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Where Did The Apples Go: Understanding South of the Fraser River’s Orchards with Artist & Author Sylvia Grace Borda
October 7 @ 7:00 pm - 7:50 pm
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In celebration of our annual Heritage Apple Day festival (with an online twist this year!) and local fruit, art, and agriculture – join us for a very interesting presentation and Q&A with local artist & author Sylvia Grace Borda.
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There are many complex relationships across culture, economics and landscape that can be better understood by examining the layered social histories of food systems south of the Fraser River. For instance, many of us associate the introduction of apples with European settlers in the late 1700s and early 1800s in Canada, but few may recognize that the First Nation Coast Salish peoples tended and cultivated their own fruit, Pacific crab apples, for many centuries and prior to the arrival of Europeans on the shores of the West Coast.
Langley’s more recent orchards arose in part because of military, religious, and settler populations who planted trees at the Hudson Bay Company (HBC) Fort Langley site. When the HBC fort lands were sold as part of homesteads and farm sites, the apple orchards remained and other fruit orchard gardens were also established.
The older established apple orchards in Langley are rare survivors of their time. In this talk, artist Sylvia Grace Borda, will provide audiences a visual ‘walk-through’ and exploration of some of the underlying reasons why older apple trees are less prominent, and the social context of orchards in relation to their times. Sylvia will also illustrate her own interests in and the use of apples in her visual arts practice.
Sylvia Grace Borda is a Vancouver artist and an advocate for both sustainable food systems and urban architecture. She was privileged to present her research in both Northern Ireland and Scotland for the Venice Architectural Biennale collateral events in 2014 and 2015 where she discussed her projects examining Modernist British urban planning through an arts perspective.
She’s held senior teaching positions (2007-2015) in the UK and more recently was an artist-in-residence at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (2017-18, Surrey, BC) and the inaugural artist-in-residence for the Centre for Active Living, Minoru Centre (2018-19, Richmond, BC). In July 2020, Shifting Perspectives, a book about her reflections on Fraser Valley agricultural production through the arts was co-published by the Surrey Art Gallery and Heritage House Press – see https://www.heritagehouse.ca/book/sylvia-grace-borda/