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Special Resources: Canada 150

Student art will be displayed on screens in the Surrey Arts Centre!

Canada 150 Student Exhibition at the Surrey Art Gallery: Opens February 2017

2017 is Canada’s 150th anniversary as a nation and provides a time to reflect on where we’ve been, think about who we are today, and imagine our future. Since 1983, the Surrey Art Gallery has annually partnered with the Surrey Art Teachers Association and School District 36 to host an exhibition that highlights the important role visual arts education plays in the school curriculum for developing children’s creative thinking and skills. Through discussion with the Surrey Art Gallery/Surrey Art Teachers Association, we decided that the student exhibition at the Surrey Art Gallery in February 2017 will address the following three Canada 150 Big Ideas:

  • Truth and Reconciliation
  • The Voices of Youth
  • Environmental Stewardship

 Similar to the 2010 student exhibition, the 2017 exhibition will take the following format:

  • Each Surrey secondary school will be assigned a screen to be shared amongst its feeder elementary schools.
  • Surrey elementary schools and secondary schools will collaborate to create and collect artwork that will be shown on this screen in a slideshow format.
  • The Learning Centres will share one screen.
  • Student artwork will be displayed as a rotating slide show on the screens.

What You Need to Know

  • The final slide presentations of student artwork will need to be submitted to the Surrey Art Gallery by January 17, 2017.
  • The opening celebration for the Canada 150 Student Exhibition will take place on February 15, 2017.
  • The Elementary Student Exhibition that was to take place in 2017 will be moved to 2018.
  • Our goal is to include as many schools and student works as possible by showing work on screens shared by secondary schools and their elementary feeder schools in 2017. This model is not permanent.

For additional information about the Canada 150 Student Exhibition and associated teacher resources and programming, view the flyer.

Contact the Interpretative Programmer at or 604-501-5190 for more information.