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Newsletter | Upcoming Reception, Calls, Studio Spaces, and Social!

In this September 2023 Newsletter:

  • Reception | OUR LANGUAGE (1555 Duranleau Street, Vancouver / September 21 @ 6pm)

  • Call | Printermedia Artist Residency intake

  • Social | MetalAid x VMAA at Irish Heather Shebeen (September 27)

  • Call | 2023 VMAA Exhibition: Evolving Spaces (Deadline Nov 1, 2023)


Dear VMAA Community,

I hope you have all enjoyed a restful and rejuvenating summer. For those of you who were unable to attend the Annual General Meeting earlier this year, it is my pleasure to introduce you to the 2023-2024 Board of Directors:

A shout-out also to the hardworking members of the exhibitions committee: Returning members Clarissa Long (who recently stepped down as Chair), Zula and Suzanne Nairne, and new members Celeste Lucero Maas (the new fearless leader), Mina Saneei and Enhui Stella Lee.

Lastly, a heartfelt thank you to VMAA founding member, former president and longtime exhibitions Jan Smith concludes over a decade supporting the organization this week.

If you missed the AGM, you will also have missed some exciting updates and reports back with regards to the City of Vancouver and BC Arts Council-funded metal arts hub feasibility project we have been working on over the past couple of years. I urge you to read the annual report to discover the insights from our community needs assessment phase, and to reach out if you would like to be involved or feed into the upcoming operational and financial models phase.

There are exciting things afoot this fall, and we look forward to sharing more updates on space, upcoming initiatives and partnerships with you soon.

Sincerely, Ingrid Valou VMAA President


Reception | OUR LANGUAGE

September 21, 2023 / From 6-8pm

"Our Language" is an exhibition in five parts that represents, in sequence, five resident artists' individual statements, followed by a group exhibition that illustrates how metal and jewellery arts form a common language among them, and frame their shared understanding.

You are cordially invited to join us at the launch of the final exhibition, which concludes this five-week series. This last week will feature all five residents and their respective themes:

DAIK’EO | Maura Tamez

IN MY BODY | Celeste Lucero Maas

BLOOM ELSEWHERE | Cicy Sze-Yin Ching


LANGUAGE | VMAA Artists feat. Rob Van Yperen, Maura Tamez, Celeste Lucero Maas, Cicy Sze-Yin Ching, Eunhui Stella Lee

Location: Malaspina Printmaker Studios 1555 Duranleau Street Vancouver, British Columbia

Show Dates: September 22-24, 2023

Gallery Hours: Friday through Sunday

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Reception Date and Time: September 21 6pm-8pm

We hope to see you there!


Call | Printermedia Artist Residency intake

Application Deadline | Rolling intake

Join a cohort of driven and ambitious metal artists and create, research and innovate to your heart's content in the very centre of Vancouver.

Printermedia Residency Program – Metal Arts presented by Malaspina Printmakers Society with the support of the Vancouver Metal Arts Association

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Residency dates: October 1, 2023, to March 31, 2024 (six months) with potential for extension.

Features: 24/7 access to shared studios equipped for printmaking, dark room, design suite and a fully equipped woodshop; access to a new metal shop on location in suitably zoned downtown Vancouver art studio; skill sharing, exhibiting, sales and demonstration opportunities.

Residency fees: $250/month

Location: 1265 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada


Social | MetalAid x VMAA Meetup

It's the first social of Fall 2023!

Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Time: 5pm-8pm Pacific Time

Location: Irish Heather Shebeen (Vancouver Chinatown)

248 E Georgia St

Vancouver, BC

New to the community and want to meet people? Longstanding member ready to reconnect since our last hangout? Good news: it's a MetalAid x VMAA Meetup, which means there'll be a small gaggle of us talking shop and catching up at the Irish Heather Shebeen in Vancouver's Chinatown. Please RSVP if you can so we know how many to expect, and how many tables to hog.


Call for Annual VMAA Group Exhibition

Application Deadline | November 1, 2023

VMAA invites artists to submit work that explores what becomes present in spaces that evolve and transition.

We will be partnering with the Craft Council of British Columbia to present a group exhibition titled [Evolving Spaces: Transitional in Nature]. Evolving Spaces celebrates jewellery and metal arts in dialogue with the concept of the dynamism of spaces and phases in an artist's life.

Consider the following:

  • Spatial limitations that impact the ability to live/exhibit/work

  • Changes of heart

  • Cultural losses and gains

  • Metamorphoses

  • Transitions

  • Silver linings

  • Coming of age

Application deadline:

1 November 2023

Work received by:

10 January 2024

Exhibition dates:

25 January 2024 - 22 February 2024

Please note that while any artist may apply, those selected to exhibit will be required to be VMAA members in good standing at the time of the exhibition.


Thank you all for reading! We'll soon be in touch again with more updates. Until next time. Warm regards, Ingrid Valou


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