Vancouver Public Library Houses Visual and Written Art

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Memory Palace: Three Artists in the Library centres around the idea of the library as a utopian space – one that nurtures knowledge, understanding and creativity. The project, which was developed by the Doryphone Independent Curators Society, was funded with $36,000 from Arts Partners in Creative Development, and features commissioned works from visual artists and writers. Work explores issues related to the role of the library and collective and individual knowledge in society, including notions of the “living archive” and human “trace.” The end result is being conveyed in the Vancouver Public Library’s main branch in several forms including poetry, song, photography, video and audio projection, and three 20-foot banners in the atrium and other high traffic areas on the library site.

Arts Partners in Creative Development assists BC arts and cultural organizations to create and develop new works or further develop existing works. The program is in partnership with Canada Council for the Arts, Province of British Columbia, City of Vancouver, Vancouver Foundation and VANOC.