Internationally acclaimed multidisciplinary artist Charles Campbell is the inaugural speaker in the Lehan Family Activism & the Arts Lecture Series, which focuses on how the arts can be a catalyst for change in advancing the understanding & goals of various social justice topics.

Campbell’s talk, “Sometimes in the Middle of the Story: Art & Changing Fictions,” was an ideal choice to kick off the series, as he explores how his work examines & disrupts the fictions embedded in our colonial reality.

Jamaica-born but Victoria-based, Campbell is an artist, writer, curator & educator whose artworks — including sculptures, paintings, sonic installations & performances — explore aspects of Black history, especially as experienced in the Caribbean region. The recipient of the Shadbolt Foundation’s 2022 VIVA Award & the 2020 City of Victoria Creative Builder Award, his practice animates the future imaginaries possible in the wake of slavery & colonization.