Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

2024 SLOW Relations + Practices Emerging BIPOC Artist Residency

Centre A is proud to introduce the three participating artists for our SLOW Relations + Practices Residency: Phoebe Bei, Kaila Bhullar and Rawan Hassan.

Throughout the month of June, the artists will utilize Centre A’s gallery space as a shared studio, participate in group critiques, create collective works, share knowledge with the 2024 Art Writing Mentorship participants, and network with local arts and culture workers. They will be sharing with the public about their projects through an open studio on Saturday, June 22; the month-long residency exhibition is scheduled to open on Saturday, June 29. Stay tuned on our Instagram and website for more details.

SLOW Relations + Practices is part of Centre A’s 25th Anniversary programming that examines the organization’s rich history as the only public gallery in Canada that focuses on Asian and Asian diasporic perspectives. The program is a new and revised iteration of Makiko Hara’s project of the same name at Centre A in 2010. Initiated by a working group of diverse, local cultural producers and led by Hara, the early iteration of the project addresses the pressing issue of time-slow and hurriedness.


Phoebe Bei (website) is an interdisciplinary artist working largely in image-based processes and installation. Her work navigates fictional and existing embodiments of land, and how land is occupied and disseminated in the production of home, culture and identity. Bei was British Columbia’s recipient of the BMO 1st Art! Prize in 2018 and holds a BFA from Simon Fraser University. She has exhibited work for the Audain Gallery, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, James Black Gallery, Unitt/Pitt and Or Gallery. She was a recent artist resident at the Contemporary Art Gallery, 2022 and Griffin Arts Project, 2023.

Kaila Bhullar (website, Instagram) is a second-gen Indo-Chilean-Canadian experimental filmmaker + multimedia artist based in the stolen territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh tribes. Informed by digitally-based art forms, Bhullar explores themes around identity and perception, using their experience as a queer/biracial human to contemplate the abstractions within them. These inquiries often manifest as collages of varying forms, audiovisual works, and multimedia installations. Recent exhibition and screening history includes What Lab, 2024; The James Black Gallery, 2023; XINEMA, 2023; The Polygon Gallery, 2022; Massy Arts Gallery, 2022; UNIT/PITT, 2022; and The Small File Media Festival, 2020. Current projects include video work on display with Gallery Gachet’s BIPOC New Media Screen, Queer Arts Festival, and a hybrid work for an upcoming exhibition with Dirty Dishes Collective in 2025.

Rawan Hassan (Instagram) is an artist based in the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations (so called “Vancouver, Canada”). Her artwork explores realism and abstraction through patterning, linework, and textiles. Her goal is to create work that reflects the cultures, experiences, and perspectives that she grew up in and continues to evolve with. She is interested in creating work that reflects the world around her while also investigating possibilities of what could be. (headshot by Muhannad Fahmy)


This program is funded by the BC Multiculturalism & Anti-Racism Grant.