You are Here

Teen Junction May 25 - June 23, 2017

Chloe, I’m spiralling through life… But life gets better, Photograph 2016

You Are Here is a unique community-based project by the youth at the Teen Junction Youth Centre in partnership with the Vernon Public Art Gallery. The Vernon Public Art Gallery’s Education Coordinator facilitated five educational and collaborative workshops where eleven participants from Teen Junction had the opportunity to learn about contemporary art, the role of a public art gallery, how to write an artist statement, and how to curate and hang an exhibition. They were also allotted time to work on artwork that will be displayed for the duration of the exhibition in a gallery setting. Entering a public art gallery can be daunting, but by providing an accessible and welcoming space within the art gallery, the Vernon Public Art Gallery aims to build a future audience that is comfortable engaging with contemporary art and understands the importance and value of arts and culture.

Entering a public art gallery can be daunting, but by providing an accessible and welcoming space within the art gallery, the Vernon Public Art Gallery aims to build a future audience that is comfortable engaging with contemporary art and understands the importance and value of arts and culture.

The works on display were created during a conversation around what it is like to be a youth in Vernon, asserting your own agency, and making your own choices in the way you use culture, history, and art as a resource. We all have a unique voice and presence in our community and You Are Here is an affirmation of the importance of recognition, representation, collaboration and the arts.

Opening Reception | Thursday, May 25, 6-8 p.m. at VPAG

The Board of Directors and Executive Director, Dauna Kennedy Grant, invite you and a guest to the opening reception of Emergence by UBCO BFA Graduates, Arctic Sojourn by Nicola Tibbetts, Impermanence by Laura Ashton, and You Are Here by Teen Junction at the Vernon Public Art Gallery. Enjoy an evening of art, music, appies, beer, wine and punch.

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