It’s a new artist-run space that’s providing more opportunities for emerging talent to display their work. The Omineca Arts Centre opens tonight. The public is invited to the Grand Opening from 7- 10 p.m.
The studio, off of 3 Avenue, is a collaboration between Emily Carr University of Art and Design, the Two Rivers Gallery, Downtown Prince George and a group of artists.
Emily Carr opened the space in September for it’s Neighbourhood Time Exchange program. It was a joint effort with Downtown Prince George. 8 artists-in-residents spent a month in the studio, working on different projects. Now the University is handing it over to the Omineca Arts Centre. “I’m incredibly excited that Omineca can open up the doors today officially under their own banner, and being able to host such a great exhibition curated by Caitlin Chaisson,” says Justin Langlois, the Assistant Professor at Emily Carr and the Curator of Time Exchange.”I think what Omineca will be able to bring to Prince George is really a new kind of vibrant energy around young and emerging community leaders and artists.”
The Art Centre hopes to be established as an accessible studio space for all kinds of artists. “It will work very much in collaboration with all the other existing art centres; Two Rivers Gallery and Studio 2880, but we are kind of establishing ourselves as an open studio space,” says Roanne Whitticase, the Co-Founder of the Omineca Arts Centre. “It will be quite diverse for what kind of programming we run through here. So it’s going to be programming that Emily Carr and Two Rivers Gallery have established, as well as programming that our Omineca group is going to put together. Then we are also inviting the community to engage in the space.”
Artists can make an application to use the space by visiting the Omineca Arts Center website.