ART EVENT Oct 9: Franke James: The Real Poop on Social Change, The Dock, Victoria, BC

Location: The Dock, Chinatown Victoria, 3 Fan-Tan Alley, #300, Victoria, BC V8W 3G9, Canada
Date/Time: Thursday, 9 October 2014 from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM (PDT)
The Real Poop on Social Change illustrated flag by Franke James, 2008-2013

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Join us for the exhibition opening of “Franke James: The Real Poop on Social Change” at The Dock.

Meet the artist, author and activist, Franke James on Thursday, October 9, 2014 from 4:30pm to 7:00pm.

Franke will be joined by Charlotte Kingston, BC Civil Liberties Association, Carol Linnitt, DeSmog Canada, and Dr. Thomas F. Pedersen, The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions in saying a few words about the power of art to accelerate positive change — and why we need to vigorously protect our Charter right to free expression.

Chat about social change art over a glass of wine or beer…

Franke James is the ‘blacklisted’ author of Banned on the Hill and the recipient of the 2014 Liberty Award for Excellence in the Arts from the BC Civil Liberties Association.

Over 30 of Franke’s ‘social change’ artworks will be on display, including her “Do Not Talk about Climate Change” protest poster that was up on bus shelters in Ottawa, Halifax, and Calgary — thanks to donations from hundreds of people in Canada, the USA and Europe. See her “Oh No Canada!” show that got people talking about climate change in Washington, DC. And posters and videos from her disability rights campaign, Human Rights Should Be For Everybody.

What people are saying about Franke James…
“There is apparently one woman whom the government can’t shut up”, The Guardian UK

“Franke James’ commitment to art, free expression and political commentary put her in the cross-hairs of Stephen Harper’s Conservatives. See what the government didn’t want the world to see.” Elizabeth May, Leader, Green Party of Canada, MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands

“The attempt to silence Franke James has, instead, ensured that both her work and her message are recognized around the world.” The Vancouver Observer

“The BCCLA was thrilled to honour Franke James with our 2014 Liberty Award for Excellence in the Arts. In the face of ongoing attempts to censor her message, Franke’s work challenges Canada to do better, and reminds us why it is so critical that free expression be protected.” Charlotte Kingston, Engagement Manager, BC Civil Liberties Association

“It’s easy to silence citizens, unless one of those citizens happens to be Franke James. Her work is a stunning and creative example of just how government censorship can go very, very wrong. Her work is vital to Canada’s conversation – not only about freedom of speech – but about democracy.” Carol Linnitt, Managing Editor and Director of Research, DeSmog Canada

“Franke James is a remarkable social critic and communicator who can teach us all a lesson in how to work for social change.” Calvin Sandborn, Legal Director, University of Victoria Environmental Law Centre

Join Franke to celebrate her BCCLA’s 2014 Excellence in the Arts award!

“Franke James is the recipient of the BCCLA’s 2014 Excellence in the Arts award. Franke has spent years producing original artwork inspired by social and environmental justice. Franke’s artwork and books span print, TV, radio, and online mediums in Canada, the USA, and many other parts of the world. Outspoken on environmental issues, her works have come into conflict with the federal government – leading to the cancellation of her 20-city European art exhibition because of government interference from high-level bureaucrats. Her experiences as an artist facing muzzling and censorship by the federal government led to the publishing of her third book, Banned on the Hill, which chronicles her experience with free expression through eight “visual essays”. Her focus on environmental and social justice, and her fight for free expression, are a few of the reasons she is this year’s recipient.” BC Civil Liberties Association

Franke James’ books, ‘Banned on the Hill’ and ‘Bothered By My Green Conscience’, and her ‘Oh No Canada!’ posters and limited edition fine art prints will be available for sale. 10% of the proceeds go to support The Dock.

Location: The Dock, Chinatown Victoria, 3 Fan-Tan Alley, #300, Victoria, BC V8W 3G9, Canada
Date/Time: Thursday, 9 October 2014 from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM (PDT)

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Can’t make it to the opening party? Set up an appointment to see the show from October 10th to October 28th. Click here.

Curious about the flag illustration? Read the story…
The Real Poop on Social Change

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