The Burrard Arts Foundation (BAF) is coming Together Again, presenting an exhibition and auction in support of BAF alumni artists who have participated in the foundations programming since its inception in 2013. The art, which is currently on display at BAF, #2 —258 East 1st Ave, with the auction running between August 10th to 24th in partnership with Heffel Fine Art Auction House.
While it is common for arts organizations to host fundraising auctions for their own benefit, the primary purpose of Together Again is to support the participating artists themselves. This means that most of the hammer price from the auctioned items will be returned to the artist – a unique and valuable opportunity in a city where the space, time, and financial resources needed to create art can be scarce. Artists need all the support possible, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Aptly named, Together Again evokes the sensation of revisiting community and connection after a long and trying period of separation,” said Christian Chan, Founder and Director of the Burrard Arts Foundation, “Not only does the exhibition bring together our talented alumni, but it has also allowed us to partner with another arts organization to give back to our community.”
The exhibition features 37 artworks by 24 of the exceptional artists who have been part of BAF’s exhibitions and programming over the past seven years. Chan adds, “We ask that the public take this opportunity to come “together again” as we look beyond the pandemic by gathering safely at the exhibition and participating in the online auction to support our local artists.”
The selected artists for the Together Again exhibition and auction are: Kim Kennedy Austin, Rydel Cerezo, Bracken Hanuse Corlett, Lucien Durey, Shepard Fairey, Tom Hsu, Sandeep Johal, Russna Kaur, Kelly Lycan, Eric Metcalfe, Kate Metten, Kriss Munsya, Emily Neufeld, Laura Piasta, Birthe Piontek, Ryan Quast, Evann Siebens, Ben Skinner, Joseph Staples, Scott Sueme, Brendan Tang, Alex Tedlie-Stursberg, Renée Van Halm and Charlene Vickers.
Information about Together Again, and its artists’ biographies can be found on the Burrard Art Foundation website burrardarts.org .