Inspired by the theme of ‘where land meets water’, The Foreshore Project brought together a team of emerging artists (youth) and professional artists to collaborate with the community to explore the foreshore at the UBC Peninsula and at the Gibsons harbour.
Artists facilitated workshops for children and youth in visual and media arts; partnered with the Student Environment Centre at UBC to produce a series of interactive community-engaged arts installations; and produced a series of installations along the Gibsons foreshore for the Sunshine Coast Art Crawl. This project was the final phase of a a three-year youth led program exploring parallel themes—The Aquifer Project in 2014 and The Woodlands Project in 2015.
Students and artists explored the foreshore surrounding the UBC peninsula. They gathered natural materials and inspiration to coordinate creative engagement activities on the UBC campus.
For the first activity, the group created a tickle trunk of items from the foreshore, and improvised costumes, props and make-up for students at their End-of-Summer- Welcome-Back Party. Students dressed up and posed for the photo booth titled “Kelp Protect the Foreshore.” The second activity involved collaborating with UBC students to create a mural inside the Student Environment Centre.
Gibsons Art Crawl
With the support of professional artists, youth created a series of provocative visual installations that explored the Town of Gibsons’ evolving and complex relationship to the foreshore. The installation had several viewing points along the lower Gibsons seawalk from Winegarden park through to Armour’s Beach.
Children’s Art & Nature Camps
Artists facilitated spring break and summer camps where children explored the theme of “where land meets water” through the prism of the rainforest—the movement of water, the tides, the treasures left behind—drawing concepts from this inspiration and developing the techniques required to translate these ideas into presentation. The summer camp involved five days of creativity and movement – acrobatics, clowning, sculpture, costume design, and videography – on a spectacular 5-acre woodlands.