Things looked a little different for this year’s 16th annual INCLUSION Art Show. Though we couldn’t have our usual gathering at Vancouver’s Heritage Hall, we took the show online to safely celebrate creativity, community and diverse abilities. Our thanks to all participating artists and the guests who visited inclusionartshow.com throughout the month of October. Thanks also to the BC Government Employees Union and the City of Vancouver for their support.
Join us in looking back at some highlights from this year’s online show. Plus, listen to the latest episode of Good For All, which takes you inside the studio to chat with some of our participating artists.
Watch AJ Brown’s Artist Demo
One of the best parts of our annual show is the opportunity for visitors to mingle with artists and get a closer look at their work. With the help of our friends at Kudoz, we were able to bring back a guest-favourite activity: a live art demo. Justine from our Community Engagement team opened with a brief introduction to the art show. Then Kudoz host Allison asked AJ a few questions about her art and her experience with the show. And with that, AJ was ready to dive in to the live demo!
AJ Brown specializes in creating pet portraits and abstract art using ink, charcoal, chalk pastel, and watercolour. When Allison asked about what inspires her, she said, “I create because I find it calming in this crazy world. Creating is my way of making sense of a world that makes no sense.” A relatable feeling for a lot of us nowadays!
You can watch the video from this event below, or find it on the Kudoz Facebook page.
Check Out Some of This Year’s Sales
The sales table is always bustling during the INCLUSION Art Show, and things weren’t so different during our online show! Guests had the chance to purchase their favourite pieces directly from our participating artists and studios. We were happy to see more and more pieces marked “Sold!” as the month went on and artworks found their way to new homes.
I just bought my Christmas gifts from the Inclusion Art Show. Easy to order + to arrange delivery. Looking forward to seeing the artists in person next year!
— sue robins (@suerobinsyvr) October 16, 2020
PotteryWorks artists Tom Mackie and Dan Tell have both sold large paintings in the Inclusion Online Art Show. Congratulations to both of these hard working artists. Don't forget to have a look at the show https://t.co/Cj6Y39zcUv running for the month of October. pic.twitter.com/7wH6qmeWoe
— PotteryWorks CLS (@PotteryWorksCLS) October 8, 2020
— BCGEU (@bcgeu) October 30, 2020
Take an Audio Journey into an Art Studio
The show may be over until next year, but we’re proud to celebrate inclusive arts all year round. Want to get a behind-the-scenes look at the life of artists with diverse abilities? In the latest episode of Good For All, we take you into PotteryWorks studio to hear from the artists and staff. We also sat down with one of our newest INCLUSION artists, Alex Lecce, who participated in the show for the first time last year.
Thanks again to everyone who made this year’s online art show a success. We’ll see you in 2021!