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Alumnus Cedric Bomford Receives the 2016 Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for Visual Arts

By Roxanne Toronto

Posted on July 12, 2016 | Updated August 06, 2019, 9:06AM

The Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Awards are awarded annually for outstanding artistic achievement by Canadian mid-career artists.

Congratulations to 2003 alumnus Cedric Bomford!

The Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Awards, worth $15,000, are awarded annually for outstanding artistic achievement by Canadian mid-career artists in the disciplines of Dance, Inter-Arts, Media Arts, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts and Writing and Publishing. The awards originated from a generous bequest by the late Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton to the Canada Council for the Arts in 1967

Cedric Bomford currently lives and works in Victoria, British Columbia where he is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Victoria. His installation and photographic work has been exhibited internationally and he has participated in residencies in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America. Cedric holds an MFA from the Malmö Art Academy (2007) and a BFA from Emily Carr University (2003). His work often focuses on the power dynamics established by constructed spaces and takes the form of large-scale rambling ad hoc architectural installations. The projects follow a methodology he calls ‘thinking through building’ in which construction takes on an emergent quality rather than an illustrative one. Concurrent to this installation work is a rigorous photographic practice that operates at times in parallel with and at others tangentially to the installation works.

While the majority of his projects are solo efforts, Bomford often works collaboratively with a number of different partners including his brother Nathan, father Jim and with other artists such as: Verena Kaminiarz, Mark Dudiak and Carl Boutard. Recent projects include Deadhead, a production of Other Sights for Artists’ Projects in Vancouver and Substation Pavilion, a public art commission in Vancouver, BC. Upcoming projects include a solo exhibition at the Esker Foundation in Calgary, Alberta and a public art commission in Seattle, Washington.