Art Lab: Teen




Code Switching

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.

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

pARTy: Youth Art Drop-in Night

Thursday, April 19, 6:30 - 9 pm
Ages 13 - 19
Free | Registration not required

Teens from the Gallery’s Code Switching collective are hosting another evening of art making for youth in Nanaimo! Learn how to upcycle old clothes with iron-on artworks, transform drawings and photographs into wearable buttons, and learn a few new Hul'qumi'num words with rock painting. This is a great way to meet like-minded teens. Full snack bar provided!  

Youth Speak: Collaborative Teen Mural Project
Saturday, May 12, 11 am - 5 pm
Ages 13 - 18
Registration required call (250) 754.1750
$10 supplies and pizza lunch included 
Calling local teens who are curious, creative and collaborative! In partnership with Bookfest 2018, award-winning writer David A. Robertson and illustrator Scott B Henderson are teaming up to offer a workshop. Learn to communicate ideas through writing and illustration and work together to create a vibrant graphic style mural that will be showcased downtown. 

Code Switching – Pop-Up Show
Join us for the opening reception on Friday, May 25, 7 - 9 pm 
Visitors welcome: May 26 & May 27, 12 - 5 pm
Admission Free
Come celebrate the work of emerging artists! Teens from Code Switching will take over Art Lab for an exhibition that considers: How Can We Speak Differently? Since September, this dedicated group of teens have studied contemporary art practices, embarked on excursions, participated in artist-led workshops, and developed their own work. This year-end exhibition will feature their explorations in sculpture, photography, video, creative writing and sound art.  


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Nanaimo, BC V9R 5G6
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