Access Gallery is delighted to announce an upcoming Berlin Art Trip in partnership with Or Gallery, organized by Jeffrey Boone, accompanied by Access and Or Director/Curators Kimberly Phillips and Jonathan Middleton. Running May 17 through May 22, 2016, the programme will include in-depth visits to the studios of numerous Berlin-based artists, artist-run exhibition and project spaces, and several private and public collections. Samplings of 'Berlinisch' cuisine and the city’s legendary nightlife will round out a whirlwind five days in Germany’s political and cultural capital, a city which commands a formidable presence in the contemporary art world, with important ties to Vancouver’s artistic vitality.
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London and Trondheim based, Canadian art professional JEFFREY BOONE works across areas of exhibition development and consulting, primarily with emerging artists and their collectors to facilitate encounters with art and acquire works. His work has taken the form of operating a commercial gallery in Vancouver, Canada, exhibiting young artists to support the development of their practice and connect them with collectors and curators in both Canada and abroad. As a collector himself, he chaired the Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver and worked on the organization’s ambitious program of studio visits, public lectures, organizing international art trips, and also spearheaded fundraising initiatives to promote exhibitions and an art prize. As a curator he has worked on a major video-based public artwork in conjunction with the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad, and has curated more than 40 exhibitions under the auspices of the Jeffrey Boone Gallery.
JONATHAN MIDDLETON is an interdisciplinary artist and curator based in Vancouver. Between 1999 and 2005, he served as co-curator, then director/curator of Western Front Exhibitions and has co-curated projects at Skol (Montreal), Consolidated Works (Seattle) Parasite (Hong Kong), Sparwasser HQ (Berlin) and West Space (Melbourne). He was a founding member of Projectile Publishing Society and its critical art periodical Fillip, and now sits as its board chair. An active proponent of artist-run culture, Middleton has also served on the boards of Artspeak Gallery, the Pacific Association of Artist-run Centres (PAARC) and the Artist-run Centres and Collectives Conference (ARCA). In 2007, Middleton was appointed Director/Curator of the Or Gallery and in 2010 established the gallery’s Berlin satellite space, Or Gallery Berlin.
A writer, curator and educator, KIMBERLY PHILLIPS holds a PhD in art history from UBC where she was Izaak Walton Killam Doctoral Fellow. Her doctoral and post-doctoral research, supported by the Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst at the Freie Universität Berlin, focused on ephemeral artistic interventions in Berlin's public space after 1990. She was Head of Interpretation at the Vancouver Art Gallery from 2009—2013 and a curatorial resident at 221A for 2012—2013. Phillips also maintains an active teaching practice, and is currently Course Leader for Emily Carr University’s Low Residence Masters of Applied Arts program. In 2013 she was appointed Director/Curator of Access Gallery, an artist-run centre committed to supporting emergent practices, where her most recent project has been to launch the multi-year residency Twenty-Three Days at Sea, which offers visual artists passage aboard cargo ships bound for Shanghai. Phillips has authored, edited and contributed to numerous exhibition catalogues, bookworks, and critical anthologies. Her writings have appeared most recently in Artforum, C Magazine, Canadian Art and Fillip.