This weekend, as part of Nanaimo Artwalk, Nanaimo Art Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new artwork by youth in Code Switching: An expanded art platform for youth at Art Lab.
Since the program launched in September, twelve teen artists have been meeting regularly to explore the language of photography in historical and contemporary art, consider the role of the photograph in cultural expression, and the potential of the medium in their individual practices. As part of their first exhibition, designed to coincide with Nanaimo Artwalk, Code Switching artists will present a range of projects from 'Sculptureaday' (spontaneous gestures and happenstance observations in the sculptural vernacular) to interactive installations that require the viewer to activate the work!
Code Switching operates out of Art Lab in partnership with the Vancouver Island Regional Library. Through workshops led by professional artists, field trips to galleries, and studio explorations, and mentorship, this two year program offers young people in our community the opportunity to become fluent in the language(s) of contemporary art, engage in meaningful dialogue about art and ideas, explore art making techniques. and experiment with new forms of expression.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of BC Arts Council for funding this youth engagement initiative.
Looking forward to seeing you this weekend!
Image credit: Hamish Hardie, SAD#2, Photograph, 2016