The Cultural Development Commission (CDC), on behalf of the City of Nelson, is proud to announce Angelika Werth’s appointment as Nelson’s 2010 Cultural Ambassador.
Angelika, a local artist of international renown, works in Fashion, Fibre and Wearable Art. She started her practice with a three year dress-making apprenticeship at Yves Saint Laurent in Paris, France, receiving a degree as Master dress-maker-designer. Currently, she is an instructor in the Fibre Department at the Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson, as well as teaching workshops across B. C. related to Fashion, Furniture and Wearable Art. Her work is exhibited and available for sale at the Craft Connection Cooperative on Baker Street in Nelson.
“Angelika meets all the requirements to be a Cultural Ambassador for Nelson,” says Councillor Donna Macdonald. “Her work is stunning, her practice is very professional, and she travels to exhibit and teach. We know she’ll represent us well.” Adds CDC Chair Stephanie Fischer, “ Angelica’s work is contemporary sculpture, using fibre and incorporating accessories of the highest quality into beautifully tailored gowns. I admire her tent dresses which are literally made from old BC pioneer tents.”
Angelika has had multiple solo exhibitions including her Waistcoat/Wastecoats exhibition at the Alberta Craft Council in Edmonton in 2006, and the Brassiere Series at the Canadian Craft Museum in Vancouver in 1997. Werth participated in invitational / curated group exhibitions in Canada, France, Japan and England and in the United States. Her work was accepted into over 30 juried exhibitions including Fibreworks in Cambridge, Ontario and the Contemporary Craft in BC: Excellence With Diversity at the Vancouver Museum in 2008. She is also a recipient of the 2008 B.C. Creative Achievement Award.
Werth is the second Cultural Ambassador that Nelson has appointed, the first being the Corazon Youth Choir who were appointed in 2009. Angelika’s appointment was announced at the Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce Business After Business Annual General Meeting, held on March 30th at the New Grand Hotel.
The CDC established the Cultural Ambassador position in recognition of local individual artists, groups or collectives who have achieved a high standard of excellence in their artistic discipline and who are active not only in Nelson’s cultural community but extend their talents to other communities and countries. The Cultural Ambassador is expected to represent and promote the City of Nelson on their travels, increasing the visibility and cultural reputation of Nelson. In return, the Cultural Ambassador can use their official designation in their own promotional materials, programs and fundraising.