Update on submissions process due to COVID-19

The following is an update on grunt gallery’s submissions process this year:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resultant closure of our gallery space we have been forced to reschedule a number of planned exhibitions. The impact on our programming schedule is such that we have made the decision as a staff to suspend our annual Curatorial Committee as we do not feel it makes sense to review and jury work for future exhibitions that we are not able to confirm. The substantial delays forced by the pandemic have made this a necessary decision in order to uphold our values of high quality service to artists and providing them a platform that facilitates actualization in practice.

While we will not be accepting submissions until further notice, we understand and regret the timing of this announcement, especially for those who have already submitted work this year. Out of respect for your labour in putting together a proposal we will hold your material on file until a time when we are able to restore our submissions and jury processes. You are welcome to modify, update, or replace work in your file at any time: the ongoing development of artistic practice has been another key consideration in our decision. We offer our humble apologies for any inconvenience or disruption this may cause you.

Our submissions call for the Mount Pleasant Community Arts Screen, a 4×7 meter outdoor public art display at Kingsway and Broadway, remains open and accepts proposals on an ongoing basis. If this is of interest to you we encourage you to apply — full details can be found here.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us via submissions[at]grunt[dot]ca. We appreciate your patience and understanding as our programming model navigates a shifting landscape.

Take care,
the grunt gallery team

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Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen

grunt gallery remains closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen is still glowing bright at Kingsway and Broadway. Through partnerships, commissions, and open calls, there is an exciting and diverse range of new work on the screen exploring our current moment of isolation through moving and still images, texts, poems, drawings and more. Our new programming includes open link in new tab, a showcase of work by ten Indigenous women, Two Spirit, and Indigiqueer artists curated by Jessica Johns; Kevin House’s Isolation Boy project; and submissions from members of the Mount Pleasant community and local elementary school students to our ongoing open calls for creative engagement.

It’s our hope that the MPCAS can continue to connect our community and help us be together while apart in this era of social distancing and self-isolation. You can read more about the MPCAS programming here; and you can see the work in person on the screen on the side of The Independent building on Kingsway.


Photo: Bush Business, Jade Baxter.

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grunt gallery COVID-19 Closure

To the grunt community,

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, grunt gallery will be closed to the public until further notice. All events including SPARK, our artist talks and hosted events will be cancelled until further notice as well.

We urge you to take care of yourselves, your loved ones and your communities, especially those who might not have equal access to resources for physical and mental well-being.

We will continue to support Meagan Musseau’s exhibition pi’tawkewaq / our people up the river online and in print.

Programming will continue via the Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen.

Our staff are continuing to work remotely, and are available on email to answer any questions. Staff contact info can be found here.

the grunt team

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We’re Hiring an Engagement Coordinator for the Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen

Position: Engagement Coordinator
Project: Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen
Reporting to: Program Director
Hours: $27/ hour, 12 – 14 hours per week. Some evening and weekend work. Flexible schedule.
Start date: TBA

Project Description:

The Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen (MPCAS) is a 7m x 4m outdoor urban screen located at the intersection of Kingsway and Broadway in Vancouver. The screen is maintained and programmed by grunt gallery, and aspires to enrich and engage the public through the presentation of media art that reflects the diversity, historical richness and creative capacity of the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. Through commissions, exhibitions, co-productions and partnerships, the screen features works for and about Mount Pleasant and the people who live here alongside programming that connects these local issues to global practices, ideas and concerns.

About the Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen and grunt gallery

The Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen is a place for media and interactive content both home-grown and far-flung, presented through the distinctive lens of the neighbourhood. Working with neighborhood producers and filmmakers MPCAS mirrors the community it calls home.

Programming the video screen on the new Independent building at Kingsway and Broadway is an exciting opportunity for grunt. We plan to develop the screen to encourage collaboration and represent the area in ways that showcase the cultural and community organizations in the neighbourhood and support the work they do.

grunt gallery has been a part of the Mount Pleasant community since 1984 and has seen tremendous changes over this period. During the past 36 years the area has gone from one of Vancouver’s poorest neighbourhoods to one of its richest. This transition hasn’t been easy and the social costs of thirty years of gentrification have been intense. The MPCAS has been born of this tension, and we seek to acknowledge both the Mount Pleasant that is fading away and the new communities  coming into being.

General Description of the Position:

The Engagement Coordinator works with staff and community partners to develop contacts, programming and strengthen relationships between the MPCAS and its partners in the community. This is a professional position that reports to the Program Director and associated staff.

The Engagement Coordinator is a planner, implementer, and relationship builder who is responsible for developing this new initiative in conjunction with the multiple and diverse communities in Mount Pleasant. We are looking for a candidate with deep roots in the neighbourhood who has knowledge of the diversity of its residents, businesses, community organizations and art communities..They will work with grunt staff to  develop strategies around programming, commissioning, and interactivity that engages the community and brings their visions to the screen. This is NOT a fundraising position.

The Engagement Coordinator will work within the communities in Mount Pleasant making connections and strengthening bonds between stakeholders and increasing visibility and access. The Engagement Coordinator is expected to work independently, but will play a key role in the MPCAS team, alongside the Program Director, curatorial staff and the technical manager.

Required Competencies:
Community Minded

General Responsibilities:

  • Work with staff and committees to develop strategies and enhance contacts within the Mount Pleasant community in conjunction with the MPCAS’s vision for programming and the neighbourhood.
  • Design and implement an outreach plan that builds strong, long-term, and loyal relationships with audience members, supporters and communities.
  • Develop programming for the MPCAS engaging the heritage and cultural communities as well as community groups, seniors, youth and more.
  • Continue to develop relationships with partners and collaborators from the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations as well as the wider Indigenous communities of Vancouver.
  • Assist with content creation around community engagement that is aligned with MPCAS’s social media, website and newsletters focusing on their respective membership and activities.
  • Collaborate and communicate with neighbourhood organizations to develop activities that promote the MPCAS’s presence (eg. community events and festivals).
  • Work with grunt staff and established partners to bring local content to international networks.

Required Skills and Education:

  • Awareness of and experience working within the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood.
  • Strong knowledge and commitment to bridge-building within diverse community frameworks.
  • Good understanding of artist-run culture.
  • Post-secondary education or experience in community engagement, public programming, communications, activist organizing or arts-related disciplines is an asset.
  • Some knowledge of media art practices and production requirements.
  • Experience with youth/adult education programming an asset.
  • Ability to perform well in a team environment and collaborate with others.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; ability to target outreach materials to varying audiences and age groups.
  • Strong organizational skills, able to identify and prioritize tasks with minimal supervision, work independently, and take initiative.
  • Working knowledge of Social Media, e.g. Facebook, Twitter and mass email systems;
  • Resourceful, hands-on and pro-active.
  • Proven ability to act in an assertive but professional manner and to represent oneself and an organization in a positive manner.
  • Ability to work flexible hours.

Business Ethics and the Workplace:

  • Must promote and set the example for ensuring a friendly, courteous, respectful and professional work environment.
  • Must maintain confidentiality of all personal, private, and professional information obtained within the course of employment.
  • Must not accept any gifts, loans or anything of value from any individuals with whom contact is had during the course of employment.

To apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Meagan Kus by email at meagan@grunt.ca

Application Deadline: Friday, April 17th, 2020 @ 5:00pm

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Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen

grunt gallery is proud to announce the launch of the Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen (MPCAS). The MPCAS is a 4×7 metre outdoor urban screen showing art-only content by and for the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood of Vancouver, and officially went live on December 5th, 2019.

The MPCAS reflects its neighbourhood through artwork by local and commissioned artists, with a special focus on works exploring the area’s history, its current vitality and its future. This art-specific urban screen brings new digital technology to Mount Pleasant and the City of Vancouver with an inaugural year of non-commercial programming around the theme of PLACE, presenting a diverse range of visual and media art by over fifty artists, community members, and community festivals reflecting on what it is to live in a changing Mount Pleasant neighbourhood.The MPCAS will feature new commissioned work by Paul Wong, Amanda Strong and Kevin Lee Burton as well as special curated content by Justin Ducharme, Sebnem Ozpeta and Lianne Zannier! The screen will also feature original Digital Stories created by local residents specifically for MPCAS through a series of workshops led by artist Lorna Boschman. With over 6 hours of digital art, photography, video, time-based media, animation, performance, interactive art, GIFs, super 8 film, storytelling and more, our community programming further includes work by: Elizabeth Milton, Emilie Crewe, Margaret Dragu, John Allison, Russell Wallace, Hank Bull, Steven Thomas Davies + Jeanette Kotowich and Cheyenne Rain LeGrande. Learn more about the MPCAS and its inaugural programming here.

The MPCAS is produced by grunt gallery and generously supported by the Vancouver Foundation, RIZE Corporation, Canada Council for the Arts, Creative BC, and the City of Vancouver. The MPCAS is part of the City of Vancouver’s Public Art program.

Location: Intersection of Broadway & Kingsway, Vancouver, on the east side of the Independent Building
Screen Hours: Sunday to Thursday: 9AM to 9:30PM / Friday & Saturday: 9AM to 10:30PM

For more information:  visit mpcas.ca or email communications(at)grunt(dot)ca

Follow the Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay in the loop!

Image: Amanda Strong, Ghosts, stop-motion animation, 6 minutes, 2018.

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Digital Stories

Recent Fall 2019 Workshops:
Sunday, October 20, 1-5PM
Sunday, October 27, 1-5PM
Sunday, November 17, 1-5PM
Sunday, November 24, 1-5PM

Location: grunt gallery, #116 – 350 East 2 Avenue, Vancouver, BC

This Fall, grunt gallery and EastVan Digital Stories join forces once again with Mount Pleasant and Vancouver residents who wish to create short videos around the theme of PLACE. Artists Lorna Boschman and Sebnem Ozpeta will host a series of five, free, weekly workshops at grunt gallery that walk participants through the process of digital story making!

Through the digital stories group process, you will be able to create and share your own authentic story by combining digital photos and/or video. Selected videos from the workshops will be shown on grunt gallery’s Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen and on digitalstories.ca.

To sign up, please choose one day (from the dates listed above), include one alternative date in case your first choice of the workshop is filled.

Send an email to Lorna Boschman: lorna (at) digitalstories (dot) ca

In the email include your name, email address, phone/text number, and whether you live in Mount Pleasant or Vancouver. Please include one, or two, sentences about why you would like to create a short digital story. Lorna will send you a list of things you must bring to the workshop including several photos (from your phone or camera) and/or video that directly relates to your story’s theme.

Workshops fill up quickly, and a maximum of four people can register per weekly workshop!

Special thanks to the Vancouver Foundation who made this project possible.

Vancouver Foundation is dedicated to creating healthy, vibrant and livable communities across BC. Since 1943, our donors have created 1,800 endowment funds and together we have distributed more than $1 billion to charities. From arts and culture to the environment, health and social development, education, medical research and more, we exist to make meaningful and lasting improvements to communities in BC.

Image credit: Jane Shi, soy chicken qingming, Digital Story, 2019.

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Please read the update on our submissions process due to COVID-19.


Deadline for submissions is July 15 every year.  Artists and curators can submit proposals by mail or by email: submissions@grunt.ca  (Max. attachment size 25MB, you may send multiple emails if necessary, you should use zip files, WeTransfer, Dropbox but please ensure to send us a note that you are doing so). 

We will confirm receipt of email submissions within a week, please send us a follow-up email to submissions@grunt.ca or call us at 604-875-9516 if you do not hear from us.

Here are our three top ‘tips’ for sending in submissions:

  1. Please send a complete submission (including proposal, artist statement, CV, images or video, and image descriptions), it is more difficult to review your work without all the necessary contextual information.
  2. If you are planning to email us over 25MB of attachments please let us know, and/or use a file transfer service. You can either send us multiple emails (with zip files) or if its a LOT more data contact submissions@grunt.ca to make arrangements.
  3. If you have any questions…ask! submissions@grunt.ca

About the submissions process

grunt gallery’s programming includes visual and media art exhibitions, installations, screenings, performances and projects, which are often accompanied by print or web publications.  We produce five exhibitions annually, as well as a number of real-time events and web projects.  A curatorial committee of 5-9 people consisting of curators, programming staff, board members and artists meets for 5 days every August to review artist submissions.

Exhibitions typically run for 5 weeks, with opening receptions held on Thursday or Friday nights. grunt hosts a cash bar at each opening. Performances, screenings and talks are also coordinated independently or in conjunction with the exhibitions. 

Submission Requirements

Visual art: 10 – 20 images at 72 dpi (digital images can be transferred via WeTransfer, Dropbox, slideshow, or if need-be USB Stick, CD or DVD), clearly identified, numbered and including a name, title, dimensions and a numbered image list. Please indicate if your submission includes works you do not plan to show with your proposed exhibition. Example of title for digital images – 01. Artist Name, Title of work, size of work, jpeg (*or other file formats)

Performance art: a short video that typifies and helps to explain your work. Please submit a video file (.m4v, .avi, .mov, etc) or links to online video, not a DVD.

All submissions must include:

  1. A detailed proposal for the exhibition, describing what you wish to do and any special requirements.
  2. C.V. that includes a short biography, including education and list of any past exhibitions.
  3. Artist Statement.
  4. Your name, address, email, and any other contact information.
  5. *if a mailed application only, a self-addressed, stamped envelope to return your submission. Please allow 4 months for consideration. The gallery retains accepted submissions until the exhibition.

Fees and Financial Information


Fees are paid to the artist at the exhibition opening. Artist fees include copyright for the grunt website.

  • $2,500 – solo gallery exhibition
  • $1,250 each – two-person exhibition
  • $350 to $650 each – group exhibition (depending on the number of pieces and participants)

We are able to provide up to $4500 for exhibition expenses that may include:  installation costs, painting the gallery (apart from standard white), travel, artist accommodation, one-way shipping, poster or invitation printing, performance fees for an opening night performance, publishing of an artist’s or curator’s statement or artist’s interview, etc.

grunt gallery does not pay for the fabrication of artworks, framing, or material costs. If your project requires further resources than outlined here, detail all expenses in your proposal.

In some instances, we may be able to augment our programming budget through project grants for certain exhibitions. Artists may also be eligible for travel grants through federal and provincial funders. These free up money in our budget for exhibition brochures, small publications, or additional project costs.

  • $250 – cabaret performance
  • $800 – repertory or repeat performance
  • $1,500 – original or one-off performance

We may be able to negotiate higher fees if time and expense warrant them. We can provide one technician to assist the artists during a performance.

Artist Talks:
  • $250 per talk for individual artist talks (in cases where funding is available we may be able to negotiate higher fees)
  • 75 cents per word (higher fees tied to project funding are sometimes available) 


The gallery documents all exhibitions for our archives digitally. Artists will receive digital copies of these images. Documentation may include installation shots but may not include shots of individual pieces. Artists are free to document individual elements of the exhibition themselves. Performance documentation usually consists of digital photographs and/or video.


grunt gallery carries insurance up to a maximum of $50,000 per exhibition and is subject to a maximum limit of $7,500 per piece. Transportation insurance to and from the gallery is the artist’s responsibility unless otherwise arranged. Artists must provide a list of insurance values a minimum of two weeks before the exhibition.


Publicity is the responsibility of grunt gallery, and typically includes local event listings, brochures, press releases and information on the grunt website. We may also promote the exhibition through our social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Flickr.  grunt is not responsible for approaching reviewers but will assist whenever possible. Interview requests with journalists will be arranged by the Communications Director.

view the grunt gallery floor plan here


For submissions to the Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen:

The deadline for artists and curators for MPCAS submissions is ongoing. Please include the following information in your submission:
1) Maximum one-page proposal describing your project, and how it relates to PLACE.
2) Supporting Documentation: Video submissions should be sent as a link to a host site (Youtube, Vimeo).
3) Photography and media arts submissions: 10-12 images. Image files should be no more than 1200 pixels wide.
4) CV and a short biography
5) Artist / Curator Statement (optional)

Please email submissions to submissions[at]grunt[dot]ca
Further MPCAS submission details here.





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Mount Pleasant Community Arts Screen
grunt gallery’s new Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen (MPCAS) is an outdoor 4×7 metre LED screen featuring art-only content by and for the Mount Pleasant community, located at Kingsway & Broadway in Vancouver on the east side of the Independent building. The MPCAS was launched December 5th, 2019.

The Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency
In 2015, two celebrated Canadian artists, the late Al Neil and his partner, Carole Itter, were evicted from their studio home, a small cabin that had been sitting in a secluded cove on the Tsleil-Waututh territory foreshore near Cates Park since 1932. Over the course of 4 years, a consortium of arts organizations came together to save the cabin and transform it into The Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency. The Blue Cabin floated into Vancouver’s False Creek in the summer of 2019. In fall 2019, the Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency launched Skeins: Weaving on the Foreshore, the inaugural program of artist residencies, open houses, talks and workshops. Situated in the unceded lands and waters of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, the Blue Cabin is international in scope but deeply rooted in the histories and narratives of this place, offering a unique opportunity to learn, explore and engage with the foreshore.

Wordless – The Performance Art of Rebecca Belmore
A beautiful new print publication examining the performance work of Canadian artist Rebecca Belmore, that brings together documentation of Belmore’s 30-year career, as well as generating a series of new work based on her past performance. This project feeds into grunt’s long-term interest in performance art, archives and support of Rebecca Belmore’s work. This project also included an exhibition of new photographs by Belmore, nindinawemaganidog (all of my relations), and the re-deisgn of Belmore’s website. Wordless: The Performance Art of Rebecca Belmore is now available via our online bookstore.

Spark: Fireside Artist Talk Series
January 2016 – Present
A series of informal artist talks hosted by the Native Education College (NEC) in partnership with grunt gallery.  These informal talks feature Indigenous artists whose work spans media from the two-dimensional to live performance and beyond.  Their works fuse traditional cultural knowledge with contemporary art forms, pose urgent political questions, and push the boundaries of how we think about art, history and culture more broadly.  Join us over the lunch hour to be inspired by these artists in the NEC’s longhouse!

Digital Stories
For Fall 2019, grunt gallery and EastVan Digital Stories join forces once again with Mount Pleasant and Vancouver residents who wish to create short videos around the theme of PLACE. Artists Lorna Boschman and Sebnem Ozpeta will host a series of six, free, weekly workshops at grunt gallery that walk participants through the process of digital story making!

Recollective: Vancouver Independent Archives Week
Multiple events take place from November 1-13, 2018 as a series of free public events, panels, conversations, and screenings that highlight artist-run centre archives, artists working with archives, and the intersections between contemporary art practices and social movements in Vancouver. Recollective is presented in partnership with Western Front, 221A, VIVO Media Arts, The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Artspeak, and Rungh Magazine. This series is the first part of a robust two-year program that will include presentations from international contexts to take place throughout 2019. All presentation documentation and accompanying critical responses by writers, artists, activists, and others will be published on archivesweek.ca as a research resource for wider and remote audiences.



Particles: Seoul to Vancouver
Particles continues grunt’s partnership with organizations and artists in Seoul, South Korea. This international program began in Seoul in 2018 with Instant Coffee’s project Pink Noise Pop Up and continues with an artist residency, an exhibition and a curatorial tour in Vancouver this May. Event information is below.

Together Apart 
Together Apart was envisioned as a way of making and holding space for 2SQ/Indigiqueer folks to come together and to be in dialogue with one another so that we might centre the conversations we’d like to hear or that we feel have been absent in our communities. However, our intentions were also simple: to celebrate and enjoy one another’s creativity and dedication to our practices, and to recognize one another in such a way that speaks across the distances we experience in our living and movement through our worlds.


Pink Noise Pop Up
March – April 2018
A series of events that expands the relationship between the arts communities in Vancouver and Seoul, Pink Noise Pop Up seeks to highlight the ways that art interacts with the often complex social and economic conditions of the city. Based in the work of Canadian arts collective Instant Coffee, this exhibition includes installations, artist editions, performances and other collaborations that will take place in South Korea.

The Making of An Archive
Summer 2017 – Spring 2018
Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn’s project, The Making of an Archive, seeks to collect images of everyday life photographed by Canadian immigrants, in a direct, collective and exploratory approach.


Journey to Kaho’olawe
May 25 – 30, 2017
Journey to Kaho’olawe is an artist publication by Hans Winkler and T’uy’t-tanat Cease Wyss. The book is the result of a four year process centred on the Hawaiian Island of Kaho’olawe, a sacred site to the Hawaiians in recovery after being occupied as a practice range by the American military. Returned to the Hawaiians in the 1990s, the island is being remediated and returned to its natural state. In conjunction with the launch of the publication grunt gallery and the artists present a week long series of events celebrating Kaho’olawe and the Kanaka presence in BC.

Spring Fever: Vancouver Independent Archives 2017
March 18 – April 8, 2017
This spring season, Vancouver Independent Archives will offer a series of free public talks, screenings and community workshops that foreground local art and art history by drawing on the archives of Vancouver’s independent arts community. Building on the success of Vancouver Independent Archives Week 2015, Spring Fever invites new partner artists, scholars, and organizations to share their approach toward and practice within the archive.

What’s At Stake? Intertextual Indigenous Knowledges is an afternoon of talks, panels and a spoken word performance which examines knowledge, power, authority, and sovereignty in the construction of artistic practices. The event follows from Intertextual: Art in Dialogue, a roving reading group that was held at participating galleries over the last year.


Shako Club
A series of workshops in the Tonari Gumi kitchen and studio space around concepts of wellness, care and food where culinary “sculptures” were constructed, incorporating aspects of stories, ideas and wellness philosophies. By artist Cindy Mochizuki and members from Tonari Gumi.

Past and Presence: NEC Mural Project
The Native Education College and grunt gallery are partnering with Vancouver-based First Nations artists Corey Bulpitt, Sharifah Marsden and Jerry Whitehead to create a mural celebrating NEC’s 30 years in Mount Pleasant.

Cutting Copper: Indigenous Resurgent Practice
A collaborative project between grunt gallery and the Belkin Art Gallery, aiming to bring together a cross-disciplinary group of artists, curators, writers, educators, scholars, students, and activists to explore the embodied theory of Indigenous resurgence and cultural representation – both from the perspectives of their own disciplines and one another’s.


Terminus: Archives, Ephemera, and Electronic Art
This workshop was a part of the 2015 International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA).  Organized by the Ethnographic Terminalia Collective in collaboration with Tarah Hogue and Glenn Alteen.

Space, on Main Street and in Vancouver, is currency, and artist Zoe Kreye’s practice reaches through the overarching narratives of real estate, gentrification and speculation to consider the poetics of an individual’s connection to place.


MAINSTREETERS: Taking Advantage, 1972–1982
The history of a gang of Vancouver artists who lived and worked together in drama, excess, friendship and grief.

30th Anniversary
Thirty years is a long time.  A retrospective of all that is (and was) grunt gallery.

Play, Fall, Rest, Dance
The artist works with children with disabilities to emphasize the state of making and being, the pursuit of uninhibited creative exploration that is void of rules, structures and concepts of ‘right or wrong’ and ‘perfection vs. mistakes’. Children are enabled with artistic autonomy and the artist thoughtfully guides them to explore their creative processes.  By artist Valerie Salez.

A youth engagement pilot program developed to bridge the creative work being done by youth in the popular online video game Minecraft and artistic inquiry at grunt gallery.


ThisPlace Vancouver
Rethinking ideas about Vancouver’s identity and history, this project attempted to compile a collaborative archive in order to expand the collective awareness of the city’s narratives.


Vancouver Art in the Sixties: Ruins in Process
A digital archive of artwork, ephemera, and film.


Nikamon Ohci Askiy (songs because of the land)
In December 2008, artist Cheryl L’Hirondelle made daily journeys throughout Vancouver and “sung” the landscape she encountered.

Beat Nation
Hip Hop as Indigenous culture.

The Medicine Project
Aboriginal notions of medicine and how they influence the lives of First Nations people and artists today.


First Vision
Two worlds – curated by Tania Willard.

2005 – 2009

Brunt Magazine
Showcasing the artists exhibited at grunt gallery, brunt magazine is a complement to the exhibitions and a closer look at the artists, their processes, and the ideas that inspire their work.




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Staff & Board


Program Director – Vanessa Kwan

Operations Director – Meagan Kus

Archives Manager – Dan Pon

Communications Manager – Katrina Orlowski

Project Coordinator for Recollective – Emma Metcalfe Hurst

Curatorial Intern – Whess Harman

Curatorial Intern – Nellie Lamb

Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency

Program Director Emeritus – Glenn Alteen


Merle Addison – Performance and Event Photography
Mary Ann Anderson – Consultant/Grant Writing
Sébastien Aubin – Graphic Designer
Jade Baxter – Engagement Coordinator for the MPCAS
Jessica Fletcher – Digitization Assistant
Linda Gorrie – Business Manager
Sebnem Ozpeta – Creative Technologist
Archer Pechawis – Web and Digital Publications Designer
Kay Slater – Exhibitions Manager
Hedy Wood – Gallery Assistant
Hillary Wood – Copy Editor


Karen Kazmer: President
Karen Kazmer, a practising visual artist, works with a diverse range of materials in her sculpture, installations and public art. She received her BFA from UBC and her MFA from York University. She is a part-time instructor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Her work has been exhibited in group and solo shows in Canada and the United States. Recently, a public commission, Moving Up was completed for the new Spirit Trail in North Vancouver.
Fiona Mowatt: Interim Treasurer
Fiona Mowatt is a practising visual artist & arts educator based in Vancouver BC. A graduate of Emily Carr University of Art & Design, her first solo exhibition was at the grunt gallery in 1993 and she has been involved with the gallery ever since. As a senior educator at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and a former instructor at Arts Umbrella, she has many years of experience developing & teaching curriculum, working collaboratively and conducting public tours & workshops for both youth groups & audiences of all ages.
Shannon Leddy
Shannon Leddy (Metis) is a Vancouver based writer and educator. Her PhD research at Simon Fraser University focused on inviting pre-service teachers into dialogue with contemporary Indigenous art as a mechanism of decolonizing education and in order to help them become adept at delivering Indigenous education without reproducing colonial stereotypes.  She now holds a position in the Faculty of Education at UBC and continues to focus on working with pre-service teachers in improving their practices in Indigenous education. As a former high school art teacher, Shannon excited to be working with grunt gallery and to keeping her hand in the arts.
Gizem Sozen
Gizem Sozen is a PhD student at the Political Science Program with a concentration in Cultural, Social and Political Thought at the University of Victoria. She received her BA in Sociology from Koc University, Istanbul in 2009 and her MA in the Social and Political Thought Program from York University, Toronto, in 2012. After her MA, she gained a Diploma in Art History from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Her research interests are situated at the intersections of social and political thought and history of art and aesthetics.
Lanna Last
Lanna Last is currently in the second year of the MA in Art History, Theory and Visual Arts program at UBC. In 2015, she graduated from the Diploma program in Art History and, in 2012, she completed her BA in English Literature. She has experience at Index-The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden where she worked with the director and curator on exhibitions focusing on political strife in Sweden. Her academic research mainly focuses on photography in Northern Africa during the 19th century.
Diane Blunt
Currently in her third year at Emily Carr University, Diane Blunt is an artist of mixed descent – Ojibway on her father’s side and German on her mother’s. She is a member of the Kawartha Nishnawbe Nation. Diane is pursuing her BFA in Visual Arts where the nature of her work has been exploring drawing, painting, and material practices. She is also experienced in working with all kinds of not for profit organizations.
Michael Schumiatcher
Michael Shumiatcher has a BFA with a focus in sculpture from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (1984). He has shown in Halifax, Calgary and at grunt in Vancouver. An essay on his work was written by Canadian sculptor and art critic Robin Peck, and published by grunt and Parachute Magazine. More recently, he has returned to painting, the passion of his pre-NSCAD years. He has a Masters in Education from Simon Fraser University and has been teaching in the Burnaby School District since 1994. He currently holds the position of Department Head of Visual and Performing Arts at Burnaby Central Secondary School.
Diyan Achjadi
Diyan Achjadi’s practice considers surface ornamentation, historical prints, and illustrations as pictorial archives, and the potential of these forms as sites for knowledge transmission. Her formative years were spent negotiating different educational, political, and cultural systems, leading to an ongoing interest in how our understanding of ideologies is influenced and informed by the visual popular culture that surrounds us. Much of her work examines the (mis)representations, (mis)translations, and imaginings of Indonesia, her country of birth.  Diyan received a BFA from the Cooper Union (New York, NY) and an MFA from Concordia University (Montreal, QC). She has exhibited widely at galleries and film festivals across Canada and beyond. Recent projects include Coming Soon!, a year-long commission for the City of Vancouver Public Art Program, and NonSerie (In Commute), part of How far do you travel?, a year-long exhibition on the exterior of public buses, commissioned by the Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG) in partnership with Translink BC. Diyan is an Associate Professor at Emily Carr University, where she teaches Print Media and Foundation.
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