Home Words 2

There is something so very beautiful about being in a room with others, listening to pens scratch the pages, hearing words so often held inside, spoken out loud. Home Words creates a space of intimate gathering where one feels less alone.

 – (Claire, HW1 trainee)

From 2017-2018, the Home Words Project(1) (phase 1) trained an intergenerational group of Salt Spring writers in the healing art of personal storytelling, using the four practices of Writing Alone together (2). Trainees then facilitated new writing groups with diverse populations on Salt Spring and in Victoria. Writing and sharing their words in a safe space nurtured writers’ individual growth, fostered supportive connections and cultivated a sense of belonging and resilience.

During 2018-2019, Home Words 2 expands the reach of this transformative arts- based process by training practitioners in the social services on Salt Spring Island to facilitate this model with their existing client groups.

We are currently inviting practitioners who work with youth and mental health, youth violence prevention, adults dealing with mental health, island families, First Nations, and victims of violence to participate in this new training. Training takes place Saturday, and Sunday, November 17 – 18, 2018, 10am-5pm in Ganges, Salt Spring Island.

For further information and to apply, please contact Yael Wand, project administrator at 250-537-0899 or email admin@ssartscouncil.com.

 

This project is supported by:

 

 

 

1 supported by the Salt Spring Arts Council, B.C. Arts Council, School District 64 and the Salt Spring Foundation.

2 based on the book Writing Alone Together; Journalling in A Circle of Women for Creativity, Compassion and Connection (2014, Butterfly Press.) Wendy Judith Cutler, Lynda Monk and Ahava Shira

 

2018-09-21T15:43:09+00:00Categories: Community Initiatives|0 Comments

SSICA 2018

Salt Spring Island Ceramics Awards (SSICA)

The Salt Spring Arts Council is proud to support the SSI Potters Guild and SSICA:

October 4 – October 14, 2018
Mahon Hall, Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada

Opening Reception: October 4, 6 – 8pm
Awards Gala: October 13, 7pm

The Salt Spring Island Potters Guild is pleased to announce the launch of the Biennial Juried Exhibition called the Salt Spring Island Ceramic Awards, featuring the best in ceramic art from the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island. 62 works of Ceramic Art have been juror selected and will be exhibited and for sale at our historic Mahon Hall on Salt Spring Island.

The aim of this award is to encourage artists whose practice demonstrates originality, creativity and technical skill resulting in work with depth and visual impact. The intent is also to strengthen the Guild by raising its profile in the ceramic community and with the general public.

For further information regarding SSICA, contact: ssica@saltspringpottersguild.com.

For Further details visit the SS Potters Guild Site.

Back so SSICA

Events and Workshops

Oct 4, 6 -8pm Harvest Offering Opening Reception.

From Flat to Form: Workshop with Katrina Chaytor
Friday, Oct. 12, 10am till 5 pmSaturday, Oct. 13, 10 am till 3pm.
Cost: $150+GST | Early bird special $125+GST.
The workshop takes place at Mahon Hall.
Register Now

Awards Gala
Saturday, Oct. 13, 7pm at Mahon Hall
Prize winners announced

Panel: Makers in Action
Sunday, Oct. 14 10am till 12pm at Mahon Hall
Moderated by Laura Carey, President of the BC Potters Council. Featuring Katrina Chaytor, Jonathon Bancroft-Snell, Trudy Golley, and Alwyn O’Brien.

SSICA 2016

Salt Spring Island Ceramics Awards (SSICA)

The Salt Spring Arts Council is proud to support the SSI Potters Guild and SSICA:

October 6 – October 16, 2016
Mahon Hall, Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada

Opening Reception: October 6, 6 – 8pm
Awards Gala: October 16, 1 – 3pm

The Salt Spring Island Potters Guild is pleased to announce the launch of the Biennual Juried Exhibition called the Salt Spring Island Ceramic Awards, featuring the best in ceramic art from the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island. 64 works of Ceramic Art have been juror selected and will be exhibited and for sale at our historic Mahon Hall on Salt Spring Island.

The aim of this award is to encourage artists whose practice demonstrates originality, creativity and technical skill resulting in work with depth and visual impact. The intent is also to strengthen the Guild by raising its profile in the ceramic community and with the general public.

For further information regarding SSICA, contact: ssica@saltspringpottersguild.com.

For Further details visit the SS Potters Guild Site. Back to SSICA Events & Workshops

Harvest Offerings Exhibition: Salt Spring Island Potters Guild Membership Show
October 6 – 18, 2016  Salt Spring Fine Art Gallery, 135 McPhillips Ave, Salt Spring Island 1
1 – 5pm Daily (closed Mondays), Free Admission, Open to public.

Oct 6, 5 -7pm Harvest Offering Opening Reception.

Engaging Pots -Master Workshop with Bruce Cochrane
October 14 and 15, 2016  Mahon Hall  10 – 4pm
Cost:  $150+GST  |  Early Bird Price $125+GST
Register Now.

A limited number of scholarship bursaries are available.

Panel: The Power of Clay and the Creative Process
Saturday, October 15, 2016, Mahon Hall   7pm
Free Admission
Panelists: Bruce Cochrane, Laura Carey, David Lloyd, and Tam Irving and Moderator Julie MacKinnon

Vessels – Drawing on […]

2018-08-08T11:23:31+00:00Categories: Community Initiatives, SSICA|0 Comments

Behind the Lines: Contemporary Art from Syria

This February, SSAC is stepping well beyond the borders of our Island to bring a powerful exhibit of contemporary Syrian artists. Behind the Lines is a partnership between: the Penticton Art Gallery & the Cyrrus Gallery Damascus.

Curated by: Paul Crawford, Penticton, British Colombia, Canada, www.pentictonartgallery.com and Humam Alsalim, Damascus, Syria, www.Cyrrusgallery.wordpress.com ; Founding Member SYRIA.ART – Association pour la Promotion de l’Art Contemporain Syrien, syriaartasso.com

The exhibit runs Friday, February 16 – 25, 10am – 5pm. Mahon Hall

 

Volunteers: Interested in taking part: we are looking for volunteers willing to sit as Volunteer Attendants during the exhibit. Sign Up to Volunteer Here.

 

Special Events during the Exhibition:

Friday, Feb 16 – Opening Reception, 6-9

Thursday, Feb 22 – AiR Visiting Artist Talk with Greg Constantine, 7-9

Sunday, Feb 25 – Curator Talk & Panel, 2-4pm

 

Curatorial Statement: Paul Crawford:

In the midst of a conflict that has gripped the entire world, Behind the Lines | Contemporary Art from Syria is a traveling exhibition featuring close to 100 paintings, photos, video and sculptures created by 19 contemporary Syrian artists. This exhibition found its genesis online when Paul Crawford the Director/Curator of the Penticton Art Gallery reached out to Humam Alsalim, a young Syrian architect, founding member of SYRIA-ART and co-founder of the Cyrrus Gallery based in Damascus, Syria.

This powerful exhibition provides a unique window into the lives and minds of those affected by the devastating war through their art. At the time of original planning of this exhibition most of the 19 artists featured were still living in Syria. They come from places made familiar through news reports like Aleppo and Homs. […]

2018-02-13T16:43:24+00:00Categories: Community Initiatives|0 Comments

Family Day 2018 with e.s.l

Join us on BC Family Day – Monday February 12, 2018 – at Mahon Hall for a family show with e.s.l.

1pm – Fun start with crafts, snacks and facepainting

2pm – Showtime with e.s.l

Suggested Donation: $5/person

Music, crafts, facepainting, snacks hot chocolate!

Family Day is brought to you by the Salt Spring Arts Council, with support from wonderful community sponsors.

Home Words: ‘Building Community’

Home Words is a project of Connecting Generations and the Salt Spring Arts Council, and supported by the BC Arts Council and the Salt Spring Foundation. Since the fall of 2017, a group of local islanders has been meeting regularly and learning to facilitate community writing groups. Participants will doing practicums and hosting a number of community writing groups on SSI in early 2018 (Jan through March).

If you are interested in finding out more or participating in one of the writing groups, please contact Sarah Hook-Nilsson e: shooknilsson@sd64.bc.ca


Written by a Home Words Participant

November 21, 2017

Prompt: What are you witnessing in yourself and others through the practice of Writing Alone Together?

Building Community

A large circle at the Gulf Islands Secondary School with bowls of fruit and snacks. Ahava at the head, welcoming, warm. We go around the table introducing ourselves, where we’re from. A writing prompt, followed by the scribbling of pens on paper. Around the circle, sharing our writing, bit of ourselves. Opening up, listening, hearts.

In this practice I’ve noticed a softening, where before there may have been an edge. Seven weeks have flown by. Through these weeks, I have gotten to know faces, even remembered names. It is a place where I come to, where I belong. It is a space where I feel safe. It is the building of community.

Sharing has become easier, although still at times frightening, heart beating in throat. I’ve learned about listening, really listening, letting go of my own answer, my own thoughts, so I can truly pay attention, and catch myself when I’m not.

Part of me doesn’t feel ready to leave, out the doors, on our own. Part of […]

2018-01-18T12:02:25+00:00Categories: Community Initiatives|0 Comments

Artists from the Fringe Silent Auction

Sunday, August 13th, 2-4pm
SS United Church

Artists From the Fringe is a group of over 30 artists who attend the volunteer run program called ArtJam, sponsored by SSAC. The program provides a safe, welcoming space for members of our marginalized community, where they can be defined as creators and artists, rather than by the challenges they regularly face. By celebrating their unique creative accomplishments and reinforcing the value of their work through public exhibitions, we promote positive self-identities and help build self-esteem.  Obtaining support from various community organizations has provided the ability to build bridges between our members and the rest of the community. This is our first Silent Art Auction and the proceeds will go to the artists and to the ArtJam program.

2017-08-10T15:50:27+00:00Categories: Community Initiatives|0 Comments

Dialogue with the Arts: Yuri Arajs

The next Dialogue with the Arts Speaker is:
Yuri Arajs – Artistic Director of Vancouver’s “Kickstart – Disability Arts and Culture”
Website: www.kickstartdisability.ca

Yuri will be talking about the Kickstart Philosophy and the challenges facing those of us who are professional artists and identify as persons of disability.

His talk will be held in the gallery space of ArtSpring
On Saturday August 12 from 7 to 9 PM
The talk takes place at the Artspring Gallery during the “Salt Spring Stories” exhibition.
2017-08-10T15:10:53+00:00Categories: Community Initiatives|0 Comments

Home Words Project

SSAC is proud to partner with Connecting Generations. This arts-based community development project is supported by the BC Arts Council.

To apply, please email Sarah Hook-Nilsson at shooknilsson(at)sd64.bc.ca

Writer and facilitator Ahava Shira will train 12 people from the community—6 youth and 6 adults—to facilitate multi-generational writing groups in intergenerational teams beginning in September 2017.

Using the four practices of Writing Alone Together (as co-developed by Shira with co-authors Lynda Monk and Wendy Judith Cutler in their 2014 book of the same name), project participants will explore writing as an artistic practice and as a tool for fostering connection and belonging. Participants will also be engaged in a creative conversation about their diverse and particular experiences of “home” and about connection to the land and people of Salt Spring.

After the fall training, facilitator-trainees will participate in a 4-week practicum in January and February 2018, bringing their newly acquired skills to schools and organizations in the community. A final event in March will be a community celebration, which will include a public reading by participants of the project and a workshop for those who want to experience the process of Writing Alone Together.

Family Day 2017: Ta Daa Lady

Join us on BC Family Day – Monday February 13, 2017 – at Mahon Hall for the Ta Daa Lady Show!

An interactive musical show like no other! The Ta Daa Lady is a gentle, fun-loving soul who will delight families as she clowns, dances and mimes her way through all sorts of crazy antics with her lovable puppets Stumpy and silly Riddle Snake.

Time: TBC

Suggested Donation: $5/person

Music, crafts, facepainting, hot chocolate!

Family Day is brought to you by the Salt Spring Arts Council, with support from wonderful community sponsors.