Early and Night Shift at the Royal BC Museum November 21, 2014

Early and Night Shift at the Royal BC Museum November 21, 2014. Media release and preview.

This past year, the Learning Department has invited three Victoria artists—Aimee van Drimmelen, Lindsay Delaronde and Gareth Gaudin—into the Royal BC Museum for a year-long residency. In addition to taking part in our Wonder Sunday and Night at the Museum events, they went behind the scenes to creatively chronicle the extraordinary objects and specimens that make up the museum collections.

On November 21st we are having an Early Shift Family event, followed by our adults only Night Shift, both on the theme of Creative Collections.  Our artists in residence will be featured, but we are inviting other artists into the galleries, as well as curators and collection managers to make the galleries come alive for a fun and playful night where art meets science.

Calling all Families!

You are invited to come see what Artists in Residence Aimee van Drimmelen, Lindsay Delaronde and Gareth Gaudin have been up to over the last year, and get creative as well.  The museum collections come alive through museum exploration and play…and cookies and juice of course.  It’s an early ‘evening shift’ of images, objects and the art of doing!

Early Shift: Creative Collections
November 21st 6:30  to 8pm.

Tickets $10 per person, $30 per family (up to 2 adults and 3 youth)

Parents! After the kids are put to bed, come back for some overtime with “Night Shift

Once the “Early Shift” has clocked out get your creative juices flowing during Night Shift.

For the last year, Aimée van Drimmelen, Lindsay Delaronde and Gareth Gaudin have been poking around the collection areas of the Royal BC Museum as artists in residence.

The three of them each have approached the objects and ideas within the museum and archives from their own creative sensibility. Join them and others for some creative hacking of the museum.  It will be an evening of images, the art of doing mixed with libations and a dash of music. You are sure to be inspired.

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Night Shift: Creative Collections
November 21st 8-11pm 19+ only and must show ID
Tickets $30 per person, 10% discount for members

What is Night Shift?

The objective for Night Shift is to provide vital and contemporary adult program in the evening hours at the Royal BC Museum and to meet our strategic priority of exhibiting our collection, disseminating information relating to BC’s history, the museum and archives and growing our adult audience.

Following examples of other museums in Canada and abroad, the Night Shift format combines a party atmosphere (entertainment, drinks, food) along with learning elements (talks, demonstrations, hands on activities) to offer visitors an entertaining evening with opportunities to interact with museum staff, collections and community experts.

Who Attends Night Shift? And How Many?

The majority of the audience tends be to adults in their 30s. All ages from 19 – 75 have been in attendance. Visitors tend to come in couples or small groups. Our attendance has ranged from 100 – 170.

What is the Audience Looking For?

In addition to having fun, the audience is very keen on interacting with experts, listening to presentations and trying activities such as drawing and making things.

Biographies of the three artists:

Lindsay Delaronde

Lindsay Delaronde is an Iroquois, Mohawk woman, born and raised on the Kahnawake reservation. Delaronde began making art at a young age, practicing traditional forms of art making such as beadwork and cultural crafts. She began her journey to become an artist travelling to the West Coast of British Columbia. With a B.F.A from the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, and an M.F.A from the University of Victoria, Delaronde continues her art career creating work directly related to being an Indigenous woman in contemporary mainstream society.

Currently, Delaronde utilizes print-making (silk-screen printing and photos transfers), painting, drawing and video, all with the motivation to expand the evolution of Indigenous peoples and their histories. She intends to construct Indigenous perspectives within Western society to bring forth truth and reconciliation through the act of creation and visual understanding.

Gareth Gaudin

Gareth Gaudin is a Victoria born and raised cartoonist and painter specializing in local history, architecture, folklore and cats. His comic book starring the Perogy Cat is what he’s best known for but his association with the museum may just eclipse that yet.

Aimée van Drimmelen

Aimée van Drimmelen is a Canadian artist who grew up in Saskatchewan. Self-taught, she obtained a degree in anthropology from Concordia University and worked for several years in communications and journalism before starting a career as an artist and illustrator in Montréal.

Aimée’s work has been exhibited in Montréal, San Francisco and New York, and she does regular creative work for a variety of clients across North America. Her first animated short “Black Gold” was produced by the National Film Board of Canada in 2011, and her second short “H.C.” won a 2012 AI-AP International Motion Art Award. She is currently based in Victoria, British Columbia.

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