In 2015 The Reach launched a new phase of its Young Contemporaries program. Re-branded as Emerge at The Reach, the program targets emerging artists age 18–35 and focuses on professional development for young artists in the Fraser Valley.
The Emerge program provides intergenerational training and mentorship of young artists and arts professionals; networking and professional development opportunities for young people with an interest in arts and culture, and builds sectoral sustainability in the Fraser Valley by supporting growth and artistic excellence in regional emerging artists.
Membership fees: $25 annually.
Generously sponsored by the RBC Emerging Artists Project Grant.
Image Credit: Carly Butler Verheyen, Love Letters + Text Messages, 2016
The Emerge Program periodically posts paid and volunteer positions for Emerge members. Please check this page often for upcoming opportunities.
Every year, Emerge curates an annual group exhibition in the Great Hall at The Reach. Annual exhibitions provide up-and-coming artists the opportunity to display their artwork alongside professional artists. It also gives aspiring art professionals important hands-on experience needed to succeed in the arts and culture sector.
Image Credit: Kendra Schellenberg, The Landscape of Our Times (#venividivici), 2014, silver gelatin printVISIT EXHIBITIONS
Art on Demand is a series of exhibitions in a flexible space that features the work of Emerge artists and curators. This initiative gives members of Emerge the opportunity to display their artwork in a publicly funded gallery and network with fellow artists and art professionals in the Fraser Valley at The Reach Gallery Museum.
Current exhibition: Art on Demand 3.2
Artists: Amanda Vergara, Paige Caldwell, Andrew Booth. Curated by Christina Carne, UFV Intern
Image credit: Andrew Booth, F001 (detail), 2016, oil on canvas.
Emerge at The Reach is looking for volunteers to assist with exhibition change-overs. If you are interested in this hands-on learning experience, please contact Kate Bradford.
Emerge Portraits is a networking tool for young artists and a great way to gain visibility in the Fraser Valley arts community.
Once a week Emerge features a member-artist on its social media platforms and website. These “portraits” include an image of the featured artist, a small bio, and a few key questions that let the reader have a glimpse into their artistic process/mindset.
Apply to Connie Hackett for the opportunity to be a Featured Artist.
Have you ever wanted to ask an artist questions about their work? Have you ever wondered why a curator has arranged a show in a certain way? Want to gain a better understanding of contemporary art?
5 Questions is an online forum intended to deepen understanding and answer the art-related questions that you might not feel totally comfortable asking. We will be asking and providing answers to a variety of questions from contemporary artists and curators. Get involved in the online discussion and find us on our social media pages: