HOT TALKS: Chris Tyrell Loranger
June 24, 2014

How society fails visual artists OR why it’s sometimes a pain in the ass to get up in the mornings

So you want to be an artist, with dreams of playing in a studio all day making art? It’s an idealized vision, but the reality of working as a professional artist is that society fails to support and sustain the arts and artists on many fronts. The education system fails us, because creativity is not recognized as a core academic value; the arts are considered an educational option. And working professional artists are statistically destined to be poor and untrained. Also, professional commercial galleries represent perhaps 6% of self-identifying artists in metro Vancouver and an even smaller percentage of them are exhibited in public galleries. All these facts may seem insurmountable when taken together, but artists can do something to change how society trains and respects “worthy” creators. Join us as Chris Tyrell Loranger shares his ideas around making changes to the arts in Vancouver and beyond.

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Chris Tyrell Loranger has been involved with the visual arts, visual artists and the arts in general since 1976 when he established Presentation House Gallery of Photography in North Vancouver. He is passionate about the arts and have worked as a consultant for many arts organizations including Emily Carr Institute, Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver Film Festival and The Roundhouse. He designed, built and managed Presentation House Theatre and managed the Waterfront Theatre and Performance Works facilities on Granville Island. He was a founding member of the BC Touring Council and co-founded the Alliance for Arts and Culture in Vancouver. He is currently an instructor of professional development at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in the Continuing Studies Department.

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