Sunshine Coast Summer School (Archive)

Due to measures in place to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, this summer school plan has been postponed; please check back for updates in 2021!

This design studio intensive will focus on expanded practices of design as translation with a focus on place-based design. Working in and through the coastal community of Sechelt, BC in late August 2020, and with the support of the Sunshine Coast Arts Council , this summer school engages participants to develop responses to the social, cultural and ecological challenges of the area, with a focus on the theme of invasive species.

Participants will be encouraged to explore challenges facing the local area with a focus on ecological and environmental issues and related social, cultural and political conditions. The focus of this week will be on invasive species and their impact, use and integration in the local environment and economy. Participants will be provided with readings prior to the beginning of the school order to familiarize themselves with these themes, and develop their understandings through on-site interaction with community members, as well as immersion in the local environment.

Over the course of the 9 days, the school will host a number of local designers and artists, who will share their work and assist in critiques. We plan to visit local studios and galleries, and the Tems Swiya Museum of the shíshálh Nation. Excursions to nearby sites of environmental and social significance are also planned, such as to Porpoise Bay (where students may also camp for the week), Hidden Grove, Burnett Falls, and more. This summer school takes an expanded approach to studio practice in information design, supported by rich interchange with local practitioners and immersion in the local environment. An exhibition and public presentations of project work, at the exhibition space and the SCAC Gallery, will mark the end of the intensive.