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Focusing on the promotion of youth creativity, The Art Box will run quarterly exhibitions of local youth artwork. Unique in its interactive nature, The Art Box provides the audience with the opportunity to “erase” a black and white image, revealing the colourful artwork or film underneath. This interactivity allows for audience participation and is truly individual in its nature. Run by youth artists, for youth artists, The Art Box welcomes submissions from youth age 13 to 25 on the North Shore.

You can submit your artwork here!

Here’s a shot of the beautiful new fence created by the Studio in the City 6 team, with help from the North Vancouver Museum - under the wrapped whiteness of the Flamsborough Head.


It’s encouraging to see familiar names for this artist team, including To Here from Home artist Azi Ebrahimi! Congrats on the exciting projects!


The Chester Fields program, works by talented artists from our contest and yours truly are featured in this post by the Canada-wide campaign Culture Days:

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Now in its fourth year, Culture Days was inspired by the success and impact of Quebec’s Journées de la culture weekend. Culture Days represents the largest-ever public participation campaign undertaken by the arts and cultural community in this country.

This year, Culture Days will take place September 27-29, and will feature free hands-on activities inviting you to participate in the “behind-the-scenes” world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, designers at work.


Wondering if there’s something there tailored to your interests?

You can find a good place to start your search here.  In for a drum circle on the North Shore? How about a bike tour along the Spirit Trail? Or a walking tour of Jewish Strathcona and Gastown? 

ys-poster-2013 copyDo You Know a Young Starter?

ArtStarts is launching a new, free summer program for creative teens aged 14-18. YoungStarters is a free arts mentorship program all about creativity, collaboration and community.

The program is designed for creative-minded, ambitious young people in the Greater Vancouver area. YoungStarters initiatives are youth-led collaborations that allow young people to take the lead in arts based community projects.

Working in teams and partnered with mentors who are professional artists, musicians and administrators, YoungStarters participate in workshops to develop project ideas, with a $1,000 budget to realize their vision.

You can learn more about the program at the YoungStarters webpage here:, or download the poster (PDF).

To apply, download the application form (PDF). Email completed applications to Elfred by July 17, 2013.


For those of you who couldn’t make it to the Chester Fields exhibition before it ended on Sunday, but wanted to get a glimpse of our talented group’s work, fear not, more documentation is joining the ranks online!

For a collection of images featured in the show, click here.

More documentation of the exhibition itself can be found here.


What a night. Chester Fields’ sixth contest exhibition opened with pomp and flair. The work of very talented students went on public display and came together as To Here from Home.

Thanks to all of you who took part in the contest: those whose works are now on the walls of the Presentation House Gallery, those featuring in the pages of the project’s publication, and all of you who submitted work to the contest. What an impressive bunch!

Congratulations to our three cash prize winners! These are Rudi Ballard (runner-up for $250), Stuart Harvey (runner-up for $250) and Alia Youssef (grand prize of $500). Golya Mirderikvand, a contest juror who also announced the prizes, is seen here with this talented trio.

And watch out, Alia is now equipped with a Holga camera!


For those of you who haven’t made it to the show yet, or want to see it again, the exhibition will stay open until the end of next week, Sunday 9 June. If you’re a project partner, or a student featured in the exhibition or the publication, and haven’t picked up our handsome little black book, please let us know! There’s a catalogue publication with your name on it.

A few more photos.


… it’s the big opening event for the sixth Chester Fields contest!

Awards ceremony, camera raffle, free food & drink … Not your regular exhibition opening is it? From 6pm, come celebrate the talent that made this happen!

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Make thy way to the Presentation House Gallery on Friday, we will celebrate the talent of our Chester Fields contest!

We have loads lined up from 6pm, including the opening of the To Here from Home exhibition, the announcement of our three prize winners (two of $250 and one of $500), a raffle for two Holga cameras, and of course the launch of our Chester Fields catalogue publication!tohereinvite

A huge thank you for all of you who sent in work and took part in this sixth edition of the Chester Fields Contest!

It was an exciting but difficult task for jury members to select works for the exhibition, the publication and the prizes. A lot of you sent in sophisticated, beautiful and engaging works, giving us personal spins on the theme of cultural identity that we never expected. Kudos!

After hours spent deliberating in the dark Presentation House boardroom, our jury agreed on a list of 14 selections for the exhibition, 6 honorary mentions for the publication, and… 3 prize winners!

Yes, the winners of one $500 prize and two $250 prizes have been selected, but without wanting to add to the suspense of the last few weeks, we’ll only announce their names on the opening night!

So please come and join us on Friday, May 31st from 6pm as we announce the award winners, open the exhibition, launch the To Here from Home publication and of course… celebrate the incredible talent and creativity that made this project happen!


Exhibition and Publication Selection:

Alia Youssef

Annika Ng

Azi Ebrahimi

Heather Rehtlane

Jake Swift

Julia Woldmo

Katie Rich

Michel Bujnicki Zablith

Olivia Chaber

Philipp Wölfel

Rudi Ballard

Saba Modonhaghighi

Stuart Harvey

Wyatt Scholten


Honorary mention / Publication Selection:

Adam Flewelling

Bronwyn Collett

Frédérique Lafontaine

Graydon Kohne

Hannah Dubois

Melissa Carsky

For the Chester Fields enthusiasts who’ve been contemplating sending in their work, but haven’t, there’s still time!

Today is the deadline to take part in the Chester Fields exhibition at the Presentation House Gallery, and be included in the accompanying publication! An opportunity to win prizes and get visibility that might not come back soon…

Tenzing Norgay & Sir Edmund Hillary "Courage and comradeship took them to the greatest heights"

Tenzing Norgay & Sir Edmund Hillary
“Courage and comradeship took them to the greatest heights”

Already planning on showing up to the opening of the Chester Fields exhibition on May 31st? Well, now there’s a new incentive… We’ll be giving away two Holga cameras – generously donated to Chester Fields by BEAU photo. If you’re interested, make sure to take part in the raffle!


Snapshot of an unlikely history

The Holga camera, invented by T.M. Lee in 1981, was intended to provide an inexpensive and accessible camera for working-class Chinese.

Outside of China, some photographers began using the Holga for its surrealistic and impressionistic depictions of scenes and prized the Holga for its low costs and surprisingly, its light leaks and lack of precision. Part of the Holga’s resilience in the last few decades undoubtedly stems from these traits, giving an organic and vintage quality to the photographs, and a reaction to the growing complexity of digital cameras.


Holga photograph by David Burnett of former vice-president Al Gore during a campaign appearance earned a top prize in a 2001 White House News Photographers’ Association Eyes of History award ceremony.

Here’s a previous Chester Fields post on the ‘happy accidents’ that analogue cameras such as the Holga can offer. An opportunity to let the unpredictability of your technology take over!


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