April 19–May 5, 2019

The Young Peoples Own Show is an exhibition that brings together work from students in elementary schools across the Sunshine Coast. YPOSis the result of a collaboration between art teachers, school administration and the SCAC. This year’s exhibition gives visitors a glimpse into the breadth of art making activities they engage with in the schools.

The work included in this exhibition is a result of work made in the classroom, as well as work created through our inaugural artist-in-residence program with School District 46. This year Nadina Tandy, SCAC’s artist-in-residence at Langdale Elementary developed a series of specific projects through classroom workshops that have also been included. It is the SCAC’s hope that we can expand this pilot program into schools across the Coast.

The Sunshine Coast Arts Council strongly supports the need to engage young people in creativity as a means of beginning their life-long journey in the arts.  Since our inception in 1966 the Sunshine Coast Arts Council has delivered a range of successful programs for young people, including the annual Banner Project, the Young Artists Awards and YPOS, which you are currently standing in. Our successful Children’s Summer Arts program with the Sunshine Coast Conservation Society which will take place again in July 2019 and we encourage you to register as space is limited.

The SCAC acknowledges that we gather and work on the unceded ancestral lands of the Coast Salish people, and the traditional territories of the Sechelt (shíshálh) and Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) First Nations. We are grateful for being guests on this land and seek to work from a place of respect and responsibility to this privilege.

The SCAC would like to thank our generous sponsors who make our work with young people possible: The District of Sechelt, The BC Arts Council, The Canada Council for the Arts, The Sunshine Coast Community Foundation, the Sunshine Coast Credit Union and SD46.

 Photos by Paul Clancy