Okanagan nation writer, professor, and cultural worker Jeannette Armstrong explains that “creative acts are continuance links.” We envision our artist-run centre as a unique, welcoming site for radical art-making and community-building. We honour diverse forms of art/new media and support both emerging and mid-career artists. We are especially compelled by controversial, engaged, or interventionist work that challenges prevailing cultural standards. As a progressive cultural collective, we are dedicated to stepping beyond the gallery walls.
Lorna McParland is a Canadian born photographic artist with a passion for community engaged arts projects. After spending her youth in Kelowna, Lorna relocated to Glasgow UK where she completed an Honours Degree in Visual Communication. While working full time at Glasgow School of Art, Lorna continued her studies and was awarded a Master’s Degree in Media Arts and Imaging from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design where her thesis focused on the possibilities for community based arts projects to fuel personal creative practice. In her ten years abroad, Lorna has facilitated creative projects with diverse audiences in both the UK and Canada, and has extensive experience in exhibitions, arts administration, education and workshop facilitation.
Originally from Edmonton, Canada, Melany Nugent has over 10 years experience in various facets of the cultural sector, including within government and various arts institutions. Melany’s own artistic practice is informed by her background in digital arts and media, communications and experience working within institutional contexts, and makes use of tactics of play negotiated through text and public space to create slippage and displacement of rhetoric, language and everyday routine. Melany holds a MFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, in Vancouver, Canada.