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Free Richmond speaker series to explore relationship between art and city

The 17th annual Lulu Series is kicking off on March 28.
Typha, a new public artwork by Charlotte Wall and Puya Khalili, was installed on the steps of Hollybridge Way last year.

A free annual lecture series about the relationship between art and the urban environment is returning to Richmond at the end of the month.

The 17th Lulu Series: Art in the City is kicking off on Thursday, March 28, and all are invited.

The three-part speaker series will feature the creators of the Typha public art, Puya Khalili and Charlotte Wall, artist and principal of Regenative Design Alanna Quock and Kamloops Art Gallery curator Charo Neville.

The talks will take place at 7 p.m. on their respective dates in the Richmond City Hall council chambers and are free with registration required.

Khalili and Wall's lecture on March 28 will explore their process of creating Typha, which was installed near the Richmond Olympic Oval last year, and how such projects can influence community engagement. The lecture will start with a musical performance by Elisa Thorn.

On April 25, Quock will address the legacy of The Indian Act by discussing what it means to dwell, whether in a place or a body, by sharing stories of her ancestors, her journey and her past experiences. Attendees will also get to enjoy a short musical performance by Sam Davidson ahead of the talk.

Neville will wrap up the series on May 30 by offering insight into Kamloops Art Gallery's "Luminocity" exhibition, where video projects by local, national and international artists are showcased in unexpected public spaces in downtown Kamloops, rather than inside a gallery. Lindi Nolte will be kickstarting the lecture with a short performance.

The Lulu Series was created in 2003 to spread awareness of the importance of art in building communities and "establish goals for the growth of art" in Richmond and across the Lower Mainland, according to the City of Richmond.

For more information on the speakers and to register for the lectures, visit the city's website.

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