grunt gallery is launching a new community art screen at Kingsway and Broadway in Vancouver! Our inaugural program, PLACE, looks at a changing Mount Pleasant through the lens of the artists and residents who live here.
We will be showing videos, photography, digital artwork, and archival content that explores the neighbourhood and its history, its current vitality and its future. grunt gallery will be showcasing historically underrepresented voices including contemporary First Nations artists, LGBTQ2S work, outsider artists, and work from members of the Mount Pleasant community (people who live or work in the neighbourhood, or who have lived or worked here in the past).
grunt gallery was founded in 1984 in Mount Pleasant and is one of the country’s most respected artist run centres. The gallery offers public programming in the form of exhibitions, performances, discursive events, publications and special projects, with a focus on contemporary practices that challenge and problematize existing hierarchies of cultural value. grunt gallery’s mandate to inspire public dialogue by creating an environment conducive to the emergence of innovative, collaborative, and provocative contemporary art.
PLACE: An introduction from Programs Director Glenn Alteen
grunt gallery’s Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen’s inaugural exhibition PLACE
looks at a changing Mount Pleasant and Vancouver, through works that explore its
history, it current vitality and its future through the interpretations of the artists and
residents who live here.
Working with neighbourhood partners, our vision is to create and implement cultural
programming for the screen that reflects community cultural interests, and that allows for
opportunities for direct community engagement in a variety of innovative ways.
Mount Pleasant was one of Vancouver’s earliest neighbourhoods; it was THE place to be
from the 1890’s until 1910, when Shaughnessy then became the new preferred
neighbourhood, and Mount Pleasant fell into decline. Mount Pleasant and Brewery Creek
lay close to the Ontario Street dividing line between east and west and Main Street
reflected this cultural and class division, with bigger homes to the west and working
class homes to the east.
Mount Pleasant’s early decline continued for almost 100 years. Its working-class roots
made it the place for rental housing and transient tenants, and it became the poorest
neighbourhood outside of the DTES. A neighbourhood of immigrants, urban poor and
artists created the conditions from where much of Vancouver’s early cultural life grew.
Beginning in the 1990’s, Mount Pleasant’s gentrification started to take hold, first through
the live/work studio condos that gradually began to appear in the area. Beginning in
2010, with the development in the Olympic Village area, serious gentrification began,
with many residents evicted from their long-held homes as rents doubled and tripled
within a few years. Suddenly the things that held Mount Pleasant back seemed to be its
new selling points—like its arts community and old heritage buildings—although
ironically both became early targets in the process. Suddenly Mount Pleasant
transformed from one of Vancouver’s cheapest neighbourhood to one of its most
expensive, becoming ground zero for the increasingly unaffordability of the city.
Our first call for submissions welcomes contributions from community members as we
begin the process of building a program that reflects, engages with and enriches this
complex cultural history.
Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen to launch in fall of 2018!
grunt gallery has been given the reins to program content on a new non-commercial urban screen in Mount Pleasant. The urban screen is being constructed on the second floor of the Rize building on the western side of Kingsway Avenue facing the street. Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen will launch in fall of 2018.
Our vision is to provide an urban screen that allows the viewer to interact in various ways with the content in contrast to the advertising/ consumer paradigm that is the rule with most highly visible screens in a public space. grunt has commissioned Métis filmmaker, Amanda Strong, to produce an original work for the urban screen. Her movie, Ghosts, is a stop-motion animated video work that will be featured on the screen for a 12-month period in rotation with other art community programming. grunt’s first community program, PLACE, will showcase artwork about the neighbourhood of Mount Pleasant and surrounding areas by local artists. As well, it will exhibit a number of community archives.
We’re also happy to announce that CREATIVE BC – INTERACTIVE FUND is funding the interactive features on the Screen including an external camera, streaming audio and SMS capabilities!