grunt gallery is happy to announce Vanessa Kwan as our new curator of community engagement. Kwan’s professional and creative practice bring an integral arts-based approach to community engagement that will strengthen relationships with our surrounding community and beyond.
Vanessa Kwan is a Vancouver-based artist, programmer and curator. She has worked for a number of arts and cultural organizations in recent years, including the Powell Street Festival, Access Artist Run Centre, The Vancouver Queer Film Festival and the Vancouver Art Gallery (where she currently holds a part-time position of Public Programs Coordinator). She has been a guest curator of exhibitions/ events at 221A Artist Run Centre (with Kimberly Phillips), The Richmond Art Gallery, the Powell Street Festival and the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.
Much of her work as an artist has involved the production of work in public space; recent projects include a public artwork called Geyser for Hillcrest Park (with Erica Stocking), Sad Sack, a series of collaborations on the subject of melancholy, and Everything Between Open and Closed, a study of signs. She serves as an active member of Other Sights for Artists’ Projects curatorial collective, and is a founding member of the performance collective Norma, who were honoured with a Mayor’s Arts Award for Public Art in 2011.
Kwan officially starts this role at grunt gallery in February 2014. grunt gallery would like to thank the BC Arts Council, Capacity and Sustainability program, for making this position possible.