Family FUSE Weekend

Family Fuse Weekend

Family FUSE Weekend
August 25–26, 2018
10 AM - 4:30 PM

*FREE for Gallery Members and for children age 12 & under when accompanied by an adult. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Regular adult admission rates apply.

Listen To The Land


What is your relationship with the land around you? What knowledge does the land have to share with you? How can you listen to and learn from the landscape? Join us for Family FUSE Weekend: LISTEN TO LAND, taking place on August 25 and 26, 2018, to discover how artists across cultures use music, film, visual art and performance to tell their stories about what the land teaches them about themselves and others when they listen to it closely.

Download the Family FUSE Weekend event program for full details here.

Artists and Collaborators

DJ O Show

Orene Askew, aka DJ O Show, is from the Squamish First Nation in Vancouver, BC. She is an inspirational speaker, traveling across Canada and the US to foster ambition and drive in youth, encouraging them to make any dream they have into a reality. Askew recently won the Kimberly Nixon Trans, Two-Spirit, Gender Non-Conforming Contribution to Community Award from The Vancouver Pride Society. When Askew isn't spinning beats or inspiring young people, she serves as a member of Squamish Nation Council.

Haruko Okano and Rebecca Graham

The purpose the EartHand Gleaners Society is to connect makers with materials that come directly from the land around them. Through their many projects, they model how to be a producer without first being a consumer, sharing ancestral skills common to cultures around the world. Haruko Okano is a lead artist in EartHand's Land & Sea project and Rebecca Graham has been EartHand's artistic director since 2014. You can experience Okano’s work Intersistere (2018) in the exhibition Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin: how do you carry the land?, which is currently on display at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Tiny Tricycle Poets

Tiny Tricycle Poets is made up of three internationally and locally recognized individuals—Emma Field, Angelica Poversky and Andrew Warner—who have competed and performed all over Canada. They have performed at events like Tedx, Richmond World Festival, CHIMO Voices against Violence against Women and the Canadian Top 25 under 25 Environmentalists celebration. They have shared the stage with artists, instrumentalists, clowns and politicians, provoking thoughts and feelings with their weird, Canadian poetry.

Kate Dawson

Kate Dawson spent her childhood catching frogs, digging for clay and building snow forts in the prairie grasslands of Saskatchewan. Dawson brings a wealth of experience to working with young people from her previous employment as an Early Childhood Educator with UBC Childcare Services, and with the PACE Program and the Richmond School District. Inspired by the schools of Reggio Emilia, Dawson has a keen interest in an educational practice that builds community through collaboration.

Christopher Auchter

Christopher Auchter grew up roaming the beaches and forests of the Haida Gwaii archipelago off Canada’s West Coast, and his art is rooted in the land and stories of the Haida people. Auchter’s art practice is fuelled by his close connection to the natural environment, his adventures in forestry and commercial fishing, and by the colourful people with whom he has lived and worked. From early on, he recorded his feelings and impressions as images, and today his filmmaking serves the same function. Auchter studied media arts at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design and graduated with honours in computer animation from Sheridan College in Ontario.

Roxanne Charles

Roxanne Charles is a mixed-media artist of Strait Salish and European descent. She is an active and proud member of Semiahmoo First Nation in Surrey, where she promotes art, language and culture. Charles is a contemporary storyteller whose goal is to inspire others. She works with a wide range of media, exploring a variety of themes such as spirituality, identity, hybridity, the environment, urbanization and various forms of structural violence. You can view Charles’s work Silheng Kwenkwem [Stand Strong], (2018) in the exhibition Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin: how do you carry the land?, which is currently on display at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Jessa Alston-O’Connor

Jessa Alston-O’Connor holds an MA in Art History from Concordia University. She brings a wealth of experience in museum education, programming, teaching and independent curating in Canadian institutions over the past ten years to her position as an Educator at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Additionally, she teaches at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

Presenting Sponsor:
BMO Financial Group
Visionary Partner
for Art Education:
Ji Ping Bai

Additional support from:

Family Fuse Weekend