The Meg Torwl Collection I Reception at the Archive

Meg Torwl

Thu, Jun 19, 2014


THURSDAY JUNE 19th | 7-10 PM

VIVO and the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive invites you to a reception in honour of artist and friend, Meg Torwl, and in recognition of the establishment of The Meg Torwl Collection at our Archive.

After Meg’s passing on June 21, 2013, the majority of her art works were acquired by the archive in her home country of New Zealand. We are fortunate, however, that her Vancouver friends approached VIVO about including her video works in VIVO’s Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive, Western Canada’s premiere collection of video art and independent video. Due to their efforts, we secured not only her videos, but also biographical information, photographs, writings, publicity materials, and exhibition and performance documentation, ensuring Meg’s broader contribution to Vancouver’s cutural and social landscape will be well represented in the city she made home.

Meg was trained in video production through an Out On Screen Queer Video Scholarship Program at VIVO in 2000. She was a VIVO member, distributed by Video Out, and had performed numerous times at our centre over the years. She was beloved by those of us who knew her, and greatly respected by those who, unfortunately, did not.

Meg’s video works will be available for viewing and select items from The Meg Torwl Collection will be on display.

MEG TORWL worked in video, new media, audio, photography, writing, performance and arts advocacy. Her work has been exhibited, broadcast, published and performed in her native New Zealand, Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. She produced five new media projects – meditative colour and water photography based installations: Singing Bowls (2004), AQWAI (2006), TIARIKA (2008), Going Coastal (2010), and PORTAL/PORTAGE (2011), and directed three documentaries distributed by Video Out: Act Your Age!? (2000), where have all the lesbians gone? (2001), and Towards the day…we are all free (2007). Meg also worked in radio, producing 50 half-hour programs with Radio New Zealand National’s One in Five disability community program (2007/8), with a focus on youth, art, multiculturalism and policy. She worked for arts organizations in community outreach and project coordination for the National Film Board of Canada (2004), CBC TV (2006), KickstArt Disability Arts and Culture (2009/10), and BC Regional Integrated Arts Network (2010). Meg was a visual artist, a graduate of The Writers Studio (2011) at SFU, and published numerous books of poetry.

Artist Profile

Meg Torwl