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UNTIL… a magazine

In March 2020, the Victoria Arts Council launched a new digital magazine as a way for our members to stay connected while practicing social distancing.

In Fall 2021 the VAC conducted an accessibility audit and as a result transitioned UNTIL from a PDF to a stand-alone website, now located at:

https://untilmagazine.wordpress.com

Below are links to past issues of UNTIL…

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Issue 9: Queer Island, with Guest-Editor David Geiss

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Issue 8: Relationships, with Guest-Editor Lorilee Wastasecoot

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ISSUE 7: THE PREQUEL, with Guest-Editor Kemi Craig

Release date: November 2020

With the return of our digital publication, UNTIL, we’re taking stock of the past six months since we initiated this project… of course it’s a different world now. And with this revamped magazine, we look to play with time and space as a way of fumbling forward to what might (or should) happen next.

The Victoria Arts Council is proud to present the latest issue of our digital magazine, which “borrows heavily from speculative approaches to franchises, but also the possibilities of futurisms in its multifaceted forms.”

While curating this issue, we asked the community a number questions: What came before this? How does a deep dive into under-acknowledged histories allow for a better understanding of how to be now as well as how to be better for the future? Where do the lines of experience blur into what is felt, what is knowable, and what is needed? How does this location of an Island on which we find ourselves reinforce the possibilities of where we might end up next? Will your work be a re-imaging of this time and place? Perhaps you are an echo of cells and actions of the past millennia? 

This issue presents a number of talented artists, writers and thinkers whose work engages with these questions and more.

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Issue 6 of UNTIL is now live:

UNTIL Issue 6: For the Last Time features visual, literary, and performative works loosely gathered around notions of finality.

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Issue 5 of UNTIL on the theme of Memory is now live:

UNTIL Issue 5: Memory… features visual, literary, and performative works inspired by the prompt of Memory.

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ISSUE FOUR OF UNTIL … is now live:

UNTIL Issue Four: Home features contributions of visual, literary, and performing art by VAC members on the topic of what ‘home’ means and how our understanding of home has been reinforced, altered, or subject to various interpretations and permutations since the COVID-19 pandemic emerged.

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ISSUE THREE OF UNTIL … is now live:

UNTIL Issue Three: Resilience features contributions of visual, literary, and performing art by VAC members. Issue 3 also includes the 2nd installment of our Poetry in Public project, featuring the poem What to do when the world wants you dead, by past Youth Poet Laureate for the City of Victoria, KP Dennis.

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ISSUE TWO OF UNTIL … is now live:

For the second issue of UNTIL…, we invited local artists to explore what being tender means to them, and whether they have been able to preserve that tender spot in their heart when life seems harsh in a time like this. Exceeding all expectations, we received such a wide variety of responses that challenged and broadened our preexistent understanding of the theme.

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The first issue’s theme is Interconnected. How do we nurture and sustain meaningful relationships during a period of time when we cannot physically interact? In what ways can we support one another? What role does art play in defining your “new normal?” How do we sustain our individual practices when all we want to do is be among our peers?

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GVPL Saanich Centennial News Visual

Subjects & Spaces – Alannah MacPhail @ Saanich Centennial

20 September – 16 December 2022

GVPL Saanich Centennial Branch

3110 Tillicum Rd, Victoria, BC

Working as both a visual artist and an Art Therapist, I believe deeply in the resilience and courage of the human spirit, our ability to create change in our lives, and our need for compassion and connection. When I begin a new painting I rarely have an idea of the final picture. I gather a variety of materials – colours and tools – that speak to me, put on some great music, warm up by painting onto the canvas words, quotes, lyrics or simply splashing on colourful marks. Layers are often worked in this manner, each layer in response to each other. Each layer informs and transforms the next. Much like life!

I would describe my approach to art-making as expressive, intuitive, abstracted/realistic and bold. In my work, I explore the relationships between colours, textures and shapes often using a subtractive approach to find an image or theme in the layers of work. I love to work on canvas, paper, and most recently cradleboard using  acrylics or a mixed media approach: collage, paints, inks, etc. Favourite subjects include the human form, florals, and landscapes. Painting portraits and figures brings out the storyteller in me; painting florals and forests brings out the poet.

www.artthatmatters.ca