THRIVE Talks x Vancouver Mural Fest 2017

This past August, we collaborated with the awesome team from Vancouver Mural Festival for our monthly THRIVE Talks. The event was held in the Mural Festival HQ and we invited seven of the amazing female artists painting murals in this year's festival to open up to us about their artistic journeys.

Thank you to everyone who came that evening and to all our speakers Amanda SmartJane ChengJill StantonMega McGrathOksana GaidashevaSandeep Johal, and Sharifah Marsden.  We'd also like to give a big thank you to Vancouver Mural Fest for helping make this event happen. 

You can watch all the talks on our Youtube channel.

Check out these murals by talented THRIVE Mastermind Artists!

All images by Laara Cermann

All images by Laara Cermann

You may have heard on our latest episode of the THRIVE Talks Podcast that three of our THRIVE Mastermind members where creating murals for The Profile’s new downtown co-working location on Thurlow Street. We are thrilled to share the finished artworks with you below!

Thank you to Laara Cermann for the great photos! We'd also like to thank Vancouver Mural Fest, Opus Art Supplies and Dulux for help with supplies. 


Yes that is a large scale collage by Aimée Henny Brown on the wall. We love how impactful this piece is and the mix of materials makes it even more exciting. Wonderful to see Aimée explore her work in a totally different way!


Sandeep Johal’s art practice is grounded in principles of symmetry and geometry and is an expression of her social and cultural concerns, particularly gender justice. The black linework on this pale grey background is stunning!  

Alice Clair spends her days working with children, who inspire her to get messy at night by creating art in a variety of mediums. We love this illustrative design and think it’s a perfect fit for a co-working space too. 

Want to paint murals but don’t have the first clue about it? Painting a giant wall can be intimidating so we are creating an online THRIVE Art School course on murals so that you don’t have to spend forever trying to find the information you need to get started. If you’re interested in learning more please sign up for updates below! 

Let's celebrate Vancouver Mural Fest 2017!

Vancouver Mural Fest is our city’s largest annual celebration of public art. Last year’s inaugural festival saw murals by over 40 artists go up. This year, the organizers have expanded the lineup to bring more than 60 artists from both the lower mainland and around the world come together to create, install and celebrate the unveiling of over 60 murals throughout Mount Pleasant and Strathcona. The festival will also feature a week of events, starting with our own THRIVE Talks, leading up to the street festival from August 7th to August 12th.


Learn more about the speakers on the night below!

Sandeep Johal (Website)

Sandeep Johal is a Canadian-born South Asian artist living and working in Vancouver, Canada. Much of art is grounded in principles of symmetry and geometry and is an expression of her social and cultural concerns, particularly gender justice. Her work has been featured on Vancouver’s CTV Morning Live and Zee TV Canada, as well as in the Spring Issue of Gray Magazine.

Mega McGrath (Website)

Meghann McGrath (aka. Mega) is a designer, artist and creator of Rap365: The Rap Calendar. Having her work featured in Vancouver, New York, and Hong Kong, she focuses on bridging the worlds of culture. Through text art, she connects art with music, drawing inspiration from a variety of different mediums.

Jane Cheng (Website)

Jane Cheng is an artist based in Vancouver, BC. She has a wide-ranging large breadth of work, her exploration of illustration and style has lead her to be critical of this form of expression. Much of her most well known work involves bringing Illustration in dialogue with contemporary art practices. 

Jill Stanton (Website)

Jill Stanton is a muralist and artist from Edmonton, Alberta. Jill's work has been featured in Manning Hall at the Art Gallery of Alberta, the 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, as well as several private and public mural commissions across Canada. Currently, Jill is working on a long-form graphic novel, scheming over blank walls, experimenting with video and performance, and tending to 50 houseplants.

Sharifah Marsden (Website)

Sharifah is an Anishnabe artist from the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation. Sharifah draws from her Ojibway roots and knowledge of Woodlands art to create unique works that include everything from acrylic paintings to beadwork to engraving.

Amanda Smart (Website)

Amanda Smart grew up on the Sunshine Coast where she first discovered her love of painting and nature. After travelling and living in South America, moved back to Vancouver where she attended Emily Carr University of Art & Design. Generally using traditional oil medium, she has developed a more realistically inclined style with hints of dreaminess and ethereality.

Oksana Gaidasheva (Website)

Oksana Gaidasheva is Vancouver based artist originally from Minsk, Belarus. She is famous for her massive mural arts all around Vancouver. Oksana describes her style as: “a perfection of my skills would be to determine your laterality and constellations while painting your portrait.”

List of all events for Vancouver Mural Festival:

We look forward to seeing you there! 

Register now for the next THRIVE Art School with Pennylane Shen

Our 6 week seminar with the amazing Pennylane Shen is back! THRIVE ART SCHOOL is designed specifically for THRIVE emerging and mid-career artists interested in approaching the commercial and public art industry.

It is ideal for fine artists of any media pursuing careers or a future in the Canadian art market or those looking to expand their knowledge through an introductory course. Students will be given short assignments and asked to participate in regular group discussions. 

Presenter Pennylane Shen has taught courses in Vancouver, New York and Toronto. This seminar is a condensed 6-week introductory session of her full course at Langara College, combining theory, industry experience and practical resources for the Canadian artist.

This is the third time THRIVE is offering this course and it always fills up fast so join now if you're interested!

THRIVE Talks with Vancouver Mural Fest is a celebration of female street artists and muralists! 

Are you curious about the artists creating murals for Vancouver Mural Festival? Hear from some of the contemporary female artists who are painting murals in this years festival about why they do what they do and the stories behind their work!

A thriving art scene is not possible without people of all gender identities having space, not only on walls but also on stage speaking about their work. It’s going to be a great night so let’s gather together and be inspired by our speakers! All genders and people are welcome to attend the event. 

Speakers:  Jane Cheng, Mega McGrath, Sandeep Johal, Jill Staton and Sharifah Marsden.

When: Monday August 7th at 7pm until 8:30pm and then mingle time! 

Where: Mural Festival HQ, 877 East Hastings, Vancouver, BC, V6A 3Y1

Price of tickets: $25