Bryan Newson graduated from UBC in 1970 with a BA in literature and political science. In 1986, he joined City of Vancouver colleagues, artists and others in setting up the City’s Public Art Program for Civic and Private Development, which was his privilege to lead until 2016.Newson states that the best and most innovative parts of the public art program are all based on input from the many, many artists, curators, City Councillors and others whose collective efforts enable artists to make, in public, important cultural statements about the times and place in which we live.
Helen Reed and Hannah Jickling
Helen Reed and Hannah Jickling have been collaborating since 2007. Their projects take shape as public installations, social situations and events that circulate as photographs, videos, printed matter, and artists’ multiples. They are currently fascinated with the “contact high” intrinsic to collaborative work, especially in their recent projects with children. Giant vegetable growers, orienteers and therian teens also feature in their work.Since 2015, Reed and Jickling have been co-developing Big Rock Candy Mountain with the students, teachers and administrators at Queen Alexandra Elementary School in East Vancouver. Supported by Other Sights for Artists’ Projects, Big Rock Candy Mountain privileges a wide range of productive capacities and processes that expand traditional notions of public art. Reed and Jickling currently teach at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, located within the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Tseil-Watuth and Squamish First Nations.Bios taken from the City of Vancouver website.