OXYGEN ART CENTRE WELCOMES VANCE WRIGHT AS ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE
Residency: 26 April – 20 May 2023
Exhibition: 27 May – 17 June 2023
We are thrilled to welcome Vance Wright as Oxygen Art Centre’s Artist-in-Residence from Wednesday, April 26, 2023, to Saturday, May 20, 2023.
Wright is a two-spirit reconnecting member of the Tl’azt’en Nation who was born on the traditional territories of the S’inix’t Nation, colonially known as Nelson, BC. They return to their hometown for a four-week residency to explore decolonialism through beadwork, sculpture, and curatorial practice.
An emerging artist and curator, Wright is currently engaged in an undergraduate degree at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Critical & Cultural Practices and Sculpture. During their residency Wright intends to pick up various threads in their practice concerning concepts of trace and portals, and how they relate to curatorial practice. This will be primarily explored through textiles like technical camouflage and beadwork practices, as well as formal engagements with hegemonic exhibition tropes.
During the residency, the public are invited to visit with Wright during two Open Studio events on Saturday, May 6, 2023, and Saturday, May 13, 2023, between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. Open Studios provide an informal opportunity to engage with the artist and their practice. Learn more information about adjunct public programs by visiting Oxygen’s website and social media.
Following the residency, Wright will present new and existing works in an exhibition entitled Tracelines, on view from Saturday, May 27, 2023, to Saturday, June 17, 2023. Oxygen Art Centre will be open to the public Wednesdays to Saturdays from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM during the exhibition run. Admission is free or by donation.
Vance Wright will be Artist-in-Residence at Oxygen Art Centre from Wednesday, April 26, 2023, to Saturday, May 20, 2023.
This program is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the British Columbia Arts Council.
Image Credit: Vance Wright, Courtesy the Artist
About the Artist
Vance Wright is a two-spirit reconnecting member of the Tl’azt’en Nation who was born on the traditional territories of the S’inix’t Nation, colonially known as Nelson, BC. They are an interdisciplinary artist who is currently attending Emily Carr University of Art + Design with a focus in Critical & Cultural Practices, and Sculpture.
Julia Prudhomme (she/her)
Executive Director / oxygen art centre
#3 – 320 Vernon St. Alley Entrance
Nelson, British Columbia , V1L 4E4
Tel: 250 551 6329
Oxygen Art Centre acknowledges with gratitude that we are located on the tum xula7xw/ traditional territory of the sn̓ʕay̓ckstx/the Sinixt People. As uninvited guests we honour their ongoing presence on this land. We recognize that the Sinixt Arrow Lakes, Sylix, Ktuxana, and Yaqan Nukij Lower Kootenay Band peoples are also connected with this land, as are Métis and many diverse Indigenous persons.