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Art Vancouver presents Being a northern artist

Date: Saturday May 7
Time: 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre West - Hall A

What does it mean to be a northern artist? Or an artist living in a remote location far from typical art supplies?


Join us as three finalists from the Yukon Prize for Fine Arts discuss overcoming challenges, achieving success, their art careers, creative processes, connecting to thier community, and more!  




Born in Whitehorse, Yukon, Ken Anderson is of Tlingit and Scandinavian ancestry. He believes that art is about passion and the creative process. Anderson works in a traditional Tlingit style. He enjoys the challenges of composition and creating balance within his art. He believes that art should be interactive and representative of a living culture. Anderson credits his grandmother and the old masters, as his inspirations. He also believes that an artist should respect the artistic legacy that he/she is carrying on.

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Ball is a visual artist born in Dawson City, Yukon, Canada in 1987. Her artistic practice takes a critical and insightful look at the social architectures that shape the way we live, often using humour to scrutinize institutions and infrastructures emblematic of greater social dilemmas. Writing is a fundamental part of her practice; her narrative and persuasive essays inspire her installations, short films, performances, and two and three-dimensional works.

After completing a Meistershülerin from the Staatlich Hoschschüle fur Bildende Künste Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, in the class of Douglas Gordon, and prior to that a BFA at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, she returned to Dawson City in 2018. She works in a variety of mediums including performance, installation, text, print making and film making. She is a founding member of the community arts collective Local Field School and the studio collective Jimmy’s Place. Recent exhibitions and projects have included the satirical take-over of Dawson City’s newspaper entitled THE SUN for the Yukon Riverside Arts Festival (2020), the solo exhibition energy at Neu Alte Brücke, Frankfurt, Germany (2019), the performance and solo exhibition women as part of ASSEMBLE at Haus Am Lützoplatz, Berlin, Germany (2018), and the solo show powers at Künstverein Göttingen, Germany (2018). In 2018 she published a graphic novel, provenance, in collaboration with Künstverein Göttingen and Broken Dimanche Press, Berlin, Germany.



Verkley is a sculptor and media artist.  She is concerned with bringing the endless stories of nature into her work, offering a translation of what it means to be here via her ethereal, organic pieces.


Verkley shifts between installation, animation and kinetics. She scours the landscape for materials (bed sheets, hoses, cast-offs) to be used in creating flexible forms, often built around the gestures of animals and centred on their resilience in navigating human habitats.


Parallel to this practice, Verkley has collaborated extensively in film, theatre and dance, with a focus on puppeteering and animatronics. She has recently returned to her practice full-time after holding a faculty position at the Yukon School of Visual Arts for many years.

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