Art in Conversation

Learn more through live event discussions and talks, interviews with local and nationally-based artists, virtual tours of art exhibitions, and other behind-the-scenes features on the artworks that move us.

Surrey Art Gallery recognizes that art never exists in a vacuum – it's a part of a broader conversation about the world we live, work, and play in.

Follow #ArtInConversation for live event discussions and talks, interviews with local and nationally-based artists, virtual tours of art exhibitions, and other behind-the-scenes features on the artworks which move us.

Find all upcoming talks, tours, panel discussions, and more on our Events page.


Live Artist Talks

Thursday Artist Talks

The Surrey Art Gallery Association's Thursday Arts Talks series has been running at Surrey Art Gallery for over 30 years. These talks help emerging to professional artists share their work with audiences. Always presented on the first Thursday of each month, talks have included painters, sculptors, writers, illustrators, multimedia artists, and more. These talks are delivered live on Surrey Art Gallery Association’s Facebook Page, and replays are available to watch anytime afterwards. 


Susan Greig Paintings

Susan Greig – Questioning the Unfamiliar

October 10

During this talk, Grieg will share her journey as an artist and inspire us to connect with community in this time of living in an environment of restrictions, scarcity, and a new normal that is unfamiliar territory for all. Susan finds herself and her business in a state of flux and transition. And she is again in the place of asking and answering questions that all creatives who want to be in business need to ask. Her wisdom and experience are sure to make for an engaging conversation where we will be inspired to deal with the challenges of our own journeys. 

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Jennifer Clark in her studio

Jennifer Clark 

September 10

Local artist Jennifer Clark will examine some of the causes and then give solutions on how to overcome them, such as developing good work habits and creating an environment that supports creative abundance. 

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 Melissa Critchlow

Melissa Critchlow

July 2 

Demonstrating her process of finding the perfect composition, colour palette, and textured marks to make her acrylic landscape paintings come to life, Critchlow also delved into what inspires her pieces and how the importance of feeling connected spiritually to nature fuels her work.

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 Monica Moscoso

Monica Moscoso

June 4

Using a range of techniques while drawing, painting, and embroidering and creating objects, Moscoso is interested in the relationship between creativity and the imagination. She studied graphic design and the human figure in universities in León, Guanajuato and San Carlos, Mexico.

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Eunkyo Kim

Eunkyo Kim

May 7

After graduating from design school in South Korea, Kim worked as a designer, freelance illustrator, and artist in Canada. Her highly imaginative and darkly humorous artworks respond to current events in the complex world in which we live.

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Where We Have Been

At Home and Elsewhere

November 14, 2:00pm

Our fall permanent collection exhibition Where We Have Been commemorates the re-opening of Surrey Art Gallery, as well as the Gallery’s 45th anniversary. Join us on Saturday, November 14 at 2pm for an online conversation between Where We Have Been exhibiting artists Sonny Assu, Heidi McKenzie, Helma Sawatzky, and Jan Wade. Facilitated by Surrey Art Gallery Assistant Curator Rhys Edwards, the panel will discuss their artworks, the themes of the show, and how their art-making has been impacted by the present moment.

Celebrating 45 years

Celebrating 45 Years

October 17, 7:00pm

It was the fall of 1975 that the Gallery began presentations of contemporary art exhibitions, tours, talks, and classes in Surrey. Forty-five years later, the city has grown, and in many ways art has evolved. But one thing that has not changed is the critical importance of art to daily life.

Join us online to celebrate the Gallery’s 45th anniversary through the Gallery’s YouTube channel and Facebook page. Experience tabla player Amarjeet Singh, multi-instrumentalist Bruce Harding, and singer Bhargevi Singh’s response to Sarindar Dhaliwal’s olive, almond & mustard in the exhibition Where We Have Been as well as dancer Ziyian Kwan and cellist Peggy Lee’s response performance. These new works will be featured in our celebration event, along with staff reflections on the Gallery’s past, present and future. 

Artist Slyvia Grace Borda

Conversations on digital art and agriculture South of the Fraser and beyond  

Sylvia Grace Borda: Shifting Perspectives Book Launch 

October 3, 2:30pm

Join us online through Surrey Art Gallery’s YouTube channel as we celebrate 15 years of Sylvia Grace Borda’s commissioned photographic artworks and the publication of Shifting Perspectives comprised of essays and photographs that address Borda’s practice in Surrey and beyond. This presentation will include short conversations about the changing nature of digital art and agricultural production between Borda and invited speakers Edward Bateman, Megan Arney Johnston, Michelle Henning, and Grant Rice. The publication, virtual book launch, and conversation is in collaboration with Surrey Art Gallery and the Victoria-based Heritage House Press.

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Zanani / Zamana / Zameen: Feminist thinking, society, and place

Zanani / Zamana / Zameen: Feminist thinking, society, and place

July 4

Zanani (za-na-ni): the feminine
Zamana (za-ma-na): time, age, period
Zameen (za-meen): place, ground, land

On July 4, Writer Shauna Singh Baldwin, filmmaker Baljit Sangra, and visual artist Sandeep Johal shared an in-depth discussion moderated that was moderated by Gallery Curatorial Assistant Suvi Bains on how place and society affect how we imagine the feminine. The speakers reflected on the clash of tradition and modernity within the context of patriarchy and gender inequality and shared how their work creates space for South Asian voices. Listen to their perspectives on cultural identity, storytelling, and place in South Asian culture, and how these themes inform their artistic practice. This event was in partnership with Indian Summer Festival

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Curator Rhys Edwards on tour with Susan Point: Spindle Whorl

Virtual tour of Spindle Whorl exhibition

Join Assistant curator Rhys Edwards for a tour of Susan point: Spindle Whorl, on loan to Surrey Art Gallery from the Vancouver Art Gallery. Point is renowned internationally for her eloquent portrayal of traditional Salish stories and ideas through printmaking and sculpture, as well as her masterful command of design techniques. Review the accompanying Teachers’ Guide along with this April Davis’ Art in Motion lesson for enhanced learning and hands-on artmaking ideas.

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