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Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street

Photographic credit: Anne Marie Slater©2019


Social Practice Workshop with Anne Marie Slater

2-4 p.m. | July 15, 2019


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When: Mon, July 15, 2019 | 2-4 p.m.

Where: Room 2205, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Additional Info: Presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement

Join Canadian photographer and artist Anne Marie Slater on Monday, July 15 for a social practice workshop that will focus on her 2019 Artist in Residence work on the Victoria Square Project in Athens. This event will take place in room 2205 at the SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts from 2-4 p.m.


Anne Marie Slater (Scotland) is a Canadian photographer, installation, and social practice artist.

Slater’s social practice is interdisciplinary and research-based and incorporates her research interests in critically inspired Artist led community engagement, aesthetics, participatory community planning, the public realm and historical archives. Her fieldwork and site-specific projects consider unheard voices in the public realm and spans a practice developed over 30 years with roots as Creative Producer for large-scale public art and design festivals, such as Design Week: Vancouver 94, Neighbourhood Sustainability and Community Engagement, and Artropolis at the Roundhouse. Her 2003 Simon Fraser University M.A. Thesis Shades of green, the emerald ocean : an artist’s reflection on regional community art practice 1993-2003 was a focus on local policy and critical community art practice and the potential of artists as leaders in change as the work of Rick Lowe and Susanne Lacy inspire us to do.

Slater received her BFA in Photography from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 1997. Her installation The Lost Island (1994) received the Emily Carr juried Grad Award. She later joined Emily Carr’s faculty in 2007-2009 as a Sessional Instructor in Critical and Cultural Studies.

An accomplished photographer and neighbourhood facilitator her recent 2019 Artist in Residence with the Victoria Square Project that was created by Artist Rick Lowe (USA) in collaboration with Artist, Maria Papadimitriou (GR) for Documenta 14, (2017) began in 2017 and recently completed a second research phase in the Spring of 2019. Her themes of Neighbourhood Light: Life in our neighbourhood references her long term interest in neighbourhoods and the small, local beauty as the intersection of local economies and interdisciplinary connections that exist in contrast to global mega structures. Spring 2019: Athens the residency produced an exhibition exploring the female gaze, women photographers, and gender equity in the public realm, Neighbourhood Light 2019 continued and expanded Ms. Slater’s research and was produced with young women and women in the Victoria Square neighbourhood who were mentored in photography by the Artist, Ms. Slater’s new photographic/ sound installation TI NAF TO exploring acoustic spaces and gender is currently in the Emfylo-ποιείν / to construct the Gender Exhibit showing in Athens, Greece at

Today, her studio Neuron Village produces work in a variety of mediums including photography, video, agile development processes, written word, and aids in project development and creative conference facilitation. Her past work contributes to her ongoing practice. As is the constant theme of her work, the intersection between social practice and participatory civics, cities and amplifying unheard voices in the public realm of those who easily fall out of the public consciousness remains the studio’s primary focus. 

In recent years she has been responsible for the creative development and facilitation of multiple public art, artist led community planning initiatives and photography based mapping including the Princess Avenue Children’s Interpretive Walk (2007- 2009 and Livable Cities:Photography for Social Change (2012) among many others. Her 2012 residency as Lead Visual Artist and Creative Facilitator for the Living Wage Campaign’s focus on low-income single parent families experiencing child poverty resulted in a series of large photographic murals designed for high-visibility in public gatherings. She continues this ongoing research producing work and dialogues that reflect the role of artists in urban design, civic engagement through the lens of gender equity, image-making as community building, and hyper-local economies. Ms. Slater’s conceptual works can be found in private collections throughout North America, and her public works are in streetscapes, libraries, and schools. 

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Please RSVP by sending an email to


When: Mon, July 15, 2019 | 2-4 p.m.

Where: Room 2205, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Additional Info: Presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement

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