Notice of Meeting

Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017

Time: 7:30 pm

Place: Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC Campus, 515 West Hastings Street (between Seymour and Richards Streets) in the Diamond Lounge

Speaker: Gary Sim

Topic: BC Visual Artists


Gary Sim will speak about his digital bibliographic project titled “BC ARTISTS,” a compilation of information about more than 18,000 artists who worked in British Columbia from the explorers in the 1700s up to the current day. The information is compiled in html as extensively hyperlinked web pages, which can be searched, printed, or emailed. There are currently over 2,600 web pages and 500 images in the project. Sim has spent more than twenty years researching (ongoing) and fifteen years compiling it. Thousands of documents have been either listed or transcribed completely, making the project the single most comprehensive finding aid to BC artists. The project has been very well received by arts professionals, and nominated for six awards, winning the BC Historical Federation Certificate of Merit award in 2013.

The project has been widely distributed, to facilities including the National Gallery of Canada, Vancouver Art Gallery, Emily Carr University, UBC, SFU, University of Calgary, Royal BC Museum & Archives, Art Gallery of Ontario, Winnipeg Art Gallery, as well as to numerous private galleries, appraisers, and collectors. Sim has also assisted with related research for a number of publications, including Mother Tongue Publishing’s Unheralded Artists of BC series. He has also interviewed numerous artists, and worked with relatives or descendants of artists to add their family’s information to the project. As a result of collecting almost all of the publications listed in BC Artists, Sim has donated over 1,000 of these publications to the Library and Archives at the National Gallery of Canada, ensuring that a large amount of primary information on western artists is publicly available to researchers.

Brief Biography:

Gary Sim is a renowned independent scholar and we are fortunate to have him make this presentation to us. His full bio is at this link below.

Last Meeting

Janet Morley explained the history and wonderful dynamic of the Heritage Fairs program in Vancouver. She is able to start with children as early as grade 2 or grade 4 and by the time they are in grade 6 and 7, many of them are producing well thought out presentations regarding the history of the city, province or the country. She brought with her, three of her alumni, all of whom have returned to help in the program, a grade 9 student, a grade 11 student and someone in 5th year at UBC. All three of these young women were articulate and confident and showed their mastery of their subject matter and consequential value to them of having been in this program.

I have attached the links to the Grade 9 student’s Grade 6 and Grade 7 videos and also a link to a thousand videos from across Canada starting off with Vancouver students.

Janet has asked that those who wish to help out in the program, such as being adjudicators, to please contact her at


Our annual XMAS Event is on December 7th!

If you have any questions, please contact Mark Dwor…604-662-3908…

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