Integrate Arts Festival

THE 11TH ANNUAL INTEGRATE ARTS FESTIVAL:
AUGUST 25TH - 27TH, 2017


-FRIDAY AUGUST 28-

 

Opening Reception at the Integrate Headquarters

HOSTED BY THE COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL OF GREATER VICTORIA
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM.  (The Bay Centre - 1150 Douglas St. Unit 228C. 
Fort St. street-level entrance is beside the fountain!)

Join us in a celebration of the arts in Victoria! Experience the art of twenty amazing artists and musicians that call Victoria home. 

Visit our Artists page here.

Music from Tan & Hide, LEANABOO and more!

 

THE ELEMENTAL: NEW WORK BY MORGANA WALLACE

PRESENTED BY MADRONA GALLERY
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM.  (606 View St.)

Madrona Gallery is pleased to present Morgana Wallace's second solo exhibition, The Elemental.  Wallace is a Victoria based artist who creates finely detailed mixed media collages.  Each piece is exquisitely assembled from textured papers and water colour painting to create a layered, three dimensional image.  Her work features characters and beasts from a broad range of myths and fables, and speaks to the timeless human love of fantasy and magic. 

**Madrona Gallery is just a short walk from the Integrate HQ! 

 

safehaus 164 opening reception

PRESENTED BY THE CSB COLLECTIVE
5:55 PM - 11:00 PM. (539 Pandora Ave.)

This is the first show from this group, who have brought together ten artists from three cities and two provinces to participate in the project’s launch. Encapsulated by it’s name, this show is safe place for its artists to exhibit unconventional work, an umbrella under which to view explorations in methods and content. From an incredibly diverse group of styles and disciplines comes work that is at times is very challenging, explicit or confrontational and yet in other places simply a exhibition of process or a celebration of  beauty. The resulting show is one that provides a unique glimpse into somewhere the public rarely gets to venture; the space in an artist’s practice where they are experimenting and taking risks. The CSB Art collective is working to make Safehaus a regular event, consistently exploring with new artists and changing venues. 

 
 

Gage Gallery: special guest joanne thomson

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (2031 Oak Bay Ave.)

Meet artist Joanne Thomson and explore the gallery's sidewalk labyrinth at this special event for the festival.


-SATURDAY AUGUST 29-

 
 
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Play on Words Literary Fair (POW)

PRESENTED BY THE GVPL, CACGV, THE MINISTRY OF CASUAL LIVING, & PEDALBOX GALLERY
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Central Branch Courtyard - 735 Broughton St.)

The Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL) Central Branch is hosting the 3rd annual celebration of literary arts in all its diverse forms in its outdoor library square. As part of the Integrate Arts Festival, Play on Words (POW) will showcase a treasure trove of independent and local creators of playful words and images. 

 

En-Masse Art Crawl

 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Stroll around town or Hop On / Hop Off the Integrate bus to see as many art spaces in one night as you can! Pick up your map and brochure from the Integrate HQ or access the art crawl map on our website!

The bus tour will begin at 5:45pm, and will tour some of the participating galleries that are holding special events. The tour will conclude at 9:30pm, just in time for the art crawl after party at the Copper Owl!

bus tour schedule of events:

5:45 - meet at the Robert Bateman Centre for a Silk Road Tea sampling (departing at 6pm).

6:15 - arrive at the AGGV for an energetic guided art encounter of highlights throughout the Gallery. 

7:00 - arrive at the Fifty Fifty for an interactive installation with a time-based sound and light experience created by multi-media artist, Claire le Nobel.

7:45 - arrive at MediaNet's Flux Media Art Gallery for a screening of Yoko Takashima and Ruby Arnold's interactive installation "Bridge Over Troubled Water" along with a selection of film and video works by local artists.

8:45 - arrive at Limbic Media who will be hosting a party for relaunch of G++ Interactive Media Gallery. G++ Interactive Media Gallery was Canada's first exclusively interactive media gallery and one of the first in the world. It will
re-open on August 29th, 2015 as part of the Integrate Arts Festival.

9:30 - for those who would like to join us, we will be walking over to the Copper Owl for the art crawl after party! Bus tour participants will receive a discount on admission.

 

bodyplay by nina belojevic

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (1060 Meares St.)

The technologies we encounter daily at our fingertips are increasingly taken for granted, with interfaces like invisible thresholds or extensions of our flesh that simultaneously reduce our corporeal and spiritual selves to only what we see on a screen. Our skin is rendered numb, its sensual qualities reduced to instrumental capacitive function as we spend more time touching our phones and tablets than we do touching each other. BodyPlay invites attention to the complex and shifting relationships our bodies share with our gadgets. Following the idea of FemBox, an interactive device that Theresa Slater and I presented at Lux et Voluptas 2014, BodyPlay is designed to toy with the boundaries between human bodies and technology, between the sweat and the algorithm, between the movements of flesh and computational function.

 
 
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GAGE GALLERY: special guest aryana rayne

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (2031 Oak Bay Avenue.)

Visit the Gage Gallery on Saturday, August 29th from 6-9, for an experience through the lens of liminality. 
Artists, Linda Darby and Marilyn Chapman and author, Aryana Rayne, challenge existing boundaries and explore place as a threshold of fluid and shifting experience where we can begin to think and act in new ways.
Walk and explore the sidewalk chalk labyrinth. 
Learn from quest speaker Aryana Rayne, Author of Labyrinths of British Columbia.
View painting exhibition, “Betwixt and Between”.

 

works by matthew dicastri

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (1014 Meares St.)

Is This Menswear will be showing the works of Matthew DiCastri during the festival weekend. Born in Victoria, DiCastri explores "the wondrous shapes, colors, sounds and textures of the world" using a variety of mediums.

 

PRINTMAKING AT THE LEGACY!

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (630 Yates Street.)

Based on our exhibition, unlimited edition, The Legacy will have a interactive printmaking art activity during the art crawl on the evening of Saturday, August 29th.

Art crawlers, come try your hand at printmaking!

unlimited edition is organized by the Kamloops Art Gallery. Curated by Tania Willard (Secwepemc), Aboriginal Curator in Residence, Kamloops Art Gallery

unlimited edition attempts to construct an art historical framework that looks at how prints by Aboriginal and Inuit artists represented in the Kamloops Art Gallery's permanent collection, supplemented by works on loan from the Carleton University Art Gallery and Legacy Art Galleries, represent a drive to preserve, portray and popularize oral histories and address social inequities in the medium of printmaking. Featuring prints from Northwest Coast, Woodlands and Inuit artists with a focus on an early period of printmaking in the 50s through to the 70s, unlimited edition showcases prints that relate to ideas of cultural story, politics of land, and the beauty of Indigenous aesthetics.

 

durational performance action by doug jarvis

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (740 Discovery St.)

Doug Jarvis will be performing in the parking lot at Limbic Media during the art crawl.

 

BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER - MEDIANET (FLUX MEDIA GALLERY)

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (#110 -2750 Quadra St.)

On August 29th 6pm to 9pm only, MediaNet's Flux Media Art Gallery will be exhibiting “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” an interactive video and sound installation by Victoria media artists Yoko Takashima and Ruby Arnold. For this work, the artists filmed volunteers signing the Simon and Garfunkel classic of the same name, then manipulated these recordings, so that the faces and voices blend and transform over time. MediaNet will also be screening selected works by local film and video artists. 

 

LIZ P. DEMPSEY - COMMERCIAL ALLEY

PRESENTED BY OPEN SPACE & THE CITY OF VICTORIA
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Between Yates St. & Bastion Square)

The creative partnership between Open Space and the City of Victoria present an opening of Liz P. Dempsey’s artwork in the Commercial Alley outdoor exhibition space. The event will take place on Saturday, August 29 from 6-9 p.m. in the alley, located between the 500 block of Yates Street and Bastion Square. Commercial Alley’s third installation of four large new works by Liz P. Dempsey will feature mythic animal-human hybrid figures. The regal creatures that emerge from Dempsey’s imagination possess a rich array of symbols and visual imagery that reflect her passion for the energy of this city and Vancouver Island. Enter into the enlivened public space, discuss the work, and share in the experience. 

 

new works by ehren salazar

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (552 Pandora Ave.)

Ehren Salazar is an artist who was born and raised near Main Street in Vancouver and now lives in Victoria. He will be exhibiting his latest artwork at Habit Coffee for the duration of the summer. Stop by on the art crawl, grab a coffee or tea and chat with Ehren about his work.

 

CLAIRE LE NOBEL

PRESENTED BY THE FIFTY FIFTY ARTS COLLECTIVE & ANIMAL PRODUCTIONS. 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM  (2516 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC, V8T 4M1)

Multi-media artist Claire le Nobel will be transforming the Fifty Fifty into an interactive time-based sound and light experience. Six plexi speakers & microphone pairs installed into the walls will allow participants to record audible activity in the room and hear these sounds looped back at them casting them into the illusion of eternally decreasing tempo. "I think that when people are in a room where time, in an auditory sense, seems to be always slowing down, they may perceive time as speeding up once they leave the space." By using lighting and masks to manipulate the natural light entering the gallery, Claire creates an added visible element to the passing of time. 

 

LUX ET VOLUPTAS II - G++ INTERACTIVE MEDIA GALLERY

TIME: 6:00PM - 10:00PM  (Limbic Media - 740 Discovery St. Victoria, BC)

After a two year hiatus, the G++ Interactive Media Gallery will re-launch at Limbic Media during the Integrate Arts Festival to host "Lux et Voluptas II" an interactive media exhibition and sequel to the most talked about event from last year's festival. 

Documentation from last year's event here. Facebook event here.

Doug Jarvis will be performing in the parking lot at Limbic Media from 6-9PM on Saturday August 29th during the crawl!

 

Integrate art crawl After Party

9:30 PM to 2:00 AM  (The Copper Owl - 1900 Douglas St.)

Presented by the Fifty Fifty Arts Collective and Animal Productions. Featuring:

Calgary folk legend Mark Overland starts things off with his solo project Lucid 44 

Melodramatic Electro Art Pop group Sur Une Plage featuring members of Black Mountain and Lightning Dust

Malcolm Biddle from psych folk ensemble Dada Plan will be performing a special solo set.

Local artist Hannah van Adrichem's electro goth music project: HANSMOLE 

++ performance art by Integrate alum Anna Shkuratoff and Sean Rea.

Projections by Aimée van DrimmelenComp_zit and Smoked Out aka Robert James Pi


                                                                                     -SUNDAY AUGUST 30-

 
 
 
 
 

BIKE TOUR

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM. 

Join us for an incredible bike tour of art spaces surrounding the downtown core! Meet us at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria at noon (with your bikes), and our expert facilitators will lead you to amazing locations with events for you and your family. Our friends from Bike Tours Victoria will also be riding with us to show us places they love!

BIKE TOUR MEETING SPOTS:

12:00 PM - meet at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1040 Moss St.)

1:30 PM - arrive at Market Square (560 Johnson St.) to enjoy Sunday in the Square and the Victoria Flea Market.

3:00 PM - last stop!

 

NEW! SUNDAY IN THE SQUARE!

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Market Square Courtyard - 560 Johnson St.)

Join us for an array of art demos and music performances by local Victoria artists including: Amy Cripps, Meagan Musseau and MJ Bailey!
Vintage treasure hunting will be provided by the Victoria Flea Market from 10am - 3pm.
The Greater Victoria Placemaking Network will also be hosting an idea station to discuss how arts and culture contribute to the vibrancy of public space.

 

CALLING ALL KNITTERS, CROCHETERS, FELTERS & WEAVERS:

2015 artist MJ Bailey & the Integrate Art Society is hosting a collaborative fibre art project in Market Square from noon until 4 pm. The finished project will be displayed in the Integrate HQ from September 1st to September 12th, 2015.

To participate, bring finished pieces to the Integrate Collaborative Fibre Project site at Market Square on Sunday August 30th. Bring your crochet hook or yarn needle to join us to volunteer your time, socialize with other fibre enthusiasts and help build this exciting project. 

Click here for more information on how to participate!

 

ARTS AND PLACE: AN IDEA STATION

Join members of the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network to share your ideas about how arts can enliven public space in our city. Greater Victoria Placemaking Network is a group of Greater Victoria citizens dedicated to creating vibrant and healthy public spaces.

We focus on what happens in 'the public realm' in Greater Victoria - in our places, green spaces, on our streets and informal gathering areas. Placemaking is about bringing neighbours, businesses, specialists, visitors and others together to collaborate in creating great places.

Great places are what give a community its identity and drive the local economy. Sense of place is also the essence of tourism - people want to visit places that have 'that special something.'

Greater Victoria Placemaking Network helps municipalities, private developers, community groups and businesses launch projects that enhance the liveability of our urban spaces. From street configurations to plaza dynamics to community engagement activities, placemaking is concerned with not only the spaces in our cities but the human interactions that make cities great.

What ideas do you have for using art to make Greater Victoria even more inviting, vibrant and alive? Sketch them on our whiteboards and talk with our members.

 

gage gallery: special guests marilyn chapman & linda Darby

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM (2031 Oak Bay Ave.)

Meet artists Marilyn Chapman and Linda Darby and explore the gallery's sidewalk labyrinth at this special event for the festival.