BCATA 2018 Conference

Conference Schedule

Thursday Oct, 18 2018 5:00-7:00 PM Emily Carr University of Art + Design Pre-conference party Art Educator’s Reception and The Vancouver Art Book Fair and you are invited to attend for free. Food and drinks provided by ECUAD. You can pre-register for the conference and pick-up your goodie bag. 


Registration Fees

BCTF Member/Associate Member$ 140.00$ 170.00
Student, Retiree, TOCs$ 85.00$ 105.00

BCATA Membership needs to be current at the time of the conference. Get or renew your membership during registration. The cost of the membership is separate ($40/year). Click here for more information on the benefits of BCATA membership. 

Hotel Reservations

Park Inn

Phone number: 604-872-8661
Park Inn and Suites by Radisson Vancouver
898 West Broadway Avenue
Vancouver, B.C.  V5Z 1J8
Book before Sept 18th, and say it is for BCATA for a special rate!
Double Room – $139.00 (plus tax)

Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown

[October 18 – 21, 2019]

Group Name:  BC Art Teachers Association
Group Code:  ART

Guest Room Rate:  

$159.00 single/double occupancy

$179.00 single/double occupancy – Family Room (sleeps 5) – limited availability (additional $20 charge per extra person (adult) over double occupancy)

Book by September 18, 2019 to secure group rate

(rates are subject to applicable taxes & fees)

Phone: (604) 623–6866

Hotel Toll Free:  800-663-9151 (Canada & US)

Holiday Inn Toll Free:  1-800-HOLIDAY (INTERNATIONAL)

Fax:  (604) 684–4736

E-Mail:  reservations@hivancouverdowntown.com

Direct booking link:



Parking: $26.00 (subject to change)

Directions: http://goo.gl/maps/kqXr1

Amenities: Complimentary Wi-Fi (guest rooms & public areas), morning newspaper, 24 hour fitness centre,indoor pool, business centre

On Site Services: UnWind West Coast Social (breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktails, coffee), Meeting & Conference services, Altum Spa on site for available services – (http://altumspa.ca/), Concierge Desk, ATM, Car Rental, Coin Operated Laundry, Valet/Dry Cleaning, Market Place

IHG Rewards Club: http://www.ihg.com/hotels/us/en/global/offers/offers/ihgrewardsclub

Kids Eat & Stay Free:

Children 12 and under eat and stay free with a paying adult in guest room.

Children 18 and under stay free with a paying adult in guest room.



Rain City Robot. Materials: fibreglass, steel, paint. 10.5 feet tall. 2016. My artistic practice embodies the influences, tensions and contradictions that define the postmodern world. At once, my works exhibit the paradoxical tendency to be irreverent, frivolous, and playful, as well as thoroughly engaged in critical reflection. Admittedly, my aesthetic is driven by a hedonistic engagement with visual culture, yet I remain apprehensive about the all-encompassing diversions of contemporary society. Although my works are non-functional, I often employ vessel forms, or otherwise allude to incongruous functionality (for example, “wiring” of non-electronic parts). These apparent tensions may be particularly salient to my chosen field of ceramics, a medium interested in the notion of art versus craft.

As evidenced in my reconfiguration of historical art traditions and my use of mixed media, I am intrigued by cultural appropriation and hybridity. Undoubtedly, these predominant themes in my work are a reflection of my own ambiguous cultural identity. Although I am considered Asian Canadian within the dominant culture’s framing, my family has lost even vestiges of connectivity to Asia through several generations of intercontinental migration and ethnic intermarriage. I have used self-portraiture to explore issues of race, class and sexual identity in greater depth.

Through my approach to art making, I work as a visual ethnographer – documenting and interpreting contemporary culture through my own assumptions, preferences, values and personal history. My aim is to create work that serves as a portal for reflection and dialogue.

Brendan Tang was born in Dublin, Ireland of Trinidadian parents and is a naturalized citizen of Canada. He earned his formal art education on both Canadian coasts and the American Midwest, where he learn to appreciate the ceramic medium. Tang has lectured at conferences and academic institutions across the continent, and his professional practice has also taken him to India, Europe and Japan. He has been a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts (Helena, MT) and has participated in an international residency at the European Ceramic Work Centre (‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL).

Tang has been exhibited at the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in QB, and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, as well being a recipient of the 2016 Biennale Internationale de Vallauris contemporary ceramic award. He has been profiled by The Knowledge Network, and featured in printed publications including The National Post, Wired (UK and Italy), and ELLE (Canada). Tang’s work can be found in such collections as the Seattle Art Museum, the Ariana Muse in Geneva SW, Canada House in London (UK) and the Art Bank of Canada.

Tang dedicates his full attention to his professional art practice in Vancouver BC, where he continues to explore the interface between culture and material.

BCATA would like to thank VanArts for theirPlatinum level sponsorship at the 2018 Thresh Hold Conference.

BCATA would like to thank Beau Photo for their Silver level sponsorship at the 2018 Thresh Hold Conference.

Thank you to our community partners