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UNTIL… a magazine

In March 2020, the Victoria Arts Council launched a new digital magazine as a way for our members to stay connected while practicing social distancing.

Below are links to current and past issues of UNTIL…

Issue 8: Relationships, with Guest-Editor Lorilee Wastasecoot

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ISSUE 7: THE PREQUEL, with Guest-Editor Kemi Craig

Release date: November 2020

With the return of our digital publication, UNTIL, we’re taking stock of the past six months since we initiated this project… of course it’s a different world now. And with this revamped magazine, we look to play with time and space as a way of fumbling forward to what might (or should) happen next.

The Victoria Arts Council is proud to present the latest issue of our digital magazine, which “borrows heavily from speculative approaches to franchises, but also the possibilities of futurisms in its multifaceted forms.”

While curating this issue, we asked the community a number questions: What came before this? How does a deep dive into under-acknowledged histories allow for a better understanding of how to be now as well as how to be better for the future? Where do the lines of experience blur into what is felt, what is knowable, and what is needed? How does this location of an Island on which we find ourselves reinforce the possibilities of where we might end up next? Will your work be a re-imaging of this time and place? Perhaps you are an echo of cells and actions of the past millennia? 

This issue presents a number of talented artists, writers and thinkers whose work engages with these questions and more.

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Issue 6 of UNTIL is now live:

UNTIL Issue 6: For the Last Time features visual, literary, and performative works loosely gathered around notions of finality.

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Issue 5 of UNTIL on the theme of Memory is now live:

UNTIL Issue 5: Memory… features visual, literary, and performative works inspired by the prompt of Memory.

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ISSUE FOUR OF UNTIL … is now live:

UNTIL Issue Four: Home features contributions of visual, literary, and performing art by VAC members on the topic of what ‘home’ means and how our understanding of home has been reinforced, altered, or subject to various interpretations and permutations since the COVID-19 pandemic emerged.

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ISSUE THREE OF UNTIL … is now live:

UNTIL Issue Three: Resilience features contributions of visual, literary, and performing art by VAC members. Issue 3 also includes the 2nd installment of our Poetry in Public project, featuring the poem What to do when the world wants you dead, by past Youth Poet Laureate for the City of Victoria, KP Dennis.

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PREVIOUS ISSUES OF UNTIL MAGAZINE

ISSUE TWO OF UNTIL … is now live:

For the second issue of UNTIL…, we invited local artists to explore what being tender means to them, and whether they have been able to preserve that tender spot in their heart when life seems harsh in a time like this. Exceeding all expectations, we received such a wide variety of responses that challenged and broadened our preexistent understanding of the theme.

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The first issue’s theme is Interconnected. How do we nurture and sustain meaningful relationships during a period of time when we cannot physically interact? In what ways can we support one another? What role does art play in defining your “new normal?” How do we sustain our individual practices when all we want to do is be among our peers?

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2020

VICTORIA ARTS COUNCIL
Annual General Meeting 2020
Sunday 28 February @ 3PM


Join Us from the comfort of your home…

Join Zoom Meeting:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83790831370

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RAMP IT UP!

Help the Victoria Arts Council – Ramp It Up – and make their Old Town gallery wheelchair accessible.

The Victoria Arts Council has partnered with The Garth Homer Society and HME Mobility and Accessibility to raise $8000 towards purchasing a wheelchair ramp for their Store Street Gallery in downtown Victoria.

In November of 2020, VAC presented 4 Perspectives, an exploration of the individuality of ArtWorks artists.  ArtWorks is a unique visual arts program that serves adults in the Greater Victoria area who have developmental disabilities. The program mentors Garth Homer Society clients who have a passion for making art to develop their talents and showcase their work in the community. During the run of the exhibition a wheelchair ramp was rented to ensure accessibility during the exhibition, the VAC is hopeful that this can become a permanent feature of the gallery.

“Being a person with a disability, there are many places that pose a lot of difficulty in terms of access. One of those is local art galleries and this is frustrating because I am an Artist myself and would love the opportunity to explore my art on more art gallery walls. Last year another opportunity was presented to us when the Victoria Arts Council had a ramp installed outside their gallery so that individuals with disabilities could access the show.”

– Amber Rainshadow, artist

The VAC is asking you to help maintain an inclusive environment for all members of the community by donating what you can to this important cause through their Ramp it Up, Go Fund Me campaign. Exclusive rewards for donating, such as original artwork, memberships and even a dinner hosted by VAC Executive Director, Kegan McFadden and Board President, Paul McNair in the main gallery [social distancing restrictions dependent] will be on offer.

“Now in our fifth decade of operations in and around the CRD, accessibility continues as a priority for the Victoria Arts Council. We opened our gallery in Old Town nearly three years ago and one of the major obstacles of the space was how we would ensure that all artists and audiences would be able to visit us and to experience the various exhibits we offer throughout the year.” stated Kegan McFadden, VAC Executive Director.  “The Ramp It Up campaign and installation of our new wheelchair ramp will go a long way to help meet our accessibility goals.”

To make a donation, please visit:

https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/victoria-arts-council-ramp-it-up


About the Victoria Arts Council:

Celebrating  over 50 years of activity in and around the CRD, the Victoria Arts Council (former the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria, est. 1968)  is dedicated to raising awareness of and developing a positive, supportive environment for the arts through education, civic advocacy, projects and programs that reach artists and the community at large. We strive to elevate the profile of local artists and performers, while igniting a passion for arts and culture throughout Greater Victoria. VAC activities are open to the entire community. We welcome artists and performers of all disciplines and at all levels, from emerging to professional. We value and facilitate relationships with local organizations and arts groups in order to build community through arts and culture.