through the arts and liberatory praxis
Rup Sidhu is a consultant, facilitator, and professional artist working from the unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓ əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh Nations (Vancouver, BC). With over 20 years of consultant and facilitation history, his work is at the intersection of social justice, the arts, capacity building, and systemic change. Rup’s expertise lies especially in leading participatory processes based in anti-oppression and liberation-based practices. He has worked with organizations, governement, universities and educators throughout Canada, the USA, the UK and India. He brings a focused, heart centred presence, strong leadership skills and a contagious enthusiasm, which effectively engages, inspires and guides participants through his process-oriented work. Rup has served on the board of ArtStarts and currently serves on the boards of The International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC), New World Theatre and the Vancouver Improvised Arts Society.
"I have had the distinct honour of experiencing Rup facilitate in a number of different contexts with hundreds of folks over the years. A natural connector, Rup’s warm and generous spirit helps people feel seen, appreciated, and at ease in the open, creatively charged, and critically conscious spaces he holds.
Whether the goal is creative collaboration or delving into the complexities of anti-oppression and liberation work, Rup brings his whole and charismatic self to the task, and in so doing inspires others to find and bring forth their whole and best selves."
Access To media Education Society
"Rup created a space that was welcoming, generous and courageous for our communities and their ideas. he facilitated many learnings, Meaningful conversations and inspiration for our civic arts strategy"
Branislav Henselmann | Managing Director
Cultural Services | City of Vancouver