The New Westminster Museum and Arts Services are proud to present the final exhibition of The Living Archive program. The exhibition is in New Westminster Museum and Archives’ Permanent Gallery and Atrium Gallery at Anvil Centre with some works featured at the City’s other museum sites, Samson V (880 Quayside Drive) and Irving House (302 Royal Avenue).

This program brings together nine youth artists to engage in the Museum’s collections and create original artwork based on their findings and inspiration. The artists, ranging in age from 17 to 24, come from all over the lower mainland and from a diverse set of visual arts-based backgrounds. They are mentored closely by lead artist Cindy Mochizuki who witnessed the process and practice of the artists making new work based on an object from the collections.

All are invited to the opening reception on Thursday, June 23 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at New Westminster Museum on the third floor of Anvil Centre. Complimentary admission; cash bar. Light refreshments will be provided.

Those with an interest can follow the artists’ journeys through their blog at and are welcome to attend a panel discussion with the artists on Thursday, June 30 from 5:30 – 7:00 PM at Anvil Centre. Some of the artists will also be offering free or low-cost workshops to the public in July and August.

Image Credit: Cherry Lu

The program and exhibition is funded by the BC Arts Council through the Youth Engagement Grant.