Changes at Vancouver's Asian art organization Centre A after executive director departs

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      After almost five years at Vancouver's international centre for contemporary Asian art known as Centre A, executive director and curator Tyler Russell is stepping down from his position.

      During his time at the helm of the organization, he helped facilitate the relocation to the Sun Wah Centre in Chinatown. The new gallery is expected to be completed in 2019.

      The new location is three times larger than their previous location at 229 East Georgia Street and includes a lease for up to 30 years.

      Russell also co-initiated the Korea-Canada Residency and Exchange Program with the RAT School of ART in Seoul, South Korea, and initiated Centre A's internship and co-op opportunity Curatorial Skills Development Mentorship.

      Russell is pursuing a PhD at Queen's University and will become the executive director of the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna.

      Writer, translator, project administrator, and community engagement specialist Yun-Jou Chang will serve as interim executive director. Chang is the board chair of the Richmond community-engagement film and media arts organization Cinevolution, which she has been a member of since 2012, cofounded the Quantum Continuum Community Society, was the interim general manager of the B.C. Career Development Association, and communications manager at Open Door Group.

      Meanwhile, Vancouver curator, critic, and art historian Godfre Leung will become a curator at Centre A. He was previously an art history professor at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota and he specializes in postwar and contemporary art.

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