Good morning, Chester Fields participants!

Thank you for all your hard work this past month. The response to this year’s Chester Fields programme has been tremendous, and it’s been amazing seeing so many thoughtful and creative submissions come in. Let’s keep this momentum going at the Polygon Gallery next year!

Our jury has met, and spent a long time looking over and discussing each of the submissions. This year’s jury is pretty amazing. We have the director of Equinox Gallery, one of Vancouver’s most prominent commercial art galleries, who also happens to be an independent curator. There’s a widely-exhibited visual artist on the panel who’s an associate professor at Emily Carr University. And joining them is an award-winning photojournalist and member of the International Photographer’s Guild.

So without further ado, I’m pleased to introduce Sophie Brodovitch, Kyla Mallett, and Farah Nosh.

Photo on 10-5-16 at 11.23 AMSophie Brodovitch is the Director of Equinox Gallery in Vancouver, British Columbia. She holds a BA in Visual Arts from the University of Western Ontario (2000) and an MA in Critical and Curatorial Studies from the University of British Columbia (2007). From 2008 to 2011, she was the Assistant Curator at the Burnaby Art Gallery. Past curatorial projects have been exhibited at the Belkin Satellite, colourschool, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Equinox Gallery, and Cornershop Projects.

IMG_2423 Kyla Mallett is a visual artist and associate professor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She works primarily in photography, text and print media. Mallett’s work has been exhibited widely, including the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton), Modern Fuel (Kingston), Canadian Cultural Centre (Paris), and The Power Plant (Toronto), with solo exhibitions at Artspeak (Vancouver), Catriona Jeffries (Vancouver), Access (Vancouver), ThreeWalls (Chicago), Mount St. Vincent University Gallery (Halifax), and The Southern Alberta Art Gallery (Lethbridge). She completed her MFA at UBC in 2004, and her BFA at Emily Carr in 2000.

farahnoshbiophoto_high Farah Nosh is an award-winning photographer and photojournalist who has worked in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Syria, Israel, the West Bank, Gaza, and Egypt. Her work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, and National Geographic Traveler. Nosh has been featured on CNN’s Inside the Middle Eastsegment titled, “Someone You Should Know”, which features personalities making an impact in the region. Her Iraq work has been exhibited in galleries in the U.S. and U.K. Nosh holds a bachelor degree in geography from the University of British Columbia. She is also a 2002 graduate from the Western Academy of Photography, where she won awards for best photojournalist and portfolio. Nosh is a guest lecturer at the Western Academy of Photography and Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She is also a member of the International Photographer’s Guild.

Check back here for a list of our Chester Fields finalists. Until then, thank you so much for your enthusiasm and participation with this year’s Chester Fields programme!