Integrate Arts Festival

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

2017 locations

 

integrate headquarters

636 Fort Street, Victoria, BC V8W 3V2
Festival Hours: FRI. 7-10:30PM / SAT. 10AM-10PM / SUN. 10AM-4PM /

Join us at our pop-up gallery located in the Bay Centre, with street level access on Fort St. by the fountain and Crabtree & Evelyn. The festivities begin with our opening reception on Friday August 25th and continue all weekend with various workshops and activities. See and experience the art of artists and performers who call Victoria home. Visit our Artists Page for more information on who will be featured in the HQ Gallery.


arc.hive

2516 Bridge Street, Victoria, BC, V8T 5H3
Festival Hours: FRI. 7-10PM / SAT. 12-5PM / SUN. 12-5PM /

arc.hive artist run centre opened in January 2017 with a focus on facilitating the emergence and development of  collaborative practices in contemporary arts, including visual, performative, writing, video and sound. The centre currently provides studio spaces for seven artists and one composer, as well as maintaining a small gallery for exhibitions and performances in support of emerging arts practice in the community and beyond.

arc.hive presents "bridge" // exhibition, sound installation & open studios

With work from Alison Bigg, Laura Feeleus, Karina Kalvaitis, Connie Michele Morey, Regan Rasmussen, Dave Riedstra and Kerry Vaughn Erickson

Art Demonstrations at 3:45 on Sat. & Sun.

Saturday 3:45-4:15 - Loose Thread Drawing Demo. Experimental drawing with thread on paper.

Sunday 3:45-4:15 - Sculptural Felting Demo.  Making sculptures of wool with needle felting techniques.


art gallery of greater victoria

1040 Moss Street, Victoria, BC, V8V 4P1
Festival Hours: SAT. 10AM-5PM /

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is a non-profit public art gallery located on the traditional territory of the Lekwungen peoples. The city's go-to for great art, great people and thought-provoking conversations. The Gallery features contemporary and historical art by local, national and international artists, with the largest public collection in the province. We provide a range of dynamic public programs for all ages with the intention to inspire, provoke and challenge our visitors.

As participants in the festival, the Gallery will be open for free for the Integrate Art Crawl on Saturday, August 26 from 10am–5pm with a range of activities. Exhibition animators will be on hand in Karen Tam’s interactive exhibition and in our Massey Sales Gallery, local artists from the Art Rental and Sales program will offer art demonstrations from 12–4pm. The Gallery will also be hosting the 8 x 10 Photo Rally on Saturday, August 26 from 10:30am–2pm. Inspired by our current exhibition Mirror with Memory, which presents photographs from the Hayashi/Kitamura/Matsubuchi photo studio (1912-1942 Cumberland, BC). Participants will be provided a disposable black and white film camera and a map to find 8 weigh points and photograph images that reflect 8 different themes before they return to the Gallery. Let loose your inner street photographer, photojournalist and studio photographer all in one event that will celebrate Victoria's vibrant and historic downtown. The first three participants back have a chance to win prizes and highlights from all of the participants photographs will be featured in an album on the Gallery’s Facebook page after the event. This is a free event but pre-registration is required by emailing name and phone number to visitorservices@aggv.ca


the atrium

The Atrium, 800 Yates Street, Victoria, BC
Festival Hours: FRI. 9AM-5PM / SAT. 9AM-5PM / SUN. 9AM-5PM

The Atrium Building is seven storey class AA office building with a retail podium located at the corner of Blanshard and Yates Street in the heart of Victoria’s central business district. The building features forward thinking architecture, cutting edge systems and dynamic public areas including a large central atrium. The Atrium Building was designed for optimized energy efficiency and environmentally conscious operations and is certified LEED Gold by the Canada Green Building Council.

Fuse is a new initiative to support the artistic community of Victoria by creating a new temporary pop-up location at the Atrium. Nellie Lamb and Elizabeth Charters have worked in collaboration to bring Fall in Love You Will be Happy, on display from August 25 until September 7. 


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BASTION SQUARE

Courtyard behind Yates Street Parkade
Festival Hours: Open all day, all weekend

Located between Government St. and Wharf St., Bastion Square is at the heart of downtown Victoria. It is an important heritage precinct in Victoria. It was the northern edge of Fort Victoria and became the centre of civic life during the gold-rush era and afterwards. Some of its buildings are among the oldest in Old Town and many are landmark structures in the city. For the Integrate Arts Festival, Bastion Square will host artist Xiao Xue's installation Something to Ponder On: a Walking Camper. The Bastion Square Public Market will also be active at this time, so be sure to check it out!


CINEVIC

764 Yates Street #102, Victoria, BC, V8W 1L4
Festival Hours: SAT. 10AM-2PM /

CineVic is an artist-run society which provides independent filmmakers and media artists with affordable and accessible development opportunities, programming, and equipment resources.

Come check out the headquarters of CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers! Our film, video, and equipment library will be on display, and you can find out more about our upcoming Fall programming.


the coffee lab

2612 Bridge St, Victoria, BC, V8T 4S9
Festival Hours: FRI. 7AM-5PM / SAT. 9AM-4PM /

The Coffee Lab is a café and micro roastery of specialty coffee in Victoria, BC.  The Coffee Lab operates on a simple philosophy: purchase high quality, ethically sourced green coffee; roast in small batches with artisan methodology; grind fresh and brew fresh every cup. This year, we are excited to support local artists in the Rock Bay area in the 11th annual Integrate Arts Festival by featuring 15 different artists' work throughout the space.


commercial alley art gallery

Located between the 500 block of Yates St. and Bastion Square.
Festival Hours: SAT. ALL DAY /

Located on the west wall of the Youth Empowerment Society building on the 500 Block of Yates Street, the outdoor gallery showcases temporary installations by local artists to add colour and vitality to the area.

Kai Choufour’s proposal NEWTOPIA was selected for the 2017 Commercial Alley Art Gallery’s fifth installation. Located on the west wall of the Youth Empowerment Society building on the 500 Block of Yates Street, the outdoor gallery showcases temporary installations by local artists to add colour and vitality to the area. Choufour’s proposal was one of 11 submissions the City received in response to a juried Call to Artists process for emerging artists and artist teams. His proposal for the annual four-panel 1.2-metre by 2.4-metre artwork will focus on kindness, positivity and openness, featuring beautiful shapes and colours, and executed with childish grandeur that emphasizes fiction and play.

Kai Choufour is a conceptual artist born in Vancouver and currently living and working in Victoria, BC. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Emily Carr University in 2015. During this time, he co-directed multiple short-term gallery spaces such as TAG Contemporary (Emily Carr student gallery) and has exhibited at various galleries in Vancouver. Recently, Choufour oversaw the installation of his first permanent public artwork titled Hide and Seek, a large-scale, steel-plated sculpture in Delta, BC.

Choufour’s four-panel artwork will be showcased from August 2017 to August 2018 and he will speak at an opening reception to celebrate and launch the installation.

NEWTOPIA: Spring Fairy/ Green Future/ Pink Turtle/Magic Cat, was inspired by artists like Friends With You with the intent to create accessible imagery around ideas of kindness and positivity. For this project Kai worked poetically, the meaning coming organically and with sincerity. The artworks research focus is on utopian ideals, 1970’s eco architecture, i.e. Ken Isaacs, collectiveness, veganism, and around the potential of operating an artist retreat on one of the Gulf Islands.


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THE FORT COMMON

1017 Blanshard St, Victoria, BC, V8W 2H4
Festival Hours: SAT. 2-5PM /

The Fort Common is a revitalized brick carriage courtyard in the heart of downtown Victoria, designed to serve as a community venue for festivals, events or restaurant seating. During the summer, the Fort Common is open as public patio seating and is the perfect spot to enjoy a summer lunch in the sunshine! On Saturday August 26, Pretty Good Not Bad will present AMBIENT PICNIC, an afternoon of free ambient music as part of the Integrate Arts Festival. A selection of local artists will share the stage, projecting sounds and offering open exposure to new sounds.


ground zero printmakers society

549 1/2 Fisgard Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 1R5
Festival Hours: SAT. 11AM-5PM /

Ground Zero Printmakers Society is a Victoria-based arts organization formed as a not-for-profit in 1989 to support the practice and dissemination of printmaking.

GZPS maintains a printmaking workshop and informal exhibition space to teach, promote, and develop the craft of printmaking and to encourage innovative and alternative print-based art practice.We support each other, collaborate, and exhibit as a group, as well as working with national and international artist-printmakers.

During the festival weekend, there will be books, inks, rollers etc. so visitors can get a good idea of what printmaking is. There will be around 15 artists showing and selling work-prints (framed or unframed) and cards.


greater victoria public library

Courtyard at 735 Broughton Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 3H2
Festival Hours: SAT. 10AM-3PM /

Greater Victoria Public Library builds community and supports literacy and lifelong learning by providing free access to information, space, tools and expertise. GVPL provides services and collections in 11 libraries and online to more than 315,000 residents in 10 municipalities. The library is your place to connect, discover and imagine.

GVPL’s Central Branch is located in the heart of downtown Victoria. The branch is a hub of arts and culture activities from artist workshops and songwriting meet-ups, to author visits and crafting programs. Due to its excellent acoustics, the covered courtyard off the library entrance is a favoured performance space for professional and amateur musicians.

On Saturday, August 26, GVPL is proud to host a lively afternoon of art for the whole family. Create a mini masterpiece with our button maker; take part in LifeCycles Project Society’s seed art project; or explore the DigiLab’s tech and craft kits. Drop-in.


the fifty fifty arts collective

2516 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC, V8T 4M1
Festival Hours: TBA.

The fifty fifty is a non-profit DIY artist space and gallery, organized and operated by a small group of volunteer members that work to promote the independent arts scene through on and off-site events throughout the Victoria area.


legacy art gallery

630 Yates Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 1K9
Festival Hours:
SAT. 10AM-9PM /
Also Open: FRI. 10AM-4PM /

The Legacy Art Gallery Downtown is the University of Victoria's primary art gallery space. The Legacy Art Galleries are a lively and engaging centre for art that is easily accessible to the community and features rotating exhibitions drawn primarily from the University Art Collection which consists of over 19,000 art objects which support the teaching and research programs of the University. Free to enjoy!

Inspired by our exhibition Origin Stories and video installation There's Blood in the Rocks by Marianne Nicolson, visitors will be able to draw their own origin stories to create an evolving collaborative projection in the Legacy Art Gallery on Saturday 5:00pm to 9:00 pm.


madrona gallery

606 View Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 1J4
Festival Hours: FRI. 7-9PM / SAT. 10AM-5:30PM /

Madrona Gallery shows contemporary and historical Canadian paintings and sculptures alongside important Inuit prints, drawings and carvings.

We are pleased to present Morgana Wallace's fourth solo exhibition with Madrona, called Nocturna. The show is presented in conjunction with the Integrate Arts Festival 2017. Opening August 25, 7-9pm.

Morgana Wallace is a Victoria-based artist. Her mixed media compositions are created through a fine treatment of collage, working the paper to create multiple layers and various textures. Each piece brings together references from various mythologies with fantastical and dream-like elements, creating engaging and complex works of art.


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MARKET SQUARE

560 Johnson St, Victoria, BC, V8W 3C6
Festival Hours: SAT. 11AM-4PM /


One of the city’s oldest landmarks, Market Square is centrally located in downtown Victoria. Just one block south of Chinatown and an easy 5-10 minute walk from the Inner Harbour.  A “must see” for visitors on vacation; a regular stop for locals enjoying some of the best shopping and dining in the city!

On Saturday August 26, join FringeKids for a full day of kid-focused performances, activities, and art projects that unleashes creativity! In a cross-festival collaboration, Integrate and Poppet Creative will bring an interactive art-making activity to the event.


martin batchelor gallery

712 Cormorant St., Victoria, BC, V8W 1P8
Festival Hours: SAT. 10AM-9PM /

The gallery presents monthly exhibitions for local artists exploring modern themes in all disciplines. Custom picture framing is available on site.

The featured artist for the festival is Anne Meggitt, a Canadian landscape painter. Her oil canvases are inspired by the coastal rain forest of Vancouver Island. The exhibition opens on Saturday, August 26 with the opening reception from 7-9pm. Her solo exhibition is titled Nature is Imagination, and continues until September 28.


maritime museum of bc

634 Humboldt St, Victoria, BC, V8W 1A4
Festival Hours: SAT. 10AM-5PM /

The Maritime Museum of BC tells the story of the province’s rich maritime heritage and culture. Our collection highlights BC’s dynamic history seen through the lens of humankind’s relationship with the sea, from the Indigenous Peoples of this province, to journeys of exploration and adventure, to the CPR steamships that plied these waters, and everything in between. Our exhibit space at 634 Humboldt Street in Nootka Court showcases the best of our collection, while our walking tours highlight maritime themes in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. It is guaranteed to be engaging and educational to veteran sailors and landlubbers alike.

As participants in the festival, the Maritime Museum of BC will be open for free for the Integrate Art Crawl on Saturday August 26th. Be sure to visit the 2017 featured art show, A Boatbuilder’s Perspective by Tony Grove. Tony will be on site during regular opening hours that day (10-5) and will give a general talk on his work at 1pm. Tony is an artist, shipwright, instructor, and custom furniture designer and builder. His fascination with wooden boats’ historic value draws him into a careful study of their build and design. Many of the boat images he creates come from the inspiration of working on the vessels themselves, or of the historic role they played in the past. 


medianet

510 Fort Street, second floor, Victoria, BC, V8W 1E6
Festival Hours: SAT. 12-5PM /

MediaNet provides video production and post-production facilities to enable artists to create independent, artistic works in video/film. We advance education in the media arts by offering workshops on topics related to film and video, as well as intensive production programs. 

Our Flux Media Art Gallery presents innovative media art works by local, national and international media artists. With exhibitions, screenings, artists’ talks installations and publications, FLUX provides artists and the community a gathering place for the exchange of ideas and dialogue on media arts practice.

On Saturday August 26, from noon to 5pm, MediaNet will be showing a selection of works from our Handmade and Analogue Experimental Filmmaking Program, for Super 8 and 16mm film production, in our Flux Media Art Gallery.  Multiple projections will fill the gallery walls, with drawing and painting on film, hand-processed techniques and video effects creating a dreamscape of colour and sound. This exhibition will be up for one day only.


Photo Courtesy of Maddy Knott

Photo Courtesy of Maddy Knott

Ministry of Casual Living Window Gallery

Millie's Lane, Yates Street - 700 Block, Victoria, BC
Festival Hours: FRI. 7-10PM / SAT. 10AM-10PM / SUN. 10AM - 5PM /


Established to provide artists from all disciplines with an accessible venue for experimentation, the Ministry of Casual Living (MoCL) is committed to promoting critical, self-reflective discourse, and integrating the artistic process into all aspects of everyday life. We are located on Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Victoria, BC Canada). We operate studios at 858 Devonshire Road, in the Esquimalt Industrial Park, a window gallery generously donated by Cenote Restaurant in the Odeon Alley, and the PedalBox/PaddleBox mobile Bike Cart Galleries. 

For the Integrate Arts Festival, the MoCL Window Gallery will be displaying Pet Shop by artist Maddy Knott. Maddy Knott is an emerging artist from Vancouver Island. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria. Knott is a NSCAD alumnus where she studied Fine Arts and minored in Jewellery Design after her graduation from the Visual Arts program at Camosun College. Her small-scale sculptures take on personalities of their own, investigating individuality through pattern and ornamentation. Craft has a vital place in all her works alongside her fearless material exploration, which is what makes the pieces so unique. 


robert bateman centre

470 Belleville Street, Victoria, BC, V8V 1W9
Festival Hours: SAT. 10AM-5PM / SUN. 10AM-5PM /
Also open: DAILY. 10AM-5PM (REGULAR ADMISSION)

Come experience the magic and beauty of nature from around the world through the art of this Canadian icon. Explore over 80 original and rare works from the Robert Bateman collection and experience nature's most dramatic subjects up close and personal. The Robert Bateman Centre also features a dedicated exhibition space showcasing rotating museum exhibits on BC wild beauty, plus original work by artists that use nature as their inspiration.

On Saturday August 26th and Sunday August 27th Integrate Arts Festival participants can access the gallery by donation all day long. Just show your Integrate button, map, or simply say "I'm with Integrate!" to receive this special offer. IAF participants can also join the Public Tour on Saturday at 2:00pm for no cost.


open space

2nd floor, 510 Fort St, Victoria, BC, V8W 1E6
Festival Hours: FRI. 7-10PM / SAT. 12PM-5PM /

Founded in September 1972, Open Space is a non-profit artist-run centre located in Victoria, BC. As an exhibition and performance centre, Open Space reflects the wide diversity of contemporary art practices in Victoria, across Canada, and beyond. Our commitment to contemporary artists is an inclusive environment, embracing work by artists of different disciplines, media, generations, cultures, and communities. 

Open Space invites you to the finissage (Closing Reception) of Jim Holyoak and Matt Shane's collaborative drawing installation Forestrial Brain. The installation is the culmination of an 8-day hike on the West Coast Trail, and a 6-week residency at Open Space. The enormous and immersive installation explores west coast forests and ecologies, steeped in fantasy and imagination. 

The Closing Reception will begin on August 25 at 7:00pm, with music to follow by Holy Oak, White Poppy and Hush Hush Noise at 8:30pm. Please join us for an exciting evening with the artists and guests! 


studio robazzo

2001F Douglas St., Victoria, BC V8T 4K9
Festival Hours: SAT. 5-10PM /

Studio Robazzo is a multi-disciplinary digital design studio offering creative services in graphic, web and app design as well as interior and industrial design, all with a core focus on algorithms and digital fabrication technologies. In short, we make cool stuff!

For the 2017 Integrate Arts Festival, Studio Robazzo has teamed up with the talented group of young urban photographers behind Assignment Magazine to launch the vibe and graphic identity of our newly coined neighbourhood, LowTown. Nestled between Chinatown and Rock Bay, LowTown represents a gritty and creative zone of Victoria where $#!* is real! Stop by the Studio for a sneak peek at our plans for branding LowTown as well as the unveiling of a LowTown photo series, and don't miss the chance to get your hands on some very limited LowTown printed merch before anyone else!


THEATRE SKAM POP-UP LIVE THEATRE

636 Fort St, Victoria, BC, V8W 3V2
Festival Hours: FRI. 7-10PM /


Known for their sense of fun, Theatre SKAM was formed in 1995 with a mission to create theatre that is innovative and entertaining, and above all – never boring. SKAM’s mandate is to create a living, contemporary, professional theatre; to provide varied and provocative theatrical entertainment for audiences in Victoria and on tour; and to employ emerging theatre artists. The Pop-Up Live Theatre is a black box theatre, operating on the back of a pick-up truck. Inside, you will find 6 theatre seats, and a lighting grid. Theatre SKAM currently operates the Pop-Up at a variety of markets and parks in the City of Victoria, presenting original, short pieces by local artists, and catering to what we lovingly call "small-batch entertainment." For the Integrate Arts Festival, they will be working with Intrepid Theatre to offer free previews of Fringe Festival shows during the opening reception. Be sure to check it out!

Preview shows from the Victoria Fringe Festival will be held on Friday August 25, during the Integrate Opening Reception, just outside of the Integrate HQ:


xchanges

2333 Government St, Victoria, BC, V8T 4P4
Festival Hours: FRI. 7-9PM / SAT. 12-4PM / SUN. 12-4PM /

Xchanges is a non profit artist run center that houses both artists studios, one group photography studio, and a gallery. One of the longest running life drawing drop in session is held there a couple times a week.

The show that will be displayed during the Integrate weekend is a collection of work from the drop-in life drawing sessions and some black and white photography from the Crossgrain Photographic Society, the group studio that has a darkroom. Some studios will be open as well as the darkroom.