Bridges Art Movement (BAM) is a grassroots collective currently consisting of six Saskatoon-based visual artists: Cynthia Blanchette, Alexa Hainsworth, Alana Moore, Andie Palynchuk, Derek Sandbeck, and David Stonhouse. BAM was established in 2014 as a catalyst for art in Saskatoon, collaborating with and supporting emerging and established artists.
From 2014 to 2016, BAM occupied a building located in the centre of the Saskatoon core neighbourhood Riversdale. Since losing their space due to community gentrification, BAM was operating in a nomadic function doing pop up shows, events and performances. In late 2018, BAM has found a new home in the historic Drinkle Building in downtown Saskatoon. The arts collective is continuously working to build relationships with arts and community organizations, nurturing collaboration between emerging and established professional artists, and promoting Saskatchewan Art while engaging in the public.
Since forming, BAM has been cultivating arts and community in Saskatoon by facilitating over 20 art exhibitions, happenings, workshops and events. BAM’s collaborative process has informed members’ personal practices and has provided a support system to create and explore different approaches to work. In 2016, BAM was a finalist for a Saskatchewan Arts Award in the category of Emerging Artist.