Closing night for SOFIA/c’s month-long activation of PopUP Newton

Join us Aug 26 from 7 – 10 pm for a closing celebration with laser performance

Tonight the SOFIA collective concludes its month long activation of the PopUp Newton site. We’re going out with a bang, well maybe not a bang but there will be a laser performance by artist Matt Smith!

Sneak peek by artist Matt Smith


Laser figure walking above artist Polly Gibbon’s painting installation.


Free event, and everyone is welcome. Refreshments and snacks will be provided!


PopUP Newton

7320 137 Street (72 Ave & 137 St)

7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

A Place to Sit and Think – Journaling Series

Lead by collective member Taryn Hubbard, a Place to Sit and Think is a year long journaling series where participants can come together for an open and uninterrupted time to think and reflect through journaling, as well as a chance to connect with residents throughout Surrey.

Upcoming Session

Journaling at PopUp Newton

The first session in the Place to Sit and Think series will take place at the PopUp Newton Gallery as part of SOFIA/c month-long residency there. Join us Aug 20, 2016 at 11 a.m. for an open studio of journaling. All supplies provided.



Tonight – Art Jam at PopUp Newton

Join SOFIA/c collective members for a night of creativity and inspiration at ART JAM

Throughout the evening, each artist will talk about their process for art making, demostrate their practice, and lead a collaborative activity!
  • Cedar Weaving with Roxanne Charles
  • Collaborative Painting with Polly Gibbons
  • Cardboard Puppets and Sculptures with Edward Westerhuis

Make art together. Share creativity.


6 p.m. – 9 p.m.


Free, all materials provided.


PopUp Newton Gallery + Creative Hub

137st 72a Avenue

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An Interactive Artist Residency: PopUp Newton

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Join us for the Opening Event kicking off a month-long artist residency hosted by the SOFIA/c (South of Fraser Inter Arts collective).

We will be activating the Pop Up space in Newton with an exciting array of artistic events, workshops, collaborations and artists-in-residence from August 6th through the 26th.

Events include:

August 6-8:
Interdisciplinary artist Charis Au will create a multisensory interactive performance involving the culture around food. This event will coincide with the Farmer’s Market on August 6th.

August 10-12:
Interdisciplinary artist Roxanne Charles will be working on a blanket with community involvement to engage in a discussion about the importance of women in indigenous communities. This discussion will acknowledge the historical, systematic, domestic, and lateral violence against indigenous women. Through this collaboration in making, Roxanne Charles looks at culture as a means of healing and women as a crucial part of the healing process.

August 17-19:
Puppeteer and video artist Edward Westerhuis will be doing a 3-day artist residency where he will be building cardboard puppets for an upcoming performance. The residency will culminate in an informal cardboard “building jam” where participants can hang out and make work together. [event invite]

August 20:
A Space to Sit and Think is a roving journaling workshop. In the Newton PopUp edition, join writer and facilitator Taryn Hubbard for a 90 minute session of journaling exercises and prompts. Bring a pen, and some paper if you like–but all supplies will be provided. Light refreshments will be provided. [event invite]

CLOSING EVENT – August 26: New media artist Matt Smith will set up a DIY laser-show lab. During his artist residency he will be working on an upcoming project. The public is welcome to connect with Matt and hang around for a participatory demo and some inspiration. [event invite]

Interdisciplinary artist Polly Gibbons will be doing an artist residency where she will be continuing an ongoing series of watercolour paintings. The public is invited to help create a collaborative painting that will develop over the course of the residency.

SOFIA/c active space at PopUp Newton at 137st 72a Avenue, Surrey, BC is open from August 6 to August 26, Wednesday to Sunday, 12pm-4pm.

For more information:

Opening Event on Facebook –
PopUp Newton –

Dual City at UrbanScreen

Dual City UrbanScreen

Last Thursday we held an outdoor screening the UrbanScreen right next to the Chuck Bailey Skatepark. The evening featured 14 films, both from SOFIA Collective members as well as local high school students. These videos riffed on our theme of dualities, offering personal insights into the communities in which we live.

For this event, the SOFIA Collective partnered with the Surrey Art Gallery and the Surrey School District. We shared the evening with the Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre that shared a series of skate videos, which drew a unique crowd to the screening.

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