Art Lab: Teen

Dazzle Camouflage 2020 – A Contemporary Art Immersion Program for Youth 

Even in these unusual times staying connected is important. We will be offering this exciting program online for teens in August so stay tuned and follow us on our social media channels for more details about how, when and where!


Apply by July 21, 9 am

Program Dates: August 4 - 21, 2020 (Tues-Fri 10am - 4pm)


This free three-week art immersion program is for aspiring artists, writers, arts and culture professionals aged 15-19! Participants receive a $150 honorarium upon project completion.

Dazzle Camouflage introduces diverse, global approaches to contemporary art and supports participants to make their own work in painting, drawing, sound, video, photography, performance, installation, animation and more. Guided by amazing professional artist mentors, participants experiment, learn, push boundaries and have fun, making projects that are featured in a two day public exhibition at Art Lab.We look forward to guest artists, Bracken Hanuse Corlett and Elizabeth Milton, mentoring teens in Dazzle Camouflage. They bring exciting and dynamic art practices that include performance, video, sound, painting, sculpture and photography.


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Application Guidelines


Include one or more of the following:

1. Five to ten images of your visual works, including title, medium, dimensions & date (this can include photography, painting, drawing, assemblage and collage).

2. A portfolio of your writing, be it fiction, poetry or critique

3. Links to any websites, films or videos you have created

Along with your works, please submit a letter indicating what you hope to gain from the program and why you should be selected. This letter and all materials should be incorporated into a single PDF and emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by July 21 at 9 am.

Any questions? Feel free to contact Yvonne Vander Kooi in Art Lab.

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Artist Mentors


Elizabeth Milton BioImage585Elizabeth Milton is a performance and media artist who lives and works on the unceded traditional Territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations in Vancouver, BC. Her performance and lens-based work utilizes camp materiality and performative excess to explore maximalist femininity and the spectacularization affect. Involving a range of participants, from family members to opera singers, her collaborative and interdisciplinary works embrace hyperbolic expressivity and character play to investigate DIY pageantry and the garish refuse of commercial culture. Milton holds an MFA in Studio Art from the University of British Columbia and a BFA in Visual Art from Simon Fraser University. Her work has been exhibited and performed in Canada, The United States and Europe. Recent performances include A Guided Meditation with VHS Eyelashes, Capture Photography Festival, VIVO Media Arts, Vancouver; Pink Waves, De Construkt Projects, Brooklyn; Dynasty Handbag's Weirdo Night, Los Angeles; Feathers, Ether, Sand, Speech, Access Gallery, Vancouver. Elizabeth is a faculty member in the Fine Art Department at Langara College, Vancouver, where she instructs courses in Media and Performance.



05. Listening On. Waking Terrain. Installation View Digital 2017 1Bracken Hanuse Corlett is a interdisciplinary artist hailing from the Wuikinuxv and Klahoose Nations. He began working in theatre and performance in 2001 and eventually transitioned towards his current practice that fuses sculpture, painting and drawing with digital-media, audio-visual performance, animation and narrative. He is a graduate of the En'owkin Centre of Indigenous Art and went to Emily Carr University of Art and Design for Visual Arts. He has studied Northwest Coast art, carving and design from acclaimed Heiltsuk artists Bradley Hunt and his sons Shawn Hunt and Dean Hunt. He was a recipient of the 2014 BC Creative Achievement Award for Aboriginal Art and has recently received public art commissions from the City of Vancouver and the City of Victoria. He is currently the 2020 Artist in Residence at Raycam Cooperative Centre as part of the Artists in Communities Program that is a collaboration between artists, community centre associations, and the Vancouver Park Board.

Some of his notable exhibitions, performances and screenings have been at Grunt Gallery, Museum of Anthropology, Unit PITT Projects, Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver Art Gallery, Institute of Modern Art – Brisbane, Three Walls Gallery - Chicago, Ottawa International Animation Festival, SAW Gallery, Royal BC Museum, Open Space, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Alberta, Urban Shaman, Mackenzie Art Gallery, ImagineNative and Toronto International Film Festival.


This program is generously supported by BC Art Council's Youth Engagement Program. 



I Move | Code Switching | Final Exhibition 2020

Temporarily known as the QuaranTeens the Code Switching youth created and connected via regular art prompts and weekly zoom meetings as they prepared for their final online exhibition, I Move.


Participants used video as their canvas responding to the Nanaimo Art Gallery's 2020 inquiry question what moves? and more specifically thinking through their experiences while navigating the Covid-19 Pandemic. I Move showcases multi-disciplinary work created by participants using video to record, explore and respond to this introspective time.


I Move: online exhibition of video work by Code Switching Teens from Nanaimo Art Gallery on Vimeo.


Participating artists are; Hailey Fraser, Ross Gray, Sonam Maki, Ben James, Peter Crema, Calvin Peace, Harmony Gray, Nina Bintner and Miranda Vance.


Code Switching operates out of Art Lab in the Nanaimo Art Gallery. The program supports young artists throughout the school year with workshops, gallery visits, artist talks, and explorations in various media. Code Switching offers young people in our community the opportunity to become fluent in the language(s) of contemporary art by exploring art making techniques and experimenting with new forms of expression.


Stay tuned - we will be hosting Code Switching again this fall!


This program is supported by BC Arts Council's Youth Engagement Program and by The Edwina and Paul Heller Memorial Fund, held at Vancouver Foundation.




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