Big Pictures: Murals, Billboards and Urban Interventions

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Big Pictures: Murals, Billboards and Urban Interventions

Join us for the inaugural Big Pictures Conference at the Wilson School of Design: Great talks, gorgeous views, walking tours, and more!

By Wilson School of Design at KPU

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Date and time

Fri, May 5, 2023 5:00 PM - Sun, May 7, 2023 3:00 PM PDT


Wilson School of Design at KPU 4th Floor 5600 Kwantlen Street Richmond, BC V6X 3V8 Canada

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About this event

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Big Pictures: Murals, Billboards, and Urban Interventions is a conference of art and design taking place at the Wilson School of Design at KPU, Richmond, and in venues around Vancouver, BC from May 5–7, 2023.

What opportunities and interactions can be created through big pictures, subversions, or interventions? With keynote speakers, presentation panels, and digital projects, this conference aims to bring together multiple disciplinary approaches including advertising and graphic design; visual culture and criticism; architecture and urban studies; augmented and virtual reality; and public art practices. Presenters from a wide range of creative and academic focuses, as well as practitioners from related industries are invited to share work in this inclusive, dynamic environment.

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The Wilson School of Design is a 5-minute walk from Lansdowne Skytrain Station on the Canada Line.

Keynote Speakers

Elizabeth Zvonar

Elizabeth Zvonar's collage works are composed of source materials drawn from art history, contemporary advertising and popular culture. They question existing social and cultural systems through the use of humour and irony. Zvonar has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout Canada and in New York, Australia, Japan and Belgium.

Sandeep Johal

Sandeep Johal is a Canadian visual artist whose practice engages drawing, collage, textiles, and large-scale murals. Through her Indo-folk feminine aesthetic, she confronts themes of bleakness, despair and ugliness with their dissonant opposites: brightness, hope and beauty. Johal’s work typically centers around the stories of women and while she highlights female suffering in its many forms, these are ultimately stories of resistance and resilience.

Walking Tours

Attendees will have the option to sign up for two custom-curated guided walking tours in Vancouver: The West End and Downtown Vancouver. Tours will feature examples of murals, public art, and architecture in these two neighbourhoods. Sign-up details will be available at the conference.

Curated Tastes – Vancouver Downtown Mural Tour 

Home to a collection of over 18 murals and numerous public art pieces, Downtown Vancouver plays a key role in the transforming and reimagining of the public spaces in the city. Connect with Vancouver Downtown’s past, present and future with this tour by Curated Tastes. The Vancouver Downtown Mural Tour highlights iconic murals and sculptures from the core of Vancouver Downtown to Canada Place.

Detours – Mt Pleasant Mural Tour

Mt Pleasant is one of Vancouver's oldest and most eclectic neighbourhoods. It is also home to the largest concentration of street art and murals in the city, much of which has been produced through the Vancouver Mural Festival since 2016. In this 2 hour walk, we will be exploring many themes that relate to the social history and contemporary processes of the city through the stunning artwork in the area. Topics include decolonizing the city through arts and culture, the complex relationship between art and processes of revitalization/gentrification, challenges facing Vancouver's artistic community due to high rents and redevelopment, the importance of visual representation for Vancouver's many under-represented cultural communities, and the ongoing ecological crisis. And of course, admiring the incredible array of artists and styles (including figurative, abstract, graffitti, textual and more) on offer.


6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Friday, May 5 Keynote Speaker presentations

Join us at the Wilson School of Design for the conference kick-off! We'll host two Keynote Speakers as well as have time to mix and mingle before the Saturday panels.

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Saturday, May 6 Conference panels and talks

Join us for a full day of participant panels, grouped by related themes. Panelists will present their work followed by a Q + A.

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Sunday, May 7 Optional walking and gallery tours

Join us for the final day of the conference. Attendees are invited to sign up for guided walking tours or to explore on their own (starter maps and suggestions provided at the conference). There may ...

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About the organizer

The Wilson School of Design houses seven design programs within KPU, Canada’s only polytechnic university, where we focus on hands-on skills in addition to traditional academics.

We believe that the purpose of design is to universally and responsibly affect positive change. The Wilson School of Design is a catalyst for relevant and meaningful change. Change that positively affects people’s lives calls for rigorously exploring, identifying, and developing where the potential for progress lies. The potential we see and nurture in the students we select, and the potential for advancing society at large.

This conference is made possible in part by a Teaching and Learning Innovation Grant, which celebrates KPU’s proud history as a teaching university.

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