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New Ground
New Ground

New Ground

A Memoir of Art and Activism in BC’s Interior


264 Pages, 6.0 x 9.0

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $33.95)

Publication Date: July 2019

ISBN 9781773860015

Rights: WOR

Caitlin Press Inc. (Jul 2019)

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In the late fifties, Ann Kujundzic, her husband and fellow artist Zeljko, and three children—with a fourth on the way—packed up their lives in post-war Edinburgh and emigrated to the Kootenays in British Columbia, seeking adventure and opportunity. In Nelson, Ann was involved in establishing the Kootenay School of Art, a remarkable institution whose history has yet to be documented in the way it merits—until now. New Ground: A Memoir of Art and Activism in BC's Interior is the extraordinary memoir of a feminist, artist, and activist who fought for change no matter her circumstance. The Kootenay School of Art was the first of its kind in the region, but it only marked the beginning of what would become Kujundzic's life-long journey to strengthen the artistic and political environment of BC. She and Zeljko established the Kelowna Art Centre, collaborated with George and Norma Ryga, joined the Voice of Women, lived and worked on a co-op farm, fought for women's reproductive rights and social justice, and joined the Raging Grannies to fight against the military's recruitment of the youth, all while juggling the roles inherent of motherhood. She traveled the world—often alone, with nothing but a phrase book to aid her—to places like Nunavut, Yugoslavia, Bethlehem, and Hong Kong. Honest, intelligent and brave, New Ground shares the life of a remarkable woman whose efforts in the political and artistic communities of BC are still being felt today.

Author Biography

Ann Kujundzic was born in 1929 in Dysart, Scotland. At age nineteen she married artist Zeljko Kujundzic and emigrated to Canada where they raised five children. Her involvement in establishing the Kootenay School of Art in Nelson, collaborations with the Ryga family in Summerland and ongoing activism give her a unique view of British Columbia's cultural and political history. She currently lives in Victoria, BC.