New West Culture Crawl 2023

October 14 & 15

New West Culture Crawl

October 14 & 15

Anvil Centre is pleased to host a variety of free, arts and culture offerings during the New West Culture Crawl weekend.  Discover all that’s happening in the city to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the New West Culture Crawl at


New West Craft

Enjoy a showcase local artisans on the Anvil Centre’s main floor on Saturday, October 14 and get ahead start on your holiday shopping.  Coordinated by Arts New West.

Saturday, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Level One Lobby, Anvil Centre


Hijas Del Sol Artist Collective

Meet the six spectacular artists who make up the Hijas Del Sol Artist Collective.  Artists Clarissa Banos, Natalia Botero, Priscila Holtz, Monica Moscoso, Dámarys Sepúlveda and Lucía Terra will be set-up on the 3rd and 4th floor lobbies.

Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location: 3rd & 4th Floor Lobbies, Anvil Centre


Printmaking Fun

Let’s get printing!  Use the Anvil Centre’s professional etching press, inks, rollers, water soluble crayons and more to create colourful monoprints.  An activity the whole family can enjoy!

Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Anvil Centre Studio 411, 4th floor Anvil Centre


Eco Printing with the Garden Gals

Come and discover vibrant paintings from the Garden Gals while taking in demos that reveal their passion for botanical eco printing. Join the gals for some still-life sketching and create your own garden-inspired work of art.

Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Anvil Centre Studio 413, 4th floor Anvil Centre


Changing the Conversation Exhibition

September 25 – November 22

Communities across Canada are experiencing a housing crisis involving rising unaffordability, housing insecurity, and homelessness. Housing and homelessness are often polarizing topics to discuss. 

Changing the Conversation (CTC) is a three-year project that examines how public spaces and public art can facilitate a healthier discourse about housing in the community.

This exhibit centers the intersectional, multi-faceted stories that exist on the frontlines of the housing crisis. It features the work of CTC Artists in Residence Amal Ishaque and PJ Patten and community members in New Westminster with lived experiences of housing insecurity.

Location: Community Art Gallery, 3rd floor Anvil Centre


Changing the Conversation Exhibition: Artist Talk with PJ Patten

Join Community Art Gallery exhibiting Artist in Residence, PJ Patten for a talk discussing his own lived experience with homelessness and addiction.  In this personal account, learn more about how art helped unpackage his whole experience.

Sunday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Location: Community Art Gallery, 3nd floor Anvil Centre


Irving House Artists in Residence Open Studio Days

Meet Artists in Residence, Holly Schmidt and Janet Wang. In a partnership between the Museum and Archives and Public Art, the artists have been invited to explore and respond to this historic home. Learn about their respective practices and engagement with one of BC’s oldest post-contact historic homes.

Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

*Between 12 – 4 pm, join the artists for Botanical Ink and Nature Drawing. Experiment with making botanical inks using flower petals, berries and vegetable scraps. Using this earthy palette, they will lead nature-based drawing in the garden of Irving House. The artists will also have their studios open with work in progress on view for the Culture Crawl. Drop-in, materials will be provided. Bring a small plastic or glass jar if you would like to bring some ink home with you.

Location: Irving House, 302 Royal Ave


New Media Gallery 


September 24 – December 10

Seven artists from around the world, consider the measure of our world through space and time.

Annette S. Lee,  Félicie d’Estienne d’Orves,  Matthew Biederman, Alan Storey, James Nizam, Semiconductor

Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location: New Media Gallery, 3rd floor Anvil Centre


City of New Westminster Public Art Program

Curl Mapped

In partnership with Capture Photography Festival, the City of New Westminster commissioned a temporary installation for the glass façade of Anvil Centre by artist Rebecca Bair. Bair’s site-specific installation, Curl Mapped, tackles the complex, colonial history of archives to represent that which is absent: traces of Black settlers in this region. Bair spent significant time in the city archives, housed in Anvil Centre, poring over the leather-bound ledgers, reading the handwritten notes, and examining the photographs therein only to discover a gap – what she describes as “a ghost in the space.” In Curl Mapped, Bair interrupts parts of an archival map with curly tendrils of hair, which for her is symbolic of heritage and cultural care.

Location: Front Façade of Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street


Salmon Run

While you’re at Anvil Centre, pop around the back of the building to see the recently completed mural, Salmon Run by Randall Bear Barnetson.  Located on the back side of the Purpose Society building (facing Alexander Street), Barnetson interprets matters of mental health and wellbeing through an Indigenous lens. His mural reflects the work of the Purpose Society and emphasizes the importance of generosity, reciprocity, leadership and taking care of our community.  Developed in partnership with Purpose Society, Vancouver Mural Festival (VMF) and the City of New Westminster.

Location: Back side of Purpose Society, 40 Begbie Street, New Westminster (Access via Alexander Street)