FUSE: A Conjuring
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 10, 8pm-12am

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Advance tickets are now SOLD OUT. You may purchase tickets at the door.

200 advance tickets are available for purchase online. Advance ticket holders may check-in through the Membership Line. All other tickets will be available at the door.

Simranpreet Anand | Kate Barry + Michael-Ann Connor | Grape Witches (Nicole Campbell + Krysta Oben, with coven members Lisa Haley, Maude Renaud-Brisson and Layla Smith) | Hick | Stacey Ho | Erika Holt | Shawn Hunt | Tsema Igharas | Kelly McInnes + Rianne Svelnis | Minimal Violence | Soledad Muñoz | Stephen Murray | Yusu

With FUSE, the Vancouver Art Gallery transforms into the city’s most exciting place for art, music and live performance. Since its inception in 2005, thousands of visitors have converged at the Gallery to experience innovative and experimental ways of engaging with art. Performances, music and surprises—in the gallery spaces and through the building—make FUSE Vancouver’s favourite art party. FUSE also provides a unique opportunity for visitors to explore the exhibitions currently on view at the Gallery, as well as a place to spend time with friends in the FUSE lounges.

FUSE returns Friday, November 10 to present an artful evening of magic, spell and ritual. Become part of the coven at FUSE: A Conjuring, a night of unexpected happenings and surprise encounters—from artist bars to live performances, music and dance. Featuring artists from across the country, FUSE: A Conjuring will create a lively environment where FUSE-goers can cast a desirous and contemplative gaze into how artists’ materials and processes create a magical art experience.

FUSE: A Conjuring is curated by cheyanne turions, Director of Education and Public Programs at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

This will be the last FUSE event free to members. Starting 2018, in order to continue to deliver new and innovative programming, FUSE events will become a paid event for all attendees. As valued supporters of the Gallery, members will continue to have preferential access with the opportunity to purchase tickets online in advance at a 50% discount ($15).

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FUSE Admission: $29 | Tickets at the door.

*No passes or discounts valid for FUSE admission. Senior, Student and General Admission tickets do not apply towards FUSE admission. Cash bar.


Simranpreet Anand
In her interdisciplinary artistic practice, Simranpreet Anand engages with cultural, feminist, and psychological theory and research, exploring how these fields interrelate and collide with one another in contemporary society. She is committed to a socially engaged practice and has worked on community engagement and education projects with the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, the Burrard Arts Foundation, the the University of British Columbia and documenta 14. Anand is also the Director of the Hatch Art Gallery at the University of British Columbia, where she is completing her BFA Honours in Visual Arts and Psychology.

Kate Barry
Kate Barry’s work investigates the performative capacities of the human body through video, drawing and performance art. She received her BFA from Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver, and her MFA from the University of Ottawa. She has exhibited, and performed works both curated and self-produced throughout Canada as well as internationally.

Nicole Campbell
Nicole Campbell is a wine importer, educator and writer. She holds French Wine Scholar and WSET Diplomas, but learned more through countless wine travels, innumerable late nights, and vintages in France and Australia. She was recently recognized in Ontario Hostelry’s Top 30 Under 30, though is now over 30, so it likely does not apply. She created Grape Witches with philosophical soulmate Krysta Oben to bridge the widening gap between sommelier and consumer (while wearing a velvet gown). Campbell is a regular contributor to CBC Life, a champion of natural wine across Canada and probably plotting something.

Michael-Ann Connor
Michael-Ann Connor is a first generation Trinidadian-Canadian. She holds degrees in Alternative Economics from the University of Manitoba, and a BFA from Concordia University. A trained dancer and actor by trade she uses her professional background in commercial film and television as a foundation for her independent work, which is focused primarily on social commentary.

Hick is Andrea Lukic, Serbian-born Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist. Her work focuses on surreal, fantastic, absurd, alchemical, and grotesque visions, sounds and cognitive forensics. Her previous music projects include Nü Sensae, Heavy Chains, and V.Vecker Ensemble.

Stacey Ho
Stacey Ho is an artist, writer and curator living on unceded Coast Salish territories. Her practice considers intersections of culture, history and embodied experience from a feminist perspective. With a background in photography and performance art, she often incorporates language, sound and gesture into her work. She has recently exhibited through Art Metropole (Toronto), Galerie oqbo (Berlin), and Dar’a: Full Circle, a group exhibition curated by Jamelie Hassan at Artcite (Windsor). She is presently developing a body of work around listening, place and memory with assistance from a Project Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Erika Lövgren Holt
Erika Lövgren Holt lives within Coast Salish territories and is a sometimes writer and artist working mostly in photography and video. Her current interests include the history/herstory of contemporary social life, feminist epistemologies, jazz and heavy guitars, humour, constructive criticism and generosity. She is continually invested in the meaning of small gestures towards everyday liberation.

Shawn Hunt
Shawn Hunt is currently based in Roberts Creek B.C. He is an artist of Heiltsuk ancestry. His work takes on a complexity of influence from both his training in traditional design, painting, wood and jewelry carving, and his engagement with contemporary questions of subversion, preconception and fluid meanings. Hunt has a diploma in studio art from Capilano College as well as a BFA from the University of British Columbia where he majored in sculpture and drawing. Hunt comes from a family of artists. His father is Bradley Hunt, a prominent Heiltsuk artist with whom Shawn apprenticed. He also apprenticed with Coast Salish painter Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun from 2012 to 2015.

Tsema Igharas
Tsema Igharas is an interdisciplinary artist and member of the Tahltan First Nation. She studied Northwest Coast Formline Design at K’saan (2005/06), has a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design (2011). Igharas has shown and performed in Canada including Richmond BC, Toronto ON, Montreal QC and Calgary AB, and internationally in Chiapas, Mexico and Santiago, Chile. She graduated from the Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design program at OCAD University in 2016, showing her thesis work, LAND|MINE, which connects materials to mine sites, and bodies to the land.

Kelly McInnes
Kelly McInnes is privileged to be a dance artist based on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. McInnes creates multi-disciplinary work that explores socio-political issues, through a feminist lens, to inspire dialogue towards change. McInnes has interpreted projects for MACHiNENOiSY, Restless Productions, Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, the 605 collective, Metal Dog, Chick Snipper, Anne Cooper, Daina Ashbee, Sammy Chien, Jacinte Armstrong and Ashley Whitehead. Currently she co-facilitates MINE Youth Project, a collaborative creation workshop and process, with dance artist Rianne Svelnis. McInnes is also a member of the performance collective Pressed Paradise.

Soledad Muñoz
Soledad Muñoz is an interdisciplinary artist born in Toronto, Canada and raised in Rancagua, Chile. Her work seeks to explore the analogy between the ever-changing social spaces we inhabit, the inter-connectivity materialized in the woven structure and an embodied experience of sound. In 2014 she founded Genero, an audio project which focuses in the distribution and greater representation of femme-identifying and non-binary artists working in the sound realm. Muñoz was the recipient of The City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Emerging Artist in Craft and Design and The Emily Carr President’s Media Award—Installation/Interactive Media.

Stephen Murray
For 15 years Stephen Murray has been producing, collaborating and recording music. He has worked with musicians and visual artists such as K-OS, LAL, Kelis, Nestor Kruger, David Armstrong Six and Janice Kerbel. Spending a significant part of his formative years in Barbados, Murray moved to Canada at the age of 10. From those early years, Canada represented an exciting landscape, both musically and ethnically diverse. Through a process of live and programmed instrumentation Murray’s compositions aspire to generate overtones for the listener that are more compelling than the sum of their parts.

Krysta Oben
Krysta Oben is a sommelier and wine educator. She works to highlight winemakers who make low-intervention, delicious wines with integrity, consistency and care. “Natural” wine is not a dirty word! She joyfully includes these wild wines on the list at one of Toronto’s best restaurants, with the deep conviction that there’s a place for every wine at the table, except perhaps Apothic Red. ¯\_(?)_/¯. Exhausted by the stereotype of a sommelier as a bro in a cheap suit, she created Grape Witches with her bestie Nicole Campbell to share wine in a more playful, witchy, dreamy way.

Yu Su
Kaifeng-born, Vancouver-based musician and DJ. Half of You’re Me.

Rianne Svelnis
Rianne Svelnis is an independent dance artist with Baltic and Central European lineage and a second generation settler on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tseil-Waututh First Nations. Svelnis graduated from Modus Operandi Contemporary Dance Program in 2016 and currently teaches at the Harbour Dance Centre. She has danced in works by Justine Chambers, MACHiNOiSY, Emmalena Fredriksson, Sasha Kleinplatz, Daisy Thompson, Kelly McInnes, Naomi Brand and Areli Moran (Mexico), amongst others. Svelnis also brings experience working in advocacy for survival sex trade workers, and in mental health and addictions support in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

Minimal Violence
Formed in 2014, Minimal Violence is a Vancouver based collaboration between Lida Pawliuk and Ashlee Luk. Focused on hardware production and performance, Minimal Violence are known for their drum heavy and acid-tinged live sets.
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FUSE images: Cherry Archer; Melissa Baker