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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Walk Ways at Arbutus Gallery

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Edward Westerhuis & Taryn Hubbard in collaboration with Carmen Papalia

This past spring Taryn Hubbard and Edward Westerhuis went on a walk each through Whalley/City Centre, in Surrey BC with Carmen Papalia. During these walks Carmen invited Taryn and Edward to explore these neighbourhoods non-visually (with eyes closed), and supported them as they navigated by sound, touch, smell, memory, and environmental design
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In review: Navigating our Shared Canadian Identity film night

film-nightIn review: Navigating our Shared Canadian Identity

Thank you to everyone who came out our first film night. We were so pleased to have a room full of people interested in film exploring the shared Canadian identity.
The films of Lisa Jackson and Elaine Brière have consistently showcased some of the most challenging aspects of Canadian culture and identity. Jackson’s and Brière’s films open the narrow frame we as a society are commonly presented as our historical and cultural experience. Please join us for a evening of art and film that we anticipate will lead to an engaging question and answer period -where all attending will be able to contribute to a more diverse and coherent understanding of place.
This event was hosted by the SOFIA collective, co-hosted by Kwantlen Fine Arts Department at the Cloverdale Campus (5500 180 Street, Surrey). The films were curated by Surrey-based artist A.S. Dhillon.

05 Audience at Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Filmmaker Elaine Brière at Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Bitter Paradise: the Sell-out of East Timor filmmaker Elaine Brière.

A.S. Dhillon and Elaine Brière

Film night curator A.S. Dhillon. and filmmaker Elaine Brière.

Photos by Edward Westerhuis.

Film Summaries

Lisa Jackson’s Gemini winning short film, “Savage,” employs historical sets, objects and wardrobe to transport the viewer to the 1940’s, where they are introduced to a young aboriginal girl on the first day she attends residential school. In the accompanied short, “The Overture,” a young aboriginal girl is cleaning a room as a phonograph is playing Italian opera. A European woman in the room translates the opera for the girl. The translation, much like the opera, hangs in the air as a powerful foreshadowing of the girl’s life. Elaine Brière’s, Hot Docs winner for best political documentary, “Bitter Paradise,” is a political journey of a Canadian photographer who goes from the small villages of East Timor to the halls of the United Nations in an effort to understand Canadian policies that had been for the past 30 years heavily supporting General Suharto. The work showcases a number of great interviews, including a young Noam Chomsky and Svend Robinson before they were household names.

Filmmaker Biographies

Lisa Jackson has a background in documentary filmmaking, which includes Suckerfish, Reservations Soldiers and How a People Live. She expanded into fiction with “Savage,” which won a Genie award for best short film. Her work has played at festivals internationally, aired on CBC, CTV, TMN, Knowledge Network, and SCN. In 2011, she made the beautiful and touching Canadian Film Centre short “Parkdale”. She is currently working on fiction and documentary projects, including writing her first TV script for a teen supernatural series.
Elaine Brière photographs have appeared in countless magazines, books and exhibitions in Japan, Germany Sweden, Denmark, New Zealand, Canada and the US. Her broadcast work has aired on National public television in New Zealand, Switzerland and across Canada and the US. She has reserved grants from Borja du Costa Foundation, Koerener and Bronfman Foundation and a number of Canada Council grants. Her film, Bitter Paradise, won Hot Doc Best Political Documentary in 1997 and her documentary, Betrayed, aired on Knowledge Network and SCN in 2005. She is currently working on her documentary called Dangerous Hope: The Struggle for a Democracy in Haiti.

VERSE on the EDGE :: Podcast and Video


We are proud to be sharing a video and podcast from our last poetry reading, VERSE on the EDGE. Tune in to the podcast to listen to works from local poets Taryn Hubbard and Cecily Nicholson.

Download, embed and subscribe to the South of Fraser Inter-Arts Collective podcast on Podomatic or find us on the iTunes Store.

See photos from the event!

In Review: SOFIA/c Inaugural Event

Verse on the Edge: An Evening of Firsts

verse-on-the-edge1 Last Friday, SOFIA/c kicked off its first event with a poetry reading at the Newton Cultural Centre. On a dark and rainy night, we had a full house of friends, family, and community members. It was exciting and humbling to see so much warmth and support for our first event.

Readers Cecily Nicholson and Taryn Hubbard each shared their work, as well as Phinder Dulai who gave a special poetry reading in replace of Wanda John-Kehwin who couldn’t make it. The audience got a first listen of Dulai’s latest work. Our inaugural event was a great success, and a promising start to this budding artist collective.

 Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors

We couldn’t have done this event without the help of the City of Surrey’s Cultural Grant program, as well as the generosity of the Surrey Arts Council for its support of the venue.

Special Thank You to Our Wonderful Volunteers

Thank you to our volunteers Jane Cleary-Dulai for baking the most delicious chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies, and Natasha Cleary-Dulai and Nadya Cleary-Dulai for staffing the book table.

Please check out our photos below taken by collective member Matt Smith. Video by Edward Westerhuis to come.



Phinder Dulai introduces the evening and welcomes the community to the event.


Taryn Hubbard reads work from her project on Surrey City Centre.


Cecily Nicholson reads from her book Triage.


Edward Westerhuis working on the Verse on the Edge video. Coming soon!


So on to our next efforts: film night, art installation project, and summer symposium.



Stay social with SOFIA/c

We Are Coming, Surrey

The South of Fraser Inter-Arts Collective has had a busy week! We talked governance and the role of the artist collective over icy frappes, and got excited for the fall, which is when we  host our first event, Verse on the Edge: Poets in Conversation. Collective member Edward Westerhuis is putting the final touches on a stunning three-part poster series for this event. Stay tuned for that next week.

And, we are finally on Twitter and Facebook! So, check out our tweets at @sofiacollective and our posts and event invites at sofiacollective.

Also in the works is a night to meet people in the Surrey/Fraser Valley area who may be interested in getting involved with us. If this describes you, email us and we will keep you in the loop on dates and times.