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
Calvin Bergen, Curator 7.1 & 7.2

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Call for Emerging Artists: CITI/SEEN

Public Art Mural in Downtown Abbotsford

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 Sara Khan.

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 May 3, 2021.

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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 an Emerging Curator:

The Reach is looking for an aspiring curator for its Art on Demand exhibition series in Fall/Winter 2021. The submission deadline is April 26, 2021.

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Emerge at The Reach is currently accepting submissions of artwork for Art on Demand, Fall/Winter 2021 Edition. This opportunity is ideal for young and emerging artists looking for exhibition experience. The submission deadline is June 21, 2021.

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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 7.1
Yifei Zhang curated by Calvin Bergen
January 28- March 20, 2021

Art on Demand 7.2
Hayden Huang curated by Calvin Bergen
March 25- May 8, 2021

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.