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Sculptors' Society of British Columbia

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Sculptors' Society of British Columbia

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The Sculptors' Society of British Columbia was established in 1974. Predecessor organizations were the Western Chapter of the Sculptors' Society of Canada, which began meeting in 1971, and the B.C. Chapter of the Northwest Institute of Sculpture, which was active as of 1956. During the 1970s and 1980s , the Society organized numerous exhibitions, participated in others, attempted to influence arts policy and public attitudes, then as a result of "Sculpture '83", a Robson Square Media Centre exhibition, was asked to submit a proposal to the city's Special Committee on the Arts regarding sculpture placement for the City of Vancouver's centenary. The idea evolved into "City Shapes: Vancouver Centennial Sculpture Symposium 86" and was held May to August 1986 in Vanier Park. City Shapes held a juried competition for sculpture in any medium which was open to Canadian citizens. Symposium carving was carried out in Vanier Park, with the ten sculptures consequently dispersed throughout Vancouver. The project, endorsed by the Vancouver Centennial Commission and funded by the Department of Culture and Communications, required extensive planning, a significant fund-raising campaign, a great deal of publicity and overall coordination - all of which led the Society to greatly expand its functions for those three years. The Society was successful in enlisting community participation, for example, prominent individuals were recruited for service on various committees, and Tupper Secondary School provided the labour for the Vanier Park buildings required. The $17,000 left from the City Shapes 86 project was forwarded to the Vancouver Foundation to be designated for the repair and maintenance of public sculptures in Vancouver.

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