he art directed and/or painted backgrounds and colour sketches include television series, theatrical releases, direct-to-video movies, television specials, television commercials, animated shorts, an IMAX/OMIMAX format animated short, and a National Film Board documentary co-production. For the past 5 years Clive has been primarily printmaking and has had three solo exhibitions in Courtenay, Parksville and Victoria. He is currently generating new images for a scheduled exhibition in 2018.

Rande Cook - February 22

Rande Cook (Kwakwaka’wakw) was born in Alert Bay, BC. He carries two chieftainships, the Hamatam/Seagull and Gigalgam from the ancient ancestor Kwanusila/Thunderbird. Traveling and exhibiting throughout the world bolstered his desire to push the boundaries of traditional works such as ceremonial masks and art of the potlatch with performance, carving, photography, and painting. He puts his knowledge, heritage, and experiences into provocative works that challenge viewers to think beyond the traditional. His works can be seen in many galleries in the United States and Canada, and collections around the world.


Nadine Bariteau - March 8

Born and raised in Montréal, Nadine Bariteau is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice is rooted in printmaking, sculpture, installation and video performance. Her works are studies of permanence and ephemerality, and the interplay between human-made and natural environments.

Bariteau is a graduate of Concordia University in Montréal. She obtained her Masters of Fine Arts degree at York University in Toronto. Bariteau has exhibited her work extensively, both nationally and internationally in China, Belgium, Argentina, Australia, United States, Russia and Japan. In 2014 she was a visiting artist in the Department of Art and Design at the National Taipei University of Education in Taiwan where she exhibited her work. Nadine has obtained several grants and awards and her work can be seen in private and public collections including Foreign Affairs Canada and the National Library of Québec. Additionally, she was a Finalist for the KM Hunter prize in 2017. In addition to her art career, Bariteau teaches Printmaking at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. Nadine has now embarked on a new adventure of converting a school bus into Studio Coyote - a printmaking and multi-disciplinary studio space. In 2018, she will begin touring the U.S and different communities in Canada with Studio Coyote.

Brendan Tang - March 22

Born in Ireland to Trinidadian parents, Brendan Lee Satish Tang moved to Canada when he was five. Tang’s upbringing informed his approach to art making, as he now works as a visual ethnographer – documenting and interpreting contemporary culture through his own assumptions, preferences, values and personal history. Tang aims to create work that serves as a portal for reflection and dialogue. While his aesthetic is driven by a seemingly manic consumption of visual culture, Tang’s work is labour intensive and detail oriented.  He places high value on craftsmanship, as refinement allows him to reference art history, and notions of class and value.  Brendan Tang currently teaches in the ceramics department of Emily Carr University and is represented by Gallery Jones.