Chester Fields is The Polygon Gallery’s teen outreach program. Every year, the gallery invites teens from across the Lower Mainland to create an original work of photographic art in response to a unique theme. Inspired by the current exhibition a Handful of Dust, this year's theme Something In My Eye, challenges artists to think close to the camera’s lens and to experiment with ways of interrupting or changing the lens’s ability to view and capture its photographic subject.
The submissions were juried by Peppa Martin, curator and director of Truth and Beauty Gallery; Ian McGuffie, award-winning photographer and Head of Digital Photography at VanArts; and Birthe Piontek, acclaimed artist and faculty member at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Shortlited artists include Charlotte Bailey, James Borrill, Anna Bryan, Zach Chard, Yuxuan Deng, Danielle Egilson, Pablo Esquivel, Artem Furman, Donovan Galsco, Giovanna Garbuglia, Anova Hou, Victoria Jackson, Kayli Koonar, Jolin Liu, Abby Lundquist, Christal Lyu, Kate MacLeod, Iris Maes, Grace Merrells, Arthur Na, Jennifer Park, Jason Ross, Gabby Rumsby, Paulo Schalkhammer, Rio Shimada, Nicholas Szeto, Farryn VanHumbec, Amber Wang, Mia Xu, Asalah Youssef, and Alice Zeng.
The finalists of the 2019 Chester Fields Program are featured in an exhibition at The Polygon Gallery from April 6-21.
The Polygon Gallery app features more content about this program including the theme, a closer look at the artists involved in a Handful of Dust for inspiration, the jury, and finalists.
The app is free to download from the Apple Store and Google Play.
From within the app, visit the menu and select "Chester Fields" from the Audio and More section.
Image: Anita Bonnarens, 2018