The PopUp Newton Gallery + Creative Hub has opened its doors for a six-month season of programming, including exhibitions, artist residencies and interactive art projects presented by seven artist collectives.
New this year is the addition of a “Creative Hub” concept, which was developed from a desire not only to showcase art work, but also establish a space where the community can interact directly with artists and each other through creative exploration. Visitors can expect hands-on art experiences and artist residencies as a central part of the 2016 program.
“The PopUp Gallery in Newton allows for an expanding group of artists and curators to come together where they can engage with Surrey residents in their own neighbourhood,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “The City is thrilled to see such a positive reception by both artists and residents to this unique community art initiative.”
The first exhibition, Drawing Landscapes, explores how artists are re-defining their relationship to environmental and digital space, and features art work by Genevieve Robertson, prOphecy sun, Sandee Moore, and Adrian Diaz.
“Art can be such a powerful catalyst in creating dialogue and connecting people,” said Councillor Villeneuve, Chair of the Culture Development Advisory Committee. “This project brings to life some of the key recommendations outlined in the City’s Cultural Plan in regards to creating decentralized art experiences throughout the City.”
PopUp Newton emerged in 2015 as a City-supported community art pilot project, developed in collaboration with a group of Surrey artists, the Newton BIA and local businesses. The resulting program included store-front and window exhibitions, as well as a community art walk. This initiative supports the City’s vision to develop a “cultural corridor” through the heart of the City along King George Boulevard. PopUp Newton Gallery + Creative Hub is located on 137 Street at 72a Avenue. Hours of operation are Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 5PM. For more information, and a complete list of exhibitions, visit the project’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/popupnewton