Vancouver Biennale is a non-profit charitiable organization that displays and celebrates art in public spaces. The 2014-2016 Vancouver Biennale in Squamish is a community-based initiative funded by many local businesses and organizations, including the District of Squamish.
Biennale [Bee-in-ah-lay] is the Italian word for bi-annual. The original Biennale art show was in Venice in 1895. Other notable Biennale’s are held in Paris, Berlin, New York, and throughout the world. The high-profile biennales attract representation from renowned international artists, with cultural tourists making specific efforts to travel and see the artworks associated with the shows. The Vancouver Biennale is the only outdoor biennale that includes neighbouring municipalities (for 2014: Richmond, New Westminster, City of North Vancouver and Surrey) and is 100% accessible by the public. With a strong emphasis on sculpture, the Vancouver Biennale has expanded to also offer a school program, as well as tourism-oriented activities like the Bikennale (non-profit charity fundraiser that bikes to the biennale artworks).
Squamish proudly welcomed three Biennale artists during the two-year initiative.
In addition, Squamish hosted 11 residency artists from India, Syria, Bahrain, Mexico, USA, Australia, and Edmonton.
Artist: Tammam Azzam (b. 1979, Syria)
Location: Coast Mountain Academy at Quest University Canada
Artist: Kirstin McIver
Location: Downtown Squamish (Victoria Street at Loggers Lane)
Artist: Jonathan Luckhurst (b. 1979, Canada)
Location: Panorama Trail at the Sea to Sky Gondola
Artist: Chris Landau (b. 1978, USA) & Miguel Horn (b. 1983, USA)
Location: Squamish Adventure Centre
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District of Squamish aims to combat ‘build first ask permission later’ mentality with new surcharge
Initiating work in Squamish without a permit now comes with a costly consequence.
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Squamish Murals Project aims to bring colour and creativity to public spaces
Public spaces throughout Squamish will soon be transformed into permanent works of art thanks to a new public art project...