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Arts Matter 2011

Sir Ken Robinson

Arts & Education Advisor

Arts Matter is proud to boast Sir Ken Robinson launched the series in 2011 at the Langley Fine Arts School. 

 

Sir Ken Robinson, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation. He is also one of the world’s leading speakers with a profound impact on audiences everywhere. The videos of his famous 2006 and 2010 talks to the prestigious TED Conference have been seen by an estimated 200 million people in over 150 countries. Visit Sir Ken Robinson's TED talks: School's Kill Creativity and Bring on the Learning Revolution. Also, see his cleaver animation Changing Education Paradigms for a visual representation of Sir Ken Robinson's ideas.

Robinson works with governments in Europe, Asia and the USA, with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies and some of the world’s leading cultural organizations. In 1998, he led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK Government.

Visit Sir Ken Robinson's TED talks: School's Kill Creativity and Bring on the Learning Revolution. Also, see his cleaver animation Changing Education Paradigms for a visual representation of Sir Ken Robinson's ideas.

Arts Matter 2011

Margie Gillis

Choreographer, Dancer

Arts Matter lecture series and the Langley Fine Arts School community invited esteemed artist Margie Gillis to the Chief Sepass Theatre in 2011.

As choreographer and performer of more than one hundred solo dance works, Margie Gillis has earned rave reviews in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and in South and North America. A passionate and steadfast artist, she has worked with the greatest dancers and artists of her time either including them in her own personal projects or by participating in the productions of her peers.

Margie Gillis has been a member of the Order of Canada since 1988 and she was appointed Knight of the Ordre national du Québec in 2009. Also, the Canadian and Quebec governments have each given her the honorary title of Cultural Ambassador. In 2001, in recognition of her exceptional contribution to national culture, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec awarded her their Career Grant. In May 2011, she received the Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award from the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award Foundation.

margiegillis.org

 
 

Arts Matter 2012  

Tony Scherman

Arts Matter lecture series and the Langley Fine Arts School community is thrilled to have welcomed Tony Scherman on February 3rd, 2012 to the Chief Sepass Theatre.

Canadian artist Tony Scherman, born in Toronto in 1950, received an M.A. from the Royal College of Art in London, England, in 1974. Since then he has had his work in various corporate and public collections and has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in both North America and Europe. He has also participated as a visiting critic and lecturer at universities, art colleges and art galleries in North America and Europe.

His encaustic method of painting combines pigment and wax to create works with multiple layers. The dripping and heavily built up wax surface gives the work a visceral edge and a remarkable sense of depth. Tony is considered the leading exponent of the encaustic medium.

 

For more information about Tony Scherman, visit www.tonyscherman.com

Encaustic Painter

 

Arts Matter 2012  

Bramwell Tovey

Music Director

In 2012, the Arts Matter lecture series was delighted to welcome Bramwell Tovey to the Chief Sepass Theatre.

At the time, Tovey was the Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony, a post he had held since 2000. He continued as Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and as founding host and conductor of the New York Philharmonic’s Summertime Classics series at Avery Fisher Hall.

In 2008, he received a Grammy award for his recording of the Barber / Korngold / Walton: Violin concertos with James Ehnes and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra on the CBC Records label.

With a profound commitment to new music, Tovey has established himself as a formidable composer and is the first artist to win a Juno Award in both conducting and composing. Tovey’s other successes as composer include the well-received Urban Runway, co-commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and New York Philharmonic Orchestra in 2008 and his Requiem for a Charred Skull, performed and recorded by the Amadeus Choir and the Hannaford Band in Toronto which received the Best Canadian Classical Composition 2003 Juno Award.

 

www.vancouversymphony.ca.

 
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