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Student Art Elevated and Displayed at Public Galleries

The creations of student artists are on display in three separate public exhibitions professionally installed at both the Burnaby Art Gallery and Vancouver’s Roundhouse.

Each were officially opened with receptions for the artists and their families, along with local dignitaries.

Scroll down to see more images and how to attend the three exhibitions.

Building a Better Tomorrow Through Art at the Roundhouse in Vancouver

The third annual exhibition, called Building a Better Tomorrow Through Art, features the creations of students with disabilities and diverse abilities.

The project was created by Access program educators at Burnaby North Secondary who wanted to build a platform that supports visibility and allows the public to appreciate the students’ talents. This year’s exhibition includes art from youth at Burnaby North, Alpha, Byrne Creek, Cariboo Hill and Moscrop, as well as schools in Vancouver and New Westminster. The creations reflect the students’ personal experiences and aspirations and include collages, paintings, sculptures and other mediums.

Building a Better Tomorrow Through Art is on display from May 1-7 in the Exhibition Hall at the Yaletown Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre.

Paper Allegories at the Burnaby Art Gallery

For more than 15 years, the Artist Apprenticeship partnership with the Burnaby Art Gallery has provided a career exploration opportunity for senior secondary students who are interested in working in the fine arts. Through the program, students in Grades 11 and 12 were provided with mentorship and the tools they needed to develop and curate their own exhibition.

This year’s Paper Allegories saw students push their artistic practices beyond paper, creating innovative artworks inspired by the City of Burnaby’s collection of art.

Paper Allegories is on display in the Upper Gallery from May 3 to June 2 at the Burnaby Art Gallery.

(re)FOLD/re(FIT) at the Burnaby Art Gallery

A more than 40-year partnership with the Burnaby Art Gallery has provided students with learning and an opportunity to exhibit their work through the annual Arts Alive project.

This year, student artists in Grades 8 through 12 used paper manipulation to create wearable art for the (re)FOLD/(re)FIT exhibition. Taking inspiration from sculptural paper artworks in the City of Burnaby’s Permanent Art Collection, the exhibition celebrates the achievements of students by showcasing their interpretations of the theme.

(re)FOLD/(re)FIT can be found in the Lower Gallery from May 3 to June 2 at the Burnaby Art Gallery.

In total, 44 students participated in the Arts Alive and Artist Apprenticeship programs this year from five high schools and two Learning Pathways programs. Additional support for the resulting exhibitions is provided by the City of Burnaby and BC Arts Council.

Posted May 2024