Apr. 4, 2019 | Thursday Artist Talk: Indigenous Contemporary Art Intensive, “Sharing Perspectives”

Five local, emerging artists share their perspectives from a Gallery residency.

Working in a range of mediums from painting to beadwork and carving, artists Kelsey Sparrow, Naomi Kennedy, Alanna Edwards, Atheana Picha, and Avishka Lakwijaya will discuss their residency in the TechLab last summer, their resulting artworks, and their individual art practices.

Along with displaying some of their work, they will present the videos they created for UrbanScreen. An additional screening of their UrbanScreen videos will take place at the upcoming Pixel Art Party presented by Surrey Art Gallery and Community Art Program.

There will be time for questions and conversation during and following the talk. The event concludes by 9pm. Refreshments are provided. This event is presented by the Surrey Art Gallery Association in partnership with Surrey Art Gallery, and with support from the Arts Council of Surrey.

About the Artists

Naomi Kennedy is a student at Fraser Heights and a member of the Stella’ten First Nation. Along with drawing, she is also a writer and is inspired by slam poetry and spoken word practices.

Avishka Lakwijaya aspires to work in curatorial in museums and is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Victoria.

Atheana Picha is a multimedia visual artist from the Kwantlen First Nation.

Kelsey Sparrow is Musqueam and Ojibwe from White Fish River, working with ceramics, printmaking, and wood carving.

Alanna Edwards is an artist of Mi’gmaq and settler descent, focusing on sculpture and video.


April 4, 2019


7:30 PM - 9:00 PM




Surrey Art Gallery, 13750 88 Ave. Surrey BC