The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:
Artist Talk: Sunday, July 14, 2019. 3pm – 4pm
The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents Inter/action: Artist Learning Series. Inter/action is a monthly free public event that facilitates dialogue, practice, and education between the exhibiting artists and members of the community. The programming will be developed and delivered by the artists at The Gallery at Queen’s Park during their exhibition, and will consist of creative events such as artist talks, performance art, theoretical or technical seminars, live drawing/painting, collaborative social practice activities, workshops, or performances. Inter/action: Artist Learning Series encourages the integration of the arts into daily life providing fully hands-on, barrier-free, no-cost art education that promotes intergenerational mentoring opportunities and inclusivity between backgrounds of gender, race, age and ability.
Born in Montréal, Québec, Ascroft’s interest in art emerged in childhood and early adulthood. During his first career as a graphic artist, he studied evenings for a degree in art education, and then earned a diploma for the teaching of art. He introduced and taught a high school alternative art program based on mass media for four years, serving on the province’s high school examinations committee for two years.
Obtaining a Master’s degree in Educational Technology, Ascroft’s professional path changed direction when he embarked on a succession of careers: university teaching, corporate training development, business management and consulting.
Upon retirement, Ascroft resumed his passion for art and taught watercolour painting at Century House for four years. He lives in New Westminster with his wife, Jeanie.