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Can You See Us Vancouver?

If holiday shopping has you kicking bells and cursing elves, it might be time for an art break. Right now, at the Pendulum Gallery on Georgia, you’ll find Can You See Us Vancouver, a wonderful small exhibit put on by Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture.

Nine artists – all of whom ‘live with disability and use wheelchairs’ – are featured. As we learn: ‘All the artwork in this exhibit has been hung at 48″ center point. In discussion with artists who use wheelchairs and other mobility devices, it was concluded that this is the best height for viewing artwork if you use a wheelchair.’

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‘Art for me is a feeling of freedom,’ says Ashley Fraser, whose work is featured below and in our Cove of Hidden Diamonds header.

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‘My wheelchair gives me the ability to explore my world and create my art,’ says Doug Heal.

Life Gets Weird.


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To the End of the World. Doug Heal.

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‘I am greatly inspired by the use of colour,’ explains Athena Cooper, who created Peacock.

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‘Real people wheel these chairs,’ says Karen Clarke, the artist behind Fisherman’s Gathering below.

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‘Each piece is a window into limitless possibilities,’ says Mujtaba Saloojee, whose An Important Hello we see here.

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Cat L’Hirondelle, creator of Public Faces below, says: For me making art is as vital as breathing, even when I, have ataxia and use a wheelchair.’

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You can check out these and other talented Kickstart artist works at Pendulum Gallery until December 2nd.

www.creatorsvancouver.com

 

 

 

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