English / Chinese

Sessions /
Saturday, February 8th, 2-4PM
Saturday, February 15th, 11-1PM
Saturday, February 22nd, 2-4PM

Location / Second Floor, Room 227 at the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre

CHINATOWN: REFLECTIVE URBANISMS (C.R.U.) is a project mapping Calgary Chinatown’s history through exploring the stories of buildings in the neighbourhood, and how they have changed throughout the decades.

As part of the Calgary Chinatown Artist Residency — a partnership between The City of Calgary’s Public Art Program and The New Gallery — C.R.U. is a project by New York-based artist and architect Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong. C.R.U. looks forward to collecting your stories about Chinatown’s streets and buildings; the activities that took place in and around them; and the ways in which Chinatown has changed (i.e. buildings demolished, new buildings built, new facades erected, etc.).



Date / Saturday, February 15th at 4:30PM
Location / The Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre

Please join us on Saturday, February 15 at 4:30PM at the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre for an artist talk with Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong, currently a resident of the Calgary Chinatown Artist Residency project. During this talk Cheryl will be discussing her artistic practice, highlighting her past work in art and architecture, as well as her area of research and interest for this project.

This is a free event that is open to the public, all are welcome to attend. Please note that the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre is barrier-free with multi-stall, gendered washrooms.

Please RSVP here.



For questions concerning this project, please contact Christina Yao at christina@thenewgallery.org.




Back in July, The New Gallery in partnership with The City’s Public Art Program issued a call to professional artists for the Calgary Chinatown Artist Residency, an opportunity for 3 selected applicants to be embedded into Calgary Chinatown and explore the area’s cultural identity, built environment, heritage, and history while envisioning the community’s future.

The call generated an impressive response with 125 applications from artists around the world and were evaluated by a citizen adjudication panel. We are thrilled to announce that Teresa TamAnnie Wong, and Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong have been chosen as the artists-in-residence for this project, and will begin by participating in a programming week this month which will set the stage for their full 3-month residency in February/April 2020.

Teresa Tam (Calgary, AB) is a practicing visual artist born and based in Calgary, graduating from ACAD in 2014. Teresa’s practice utilizes familiar spaces and experiences to alter them into something foreign through re-interpreting and re-creating. Her projects are developed to include and emphasize visitor interactions. She specializes in digital platforms, functional installations, body-based exchanges, and labour-intensive cooking. She recently exhibited with EMMEDIA’s Particle + Wave Festival as Quartet in Transit, Stride Gallery, and M:ST Performative Art.

Annie Wong (Toronto, ON) is a writer and multidisciplinary artist working in performance and installation. Often collaborative, site-specific, participatory, and process-oriented, her practice explores the intersection of the poetic and political of everyday. Her recent research explores diasporic hauntologies and embodied knowledge through rituals and soundwork. Wong has presented across North America, including at The Gardiner Museum (Toronto, ON), Studio XX (Montreal, QC), Third Space (Saint John, NB), and Open Source Gallery (New York, NY). She has held residencies at The Art Gallery of Ontario, Khyber Centre for the Arts (Halifax, NS), and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Banff, AL). Wong’s literary practice includes poetry, art writing, and non-fiction. Her writing can be found in C Magazine, Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Canadian Art, Performance Research Journal (UK), and MICE Magazine.

Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong (New York City, USA) is an artist and trained architect working at the boundary of art, architecture and social practice. Her work investigates the transformation of shared space over time, and seeks to challenge social and political boundaries through sculpture, installation, performance and site-specific architectural interventions.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Cheryl received her B.A. in Art and Italian at the University of California at Berkeley, studied sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera (Milan, Italy) and earned her Master of Architecture from Columbia University GSAPP. Cheryl’s work has been commissioned by the City of Inglewood, the New York City Parks Department and by the Percent for Art program in Washington DC. Her work has been exhibited at Triangle Arts Association, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Istanbul Design Biennial, Usagi Gallery, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Taliesin West, the Venice Biennale of Art, BMW-Guggenheim Lab, Berkeley Art Museum, Museo della Permanente in Milan, amongst others. She has been a visiting critic at Columbia University GSAPP, and taught architecture at Parsons School of Design, University of Sao Josè in Macau, and at the International Program in Design & Architecture (INDA) at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.