Artist Residency—Dion Smith-Dokkie

Jan 4 – Jan 31

SUM gallery activates the New Year with a new artist residency program featuring Vancouver-based West Moberly First Nations artist Dion Smith-Dokkie. Throughout the month of January, Dion will create new multimedia work and engage the community through free, artist-led drawing workshops and an open house. In groups of five, workshop participants will create collaborative charcoal drawings, with a focus on intuitive mark-making and an experimental approach to space and form. Register here to attend a workshop. Space is limited and proof of vaccination is required.

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Dion Smith-Dokkie (he, they) is a painter and visual artist currently living in Vancouver on the unceded ancestral homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ. He is a recent graduate of the UBC MFA in Visual Arts program. Dion also holds degrees from the University of Victoria and Concordia University. His practice hones in on colour and light, skin, screens, clouds and skies, and interfaces of all sorts through the lens of painting, drawing, and video. He grew up in the Peace River region of British Columbia and Alberta and is a member of West Moberly First Nations.

During the residency, Dion will be working on a series of large charcoal and pastel drawings that respond to, nuance and extend their library of video works. They’ll also be working closely with Derek Jarman’s 1976 film, 𝘚𝘦𝘣𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘢𝘯𝘦. Stay tuned to our social media @queerarts and @QAFVancouver for updates on their time at SUM.