10 Arts Events Not to Miss in January

Kick off a brand new decade with some inspiring arts exhibits, workshops and concerts.

Opening Reception of David Wojnarowicz: Photography & Film 1978-92

January 9 | 6:00-9:00pm | Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

David Wojnarowicz (1954–1992) came into prominence in the New York art world of the 1980s, actively embracing all media and forging an expansive range of work both fiercely political and highly personal. This is the first exhibition to solely concentrate on the artist’s photographic and filmic work. The exhibition presents over 100 works including photographs, test prints, silkscreens, 16 mm and Super 8 film and collaborative video works.


Student Leadership Conference

January 11 | 8:00am – 4:30pm

As one of the largest student-run conferences in Canada, UBC’s Student Leadership Conference (SLC) is an opportunity for students to explore their abilities, a hub for amazing individuals in the community, and a platform that inspires action. This year’s theme “(un)filtered” challenges delegates to deconstruct the “filters” that shape communities and narratives, as well as those that are self-imposed.


UBC Concerto Competition

January 11 | 6:30pm – 9:30pm | Barnett Hall, UBC Music Building

Open to all music students, the annual concerto competition is an opportunity for young musicians to earn a coveted spot as a solo performer with the UBC Symphony Orchestra. Competitors select virtuoso works which highlight their exceptional technical and expressive abilities as musicians.


Urban Climate Justice Workshop

January 16 | 5:30pm – 8:00pm | BC Hydro Theatre in the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability

Curious about what Urban Climate Justice means? Interested in how Nature’s Rights play a role in climate justice? Want to discuss the history of human-nature relationships and how this history is connected to climate justice? This climate justice workshop organized by SEEDS and the UBC Climate Hub is free and open to faculty, staff, and students. Dinner will be served!


UBC Theatre presents: The Changeling

January 15-February 1 | 7:30pm | Telus Studio Theatre in the Chan Centre

A tale of hidden sexual desires, bloody deeds, and characters who realize their intentions are less than pure, Thomas Middleton and William Rowley’s The Changeling is one of the darkest and most sensual of the 17th century English tragedies.


Arts Career Conversations: The Art of Tech

January 23 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm | Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre

Did you know that the skills you are gaining as an arts student – communications, critical thinking, and collaboration – are all in high demand from technology companies? According to Bluewolf CEO, Eric Berridge, 65% of open job opportunities at Apple/Google/Facebook are non-technical: marketers, product managers, HR specialists, and more. It’s no wonder why Forbes says the “Arts degree has become tech’s hottest ticket”.  In this flash mentoring experience, learn directly from Arts alumni how your BA or BFA can help you build a career in tech.


Sounds of the Gamelan

January 23 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm | Museum of Anthropology

Join MOA and the 16-person gamelan ensemble of Gamelan Gita Asmara for Sounds of the Gamelan: A Journey from Traditional to Experimental—a unique night of classical and experimental gamelan—led by Indonesian composer, teacher and musician, I Putu Gede Sukaryana (Balot).


The Fruitful Dark of Winter

January 25 | 11:00am – 12:30pm | UBC Botanical Garden

Join Celeste Snowber for a walking performance of dance and poetry out of the winter season. Whether it is the living bouquet of the fragrance of Chimonanthus or the light on paperbark maples, winter holds delights as we walk into wonder. Enjoy a blend of art and ecology in this creative garden performance as Celeste interprets the Garden’s unique botanical collection through a poetic and performative lens.


Naked Cinema VI

January 27 | 7:30pm | Vancity Theatre

Students from UBC Theatre and Film Acting and Film Production come together to create something especially audacious: a new feature film developed collectively from scratch and stripped of all cinematic artifice inspired by Lars von Trier’s Dogme 95 Manifesto.


Second Annual Art + Memory + Justice Symposium

January 30 | 4:00pm – 8:00pm | Liu Institute for Global Issues

The Art + Memory + Justice Symposium is a student-led, interactive, conversational, and salon-style symposium showcasing the creative work of those engaged in the field of transformative memory and justice.