The Reach in Abbotsford is looking for artists for the Fraser Valley Biennale

The Reach Gallery Museum is now accepting submissions from regional artists for the Fraser Valley Biennale exhibition.

This is the seventh edition of the biennale, which features outstanding works over the past two years.

Since its launch in 2011, the exhibit has helped facilitate and contextualize local and regional visual arts practice, while broadening public awareness and appreciation of the immense creative talent that finds its home in the Valley of the Fraser.

The full exhibit will premiere at The Reach from January to May 2023. Smaller, specially curated versions will then be presented by regional partners throughout 2023.

This year, the biennale welcomes two new presenting partners – the Langley Arts Council and the Fort Gallery – in addition to long-standing partners from the Abbotsford Arts Council, the Mission Arts Council, the Kent Harrison Arts Council and the Chilliwack Visual Artists Association.

Each show is curated by a guest curator, and this year The Reach invited Candace Couse.

Couse is Assistant Professor of Visual Arts in the School of Creative Arts at the University of the Fraser Valley. She holds an MFA from the University of Calgary (2010) and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Brock University (2020).

Couse’s work has been exhibited in Canada, USA, UK, Switzerland, Italy, Trinidad, Pakistan, Nepal, Iceland and India.

Artists are encouraged to submit works that deal in some way with the theme of ‘body’. This can be interpreted in a wide variety of ways. Some possible approaches might include a focus on issues of ability and disability, illness, strength and resilience; the body in relation to others, the earth and the universe; the body as a system; the body as metaphor; the five senses; or the relationship between the body and technology.

“I always look forward to the Biennale. It’s such an exciting opportunity to see what artists in our community are doing,” said Adrienne Fast, Curator of Art and Visual Culture at The Reach. “With this exhibition alone, I learn more about the creative landscape of this region than in two years of studio visits.”

To be eligible to apply, artists must currently reside in the Fraser Valley (Hope to Langley) or have lived in the area for the past two years. Only original artwork can be submitted for consideration, and all artwork must have been produced in 2021 and/or 2022.

The deadline to apply is October 15. Visit theeach.ca/submissions to download an application form.

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