Three Vancouver artists have been longlisted for the 2014 Sobey Art Award, Canada’s pre-eminent contemporary art award. Vancouver artists Allison Hrabluik, Dan Starling, and Evan Lee, and Victoria artists Farheen HaQ and Peter Morin were chosen to represent the West Coast and Yukon region.

“I was interested in highlighting some of the extraordinary talent that exists both in the Metro Vancouver area and across the province more generally,” says Jordan Strom, the curator for exhibitions and collections at the Surrey Art Gallery, in a phone interview with the Georgia Straight

Strom was the West Coast and Yukon representative on the 2014 curatorial panel, and was in charge of choosing the five artists for the longlist from this region.

If you want to see the results of Capilano University’s Studio Art program, now is the time. This year’s Capilano University Studio Art Grad Show will be the last.

Budget cuts at Capilano University last year led to the decision to suspend admission for the Studio Art and Textile Arts diplomas, effectively ending the programs.

Boca del Lupo’s Micro Performance Series presents The Chop Theatre’s Through the Gaze of a Navel at Granville Island’s Anderson Street Space (1405 Anderson Street) from April 23 to 27.

Through the Gaze of a Navel is a performance in the form of a yoga class that audience members can either participate in or observe. The performance is led by Emelia Symington Fedy, a woman who has consumed every new-age pop-psych medicine she could get her hands on. During Through the Gaze of a Navel, Fedy asks “the big questions” while guiding participants through a yoga class suitable for people of all levels. The performance runs 45 minutes.

FUSE: A Terrible Beauty takes place at the Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby Street) on Friday (April 25) from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. FUSE brings together one-of-a-kind experimental art, music, live performance all at one party.

On April 15, at a Vancouver School Board meeting discussing proposed budget cuts, Roger Cole, principal oboist for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, read a statement on behalf of Maestro Bramwell Tovey, music director for the VSO. The statement is reproduced in full here.

Painters take note: the RBC Canadian Painting Competition is now open and accepting submissions. One winner from all of Canada will receive $25,000, and the two honourable mentions will receive $15,000 each.   The prize is awarded to a promising Canadian artist to help kick-start their career with both recognition and funding. The winners are chosen by a panel of three jury members, one each for Eastern, Central, and Western Canada.   The award, started in 1999, has been given to two Vancouver artists in the past: Colleen Heslin and Rebecca Brewer.

CircusWest presents Kaleidoscope: Circus in Technicolour featuring youth in the Performance and Centre Stage programs of CirKids. The original production takes the PNE Garden Auditorium stage (2901 East Hastings Street) from May 1 to 4, with shows at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. daily.

Kaleidoscope: Circus in Technicolour tells the story of a young boy who searches for and is inspired by coloured worlds of circus and ultimately finds his true colours.

Filmmaker David Lynch shows the twisted artistic genius that came before films like Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, and Mulholland Drive in his first major art exhibition this fall in Philadelphia.

David Lynch: The Unified Field, it's just been announced, will open September 15 at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where the master of the dark and allegorical once studied in advanced painting in the late 1960s. It will feature about 90 paintings and drawings from 1965 to the present, many of which have rarely been seen in public. Many stem from his time in Philadelphia, others from his more recent studio work, which includes painting, prints, photography, and drawing.

The Soweto Gospel Choir returns to Vancouver in a tribute concert to Nelson Mandela on Sunday (April 13) at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (650 Hamilton Street). The concert, which will also celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the end of apartheid, starts at 7:30 p.m.

The South African gospel group from Soweto is a 30-person choir formed in 2002. Known for their vocal harmonies and vibrant performances, the multiple Grammy Award-winning choir has performed alongside the likes of Bono, Queen, Celine Dion, John Legend, Pater Gabriel, Josh Groban, Aretha Franklin, and Stevie Wonder.

If you’re a struggling artist looking for guidance, you might be able to find some soon.

The LAUNCH Festival! is getting ready for its second year, and is looking for professional emerging artists to take part.

The three-day festival will run from June 19 to 21, and will provide mentorship and performance opportunities for artists in a wide range of fields, including music, media arts, dance, performance art, and new art.

Participants will be able to attend workshops held by mentors, perform in front of industry leaders, receive advice, and showcase their work.

Last year’s industry mentors included Jim Smith, producer of DanceHouse Vancouver, Gary Cristall, founder of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, and talent agent Murray Gibson.

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