When art confronts the necessity for social change there needs to be a champion, and there is no better example than Edmonton’s Sandra Bromley. Using her breathtaking artistry as an instrument to inspire social change, Sandra is a compassionate citizen acting in the community and abroad.
After graduating from the University of Alberta in 1979, Sandra became an award winning artist whose multidisciplinary works, particularly in the field of sculpture, have earned international recognition.
The Gun Sculpture, co-created with Wallis Kendal, and featuring more than 7,000 deactivated weapons, has a global impact with an experiential message about the horrors of violent conflict. This five-ton sculpture, which included 114 portraits of victims of violence, has been exhibited in Edmonton at our Art Gallery of Alberta, at the United Nations in New York City, at the Nobel Peace Prize Celebrations, and recently at the International Centre in Vienna, Austria. Nearly two million people have visited the travelling exhibit.
Sandra’s work on The Gun Sculpture inspired her to create a body of work that communicates to the western world the suffering and courage of women and children, especially in war-torn countries. It propelled her to organize an annual fundraiser for the Bo Girls Group, which helps female victims finish their education.
At home, Sandra is committed to Edmonton’s young citizens at the iHuman Youth Society, a non-profit group she co-founded to rescue high-risk youth. With its focus on art, Sandra’s mentorship and rehabilitation programs, iHu-man helps youth battle through addictions, gain skilful employment, and complete post-secondary education.