Artsy x Bombay Sapphire: Promoting Up-And-Coming Vancouver Artists


In September, ArtsScene Vancouver was thrilled to be invited to the eighth edition of the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series.

Now in its eighth year, the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series seeks to discover the best emerging visual artists from across North America. More than 800 Vancouver artists applied, and the Vancouver finals featured seventeen of Vancouver's best emerging artists as chosen by Artsy.

Mixed media artist Vanessa Lam was chosen to compete in Miami for the North American finale in December.


According to Lam, “What jumped out at me about this award is that it focused on supporting emerging artists from all different backgrounds. I find that opportunities like this are few and far between. I also couldn’t pass up the potential to not only exhibit my work at a local reputable gallery but also the chance to get exposure outside Vancouver.”

Jas Lally, one of this year’s jurors, agrees the Artisan Series is “important to give a platform for emerging artists to showcase their work and create networks in the visual community they work in.” She adds, “These events allow for community engagement and allow for the public to speak to the artists and ask questions that help them to better understand contemporary art.”

Artist consultant and 2017 Artisan Series juror Pennylane Shen goes even further, saying “programs like the Artisan Series give exposure to emerging artists that would otherwise be lost. These artists have an opportunity to show at a high end commercial gallery amongst a number of their peers. The social aspect is invaluable as well, as they're likely to meet others in their community during the evening's events.”

As for Ms. Lam, she is already seeing the benefits from her win: “It’s a great affirmation that there is support around what I’m doing.”

And she’s looking forward to being in Miami for the finals, for the opportunity to “learn about and network with key partners to find opportunities with right fit” taking her work to an even wider audience.

Certainly the turnout at Windsor Gallery was a great step in the direction of this wider audience – the space was packed, with guests lingering late in the evening interacting with the works on display, as well as the artists, jurors and each other.

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