BIL 2015

March 21-22nd at Imperial Vancouver. Doors open at 8am. Opening remarks begin at 9:30AM.

Amanda McCuaig


Amanda is a painter, writer, occasional guitarist, sometimes accordion player, and full time communications professional with deep dedication to civic engagement and volunteerism. She is a contributor and board member to Sad Mag, a former board member and current volunteer of Megaphone Magazine, former contributing editor to Art Threat. Her paintings have been has shown at local galleries Ayden Gallery and Hot Art Wet City. She’s composed songs you’ll never hear, sung background vocals on albums you’ve never heard of, has performed in a complete random mix of film and music videos – all just because, and wholeheartedly thinks you should too.

Talk Title: Performing for no one: A case for the practice of amateur art

“To practice any art, no matter how well or how badly, is to make your soul grow. So do it.” – Kurt Vonnegut.

There’s no question that as we age, we lose a sense of freedom and creativity we had as children. As adults, we begin to believe that all of our outputs must be productive – that they must amount to something that can be used, sold, or shared. In other words, if we aren’t great artists, we slip away from practicing art at all, whether its dance, drawing, or music. The simple act of practicing arts for no reason other than to do it has slipped away as we have grown into a society that is fostering increasingly specialized job roles and increasingly professionalized entertainment industries. Join Amanda in recalling your transition from arts and crafts, to doodling, to “not good enough”, to observer or art consumer. Take a journey through a time when entire families played music to entertain one another, where drawing was as second nature as writing, and where dance was something you did whether or not someone was watching and find the excuse you need to partake in art again simply for the joy of it.