Drawing Room | Emily Carr Drawing Club

Drawing Room engages drawing methods to assist cross-disciplinary research and help participants to explore, connect and map various fields of knowledge. 
 By providing and nurturing a friendly and supportive environment, Drawing Room allows ECU students to meet practitioners from diverse backgrounds to share and discover new experiences via drawing.

Drawing Rooms curriculum so far, is chronicled here.

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September 20
taking a line for a walk
mistakes, accidents and creativity

16 participants

Most students came from the Illustration department. Other participants included a psychotherapist, researcher form Estonia and a former teacher from Mexico. Students mentioned to experience fun and relaxation by drawing together, admitting they are under constant pressure of grading and (class & projects) expectations. Programmed creativity: Merit (Estonian researcher) remarked how students use “cliche and templates” to draw, following aesthetic trends (manga and similar) and pre-programmed outcomes.

October 4
beyond reason
intuition, dreams and play

18 participants

David Roomy (Jungian psychotherapist) introduced the subject of dreams as “information below the threshold of conscience which cannot be controlled, but could be applied in creativity.” He analyzes his dreams for last 56 years. Dreams are intimate experiences and for that reason uneasy to share in public. Most drawings adopted surrealists’ aesthetics, reflecting inner & enigmatic visions. Drawing and playing encouraged participation and exchange, generating playful compositions constructed out of unexpected elements.


October 18
piercing eyes
perception, analysis and stimulation

20 participants

Drawing exercises were designed to increase perception and stimulate awareness of the environment. Note by Merit (Estonian researcher):
Drawing is indicating deficiency of creative thinking. Participants seems to be more preoccupied with “how will their work be perceived”, rather than “what they have to say or express”. Participants cherished meeting practitioners form various fields of knowledge, pointing out the Drawing Room provides them with a unique experience to meet and learn from each other.

November 1
far side of the ego
collaboration and sharing

17 participants Collaboration and sharing is always fun and inspiring, allowing participants to free themselves form high expectations. All drawings were done collectively, allowing participants to change dynamics and work “without attachment” to their ego. The session was dynamic and vibrant, with everyone moving form one drawing to another, sometimes spending more time and sometimes adding a minor contribution.

November 15
analogies and metaphors
connections, interactions and associations

20 participants Library provided the biological specimens form the Maritime Museum, a wonderful and unusual source of inspiration. Participants studied these atypical forms, altering and modifying them into diverse subjects using analogies and metaphors. The structure of this event provided a setting for meditative drawing, resulting in high quality works.

January 15
drawing on drawing
conversations and sharing

8 participants

This session provided participants with opportunity to teach and learn form each other. Everyone took a turn to explain their own drawing method or technique, instructing others how to apply particular drawing steps. This session generated a feeling of mutual trust and confidence by sharing personal stories and practice.

January 30
mapping strategies

12 participants

This session was introduced by presentation on Situationists and psychogeography mapping & strategies. This was an event of “interpersonal” drawing explorations, where participants had opportunity to create unique
(personal) visualizations and convert them into maps. Participants mostly consisted of a “core group” which formed over time and some of them attended almost every event. This group consists mostly of several former & current students.

February 13
doing & undoing

9 participants

This session encouraged participants to expand their creative process in many directions, including making, unmaking and remaking strategies. Most participants combined collage and drawing to assemble and deconstruct images and forms, which resulted in producing three-dimensional (sculptural) drawings. Some experienced challenging moments, especially when asked to destroy their works and others enjoyed the dynamics and creative process accompanied by unknown results.

February 27
drawing time
performance, action

Drawing is a private and intimate affair. Performance is maybe the most challenging drawing medium, as most people are protective of their privacy. As the sessions progressed, participants felt more and more confident, uncovering the power and energy coming form “live” or performative drawing. This dynamic event engaged certain participants, while others observed what is going on. Performance requires more time and practice than any other type of drawing.

March 12
outside format
breaking rules

8 participants

This session was affected by the news on COVID-19 epidemic, resulting in a reduced number of participants. The event combined informal conversations about drawing and unconfined drawing exercises, independent of any prediction or rule. The evening was dedicated to discuss the Drawing Room events and to gain feedback and better understanding of the state of drawing at the ECUAD in order to prepare program for future events.

Drawing Room is generously supported by the Faculty of Culture + Community and ECU Library & Ron Burnett Library + Learning Commons.

Workshop + Conversation with Charles Campbell

Charles Campbell, Actor Boy: Travels in Birdsong, 2017. Installation and performance. Photo: Oakar Myint

Renowned Jamaican-born, Victoria-based artist Charles Campbell visits Emily Carr on Thursday 27 February 2020 to share his current research and projects, which address the lack of archives and knowledge of black historical communities across BC and Canada, alongside lost and erased theories and understandings of non-human and beyond-human actors.

The afternoon workshop for students and faculty has limited capacity, so do sign up soon, and all members, friends, and neighbours of the Emily Carr community are invited to join the evening conversation and discussion.

Storying for Awakening: Workshop with Charles Campbell
Thursday 27 February 13:00 – 15:00 @ 3rd Floor West Atrium

This workshop is open to students and faculty interested in embodied storytelling as a mode of awakening and a means for activating erased, marginalised, and underserved presence and voices. Through a series of prompts and exercises, Charles Campbell will share his creative process and research methodology for his performance project Actor Boy: Travels in Birdsong, which, by responding to histories of migration and settlement, manifests alternative possible futures.

In keeping with the intimate work of this session, participants are limited to 20 on a first come, first served basis.  Please e-mail Candice Hewitt at chewitt@ecuad.ca to secure a spot, to be confirmed by reply.

On Erasure and Emergence of Communities: Charles Campbell in conversation with Denise Ryner, Phanuel Antwi, and Vanessa Richards
Thursday 27 February 17:30 – 19:00 @ Reliance Theatre, with light refreshments

How can we pay attention to absence and what does it take to address erasure?  Drawing out the lines of flight in Charles Campbell’s artistic investigations of historical, ecological, and culture ruptures in instinctual and involuntary human and animal migration, this multi-vocal panel discussion folds and travels through time and space to interrogate those forces that lead to the historical erasures of communities and inspect those memories that mobilize their reappearance and revitalization.

A few words about our guest artist and speakers on 27 February:

Charles Campbell (MFA, Goldsmiths) is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, and curator whose work explores and disrupts dominant social narratives in and from the Carribean.  By examining histories of slavery and emancipation through painting, installation, performance, sound, and video, he creates metaphorical carriers of ecological and cultural memory to articulate movements that connect to larger patterns towards contemplating possibilities for the future.

Denise Ryner (MA, UBC) is Director-Curator at Or Gallery and Research Associate in the Department of Visual Arts and Film at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt.  Her extensive research interests, also as a writer and educator, include how auto-ethnography influenced early 20th-century culture of the Black diaspora.

Phanuel Antwi (PhD, McMaster) is Assistant Professor of English at University of British Columbia.  He writes, researches, and teaches critical black studies, settler colonial studies, black Atlantic and diaspora studies, Canadian literature and culture since 1830, critical race, gender, sexuality studies, and material cultures.

Vanessa Richards (MPhil, Cardiff) is Founder and Choir Leader of Van Van Song Society.  As an interdisciplinary artist and facilitator with a foundation in music, writing, performance, and collaboration, she is committed to the unique history and futurity of people of African descent in British Columbia.

This double bill is sponsored by Emily Carr’s VP Academic + Provost’s Office.


Encounters on Aesthetic Commoning

Encounters on Aesthetic Commoning
Christoph Brunner | Critical Practitioner in Residence, Spring 2020

Join the Faculty of Culture + Community in welcoming Dr. Christoph Brunner, Visiting Research Fellow at McGill University and Assistant Professor of Cultural Theory at Leuphana University, Germany. Christoph will guide a three-part exploration of the aesthetics of commoning practices, activist sense, and institutional narratives at Emily Carr University of Art + Design over evening workshops on 24 and 25 February and a lunchtime lecture on 26 February.

These activities are free, with light refreshments served, and open to all members of the Emily Carr community, as well as to our friends and neighbours.  Spread the word and create some action!

Workshop | Hapticality in the Undercommons
Monday, February 24, 2020 // 18-20h
Boardroom, D2315

This text-based discussion session revolves around a collective reading of Stefano Harney’s “Hapticality in the Undercommons, or from Operations Management to Black Ops” (see reading below). By relating two artworks—the practice of South African performance artist Athi-Patra Ruga and Yellow Patch, a film by photographer and filmmaker Zarina Bhimji (see resources below)—Harney proposes different temporalities and rhythms that resist capitalist capture.  Through our collective exercise, we will investigate what constitutes sense, what activation and activism as resistance against hegemonic sensuous regimes mean, and how to common in light of these questions.

Reading + Resources:

Workshop | Replay and Relay: Modes of Extractivism and Knowledge Capture
Tuesday February 25, 2020 // 18-20h
Boardroom, D2315

While art schools and institutions of higher education are places that allow for esoteric practices to maintain relevance beyond immediate application and economic value, they are far from resisting the lures of value extraction. Let’s inspect the underbelly of how capitalism harnesses and exploits the production of knowledge through even well-intentioned inclusion strategies, community outreach, and participatory research at universities.

This session invites everyone to bring a concern, experience, or expression of these modes of extraction (e.g., a piece of or excerpt from creative or analytical writing, a static or moving image, a clip from an animation or documentary). We will take the time to listen, sense and be with these situations, towards fabulating and confabulating beyond the immediate impulse of making sense.

Lecture | Activist Sense and Modes of Organizing
Wednesday February 26, 2020 // 11:30-12:50h
Reliance Theatre, A1060

Questions of how to build transversal alliances beyond solidified identities while maintaining a certain edge define one of the key challenges for practices of commoning and their political potential. In this session, Christoph Brunner will outline preliminary thoughts and practices of activist sense by drawing on his long-term engagement with SenseLab—a laboratory for thought in motion in Montreal—and the initiation of the ArchipelagoLab for Transversal Practices at Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany. Extending what a lab might be and how to undermine institutionalizing impulses, questions of organizing as a commoning practice will enter the conversation through considering the alternative international media center FC/MC during the 2017 G20-summit in Hamburg.

Christoph Brunner works at Leuphana University in Germany. His research lives in the intersections of media, affect and aesthetic politics. He focuses on contemporary social movements and their use of aesthetic techniques and strategies. Recipient of the Canada Council of the Arts’s prestigious John G. Diefenbaker Postdoctoral Award, Christoph is hosted at McGill University’s English Department in Montréal, Quebec, this academic year. During his stay in Canada, he is working on his book project entitled Activist Sense: Towards an Aesthetic Politics of Experience. In Luneburg, he directs the ArchipelagoLab for Transversal Practices and participates in SenseLab and the European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies. His writings have appeared in Third Text, Inflexions, transversal, Journal for Aesthetics & Culture, Conjunctions and fibreculture amongst others.

The Critical Practitioner in Residence programme at the Faculty of Culture + Community launched in Fall 2017 and aims to galvanize critical thinking, making, and acting at our university through culture-shifting and community-building. This iteration of the residency is enabled by the Canada Council of the Arts and the generous hospitality of the Novacek family.

Barbara Chirinos | Talk + Conversation

Barbara Chirinos | Talk + Conversation

Join MHIS 429 in Reliance Theatre @ 3:50pm, February 13th for talk and conversation with Barbara Chirinos who will lead conversation on the history of Black horror films and examine the roles of African Americans in the film genre.

Attendees should arrive at Reliance Theatre at 3:50pm, February 13th.

Barbara Chirinos is an independent Curator and Producer. She is the founder and co-curator for VIFF Celebrates Black History Month, entering its 8th year at the Vancity Theatre. Working closely with Artistic Director Margo Kane (Full Circle First Nations Performance), Barbara served as the Feature film & Lead Curator of the NFB Indigenous Short Film Program for the 2017 Drum is Calling Festival. Barbara also co-created (with Mexican artist Ari De La Mora) and produced the International Day of the Dead Exhibit and Tour on Granville Island. She has produced several community engaging events including Afro Hair Savoir Fair (celebrating Black hair and in all its glory through film and partnerships), Feast on Film (bringing lovers of food and film together). Her recent projects include programming and executing the Battered Women’s 40 Years Later gala at Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre, featuring Tarana Burke, founder of the #ME TOO Movement. She also served as Production Coordinator for the 1st Annual Feminists Deliver Conference, bringing together an array of Canadian and North American social justice activists and delegates. Barbara served as Executive Director of the Granville Island Cultural Society and as Managing Director of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. She currently teaches Festival Management at Capilano University and sits on the Boards of The Vancouver Jazz Festival, The Bridge Society, Working Spark Theatre and Haida Gwaii Film Festival.

Community Organizing 101

Come learn some of the basics of community organizing!

This 90 minute workshop is a short introduction to the large topic of community organizing. Spencer, an experienced organizer and facilitator themself, will be introducing workshop participants to some of the foundational concepts of community organizing – concepts that can be applied to organizing events and groups across a wide range of interests and towards varied outcomes. The specific topics covered in this workshop will be determined in relation to participants’ own interests and experience.

Due to the hands-on nature of the workshop, the enrollment will be capped at 24 participants and on a first come first served basis. To register for the workshop, please follow the link below.


This workshop takes place on the unceded, traditional and ancestral territories of the Coast Salish ̓ peoples, including the xwməθkwəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səlil-w̓ətaʔɬ(Tsleil-Waututh).

If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact Joe O’Brien (josephobrien@ecuad.ca).

Community Organizing 101 is made possible with the support of the Faculty of Culture and Community.

FUTURE FRIDAYS | Multilingual ECU Film Series Presents: The Colour of Paradise

The Multilingual ECU Film Series kicks off Future Fridays this semester with The Color of Paradise, directed by Majid Majidi.

Jan 10, 2020 4:00PM – 6:00PM
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On Campus
Reliance Theatre at Emily Carr University of Art + Design
520 E 1st Ave, Vancouver, BC, V5T 0H2
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The Multilingual ECU Film Series welcomes students, staff, alumni, administrators and faculty to a screening of: The Color of Paradise, the 1999 acclaimed drama directed by Majid Majidi. Through breath-taking cinematography and tactile soundscapes, this story of innocence and insight explores how love and responsibility interface with ableism and injustice.

The screening takes place Friday 10 January 2020 16:00 – 18:00 in Reliance Theatre. Doors open at 16:00 for conversation, and the film starts at 16:15.

Director Majid Majidi grew up in Tehran acting in a theatre group as a young boy. After the Iranian Revolution in 1979, his interest in cinema brought him to act in various films, and later, to direct. His film, Children of Heaven, was nominated to receive the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, it was the first Iranian film to have been nominated by the Academy.


Join us Friday September 27th for YOU ARE HERE TO FEEL a poster launch and workshop:

Poster Launch:
3:30pm @The Commons outside Rennie Hall

YOU ARE HERE TO FEEL emerges from the first ever Foundation Performance course, FNDT 154, taught by Zoe Kreye and Guadalupe Martinez in Spring 2019. Through research of embodiment practices students created instructional scores and hosted an open call for creative practices that encourage a deeper relationship with body, feeling and sensing – the fundamental yet often disregarded awareness that shapes our lives and artistic practices.

“Ancestral Justice: Movement, Ritual, and Healing”
4:00 – 6:30pm @ Rennie Hall
*Registration is required, space is limited


In this workshop, generously supported by ECUAD, we will be exploring, through our own bodies, the sacred relationship between dance and social change. We will be particularly focusing on the history of European folk dance and street dance as our reference points, decoding the ancestral secrets they may hold for us by looking at their histories through the lens of trauma-based somatics.

About the Facilitators Tada & Dare:

Tada Hozumi (they/he). I’m a POC (Asian/Japanese) somatic therapist and dancer based in both Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Canadian Pacific North West) and Kanien’kehá:ka (Montreal). At the core of my practice is the understanding that all oppressions, including white supremacy, are energetic ailments of both the individual and cultural body. I believe that individual healing cannot be whole without tending to the cultural, and vice versa, that cultural change cannot be in good faith without tending to all of the bodies that make up the collective.

Some of my lineages in healing are:
–> The schools of modern creative and somatic therapies such as dance movement therapy and expressive arts therapy, the latter which I am certified in. (I would also like to acknowledge that these lineages of modern therapy derive their healing power from the traditional practices of cultures of color as well as European folk cultures.)

–> Asian/Japanese ancestral wisdom traditions such as energy healing and martial arts. (Please note that I am not a practitioner who can explicitly instruct on these subjects).

–> Street dance, particularly ‘popping’, an umbrella term for mechanical street dances that emerged from black and brown communities of the West Coast of Turtle Island during the early 1970s.

I’m Dare Sohei based in unceded Chinookan tribal lands (Portland, OR, USA). My people are from the Afro-Caribbean diaspora (Boriken – Puerto Rican, Taino & African), Spain, France, and Switzerland.

I’m a queer mixed-race somatic educator, ancestral healing practitioner, and neurodivergent ritual animist who specializes in helping humans heal relationships with their bodies, the earth, their ancestors, and the more-than-human world. I trained for many years in somatic movement practices, as a dancer/theater maker/trainer on Ohlone land in the SF Bay area, and have a long ongoing study/praxis into the human nervous system and trauma and how that relates to indigenous wisdom and medicine practices.

Drawing Room Launch | September 20th, 2019

FUTURE FRIDAYS | Drawing Room @ ECUAD Library

YOU ARE INVITED: to join the Drawing Room, a new drawing club at ECUAD.

WHEN: Every second Friday at the Library form 4 to 6 pm starting September 20th.

WHAT: Drawing Room is a space to share and cultivate drawing culture at the ECUAD .

WHY: To facilitate cross disciplinary practice and research.

HOW: Bring and share you passion for drawing.

SCHEDULE / every second Friday at the Library /

Basic drawing materials will be provided

With generous support of the Faculty of Community + Culture

Facilitated by Vjeko Sager

contact vsager@ecuad.ca

AIRS Residency: Jaymie Johnson + Mount Pleasant Elementary

On June 12th, 2019 Emily Carr celebrated the opening of Material Practice in the Faculty Gallery, an exhibition of work led by Jaymie Johnson and Mount Pleasant Elementary School by way of the AIRS program.

The Artist in Residence Studio program or AIRS is a Vancouver-based initiative for providing equitable access to consistent, high quality and socially relevant visual arts education for children. The AIRS program works in partnership with the Vancouver School Board to create dedicated art studios within public elementary schools to enable a local, professional artist to work collaboratively with teachers and provide meaningful hands-on visual arts engagements for children across the whole school.

The exhibition is open to the public from 8:30am – 4:00pm and will run until Friday June 21st, 2019.