Artists in the Atrium Returns2015-03-31
Lou-ann Neel |
Plans are now underway to see the return of “Artists in the Atrium” to the Woodward’s Atrium, West Hastings and Abbott Streets in Vancouver, BC.
This weekend artist market features Indigenous artists from various artistic practices – from carving, to textiles, stained glass, jewelry, clothing and more!
Last summer, Artists in the Atrium ran from August 1, 2013 to October 13, 2013, and featured over 30 Indigenous visual artists in the marketplace, and 25 Aboriginal performing artists.
The new plans will include visual artists for the Spring, and depending on other plans for the space, could see the return of some performances as well.
“It’s all very preliminary and we may only get to use the space for a short time, but we’re excited to get the artists together again and hopefully attract some new artists as well” said Artistic Producer, Lou-ann Neel.
Neel explains “Last year’s market was very well received for a first-time attempt at this model, which featured free market booths for the artists; and included free workshops for the artists on topics such as grant writing, developing your artist portfolio, display tips for your market booth, and promoting your work online using social media. Funding was secured to offer performing artists a nominal honorarium”.
She continues, “It’s a unique model in that it 100% supports the artists in their professional development through a balance of workshops and selling opportunities. Experienced and senior artists visited the marketplace each week, and offered other great tips to participating artists. It was a wonderful family and community atmosphere, and this year we hope to connect with tourism operators and the tourist information booths a little earlier so we can include our promotional material in their kiosks.”
More updates on Artists in the Atrium are expected in the coming weeks.