PoCo Pride Public Art
You’re invited to help create the city’s newest public art project, Pride Public Art, led by artist, Steve Baylis.
Born in Port Coquitlam, Baylis is an internationally recognized visual artist whose work has been exhibited in many local and international galleries and art publications. He studied art and design at Kwantlen University and continued his training at Capilano University. Baylis combines a range of unique influences with his own driven spiritual inquiry to create art that connects people.
Free Community Painting Workshops:
Be creative and leave your mark on the Pride Public Art Project. Join artist Steve Baylis as he leads the community in three free painting workshops.
- Friday, August 23rd from 5-7:30pm (#38984)
- Saturday, August 24th from 1-3:30pm (#38985)
Pride Public Art Launch
Friday August 2 | 4-6pm | Leigh Square
Join us in Leigh Square for the launch of the city’s first Pride Public Art Installation! Music by Kimmortal and Parlour Panther and yummy fresh fruit popsicles (complimentary for the first 150 attendees) from Johnny Pops. Be sure to check out our local LGBTQ2+ resources including Tri-Cities Pride, PLEA Community Services, and Spirit of the Children.
The event will kick off at 4 pm with a performance by queer Filipinx artist Kimmortal, a songwriter and visual artist based in Vancouver. Recognized as “a voice to be heard” by Exclaim magazine, Kimmortal takes a multifaceted approach to music, incorporating song, visual art, and rap. Kimmortal’s music and art have been featured on CBC’s show “Exhibitionists”, the Queer Women of Colour festival (San Francisco), Kultura FIlipino Arts Festival (Toronto), Junofest 2018 (Vancouver), SXSW (Austin, TX), Rifflandia (Victoria, BC), and Winnipeg Pride.
Between sets, we’ll hear from City Councillor McCurrach and artist Steve Baylis. Then, Parlour Panther will take the stage with their sonically rich atmosphere that is sexy, cool and queer. Their magnetic presence and undeniable craftsmanship will draw you in. Parlour Panther’s provocative lyrical content is inspired by their own Queer love story and delivered in sensual harmony.
In addition to the launch event, Port Coquitlam is celebrating Pride from August 1 – 4 by lighting City Hall at night in the colours of the LGBTQ2+ Pride Flag and the Transgender Pride Flag
This project is an artist-led community-engagement project that promotes diversity by recognizing and celebrating Port Coquitlam’s LGBTQ2+ community. Steve Baylis has been selected to create and lead the project following a formal request for proposals issued in December in consultation with the LGBTQ2+ community.
The concept of ‘wrapping the space’ around the fountain at Leigh Square in rainbow flag colours represents Port Coquitlam’s continued efforts to embrace all members of the community. A commemorative plaque will also be installed with a message that recognizes and celebrates Port Coquitlam’s LGBTQ2+ community.
The artwork is also intended to provide a space for reflection and opportunities for dialogue, building relationships and fostering inclusivity and community pride, while contributing to the area’s cultural vibrancy and supporting the city’s Downtown Action Plan.