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Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street

Process of Assembly: the first year of visioning a social practice artist run centre

October 25, 2017


FREE, no registration required.


When: Wed. October 25, 2017. 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and Arts Assembly

Meichen Waxer, co-founder of Arts Assembly, will speak about the formulation of their non-profit arts organization, working with different groups from community, to artists, to government, what their strategies are for long term community engagement, and upcoming projects. They look at social practice as a practice of translation; between research, visual arts and material engagement, to a community that may or may not be arts specific. 

Artists Helen Reed, Hannah Jickling, and Holly Schmidt, who have been involved with Arts Assembly's first year of programming will contribute their extensive experience in the growing field of social practice, and what it means to engage and integrate their practice with diverse groups of people. 

Panelist Bios

Meichen Waxer is an interdisciplinary artist with a focus on installation, photography and sculpture, whose practice engages with culturally inherited structures of value and their relation to different modes of representation; often looking to architecture, ornamentation, and objects that hold generational, cultural and nostalgic value. Meichen holds an Masters of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. She was recently an artist in residence at 33 Officina Creativa (Toffia, Italy) and Halka Sanat (Istanbul, Turkey) and Turkish Cultural Foundation Fellow. This summer Meichen will be partaking in a residency at the Anvil Centre (New Westminster) as well at Triegnac Projet (Triegnac, France). Recent exhibitions include Charles H. Scott Gallery (Vancouver), Halka Sanat (Istanbul), and Open Studio (Toronto). Meichen currently sits as Vice President of the Or Gallery Board of Directors (Vancouver) and is the Education Coordinator at Rennie Museum (Vancouver).

Holly Schmidt is a Vancouver artist with a research-based practice that engages processes of collaborative research and informal pedagogy. Moving across disciplinary boundaries, she explores the relationships between practices of making, knowledge creation and the formation of temporary communities. Her recent exhibitions and residency projects include Till with the Santa Fe Art Institute Food Justice Residency (2014/15), Mess Hall as part of the residency Society is a Workshop at the Banff Centre (2013), Moveable Feast at the Burnaby Art Gallery (2012) Grow with Other Sights for Artists’ Projects (2011) Moveable City with Cineworks (2009) TEI: Tangible, Embedded Computing Conference with M.I.T (2010) She is the Assistant Curator, Learning at the Contemporary Art Gallery and a sessional instructor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Helen Reed and Hannah Jickling have been collaborating since 2006. Their projects take shape as public installations, social situations and events that circulate as photographs, videos, printed matter, and artists’ multiples. They are currently fascinated with the “contact high” intrinsic to collaborative work, especially in their recent projects with children. Giant vegetable growers, orienteers, and therian teens also feature in their work. Helen and Hannah have exhibited and performed internationally, with both individual and collaborative work appearing in such venues as: The Portland Art Museum (OR), The Dunlop Art Gallery (SK), Smack Mellon (NY), The Yukon Arts Centre Gallery (YT), YYZ Artists’ Outlet (ON), Carleton University Art Gallery (ON), Dalhousie University Art Gallery (NS), The Vancouver Art Gallery (BC), The Power Plant (ON) and Flat Time House’s first issue of NOIT (UK). In Spring 2017 they will release Multiple Elementary, a book explores the elementary school classroom as a site of invention and reception of contemporary art practices, co-published by YYZBOOKS and Black Dog Publishing. They currently teach at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, Canada where they received the 2016 Ian Wallace Award for Teaching Excellence.


Arts Assembly is a not for profit community-centric arts organization that emphasizes artistic collaboration. With a focus on social practices and research, we aim to foster relationships between the community and professional artists. We hope to expand the notion of what art can be and do, and provide a high caliber of diverse and inclusive arts programming.

We seek to fairly compensate artists for their work and research, and acknowledge women's leadership in the creative community. We encourage work that doesn’t necessarily end in a product to be sold, but rather builds relationships between communities, allows for in-depth research, and creates unique experiences.

Find out more about the work of our partners & join the online discussion in SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement Facebook group!


FREE, no registration required.


When: Wed. October 25, 2017. 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and Arts Assembly

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