Family FUSE Weekend

Family Fuse Weekend

Family FUSE Weekend
November 25-26

*FREE for Gallery Members and for children age 12 & under when accompanied by an adult. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Regular adult admission rates apply.

The Action of Expression


Where do you get your ideas? How do you express them? Join us at Family FUSE Weekend as we turn the Gallery into a space bursting with ideas and action! We will explore a variety of ways in which artists’ ideas and stories can be revealed through movements, gestures and performative processes. Experiment with a variety of materials in hands on workshops and find new ways to express your own ideas with educators, artists and live performers.

Presenting Sponsor:
BMO Financial Group
Visionary Partner
for Art Education:
Ji Ping Bai

Generously supported by:
Ace and Hemsa Fipke

Additional support from:DVBIA


Colleen Heslin
Born in Toronto in 1976, Colleen Heslin is an artist and independent curator based in Vancouver. She completed her BFA at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver and her MFA at Concordia University in Montréal. Heslin founded the Crying Room Projects (1999–2014), where she facilitated independent exhibitions and projects for emerging artists in Vancouver. In 2013 Heslin won the RBC Canadian Painting Competition. She has exhibited her work at the Charles H. Scott Gallery at Emily Carr University, Esker Foundation in Calgary, McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg and Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery at Concordia University in Montréal.

View her work in Entangled: Two Views on Contemporary Canadian Painting until January 1, 2018

Carol Sawyer
Carol Sawyer is a visual artist and singer working primarily with photography, installation, video, and improvised music. Since the early 1990’s her visual art work has been concerned with the connections between photography and fiction, performance, memory, and history. She performs regularly with her improvising ensemble ion Zoo (with whom she has released three CDs) and in other ad hoc music ensembles. Her work is represented by Republic Gallery, Vancouver.

View her solo exhibition Carol Sawyer: the Natalie Brettschneider Archive until February 4, 2018.

Kate Dawson
Kate is passionate about connecting children and families to wondering about their places and spaces - be it art at the Vancouver Art Gallery or the natural environment in her work as an Early Childhood Educator at Terra Nova Nature School. With degrees in Art History and Education, and Inspired by the schools of Reggio Emilia, Kate has a keen interest in an educational practice that builds community through collaboration. One day Kate would like to complete a Masters degree and a marathon, learn to speak Italian, and make more art.

Paul Moniz de Sá
Paul Moniz de Sá has been working as a professional actor for over 20 years both on camera and on stage. Screen credits include Shut Eye, Timeless, Motive, The Flash and playing the evil Giant Meatdripper in Steven Spielberg’s The BFG. His work has been seen on stages across North America including the Vancouver Playhouse, the National Arts Centre and at the Charlottetown Festival in PEI and most recently this past summer at Bard on the Beach. Paul has also worked as a sound designer for various theatre companies in Vancouver including, the Arts Club and Touchstone Theatre. He received Jessie awards for his performances in "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" with Pacific Theatre and "The Overcoat" at the Vancouver Playhouse as well as Jessie nominations for his performance in "Driving Miss Daisy" at Pacific Theatre and his sound designs for "One In A Million" with Green Thumb Theatre and "The Prodigal Son" with Touchstone and Pacific Theatre. Paul began his theatrical training at Arts Umbrella when he was 16 and continued on to study at the prestigious Studio 58 at Langara College. Paul has also made a career as an instructor teaching sound design and acting both on and off camera with organizations such as Bard on the Beach, Douglas College, the Shadbolt Centre and Learning Through the Arts. In 2008, Paul became the Artistic Director of Theatre and Music at Arts Umbrella where he and his wife both direct in the Pre-Professional Theatre Program.

Festival OF Recorded Movement
Festival Of Recorded Movement (F-O-R-M) is a Vancouver based International Movement on Screen festival, celebrating the body in motion through film. Over the past two years, F-O-R-M has screened 60 short films from around the globe and commissioned 10 Canadian shorts all created by youth ages 15-25. These films have showcased a variety of movement forms such as dance, surfing, skateboarding and physical theatre. F-O-R-M aims to celebrate and support new creators and enthusiasts through providing a formal context to screen their work while also encouraging community-building among peers. We engage and inspire audiences with short films that bring movement into new perspectives. F-O-R-M is led under the artistic direction of Sophia Wolfe with the production support of Company 605 and Kristina Lemieux.

FORMations RT
FORMations RT is an extension of a community jam that has been a part of our festival since its inception. It’s an open space where anyone can join, bringing a camera, smartphone, movement ideas and concepts meanwhile making new connections. Participants collaborate organically on the spot to create their own movement based films without any rules, stress and pre-production planning. In this version, it all happens live, taking it to another level--we move, we film and we edit video footage all in real-time,creating live movement based video on the go. Chimerik 似不像 has been a collaborator of F-O-R-M since the beginning. An interdisciplinary collective lead by Sammy Chien, Chimerik 似不像 seeks to utilize technology to create new artistic language and social change.

DB Boyko
One of Canada’s most adventuresome vocalists, DB Boyko has cultivated her musical practice performing as an instrumentalist in ensembles such as Orkestra Futura, Idiolalla, VIEW Ensemble and her current project Hubbub with vocalist Christine Duncan and multi-instrumentalist Andreas Kahre. In 2009 she piloted the Express Your Voice Choir, an innovative community-engaged arts initiative for older adults .The project combined challenging new ideas about vocalization and seniors’ own life experience to develop a body of unique choral work. She also directs the VOICE OVER mind Choir generating spontaneous choral works through improvisation.a

Paul Plimley
Since 1976, one of Canada's premiere jazz pianists, Paul Plimley has been advancing the fields of composition and improvisation along a continuum of American and European music traditions.

Family Fuse Weekend