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Reflections on Canada Panel Discussion

Audience members at a panel discussion

Reflections on Canada Panel Discussion

Surrey Art Gallery, 13750 88 Avenue

Date & Time:
July 27, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM






Presented by:

Surrey Art Gallery and Arts Council of Surrey

2017-07-27 19:00:00 2017-07-27 20:30:00 America/Vancouver Reflections on Canada Panel Discussion What do local artists think about Canada? Join the conversation! Surrey Art Gallery, 13750 88 Avenue

In light of Canada’s 150th anniversary this year, there is a lot of conversation about our country—its past, present, and future. How are local artists responding to Canada?

Find out at this panel discussion featuring presentations by and conversations with Surrey’s Poet Laureate Renée Sarojini Saklikar, visual artist Kira Wu, ceramic artist Laura Wee Lay Laq, and musician Amarjeet Singh.

This panel is held in conjunction with the Arts Council of Surrey’s juried exhibition Arts 2017: Reflections on Canada now showing at the Gallery.

About the Panelists

Renée Sarojini Saklikar

Renée Sarojini Saklikar worked as a lawyer and communications consultant before graduating in 2010 with a certificate in creative writing from SFU’s the Writer's Studio. Renée writes thecanadaproject, a lifelong poem chronicle, in part, about life from India to Canada, by way of Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Northern Ontario, Québec, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. The first completed series from thecanadaproject is a book-length poem, children of air india (Nightwood Editions, 2013), about the bombing of Air India Flight 182. It received the 2014 Canadian Authors Award for best poetry book published in English in Canada and was a finalist for the 2014 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize at the BC Book Prizes. She is the first Poet Laureate for the City of Surrey.

Laura Wee Lay Laq

Laura Wee Láy Láq’s ceramic career has spanned over four decades. Her one-of-a-kind hand built, burnished, and sawdust-fired vessels have been shown locally, nationally, and internationally. They are located in major museums across Canada, as well as in international collections. Her work was shown in the Museum of Anthropology’s 2010 exhibit Border Zones: New Art Across Cultures presented with the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad. In 2015, she was one of six recipients to receive a BC Creative Achievement Award for First Nation Art. Laura Wee Láy Láq is a member of the Stol:lo Nation which has its traditional homeland in the area around the lower Fraser River.

Kira Wu

Kira Wu is a visual artist who works with video, installation art, and photography. Her art explores the intersection between personal narratives, memory, and cultural identity. Her work has been shown locally as well as internationally in Calgary, Banff, Vancouver, Hong Kong, France, and New York. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions over the years, including Re-dress Express, Centre A, Vancouver (2007), New Canadian Video, Museum of Modern Art (NYC), and Interferences, Multi-media and Digital Art Festival in Belfort, France (2000). Wu is a founding member of the South of the Fraser Inter-Arts Collective (SOFIA/C). She is currently the Chair of the Fine Arts Department, and teaches photography, video, and studio art at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Amarjeet Singh

Amarjeet Singh is the founder of the Naad Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the culture, traditions, and heritage of music, dance, and literature. He was appointed as the Cultural Ambassador by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) to teach and perform tabla in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He later became staff artist at the Faculty of Music and Fine Arts University of Delhi. In his long teaching career, he has trained many students in India, Germany, Uzbekistan, and Canada, and has performed internationally with renowned artists. A scholarship winner from the Music and Drama Academy of Rajasthan, Singh has won many laurels such as the “Sangeet Bhushan (Music jewel)” award from the Education Department of Rajasthan and a Leadership Circle Award from the Canadian Red Cross.