Sunday, Apr 16 | 9:00 am - 5:15 pm
Gabriola Arts & Heritage Centre

9:00 am – CREATIVE ACTIVISM: A panel discussion »  Facilitated by Martha Cole,

Fibre Artist and All Beings Confluence Creator Can art change the world? Is creativity the key to positive social change? How do we use art to build a strong, engaged community? Explore these questions and more in a thought-provoking discussion with this group of artists who combine creative skill with political activism as they strive to make change and create a better—and more beautiful—world for all living things.

Bob Bossin is a legendary figure in Canadian folk music and his 2014 book Davy the Punk won several honours including the Pinsky-Givon Prize for non-fiction. His award-winning music video Sulphur Passage played a significant role in preserving the forest of Clayoquot Sound.

Laurie Burns has been privileged to live on Gabriola for the past 7 years. She is busy realizing her childhood fantasy of making things, and celebrating a life which includes time for dreaming each day. Kristin Miller has made quilts about war, prejudice, infertility, the oceanic web of life, community, and the environment. She started the UnspOILed Coast Quilt Project, and collaborated on the interactive Salish Sea Map and the Kinder Morgan Egg Challenge.

Leanne Prain is a Vancouver graphic designer and author of 3 published books. She enjoys looking for the intersections between the handmade & fabricated, and the intentional & accidental.


10:30 am – PREPARING YOUR PORTFOLIO » with Patt Scrivener

Grab the attention of potential collectors and galleries with a polished portfolio. Discover tools to put together a portfolio in a digital format using online tools, and one that can be printed, too. Learn what to include, how many images, and how to format it. Award winning artist Patt Scrivener conducts workshops for Professional Art Groups and in her own studio. Her goal is to help students discover their intuitive creativity.


11:45 am – ACTIVISM THROUGH ART  »  with Leanne Prain

An exploratory tour of how artists and designers use their work to activate social or political change. Leanne will share and discuss how art can be used to implement civic collaborations, community co-creations, conversation-worthy street art, and covert storytelling. Author and designer Leanne Prain currently works at a public engagement program at Simon Fraser University. Her books are Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti, Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery, and Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles. 


1:00 pm – INSPIRED LUNCH WITH BREAKOUT WORK SESSION  »  Facilitated by Leanne Prain

A time to gather and workshop ideas on how to launch an unusual art project, rally community, and document collective work. Participants are encouraged to share stories of their own subversive art projects. Generously sponsored by Robert’s Place


2:00 pm – IRON ARTIST  »  with Chris Straw

“Allez create!” It’s a battle of the artists. You’ll be paired up with another challenger, and armed with a stash of mystery supplies. Collaboration, innovation, spontaneity, and fun! The panelists from earlier will judge your creations at the end of 30 minutes, and the winning teams will get mystery prizes! Hosted and egged-on by Colour Commentator Chris Straw.


3:00 pm – NAVIGATING ETSY your own online workshop  »  with Mei Dunlop

In this general beginner’s course, you will learn how to navigate the online marketplace, Etsy. Know your brand, and market your items attractively online by using keywords and good descriptions to get yourself found, and look at seller stats to track performance. Mei Dunlop runs several online stores on Etsy and has sold over 20,000 items on and offline.  She’s very active in her community and is currently co-planning another Etsy market.



Learn clear, simple, creative strategies, to design a social media plan that works for you as an artist! With some helpful tools and shortcuts you can create pathways to engage your audience and reach people never before within your spectrum! With a background in Fine Arts Education and years of entrepreneurial experience, Deidre Tansey is the founder of the new creative digital media agency, Ampersand Media, that enables small businesses and creative individuals to reach their full potential within a realistic time  budget.

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$35 for the day, 18 & under $5 | includes luncH, Coffee/tea Nutrition breaks sponsored by Red Roaster Coffee, Slow Rise Bakery, & Nature Spirit Earth Market