By: The Working Forest Staff
TimberWest has announced the artists selected for the 2018 First Nation Cultural Art Showcase program.
The artists will have the opportunity to engage the public in an immersive art experience in the outdoor upper plaza of the Royal BC Museum for a week starting July 30th and showcase their artwork at a two-week art show event in September.
The artists are brothers, Dave and Johnathan Jacobson of Tsaxis First Nation in Fort Rupert, Tom Hunt Jr. of Wei-Wai-Kum First Nation in Campbell River, Toni Frank of Shishalh First Nation in Sechelt, and the Good Family from Snuneymux First Nation in Nanaimo.
“Congratulations to the artists selected in this year’s program,” says Jeff Zweig, president, and CEO of TimberWest. “We were very pleased with the number of applicants and particularly impressed by their talent. It will be our privilege to showcase the selected artists’ work and share it broadly with the public. Through these artists’ original works and witnessing the creative process, we will deepen our appreciation of their cultural perspectives and personal heritage.”
“The Royal BC Museum as a venue for the TimberWest First Nation Cultural Art Showcase allows the public to interact, engage and learn from the artists in a manner that allows for open discussion and reflection,” says Professor Jack Lohman CBE, Royal BC Museum CEO. “During the summer months, the artists will have an opportunity to work next to Master Carvers Tom and Perry LaFortune, brothers and members of the Tswout First Nation, who are carving a 25-foot totem pole. The public will have open access to all the artists to learn and engage with them about their craft and culture.”
Artist profiles and artwork will be shared over the summer on TimberWest’s blog and social media channels. The immersive art experience hosted on the upper plaza of the Royal BC Museum will take place the week of July 30th, and the two-week art showcase will take place in September 2018.
TimberWest is certified under the Progressive Aboriginal Relations program of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. The company is also third-party certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and has been operating on the BC Coast for over 100 years. TimberWest is a Canadian company owned by two major Canadian public service pension funds.
First Nation Cultural Art Showcase Immersive Art Experience
When: July 30 – August 5
Time: 11 am – 4 pm
Where: Royal BC Museum – 675 Belleville St, Victoria, BC V8W 9W2
What: Immersive cultural art experience with First Nations artists
To learn more about the program, visit: https://www.timberwest.com/2018/07/