Make Art Project Workshop: Resilience

October 15 2016 / 11:00am - 1:00pm


WHERE: Comox Valley Art Gallery, 580 Duncan Ave.
Saturday, October 15, 11am-1pm full workshop, or drop-in to contribute to the project in progress. Workshop is followed by an artist talk and reception for the opening of the MAP exhibition program with Sandra Semchuk and Justin Langlois
Admission to the gallery and the make art project series is by donation. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Join us for this MAKE ART PROJECT workshop that will examine different perspectives on resilience. The workshop is facilited by Vancouver-based senior artist Sandra Semchuk.  The theme for the workshop stems from the new work currently on exhibit at the Comox Valley Art Gallery, entitled The Stories Were Not Told.  Through hands-on art-making, collaborative processes, and material experimentation, participants will be offered an opportunity to explore resilience as it relates to identity, using a range of art materials. Sandra is interested in identity construction–the affects of the denial of identity and strategies that peoples and individuals have developed to create agency and self-determination in the reclamation of identity. Workshop participants will be invited to consider:

What does it feel like to be seen?  To see somebody else?
What does it feel like to see ourselves?
When we go to the lake or spend intimate time with trees or rivers or birds why do we, in time, start to feel more like ourselves?


Sandra is a second generation Canadian Ukrainian and Polish artist from Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan. She is a storyteller, photographer and video artist who works collaboratively using the familial, autobiography, and dialogue across generations, cultures and species. Sandra is primarily interested in dialogue as the basis for recognition and identity formation. She is currently completing the book, The Stories Were Not Told: Stories and Photographs from Canada’s First Internment Camps, 1914-1920. She has worked with internee descendants–largely Ukrainian Canadian–and their stories from WW I to integrate memories with possible effects of the internment on identity and cross-cultural learning in Canada. She has photographed the sites of the 24 internment camps and compiled historical photographs and documents. Sandra teaches photography at Emily Carr University.

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