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Arts Tune Up

The deadline for this opportunity has passed.

Elephant Artist Relief Society’s third Umbrella Talks event Arts Tune up will be an interview session on November 30, 2020, from 12:00 to 2:00pm with artist and cultural worker Su Ying Strang.

Have any questions about applying to artist-run centres across Canada? How do galleries pick artists? How do you know when you are ready to show your artwork? Su is ready to take your questions, and all you have to do is register and send your queries to

This is a free event, but donations are encouraged. All proceeds go to EAR’s relief funds for artists.

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To learn more about Umbrella Talks or Elephant Artist Relief, visit

All submitted questions will be asked to the presenter by the EAR board. There will also be a Q&A at the end of the interview if you missed your chance to submit a question. We are recording this event, no names or likeness other than EAR board and presenter will be shown or mentioned unless requested.

More about Su Ying Strang

Su Ying Strang is an artist and cultural worker based in Mohkinstsis/Calgary as a guest on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. Originally hailing from the Southern United States, Strang relocated to Canada in 2006 to pursue her education at the Alberta College of Art + Design (now AUArts). In addition to Strang’s studio practice, she has been involved in the not-for-profit arts sector since 2010.

Strang is currently the Director of The New Gallery (TNG), President of the Alberta Association of Artist-Run Centres, and a Governor on the Board of Glenbow Museum. Strang’s work in the arts is informed by an artist-centered and community-driven ethos—prioritizing strong stewardship of artistic practices and accessibility to programming for audiences. Strang’s core focus for this work over the last several years has been in the context of TNG’s location in Calgary Chinatown, which has included redefining the organization’s role in being a good neighbour and active participant in the community. TNG’s work was recognized at the 2017 Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts where the organization was presented with the Sandstone City Builder’s Award for making “Calgary a better place to live through the arts”

Most recently, Strang’s work was recognized by the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators, where she was invited to attend as one of Canada’s representatives at the 2020 forum. Other recent awards and appointments include Avenue magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2018 in Calgary; receiving the 2018 Alumni Horizon Award from AUArts; and graduating from the inaugural cohort of the Banff Centre’s Cultural Leadership Program in 2017.