Saturday, June 22, 2019

The Arts Council of Burnaby acknowledges that the land on which we gather, share and learn together is the traditional and ancestral territory of Indigenous nations throughout BC. Our thanks to the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), Tsleil-Waututh, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nations on whose lands we operate our main office and gallery.

The Burnaby Arts Council are hosting a 3 part conversation featuring Kwelexwecten – Brandon Gabriel. The purpose is to engage the broader community with educational content focused on contemporary and historical issues focused on local and global Indigenous peoples. The topics range from early human impacts on what we now know as British Columbia and Canada, petroglyps in First Nations history, and artistic and cultural legacies.

Brandon Gabriel – Kwelexwecten was born and raised on the Kwantlen First Nation Reserve in Fort Langley BC, Canada. Brandon was educated in Cultural Anthropology, Visual Art, and Marketing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, then received his Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Art from the prestigious Emily Carr University of Fine Art and Design. Brandon continued his studies in Indigenous Governance at the Justice Institute of BC (2012).

Brandon is a multi-talented contemporary mixed media artist who specializes in painting, drawing, illustration, graphic design, architectural design concepts, public art installations and photography. Brandon’s work has been exhibited in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, USA and across Canada.

Saturday, June 22nd 2 to 4 pm
Indigenous Artistic Resurgence in BC and beyond: the art of several multi-disciplinary Indigenous artists will be discussed and how those artists have an impact on challenging the cultural fabric of Canada. Artists discussed include Buffy St. Marie, John Trudell, Sherman Alexie, Richard Wagameze, Brian Jungen, Mariane Nicholson, Sonny Assu, Shelley Niro, Rebecca Bellmore, James Luna, and many more. Bring a pen and paper to write down names of some of your new favorite artists.

Please join us at the Deer Lake Gallery for these conversations. ADMISSION IS FREE! Click here to get your tickets!