The Collaborative

Welcome to The Collaborative, a project of the Arts Council for Long Beach and MOLAA.


The Arts Council for Long Beach is pleased to present OPEN, an exhibition that celebrates difference and seeks to bring the community together by being introduced to the process of art. Artist Angela Willcocks will take over The Collaborative and turn the gallery into a working studio. Bring your curiosity, and feel free to watch Angela work, even get a free hands-on art lesson. The price of admission is a picture, your picture.

Borders and culture are her focus, and Willcocks describes her art as “by the other for the other.” As an immigrant herself, Angela originally hails from Australia, she is very interested in those who are dissimilar or opposite to herself, and their impact on our culture.

Part of Wilcox’s work in The Collaborative will include an extension of her “China cups” project, which began in Bejiing, China, in Summer 2012. The paper cups are examples of those cups that China exports to America. Each cup has three drawings and the plastic cover a statement that describes each person, the blue color is based on Ming dynasty ceramics.

Angela Willcocks

Angela Willcocks has exhibited nationally and internationally as a Digital Media Artist, sculptor and painter for over 15 years. She holds an MFA from University of California, Irvine (Arts Computation and Engineering), an MFA, Georgia State University, Atlanta, (Drawing & Painting), and a BA from Sydney College of the Arts (Visual Communication). Angela currently lives and works in Long Beach.

Angela has successfully taught at many Universities and Colleges throughout the United states, including University of California, Irvine, Long Beach State University,CA. Georgia State University, GA. Emory University, GA., & Kennesaw State University, GA.

Recently Angela participated in Artists residencies, Beijing, China, 2012 and Cappodocia, Turkey, 2011, as well as the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in 2002. Angela's extensive exphibition record includes a solo exhibit at the High Museum in Atlanta, GA.,, 2002. Angela has participated in many conferences and performied works such as Precocious Puberty at UCLA, Los Angeles. She has given talks at museums and symposiums and won several individual artist grants.

Angela has been working as a social Activist working as an artist in a vacant shop front in North Long Beach. She is represented by Sandler Hudson Gallery. and regularly projects and transmitts her work, as a guerilla artist in urban landscapes. If you would like to keep track of her recent exploits, check out her blog.

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Photo Credit: Jason Stabile

The Collaborative, a public art project of the Arts Council for Long Beach and the Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA), presents exhibitions that raise awareness of both emerging artists and innovative approaches to art. This unique partnership is made possible with the support of Lyon Communities and Gallery 421.

The Collaborative
421 West Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802

Hours of Operation

Tuesday through Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m, Sunday by appointment. 

Phone:  (562) 590-9119

Admission to The Collaborative is free. Two hours free parking available with The Collaborative validation.

Exhibit History:

Image Credit: El tono/The Throne, 2007 Niels Moleiro

Additional Photos of The Collaborative