Joy of Arts: Connecting Patterning To Identity And Culture (with Sandeep Johal)

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Event Date & Time
May 19th 2023 10:15am
Burnett Secondary School
Location Room
Room B113
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Connecting Patterning To Identity And Culture for Secondary Art Specialists

In this session, Sandeep will share how she developed her visual vocabulary and uses motifs and patterning from her South Asian heritage to speak about culture and identity. Participants will explore pattern making, its cross-cultural connections, and how to address difficult topics through the use of intentional and meaningful aesthetics.

Time: 10:15 to 11:45 am


Sandeep Johal is a Canadian visual artist whose practice engages drawing, collage, textiles, and large-scale murals. Through her Indo-folk feminine aesthetic, she confronts themes of bleakness, despair and ugliness with their dissonant opposites: brightness, hope and beauty. Johal’s work typically centers around the stories of women and while she highlights female suffering in its many forms, these are ultimately stories of resistance and resilience.

Johal has worked on a number of notable site-specific commissions including a recent mural for the Vancouver Art Gallery’s inaugural #SpotlightVanArtRental project (2021), a digital projection mapping
for Facade Festival produced by Burrard Arts Foundation (2019), and a 4,000 sf collaborative mural project for Vancouver Mural Festival, which centred around the Komagata Maru Episode and involved the denaming of the federal building it was painted on (2019). Her work was also part of the group exhibition In/Visible: Body as Reflective
Site through the McClure Gallery and Visual Arts Centre in Montreal in partnership with the IMPACTS Project (2019).

Johal’s clients include Apple, Vancouver Canucks, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Holt Renfrew, Lululemon, and Earls Restaurant Group as well as the University of British Columbia's Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, the Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, and Open School BC. She has been an artist-in-residence at Burrard Arts Foundation (2021) and Indian Summer Festival (2018) and is the 2019 recipient of the Darpan Magazine Artistic Visionary Award.

Johal holds a Diploma in Fine Arts (honours) from Langara College (2007) and a Degree in Education from the University of British Columbia (2002). She lives and works in Vancouver, BC.

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Joy of Arts Pro-D participants are all encourage to attend for the full day of learning:

9:00 - 9:10 - Welcome and Acknowledgement

9:10 - 10:00 - Virtual Keynote Victor Wooten in gym

10:00 - 10:15 - break (15 min)

10:15 - 11:45 - Break-out Session 1 (Session options for Music/Art/Dance/Drama with pre-registration)

11:45- 12:30 - lunch (45 min)

12:30 - 2:00 - Break-out Session 2 (Session options for Music/Art/Dance/Drama with pre-registration)

*Register separately for each session (including the keynote)

Photo of Sandeep Johal and art
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