Food forest – a Japanese approach to permaculture

In 1975, Japanese farmer and philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka wrote The One-Straw Revolution, a bestselling book that shared his views on agriculture and the natural world. Among other things, it has had a lasting influence on the development of the permaculture philosophy. On July 15 the Kerrisdale Community Centre will host Fukuoka’s Food Forest, a workshop that…

An artist’s journey home

Interdisciplinary artist Deanna Bowen is in Vancouver to finish her multi-media exhibit called The Long Doorway, which is currently in post production at Vancouver’s Western Front Society. Based on a CBC program from 1956 and Bowen’s own research into her family history, the exhibit is set to challenge the way visitors see Canada and its race…

Tricksters Laugh: Modern indigenous spirit with humour

A Haida legend has it that at the beginning of the world, there was nothing but darkness and a raven. The raven, tired of flying in the dark, plotted a scheme to steal the light and spread it to the world. And that was how light came into the universe. Since then, Raven has become a…

Poetry & prints: a Filipino migration story

Scattering and Gathering, curated by Jing Palad, is the latest offering at Vancouver’s Roundhouse, running July 7–12. The exhibition aims to expose the experiences of the ongoing exodus to Canada from the Philippines. “I think an understanding of what it’s like to be an immigrant – and not just a Filipino immigrant – is becoming…

Two exhibitions mark the re-opening of the Bill Reid Gallery

Coinciding with its 10th anniversary, the recently renovated Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art is ready to welcome Vancouverites and visitors alike. Working in association with the Cultural Sharing Program, the gallery will present Home Away from Home produced by Samantha Nock (Cree-Metis) and Nicole Bird (Haida), and Body Language: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest, running…

A suitcase and a story

Vancouver-based portrait photographer, Kayla Isomura grew up with a passion for  storytelling. Between working three different jobs, Isomura made a name for herself in photography and now has her own gallery exhibit about Japanese internment in Canada during World War II. The Suitcase Project opens June 16 and runs till September 2 at the Nikkei National Museum…

The Artist’s Garden: A connection to Frida Kahlo

Artist Diana Zoe Coop will be exhibiting her latest works, The Artist’s Garden, at Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery. Her newest botanical paintings tell about her creative process and inspirations from her journey to Mexico. The gallery, which is in the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver (JCCGV), will host several exhibitions and events May 15–July…

Putting the light on inequalities

UBC’s Museum of Anthropology (MOA) introduces Arts of Resistance: Politics and the Past in Latin America in May. “It’s going to be an uncomfortable show,” says the curator, Laura Osorio Sunnucks, PhD, who believes that this is an exhibition that will turn heads and shed light on something that the community, nation and world need to start…

Persian artist Azadeh Emadi is being haunted by pixels

Working in conjunction with the SFU School for Contemporary Arts and the Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies, grunt gallery is presenting Azadeh Emadi: Motion Within Motion, the first Canadian exhibition by Glasgow-based artist Azadeh Emadi from May 2–12. The unique vision of the Persian artist and visiting scholar unveils the hidden depths of pixels. “We were…

More than just plants

“I like introducing people to plants they’ve been walking past – sometimes for years –but never really seen or met before,” says Rebecca Graham, facilitator of the Urban Food & Fibre walk, which will be taking place Apr. 14 at Coquitlam Heritage. “Most of us are completely disconnected from nature these days – and even…

Unleash your best: fundraiser for Rohingya refugees

The first photography exhibition of Marco Francesco Lilliu was unveiled April 5 in the cultural playground of Commercial Drive at The Drive Coffee Bar and runs the rest of the month. Lilliu, a family and business lawyer, is a Vancouver-based photographer showcasing his work after long time encouragement from friends and admirers. Lilliu’s donation of…

Photo exhibit zooms on intimate stories and histories

“Photobase is a diverse and inclusive collection of artists who use old photographs as the groundwork for their practice. A photograph can be read as the truth of a reality, or a reflection of an existence,” says Dona Nabata. Photobase: Reimagined Memories is an exhibit that involves repurposing old photographs to tell new tales. On display…

The three worlds of Ronald Boersen

“Pottery is my moment of creating peace,” says Ronald Boersen. The artist has clay all over his pants, but he’s okay with it; it’s his preferred method of wiping his hands, despite always keeping two towels beside him when he’s working. Moulding clay has become his form of meditation, even when things aren’t going his…