About Us

T'uy't'tanat-Cease Wyss
(Skwxwu7mesh/Sto:Lo/Irish Metis/Hawaiian/Swiss, works and lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada)

T'uy't'tanat-Cease Wyss is an interdisciplinary artist who works with new media, performance and interdisciplinary arts and is a community-engaged and public artist. She has worked and exhibited broadly worldwide. Her works range over 25 years and have always focused on sustainability, permaculture techniques, Coast Salish Cultural elements and have included themes of ethnobotany, Salish weaving and digital media technology. Cease has recently been focused on connecting to her Polynesian roots through weaving and digital media projects and has been collaborating more with Oceania people. 

Oli Salvas
(works and lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Olivier Salvas is an artist and educator who specializes in arts education and the maker movement in a second language setting. Olivier merged his two passions as both an artist and educator and he began to create artistic work based on educational research. Olivier uses abstract paintings, photography and various media to bring light to social causes and to foster conversations about identity and arts education. Olivier has collaborated with the Vancouver Biennale as an educator for the BIG IDEAS in Schools program since 2015.

Vancouver Biennale

The Vancouver Biennale is a non-profit charitable organization that exhibits art in public space, creating a catalyst for learning, community engagement, dialogue, and social action. Our mission is to make Public Art accessible, engaging, and motivating to create vibrant and inspired communities.

Our exhibitions are unique in the world in that we feature sculpture, film, music and performance together. We transform the urban landscape into an Open Air Museum, creating unexpected and globally inspired cultural experiences where people live, play, work and transit. With each exhibition, we demonstrate that public art is an economic driver by creating magnetic cultural attractions for visitors. Art is foundational to creating livable, creatively inspired communities where installations become a social bridge for people of all ages, cultural backgrounds, educational levels to come together as neighbours to explore, learn, dialogue and imagine.

ARTPORT_making waves

ARTPORT_making waves began as a curatorial collective at the intersection of art, climate change and sustainability in New York and Valencia, Spain in 2006. Their focus continues to be about drawing attention to the causes, consequences, and possible solutions to climate change through themed exhibitions, film productions, workshops, conferences and educational programs. Today ARTPORT is a network of international curators and collaborators in different parts of the world and they connect interdisciplinary projects to science and sustainable development through the arts.  WE ARE OCEAN is a global project they have been creating with artists, scientists and young people since 2019. 


BIG IDEAS is the Vancouver Biennale's award-winning K-12 education platform that brings together teachers, local artists, and thousands of students to explore public art and real-world issues in our communities. Our focus on art and education is one of the reasons why we wanted to work with ARTPORT_making waves to create WE ARE OCEAN Vancouver. Through the diversity of BIG IDEAS programs, we empower teachers and students through inquiry-based curriculum and workshops to explore the ideas in Vancouver Biennale artworks. When students discover art in the real world, dive deep into the ideas that inspire artists, and use their own voices and creativity in response, we have seen how powerful new possibilities become reality.