Access Gallery Celebrates 25 Years with Art Auction Fundraiser



2016 marks the 25th year of Access Gallery operating in Vancouver. The gallery plans on hosting an impressive birthday bash which also happens to be it’s annual fundraiser.  Over seventy artworks have been generously donated, a testament of support and community that surrounds Access. The auction will feature works by local and international. A range of artists are represented within the lots, emerging, mid-career and established. Here is a preview of a small selection of works available at the auction this year. There are so many gems to choose from!

Jill Henderson, ONE, TWO, 2015, ink on paper, 20 x 16 inches, Bio & Image courtesy of Access Gallery & the Artist

Jill Henderson has exhibited extensively internationally. She is a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art. Notable exhibitions include at The ICA and Hales Gallery in London, UK; Transmission Gallery in Glasgow; Catalyst Arts in Belfast; Angelus Novus in Antwerp; Brasilica in Vienna; PS1/MoMA, The Power Plant, The Art Gallery of Ontario, and Art Metropole in Toronto. In Vancouver Henderson has exhibited at the Morris & Belkin Gallery, The Helen Pitt Gallery and Contemporary Art Gallery

Jonathan Syme, Palms, 2015, oil on canvas, 18 x 14 inches, Image & Bio courtesy of Access Gallery & the Artist

Jonathan Syme is predominantly focused on painting, but has also produced multidisciplinary works including sculpture, installation, and animations. Syme has exhibited at the Initial Gallery, Monte Clark Gallery, Wil Aballe Art Projects, Equinox Gallery, and CSA Space, among others. He received his BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2003 and currently lives in Vancouver, BC.

Laura Piasta, Shift, 2016, Acrylic on paper, 24 x 26 inches, Image & Bio Courtesy of Access Gallery & the Artist

Laura Piasta is a Vancouver-based artist who received her BFA from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2006 and relocated to Europe in 2008 where she completed her MFA at the Umeå Academy of Fine Arts in Sweden in 2012. Piasta was awarded the City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Award for emerging artists in 2014. Her work has been exhibited at a number of institutions and galleries in Europe and Canada.

Fiona Ackerman, Untitled, 2014, digital archival print, 16 x 20 inches, Image & Bio Courtesy of Access Gallery & the Artist

Fiona Ackerman has exhibited across Canada and western Europe. She was long-listed for the Sobey Prize in 2015. Ackerman completed her BFA through Concordia University and Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Fiona has an upcoming exhibition at Winsor Gallery entitled Glasslands. Recent exhibitions include solo exhibitions at Galerie Kremers in Berlin, Herringer Kiss Gallery in Calgary, p|m Gallery in Toronto and White Brush Gallery in Düsseldorf. Ackerman is currently exhibiting work in a duo exhibition with Kelly Lycan at Surrey Art Gallery.

Kristina Fiedrich, Gut Brain, 2016, Watercolour & gouache on paper, 16 x 20 inches, Image & Bio courtesy of Access Gallery
Birthe Piontek, #7 from the series Mimesis, 2013, c-print, 20×20 inches, Image & Bio courtesy of Access Gallery & the Artist

Birthe Piontek is a photo-based artist from Germany who is living and working in Vancouver. She moved to Canada in 2005 after receiving her MFA from the University of Essen in Communication Design and Photography. Piontek’s work has been exhibited internationally, and is featured in many private and public collections such as the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and the Museum of Applied Arts in Gera, Germany. Piontek’s images have appeared in a number of international publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Le Monde, Wired and The New Yorker.

Other notable artists amongst the seventy plus who have contributed works this year include: Rodney Graham, Angela Grossmann, Randy Grskovic, Colleen Heslin, Michael Morris, Cedric Bomford, Julia Feyrer, Etienne Zack and Jeneen Frei Njootli among others. The majority of the available works are viewable online through the Access Gallery Auction Website.

Continuing on from the tradition established last year at the gallery, the auction will include a mystery artist. For those who like surprises, join in the fun! See how many clues it takes to discover who the mystery artist is. A grand highlight of last year’s auction, the mystery artist and artwork will be sure to have everyone on edge again this year, not to mention a potential bidding war could ensue! Admission to the XXV Auction is $25. This includes a membership to Access Gallery for the calendar year.


XXV: Access Gallery Annual Auction Fundraiser
Saturday, November 19, 2016, 7PM

 12-5PM, November 14 – 19, 2016
PREVIEW NIGHT: Thursday, November 17, 2016, 7PM
ACCESS GALLERY – 222 E. Georgia St, Vancouver, BC, V6A IZ7
Contact: 604 689 2907 /
Absentee bidding is possible: email Director/Curator Kimberly Phillips at