Meet the East Vancouver artist selected for public art project at nə́c’aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch Library

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Local Artist Erica Stocking selected for public art commission at Vancouver’s newest library nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona branch

Work comes from “a desire to find a sense of place in the world”…

Award-winning East Vancouver artist Erica Stocking has been commissioned to create a public art piece for Vancouver’s newest library location, the nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona branch expected to open early this fall. Learn how to pronounce nə́c̓aʔmat ct

“For me, the library is an extension of home: a place to explore and ignite one’s imagination,” says Stocking, a regular visitor to Vancouver Public Library’s current Strathcona branch with her two young children.

FREE EVENT – join us for an Artist Talk with Erica Stocking

Stocking has already started designing her work – planned to highlight the new branch’s main entrance – and as part of her process she wants to connect with the community.

A reception and Artist Talk is set for Thursday, January 21st at the Strathcona Community Centre, where she’ll introduce herself and discuss how she approaches her art practice and her interest in the library.

“My work evolves from a desire to find a sense of place in the world, often articulating distinctions of inside/outside and public/private spaces,” says Stocking, who in 2009 was recognized with a Mayor’s Arts Award as an emerging artist in public art.


VPL’s new nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona branch and YWCA Cause We Care House is a joint initiative that features a branch library, community and family programming, and safe, affordable housing for low-income single mothers and their children.

VPL’s new branch will be an estimated 11,000 square feet – making it one of the largest branches in the city’s library system – and will feature diverse public spaces, including a digital creation space; flexible meeting, programming, and community gathering spaces; and a diverse collection of books, DVDs, magazines and newspapers in English and other languages.


A selection panel recommended Stocking for the library project following an open call for artists through Vancouver’s public art program; the panel was interested in her innovative and sculptural approach to the library entrance, considering imagery for multiple audiences and aspects of the space from a number of views.

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Among Stocking’s earlier installations are two public artworks: Yellow Fence (2009) on Simon Fraser University’s Burnaby campus , and Geyser for Hillcrest Park (2012; with Vanessa Kwan) at Hillcrest Park in Vancouver. She has exhibited at the Vancouver Art Gallery and most recently at Artspeak on Carrall Street.



About Vancouver Public Library

Vancouver Public Library has been dedicated to meeting the lifelong learning, reading and information needs of Vancouver for more than 100 years. Our vision is an informed, engaged and connected city. Our mission is a free place for everyone to discover, create and share ideas and information. VPL had more than 6.8 million visits in 2014, with patrons borrowing more than 9 million items, including books, ebooks, CDs, DVDs and magazines. Across 21 locations and online, VPL is the most-visited major urban library per capita in Canada.

VPL is online at, Twitter (@VPL) and Facebook (VancouverPublicLibrary).

About the City of Vancouver’s Public Art Program

The City of Vancouver’s Public Art Program this year celebrates 25 years of creating extraordinary artworks for public spaces in Vancouver.

The program commissions and maintains a world-class collection of contemporary artworks that contribute to the unique experience of Vancouver for residents and visitors; it works with talented emerging and established artists in new and traditional media and pursues excellence in art making and commissioning practices for civic initiatives and through private-sector rezonings. Find out more at or through


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