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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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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Walk Ways Closing Reception

Last week we wrapped up our Walk Ways exhibition at Arbutus Gallery with a pair of artist talks and a group poetry reading.

Walk Ways Exhbition

The artworks on display were a response to eyes-closed walks Taryn Hubbard and Edward Westerhuis each took separately with Social-Practice artist Carmen Papalia. While Edward used this walk to reflect on memory and his childhood in Whalley, Taryn explored the cacophony of sounds spilling out of Surrey Central into Holland Park. Pictured is Neil Prinsen and collective member Phinder Dulai checking out Taryn’s Loud is Not Enough.

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Creative meet up this Tuesday

Social Night Ad Jan 2014 revised

Come on out to a social meet-up of artists (and art lovers) interested in generating community art events and discussion in Surrey, BC. This is a great place if you like connecting with others and/or just like great tasting beer. If you are interested in becoming part of the collective, please introduce yourself or write to us on our contact page. We would love to meet you!

When: Tues, Jan 21, 2014 @ 7 p.m. (reservation under Sofia)
Where: Central City Brewing, right next to the SFU campus at Surrey Central Skytrain Station
What Else: Must be 19+ in years. Casual event. No program.

Here’s the Facebook invite so you don’t forget. See you there!