Guest House

Guest House
Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 12:00 pm to Saturday, May 30, 2015, 5:00 pm

Steve Allen Bjornson 

Friday, April 10 - May 28, 2015, during gallery hours Tues - Sat, 12-5pm

Victoria based musician, designer, and developer Steve Allen Bjornson installed Roomtone in Open Space’s listening room. This interactive sound installation transforms the sounds created by the viewers into a sonic critical mass before resetting itself to start all over again. Come and explore.



April 10, 2015, 7pm & April 11, 2015, 10am -5pm.

Works from participants of the Handmade and Analogue Filmmaking Program

In February and March, MediaNet has been presenting its Handmade and Analogue program, an eight-week filmmaking course, exploring the ideas and techniques behind experimental film production. Hand-developed, scratched, painted or processed, these new works explore the limits of contemporary film. Join us for a presentation of works created by participants in this program.


Indigenous Youth Arts Program

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 5PM

Open House

The Indigenous Youth Arts Program hosted an open house to introduce this years program. Following on the success of the previous years Indigenous Youth Artist Showcase that invited youth to work with Mentors together in a studio environment and engage indigenous art and cultural practices and make work for a pop-up shop and gallery exhibition. This year the program engaged with video and digital storytelling.

A screening of videos available online chosen by participants of last years program was shown in the gallery from Tuesday, April 14 at 12pm until Thursday, April 16 at 9pm.


Support Network for Indigenous Women & Women of Colour

Friday, April 17, 2015, 7PM

Reproductive Justice: Raising Our Voices Through Photography

An exhibition of reproductive justice themed photography. Featuring: Trison Nguyen, Chinanye Obiajunwa, Boma Brown, Paul Castrodale, Tribesty Nguyen, Kevin Adam Henry, Wenshuang Yu. Music by Z!K.


Resource Centre 

April 22-25, 2015, gallery hours 12-5 PM

Book Fair

Open Space hosted a mini-book fair in the gallery. We launched the Reclaim the Streets publication, a record of the program that we developed the previous year with Cam Kidd and Sara Fruchtman to explore the state of uncommissioned street art in Victoria. We also invited other artists and poets to present their recent publications.


Open Word Readings and Ideas: Brenda Miller

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 7:00 PM

Genre: Literary

Open Space, in partnership with the University of Victoria Department of Writing Orion Series in the Fine Arts, hosted Brenda Miller as part of its literary series Open Word: Readings and Ideas. Interview by David Leach.


Improv 374

Friday, April 24, 2015, 7:30 PM

Admission by Donation; suggested donation $10
Genre: improvisation, concert

Having met in Alexandra Pohran-Dawkins’ improvisation class at the University of Victoria School of Music, these emerging musicians are ready to show what they’ve got! Come join us for an evening of improvisation with some of Victoria’s upcoming improve talents.


Yvonne Blomer

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 10am and 2pm

Poets Converse with Street Art | A Walking Tour

Yvonne Blomer, the new Poet Laureate for the City of Victoria hosted walking tours downtown where local poets presented responses to a variety of public art works.

Beginning at the Central Library poets lead the public on a walking tour of Victoria’s city streets and gave ekphrastic readings of art on the street. Hosted by Victoria’s Poet Laureate Yvonne Blomer and Youth Poet Laureate Zoe Duhaime with poets Wendy Morton, Garth Martens, Rhona McAdam and Daniel G. Scott.

Meeting place was the Central Library Courtyard.


Highlights of the tour included past Poet Laureate Carla Funk’s Poetry Tree, “Raising a Tea Cup” with foodie Rhona McAdam’s response, and “Holding Binoculars” and Youth Poet Laureate Zoe Duhaime’s performative response. We ventured to Open Space Gallery on the tour to see what String Figure Art Anne J Steves had been creating and how Art and Poetry can Reclaim the Streets.


Anne Steves

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 4PM

Spine artist book launch

Anne Steves, launched her new limited edition artist book Spine that she created as an artist-in-residence the past fall at Open Space in conjunction with Flask Publishing. Anne researched the use of string figures as means of communication. Exploring narrative and non-narrative threads Anne will gave an artist talk about her practice as well as provided a demonstration of string figures by local educator Michele Hibbins.


Music We Love

Sunday, April 26, 2015 @ 2:30 p.m.

Admission by Donation
Genre: talk, education, new music

Music We Love (formally known as the Victoria Score Reading Club) was an opportunity to hear people share the music that inspires them. Composer Alex Jang hosted this event. Music being discussed was always performed (live or pre-recorded), the musical score was available, and all were welcome regardless of musical experience. If you knew nothing about contemporary music, this was the best and most welcoming way to try it out!


Ministry of Casual Living

Friday, May 1, 2015, 7 PM, Opening reception

Exhibition continued to Saturday, May 30, 2015


Artists: Jennifer Stillwell, Hjalmer Wenstob, Yoko Takashima, and B.A. Lampman

Included an Open Space sponsored work, Diamonds by Todd A Davis.


Dockside Green

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 7 PM

Public Conversation

Dockside Green hosted a public conversation THE VALUE OF A THRIVING ARTS & CULTURE SCENE IN VICTORIA to kick off a series of events during the spring, summer and fall 2015. The conversations addressed Victoria as a capital city outlining its approach to the arts as integral to the city’s identity.



Friday, May 8, 2015, 7pm

Contre-Oeil: Canadian and Québec experimental films and video art (1960-2011)

From surrealist refractions to punk and dissident factions, this screening brought together a unique collection of avant-garde film works. Tearing apart the barriers between eras, borders and mediums, the viewing experience encompassed a total experience of the unstrapped brain of subterranean luminosity and high voltage experimentations. The evening included a screening of Jaffa Gate, an experimental animation work by Richard Raxlen.


glassclothwoodmetal & other materials 

Saturday, May 23, 2015 @ 7 p.m.

Admission by Donation; suggested donation $10
New music, concert

On Saturday May 28, at 7 p.m. the Victoria Composers Collective presented glassclothwoodmetal & other materialsglassclothwoodmetal & other materials was a showcase of recent works for voice by a selection of young and emerging Canadian composers curated by composer Janet Sit . This concert was a great introduction to Canadian and contemporary new music. The concert included recent compositions by Dave Riedstra, Janet Sit, Lynne Penhale, Nolan Krell, Nathan Friedman, Alex Jang, Maria Eduarda Martins, Kim Shepherd, and Liam Gibson.

In the words of the Victoria Composers Collective: “glassclothwoodmetal & other materials presents a diversity of sounds possibly related only by the resonating bodies [the instruments and singers] in which they find themselves.” Audiences came and discovered the possibilities of the human voice in survey of vocal works by the up-and-coming composers in Victoria.

Concert Program
Sound Communion - Maria Eduarda Martins
O tu, che porti nelli occhi sovente - Liam Gibson
Emruz - Janet Sit
Hmm - Lynne Penhale
6! x 46 x 21 - Nolan Krell
-–--—- - Dave Riedstra
momentary encounters (3) - Alex Jang
Four Domestics - Nathan Friedman
Firm Resolve - Kimberley Shepherd

About the Victoria Composers Collective
The Victoria Composers Collective is a Victoria based community of young and emerging composers and musicians, who write and present new pieces and concerts out of the love of contemporary music.


New Music Programming that coincided with Guest House

Crofts/Adams/Pearse with Hemmingway
Thursday April 2, 2015, at 8:00 p.m.

Raging Against the Machine (Thin Edge New Music Collective and Ensemble Paramirabo)
Wednesday April 29, 2015, at 8:00 p.m.

Quatour Bozzini (featuring music by Alvin Lucier)
Late May


Sponsored Event

Thursday, May 14, 2015 @ 8 p.m.
Co.ERASGA presents 
Tickets: $15
More information:
Genre: Dance, New Music

PARADIS/Paradise streams within the moments of synchronicity in the chosen space with raw, eccentric and bold palates of sounds, imagery and movement projecting the body, with its internal paradise (pure sensation), out to the external world. Created as a collaborative partnership between Contemporary Canadian choreographer and dancer Alvin Erasga Tolentino and French contemporary bruiste/noise musician Emmanuel Mailly. In Victoria, PARADIS/Paradise will be joined by vocal artist Cathy Lewis.


A special thank you to Tom Lee Music for providing the piano at Open Space for all Guest House activities.

To embrace the spirit of hospitality in spring, Open Space presented Guest House, a series of projects that explored the nature of space, sharing place with neighbours, guests, family and friends. In April and May we hosted a series of exhibitions and events organizational members of the Open Space community who we have invited to present projects in the gallery. 


Participants included: Anne Steves, Alexandra Pohran-Dawkins, Alex Jang, Co.ERASGA, Dockside Green, MediaNet, Indigenous Youth Arts Program, Janet Sit, Ministry of Casual Living, Todd A Davis, Steve Allen Bjornson, Support Network for Indigenous Women & Women of Colour, Victoria Composer’s Collective, Yvonne Blomer, plus more.