The four speakers will be featured at Dig This! Exploring BC Clay, an all-day symposium to be held at the Shadbolt Centre Saturday, March 21. The artists will exhibit their work at the Gallery of BC Ceramics, on Granville Island, from March 5 to March 29. All four be present for a reception at the Gallery from 5pm to 7pm on March 20.
Robin Dupont received his BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary and his MFA from Utah State University in Logan, Utah. He also studied at the Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson and the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. He has been a visiting artist and instructor at numerous institutions, and he has participated in several artist residencies. In 2013, he was nominated for the RBC Emerging Artist Award. He lives in Winlaw, BC and makes utilitarian wood and atmospheric-fired pots that are exhibited across Canada and the United States. For more information on Robin and his work, please see his website at robindupont.com.
Sarah Lawless graduated from the Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson. She worked as assistant to Wayne Ngan. In 2008, she received a British Columbia Creative Achievement Award, and in 2012, she was nominated for the RBC Emerging Artist Award. Her work has been shown in several exhibitions, including “BC-Japan” in Tajimi, Japan and “Celebrate Craft” in St. John’s, Newfoundland. In 2010, she was a guest artist at “Fired Up!” in Victoria, British Columbia. Since 2008, Sarah has been an occasional lecturer/instructor at Kootenay School of the Arts. She works out of her studio at her home in Kaslo, British Columbia. For more information, please see her Facebook page at SarahLawlessPottery
Kathleen Raven is a self-taught potter who has been creating pottery and sculpture for over 20 years. She grew up in Revelstoke and lived in Salmon Arm and Kamloops, where she ran a pottery studio named Raven Underground. Her work has been included in group shows at public galleries in Kamloops, Salmon Art, Revelstoke and Vancouver, as well as private galleries across BC. Her work has been published in two Lark books and included in the private ceramic collection of former US President Bill Clinton. Kathleen currently lives on Salt Spring Island. For more information, please visit her Facebook page at: RavenUnderground666
Brendan Tang was born in Dublin, Ireland and is a naturalized citizen of Canada. Tang has lectured at conferences and academic institutions across the country, and his professional practice has taken him to India, Trinidad and Japan. He has exhibited at the Seattle Art Museum, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and Art Labor in Shanghai. He has been profiled by The Knowledge Network and featured in printed publications including The National Post, Wired (UK and Italy), and ELLE (Canada). In 2014, he was the recipient of the RBC Emerging Artist Award. Tang currently lives in Vancouver. For more information, please see his web page at brendantang.com .
The lecture will be held on Friday, March 20, 2015, at 7:30 pm, in Room 245 in the North Building of Emily Carr University of Art + Design (1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver). All are welcome and encouraged to attend.