MP Grewal announces federal funding for Surrey’s Urban Screen Project

NEWS NINA GREWALNINA Grewal, MP for Fleetwood-Port Kells, on Tuesday announced that the Surrey Art Gallery Association will receive $189,000 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund for Surrey’s Urban Screen Project.

“Thanks to the efforts and vision of the Surrey Art Gallery Association, the Urban Screen Project provides a dynamic canvas from which artists’ work can be promoted,” said Grewal. “With a rapidly changing digital media field, this project will provide much-needed upgrades, allowing artists to continue to showcase leading-edge art in the digital era.”

“Surrey’s Urban Screen supports innovation by making art accessible in exciting ways and by encouraging the development of new digital technologies,” said Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. “I am thrilled to see this project—which raises the profile of digital and interactive art—lighting up Surrey’s city centre.”

Located at the Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, Surrey’s Urban Screen is a satellite venue of the Surrey Art Gallery. It is Canada’s largest non-commercial outdoor screen dedicated to presenting digital and interactive art. This support will allow the Surrey Art Gallery Association to update the Urban Screen’s existing infrastructure by purchasing high-powered data projectors with 3-D technology, specialized bulbs and temperature-controlled housings, as well as computers, routers and related software.

“Art is essential to our expression and development, allowing us to express our feelings and share our humanity. Our government understands the importance art plays in our lives and is committed to coming alongside organizations like the Surrey Art Gallery Association.  I want to thank our Canadian artists for producing ground breaking pieces and for everyone from the Surrey Art Gallery Association for helping to making art come alive,” said Grewal.