There is a major initiative underway to build a large cultural complex in Sechelt. Whether you are for it or against it or just want to know more about it, here are 3 YouTube videos that explain what it is all about.
There is a lot of talk about this project and the thing that concerns me about this whole lofty project is that they seem to completely reject the fact that Ravens Cry Theatre, Heritage Playhouse, Sechelt Art Centre and Gibsons Public Art Gallery even exist, let alone anything further up the Coast. I'm pretty sure they do because I've been to all of them. These four already existing venues and the large number of volunteers that make them run appear to be completely discarded on the rubbish pile in their new plan. This concerns me on many sides but especially on the side of the volunteers that actually run these places. I know how hard it is to get people to come out and man these venues and where do they think their own volunteer base will come from if the arts community is already using most of them already?
Also. where is the public going to come from? That is another big question. What kind of artwork will they hang in their gallery if almost everything that has ever hung in Sechelt or Gibsons is beneath their standards? Will they only exhibit artists from off-Coast and the small handful here that meet their standards? Will they completely drain all funding and visitors away from the existing venues?
Admittedly, they do present some interesting ideas. I just wish they could find a way to incorporate what we have already or at least acknowledge that they exist and have value. It also concerns me that the money they got just to prepare their research and presentation was more than the Sechelt Arts Centre got for their entire year, if my sources are correct. There are many rumours flying around and it's hard to know what's true. Another one is that the main driver of the project used to support the Sechelt Arts Centre but then there was some kind of terminal schism. One of their objections was said to have been an exhibition of Life Drawing. Will there be no life drawing in the new cultural complex and/or no nudes ever to hang there? It concerns me.
Let's find out what they have to say from their videos below.
Study for a future Cultural Complex in the District of Sechelt BC, Canada.
Formed by the Sechelt Cultural Complex Task Force - Chaired by Ann Kershaw Councillor. The talk was given by Graham Argyle, Architect - Report and talk was Digitally compiled by Bob Evermon AC&HAC "Art can not be taught, it must be found" Bob Evermon