Welcome to our new project page!
These are projects that we have taken on in addition to our usual operational programming, and how you can get involved.
new metal arts studio
& artist residency
We are partnering with Malaspina Printmakers Society to jury a new six-month metal arts residency in their Howe Street Studios location in downtown Vancouver.
We will also be helping them to build a new metal arts production facility at the same location and are accepting donations or leads on what you think would make for a fantastic facility. Contact us with leads and suggestions.
From inception, our group exhibitions have comprised the majority of our work. However, this year we will be taking stock of how to develop a more sustainable and impactful exhibition season in 2023-2024. We'll still be busy! Stay tuned for a call for a partnership with the Burrard Arts Foundation and the holiday Gifted (2022) show.
metal arts hub
We were successful in securing funding from the City of Vancouver to undertake a feasibility study for a purpose-built metal arts production facility in the city.
VMAA and City in Colour interviewed subject matter experts, including arts support organizations and metal and jewellery artists, to complete a needs assessment for a facility that centres decolonization, sustainability, accessibility, and inclusive skill-sharing. With the kind support of the BC Arts Council and the City of Vancouver, VMAA is now embarking on the second phase of this project: to explore the financial and operational feasibility of a decolonized, inclusive metal and jewellery artist hub desired by the community.
decade archive project
2022 marks ten years of VMAA, and the history of our organization has included many, many fantastic artists. Over the next year, we hope to apply for and secure funding for assistance with properly archiving many articles, exhibition catalogues and featured artist profiles.
We acknowledge with gratitude the contributions of the City of Vancouver Cultural Services department, whose Cultural Spaces (small grants) funding stream has made both phases of our metal arts feasibility project possible.