Marcus Wild for Wild About Vancouver


Call for Artist 2018

We are very excited to be collaborating with Untitled Art Space to find the next Artist in Residence for the 2018 Wild About Vancouver Festival. Follow this link to enter your submission.



WAV Artist 2017 – Sarah Clement

In 2017, Sarah Clement joined WAV as the Artist in residence.

Sarah brought her talent as a nature influenced artist to develop a beautiful image capturing her interpretation of outdoor connections.

Learn more about Sarah’s work here:

 WAV Artist 2016 – Marcus Wild

In 2016, Wild About Vancouver appointed  Marcus Wild as the WAV 2016 Artist in residence.

Marcus follows the 2015 appointment of Vancouver Poet Laureate, Rachel Rose, whose poem “Song Dogs,” was read by the poet, at the inaugural TidalWAV event and awarded to key donors and volunteers.

The work that WAV is so passionately involved in struck a chord with Marcus because it reminds him of his youth. “Going Marcus Wildoutside to play every day was wonderful. Nature itself was my XBox 360, and friends, the supporting cast in a 24 hours a day film, that evolved along the blurred line between reality and imagination. As darkness fell my ears would tingle as if I knew what was coming and then it would happen, mum would call my name from the back door and it was time to drop the chosen game for that day, a ball, bike or even just a stick! Time to press pause, go back inside and recharge the batteries ready for the outdoor fun to resume the next day.”

Marcus is a passionate artist who will think nothing of going above and beyond to make sure the project he is working on is done to the very highest degree of professionalism and expertise that his talents will allow! WAV is very excited to have him involved in the 2016 Wild About Vancouver Education Festival!

Read more about Marcus here.


WAV Artist 2015 – Rachel Rose, Vancouver Poet Laureate

Acclaimed writer Rachel Rose is the winner of numerous awards for her poetry, fiction and non-fiction, including a 2014 Pushcart Prize. She has published poems, short stories and essays in Canada, the U.S., New Zealand and Japan. Her most recent collection, Song and Spectacle, won the 2013 Audre Lorde Poetry Prize in the U.S. and the Pat Lowther Award in Canada.

In 2011, Rachel Rose and composer Leslie Uyeda were commissioned by the Queer Arts Festival to write the libretto for Canada’s first lesbian opera, When the Sun Comes Out, which premiered in August 2013 in Vancouver and Toronto in June Rachel Rose2014.

Rachel has taught workshops on writing and healing across North America, including Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, the Skagit River Poetry Festival, the Wisconsin Book Festival and AWP Austin and has been a poetry/lyric prose mentor at SFU’s award-winning Writer’s Studio program.

Born in Vancouver, Rachel holds dual U.S. and Canadian citizenship. She grew up on Hornby Island, in Vancouver’s Chinatown on Princess Street, in Anacortes, WA, and Seattle and has also lived in Montreal and Maebashi, Japan. She is currently lives with her family in Vancouver and is writing a book about police dogs.

Read “Song Dogs” by Rachel Rose.
Originally published by Vancouververse.

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