Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen (MPCAS)


PLACE: An introduction from Program Director Glenn Alteen

The new Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen will be an outdoor, 4 x 7-meter urban screen located on The Independent building. Kingsway at Broadway, Vancouver.

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 artists and 
residents who live here.

Our vision is to create and implement programming that reflects 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 1890s until 1910 when the Shaughnessy neighbourhood then became the new preferred
 district to be 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 (Shaughnessy) and working-class homes to the east (Mount Pleasant).

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 (downtown eastside). A neighbourhood of immigrants, urban poor and
 artists created the conditions from where much of Vancouver’s early cultural life grew.

Beginning in the 1990s, 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. 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! It became ground zero for the increasing unaffordability of the city.

As we begin the process of building a program that reflects, engages with and enriches this
 complex cultural history, our call for submissions welcomes contributions from community members. Topics could include (but are not limited to), identity, language, housing, city streets, food, neighbourhoods, histories, memories, potential futures and displacement.


How To Submit Your Work

The deadline for submissions is ongoing. In your submission please include the following:

1) Maximum one-page proposal, describing what you wish to show, 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 Statement (optional)

For more information or to email submissions please contact: Kate Barry

screencoordinator (at) grunt (dot) ca

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Digital Stories


Fall Workshops, 2019
Sunday, September 22, 1-5PM
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

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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Staff & Board


Program Directors – Glenn Alteen & Vanessa Kwan

Operations Director – Meagan Kus

Archives Manager – Dan Pon

Communications Manager – Katrina Orlowski

MPCAS Coordinator – Kate Barry

Project Coordinator for Recollective – Emma Metcalfe Hurst

Curatorial Intern – Whess Harman

Curatorial Intern – Nellie Lamb

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Mary Ann Anderson – Consultant/Grant Writing
Linda Gorrie – Business Manager
Sébastien Aubin – Graphic Designer
Hedy Wood – Gallery Assistant
Hillary Wood – Editing
Charlie Stableford – Installation
Kay Slater – Exhibitions Manager
Jessica Fletcher – Digitization Assistant
Archer Pechawis – Web and Digital Publications Designer
Merle Addison – Performance and Event Photography
Dennis Ha – Installation Photography


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.
Jessie Caryl: Vice President
Jessie Caryl is a lawyer whose background is in historical research, writing, and curatorial practice. She has an M.A. in Art History (Critical and Curatorial Studies) (UBC), an Hon. B.A. in Art and Art History (University of Toronto) and a diploma in Fine Art from Sheridan College.
Fiona Mowatt: Interm 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.
Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo
Born in El Salvador, Castillo immigrated to Canada in 1989 at the age of 11. He attended the Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto 1998-2001) and received an MFA from Concordia University (2004-2007). A previous resident of Montreal, Castillo relocated to Vancouver in 2013.
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.




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