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. Generously sponsored by the RBC Emerging Artists Project Grant.

Image Credit: Carly Butler Verheyen, Love Letters + Text Messages, 2016

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Janae Gartly, Design Coordinator
Lisa Edwards, Curator 5.1 & 5.2

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The Emerge program periodically posts paid and volunteer positions for Emerge members. Please check this page often for upcoming opportunities.

Call for Emerging Artists: CITI/SEEN

The Reach is currently accepting applications for artists between the ages of 18 and 35 to work on a public mural in Downtown Abbotsford. We are assembling a reliable team of emerging artists to work with mentor artist Sean Karemaker.

This opportunity is ideal for emerging artists based in the Fraser Valley who are looking for public art experience. The application deadline is 11:59 pm (PST) on March 15, 2020.

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Art on Demand 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.

Art on Demand 6.1
Cara Guri curated by Bethany Haynes
January 23- March 8, 2020

Art on Demand 6.2
Janae Gartly curated by Bethany Haynes
March 12- April 26, 2020

Emerge Portraits

Emerge Portraits feature artists from our Art on Demand exhibition series. Thanks to our friends at Colla Films for bringing these video portraits to life.