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Visiting Artists 2018-19

The Faculty of Creative and Critical studies is pleased to announce the following visiting artist lectures for the winter term.

Each lecture will be held at 2:00pm, at the UBC Okanagan campus in UNC 106.

Derya Akay - Monday, Sept. 17, 2018

Derya AkayAkay was born in Istanbul in 1988 and currently lives and works in Vancouver. He holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver. The artist has participated in recent solo exhibitions at Kunstverein Toronto; Centre A, Vancouver; The Apartment, Vancouver; and Terasaki Gallery, Kofu-shi, Japan, and group exhibitions at Gardiner Museum, Toronto; SFU Gallery, Burnaby; and Access Gallery, Vancouver. Akay was awarded a 2016 Portfolio Prize and shortlisted for the 2015 RBC Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award.

Derya Akay approaches everyday objects, materials and experiences as rich sites of knowledge and meaning. The production of ceramic tableware, food, flowers and textiles in his practice provides a ground for research and the acquisition of new skills and creative tools. These materials, along with other found and borrowed elements, are frequently reworked by Akay into immersive, sensory environments, which encourage warm social encounters.



Brenda Draney - Monday, Oct. 15, 2018

Brenda DraneyBrenda Draney is Cree from Sawridge First Nation, Treaty 8, with a strong connection to Slave Lake. Draney’s work is collected and shown across Canada including the National Gallery of Canada, the Embassy of Canada Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Sobey Collection, and the Shorefast Foundation. She shows in Banff, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Ottawa. She won both the 2009 RBC Painting Competition and 2014’s Eldon and Anne Foote Visual Arts Prize in Edmonton and was short listed for the 2016 Sobey Art Award at the National Gallery of Canada.

Draney’s work visually represents the moment when vulnerability is exposed, while encouraging the viewer to reject the notion to dominate the void where horror, poignancy, or powerful moments exist. Draney encourages her viewer to face this void head on, but as an empath. She provides enough tools for the viewer to place their own narrative within her typical imaginary spaces.


Cedric Bomford - Monday, Nov. 5, 2018

Cedric BomfordCedric Bomford was born in 1975. He received an MFA from Malmö Konsthögskolan in Sweden and a BFA from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada. His work has been exhibited internationally in such spaces as Hannover Kunstverein in Hannover, Germany, Or Gallery in Vancouver, Bonniers Konsthall in Sweden, Azad Art Gallery in Tehran, parkinggallery also in Tehran, and the aedc project space in Berlin, Germany. He is Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria.

Cedric Bomford's work often focuses on the power dynamics established by constructed spaces and takes the form of large-scale rambling ad hoc architectural installations. The projects follow a methodology he calls "thinking through building" in which construction takes on an emergent quality rather than an illustrative one. Concurrent to this installation work is a rigorous photographic practice that operates at times in parallel with and at others tangentially to the installation works. 

Past Visiting Artists

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