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.
THRIVE Talks VMF
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.”