Royal BC Museum Indigenous Artist's Studio Survey

For more than 50 years, an Indigenous artists’ program operated in Thunderbird Park, adjacent to the Royal BC Museum. It was a mentorship program featuring a series of master and apprentice carvers. Many of those emerging artists would later become renowned master carvers and artists themselves. In 2008, it was discovered that the building was no longer structurally sound, and the studio closed.

Many of the artists who worked in the studio found the experience important, and they never forgot the teachings they had received there. There is still a desire for a space where Indigenous artists can learn from one another and share their art and teachings with the public.

In the spring of 2019, discussions about renewing the program began. This survey was recommended by the artists who took part in these discussions. The results of the survey will help the Royal BC Museum to develop a proposal for the rebuilding of the Carving Studio. Thank you for agreeing to take part in this survey—we appreciate your input!

1. Did you ever visit the carving studio at Royal BC Museum between 1950-2014?
2. If you did get to visit, tell us about your experience. What do you remember, what did you like or dislike about the space?
3. What are your thoughts about a new carving studio space being built at Thunderbird Park?
4. Should the building be a traditional structure or modern (or a blend of both)? Please share your thoughts and ideas on this.
5. What art practices do you think should be represented in the space if it were to be rebuilt?
6. Who should the space be for, artists, public or both?
7. When should the space be open, all year round or seasonal?
8. Do you have any other comments or feedback you would like to add?

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