Introduction

In 2015, within my role as a post-doctoral fellow with Simon Fraser University’s Art for Social Change Research Project funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, I conducted a series of interviews with a number of senior artists in British Columbia who either defined themselves or were defined by others as having socially engaged art practices.  As an artist who shared a long history of practice in this field, I wanted to know if there was anything from these artists’ past experiences they could offer future practitioners? Defining the practice as meaning to take the experience one has gained, experience from the doing of it, in order to actualize a condition or event that did not exist before.  I would like to gratefully acknowledge the generosity of all the artists who agreed to be interviewed, media artist Flick Harrison, Dr Lynn Fels and Nicole Armos with Simon Fraser University’s Art for Social Change Research Project.