Based out of South Surrey, this 15-week full scholarship program helps prepare teen artists for post-secondary or other future plans. Contemporary artist Jason Wright will be leading weekly classes and offering mentorship. Other guest artists will share their techniques and ideas to further enrich the student experience. Through research, concept development, and finalizing artwork for a May 2018 exhibit, every teen will finish the program with content for their portfolios and an exhibit on their CVs.
Wright imagines his work as a playful and parodic examination of everyday objects. “My work often seeks to complicate the gaps between the intended use value and reception of these objects and to disrupt and play with their naturalized and commonplace meanings,” he writes on his website.
Using humour to explore his interests —sculpture, drawing, photography, text, installation, collage, and painting — Wright expects laughter, but aims for contemplation. “My work is ultimately about this desire to belong, and of not quite getting it right: the delirious instability of a juvenile imagination, the pursuit of unavailable objects of desire, the failed body, the parodic body,” he writes.
He’s also interested in food, so we hope you’re hungry! “Really, the work is just about putting stuff in your mouth. The mouth and food and art. For much of it anyways. The drawings not so much. Well, maybe a bit.”
Applications for the Visual Arts Teen Scholarship Program (South Surrey) are due December 11, 2017 and must include a portfolio, letter of intent, and an artist statement. Find all the details and download a form today!