Artist Salon Webinar: Curators’ Panel

  • Artist Salon
  • RAG@Home
  • September 29, 2020

    The Artist Salon Series features art professionals leading inspirational artist talks and professional development for visual artists.

    This month’s session features a panel discussion about the behind-the-scenes process that goes into curating at a public art gallery, artist run centre or commercial art gallery, and what the future may hold for these spaces in the coming years.

    Guest panelists Wil Aballe of Wil Aballe Art Projects (WAAP), Shaun Dacey of Richmond Art Gallery, and Henry Heng Lu of Centre A, Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art will share their perspectives and provide valuable information to artists of all levels – from students who desire a career in the arts to working-artists who would like a glimpse at the inner-workings of the curatorial process.

    This was a live online session including Q+A with the online audience.

    About the Presenters:

    Wil Aballe is known as the owner and director of Vancouver-based, Wil Aballe Art Projects | WAAP, founded in 2013. The gallery has given dozens of artists their first presentations, and in some cases, have given prominent international artists their first exhibitions in Canada. The gallery has operated out of four distinctly different gallery locations (an apartment, a large warehouse space, a small confined space, a storefront), hosted many pop-up exhibitions, online exhibitions, online art fairs, international art fairs and international gallery presentations.

    Shaun Dacey is the Director of the Richmond Art Gallery. Before this, he was curator of the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver from 2012-2016, responsible for a diverse program of exhibitions, education and off-site projects with particular focus on the residencies and outreach with artists based at the CAG’s Burrard Marina Field House Studio. His previous positions include director/curator of Access Gallery, public programmer at the Burnaby Art Gallery, and youth programmes coordinator at Oakville Galleries. Dacey holds a master’s degree in critical and curatorial studies from the University of British Columbia.

    Henry Heng Lu is a curator, writer and artist based in Vancouver and Toronto, Canada. Currently, he is Curator + Interim Executive Director at Centre A: Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. He is a co-founder of Call Again, a mobile initiative/collective committed to creating space for contemporary diasporic artistic practices, within Canada and beyond.


    In response to the temporary closure of the Richmond Art Gallery due to the current global health pandemic, RAGA has launched our public programs online to encourage dialogue and connection in the era of physical distancing. Everyone is invited to join us online live or on-demand.

    WATCH: Three Lower Mainland curators introduce their current practice and answer questions from visual artists on how to work with galleries and curators. This panel discussion features Wil Aballe of Wil Aballe Art Projects, Henry Heng Lu of Centre A, Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Arts, and Shaun Dacey of Richmond Art Gallery.


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