Fond Farewell Sharon!
A Fond Farewell & Many Thanks to Outgoing Video Out Manager Sharon Bradley:
After seven years of committed service and facilitation, Sharon Bradley has concluded her role as Video Out Coordinator. Sharon’s unwavering focus, creative energy, unassuming intelligence and collaborative spirit will be sorely missed. Everyone at VIVO wishes her well as she enjoys some much deserved free time (!), upcoming creative projects and new post-secondary studies.
Sharon has been an important contributor to long-term planning at the Centre, helping to make a collective decision to reimagine her position for the evolving needs of community video art distribution VIVO enthusiast Jeremy Todd is now working in an interim capacity to maintain services, complete projects in process and help with Video Out’s development and reorganization.
Sharon began her VIVO work in 2007, serving as an assistant to then Video Out Coordinator Jen Fischer. In 2010 she officially took on the management of VIVO’s distribution wing. Throughout her time on staff she has also juggled numerous venue management shifts and committee tasks, jobs with Word On The Street Festival and BC Book Prizes, as well as various Board Member duties within other artist-run centres around the Lower Mainland.
Sharon has initiated, overseen and/or contributed to several remarkable outreach and archival projects at VIVO, all while maintaining international distribution services, ongoing acquisitions, and archival work in the CDMLA. Projects such as the 2009 Educational Catalogue (initiated by her predecessor) , Vancouver 50, the Top 10 Screening Series and Anamnesia: Unforgetting wouldn’t have existed without her input. Sharon has always enjoyed introducing new people to the VIVO community, particularly when acquiring works for distribution by artists she has greatly admired (such as Jennifer Campbell or Mary Reid Kelly). Sharon was thrilled to discover Jayce Salloum had received the Governor General’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts this year (she nominated him).
Sharon has also maintained a stellar commitment to the Archive. This has always been reflected in her efforts to digitize the collection, her advocacy for its role within the community, and her active participation on the Archive Committee. It should also be noted that Sharon has saved every abandoned and dying potted plant at the centre throughout her tenure, vastly improving everyone’s quality of life around the office!
We can’t thank Sharon enough for her efforts and look forward to building upon the solid foundation she has entrusted to us.