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 17, 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 are so excited to have Bracken Hanuse Corlett with us this summer mentoring teens in Dazzle Camouflage. His work is amazing! He is also collaborating with Joel Good, local Snuneymuxw artist, to paint the new Harewood Skate Park, a project led by the Nanaimo Art Gallery in partnership with the City of Nanaimo.


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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 17 at 9 am.

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

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250.754.1750 ext. 25

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!




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