Spark: Fireside Artist Talks

Spark: Fireside Artist Talks is an informal lunchtime artist talk series hosted by grunt gallery in the Native Education College’s longhouse on the third Thursday of each month. Featuring emerging Indigenous artists with diverse practices ranging from animation to street art, spoken word to sculpture. Bring a bag lunch or grab some home cookin’ from the NEC’s canteen and join in the conversation by the fire as we talk about what inspires artists to make work

Bonus – Spark Talk No.26 feat. Meagan Musseau

Thursday, April 27
grunt gallery 7 PM

Interdisciplinary visual artist Meagan Musseau (Elmastukwek, Ktaqmkuk territory –– Bay of Islands, Newfoundland) will be making a stop at the grunt gallery on April 25 as a part of her multi-city speaking tour funded by the Banff Centre. Musseau is the winner of the 2018 Emerging Atlantic Artist Residency, which includes an eight-week fully funded residency at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity followed by the opportunity to travel across Canada to speak about her experience and project.

Spark: Fireside Artist Talk No. 25 feat. Kali Spitzer

Thursday, April 18, 12:15-1:00pm
Native Education College
285 East 5th Avenue
12:15 – 1:00 pm

Image: INDIGENOUS MOTHERHOOD (Erena and Padi) 2018

Kali Spitzer is Kaska Dena from Daylu (Lower Post, British Columbia) on her father’s side and Jewish from Transylvania, Romania on her mother’s side. She is from the Yukon and grew up on the West Coast of British Columbia in Canada on unceded Coast Salish Territory. She is a trans disciplinary artist who mainly works with film — 35mm, 120 and wet plate collodion process using an 8×10 camera. Her work includes portraits, figure studies, and photographs of her people, ceremonies, and culture. Her work has been exhibited and recognized internationally. Spitzer recently received a Reveal Indigenous Art Award from the Hnatyshyn Foundation and was featured in the National Geographic and Photo Life in 2018.

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Website: https://kalispitzer

Spark: Fireside Artist Talk No. 24 feat. Alanna Edwards

Thursday, Mar 21, 12:15-1:00pm
Native Education College
285 East 5th Avenue
12:15 – 1:00 pm

Alanna Edwards is a multi-disciplinary artist of Mi’gmaq and settler descent whose work,
through the use of humour, explores themes of belonging, authenticity, and the
everyday. Interested in more than just making “funny native art” Alanna interrogates
what makes us laugh, why, and how humour is used as a strategy for resistance. Working
also with video, she explores familial relationships and the myths and stories we pass
down through generations. She has a BA in Political Science and Gender, Sexuality,
and Women’s Studies from SFU, a diploma in Fine Arts from Langara College, and is
currently finishing her BFA at Kwantlen University.

**She/her pronouns

Website: https://freebleed.com/

Instagram: freebleeding

Spark: Fireside Artist Talk No. 23 feat. Anne & Jeane Riley

Thursday, Feb 21, 12:15-1:00pm
Native Education College
285 East 5th Avenue
12:15 – 1:00 pm

Jeane and Anne Riley are Dene/Cree twins and will be presenting their talk, Radical Softening: the practice of art and social work, speaking about their individual and collective practice(s) since graduating from the Native Education College where they both received a certificate in the Family and Community Counseling Program. The title of their talk is inspired by their most recent adventure together as participants in the Dene Nahjo Moose Hide Tanning Art residency this past September at the Banff Centre. As Dene twins they will share how the residency has impacted their ongoing practices in art, social work, and twindian dreams and conversations.

Anne Riley is an Indigiqueer multidisciplinary artist living as an uninvited Slavey Dene/Cree/German guest from Fort Nelson First Nation on the unceceded Territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlí̓lwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-waututh) Nations. Her work explores different ways of being and becoming, touch, and Indigeneity. She received her BFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012 and in 2016 she graduated from the Native Education College with a Certificate in Family and Community Counselling. She has exhibited both in the United States and Canada. Currently, she is working on a public art project commissioned by the City of Vancouver with her collaborator T’uy’tanat Cease Wyss. Wyss and Riley’s project- A Constellation of Remediation consists of Indigenous Remediation Gardens planted throughout the city decolonizing and healing the dirt back to soil.

*she/her pronouns
website: http://anne-riley.com/http://anne-riley.com/
Instagram: anne_riley_

Jeane Riley is from Fort Nelson First Nation and is of Dene/Cree/German ancestry. She currently works and lives as an uninvited guest on the unceded, traditional and ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish People, specifically the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlí̓lwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-waututh) Nations. Jeane attended the Native Education College and received a certificate in the Family and Community Counselling Program in 2013. Jeane then went on to complete her Masters in Social Work at The University of British Columbia and currently works at BC Women’s Hospital as a social worker. Jeane also works as a community based researcher and is currently working on a project regarding the child welfare system.

**she/her pronouns

Spark: Fireside Artist Talk No. 22 feat. Krystle Coughlin

Thursday, Jan 17th, 12:15-1:00pm
Native Education College
285 East 5th Avenue
12:15 – 1:00 pm

I am a Selkirk First Nation visual artist residing in New Westminster, BC. I hold a B.F.A in Visual Art (2015); and a B.A. in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice from UBC (2013). I am currently an M.F.A. candidate at Simon Fraser University’s school of contemporary arts. My artistic practice blends different materials, methodologies, and symbols to create conceptual works. I am influenced by Indigenous feminism, post-structuralism, anti-colonialism, and activism. My work often addresses contemporary issues faced by urban Indigenous identity politics and personal experiences. I seek to challenge misconceptions of Indigeneity and Feminisms through visual mediums. My work employs Northwest First Nations design elements and practices with unconventional art materials. This year I was a finalist for both the RBC painting competition and the Philip Lind Prize for contemporary photography.

Spark: Fireside Artist Talk No. 21 feat. Chandra Melting Tallow

Thursday, November 15, 2018
Native Education College
285 East 5th Avenue
12:15 – 1:00 pm

 

Chandra Melting Tallow is an interdisciplinary artist, film-maker, and musician of mixed ancestry from the Siksika Nation. In 2017 they produced a short film, composed a live soundtrack and an accompanying performance for Unsettling Colonial Gender Boundaries as part of Queer Arts Fest entitled, Rapture of Roses. They have directed, edited and filmed a number of music videos and experimental films including co-editing Coney Island Baby, a short film collaboration with Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill, Jeneen Frei Njootli and Tania Willard in addition to composing the soundtrack. Common themes throughout their practice involve confronting ghosts of intergenerational trauma and their relationship to the body and utilizing humour to subvert oppressive structures of power and surrealism.

**They/Them pronouns

Art: http://chandrameltingtallow.blogspot.com/

Music: https://soundcloud.com/mourningcoup

Spark: Fireside Artist Talk No. 20 feat. Vi Levitt

Thursday, October 18, 2018
Native Education College
285 East 5th Avenue
12:15 – 1:00 pm

As a composer and producer Vi defines themselves as a ‘mixed race bastard musician in the intersections of tradition and contemporary’. As a burgeoning musician based out of Vancouver, their music features influences from the UK underground scene, their Jewish and Metis heritage, Classical Western and South Asian music, and a variety of artists around the globe. Having worked with Goth DJs, Folk singers and Jazz artists alike, Vi’s work focuses on creating a sound that merges the sounds that define their life and the futures they wish to live to see. As a relative newcomer to the Vancouver music scene, Vi has throughout their career been: a singer-songwriter, a choral composer, a classical musician, a member of the ‘New Wave of Indigenous Electronica’ and things in between. Rhyme and song, Vi’s work has been published in Matrix Magazine, and recently they took part in the New Constellations Digital Mentorship program.

**They/them pronouns
Vi on soundcloud

Spark: Fireside Artist Talk No. 19 feat. Whess Harman

Thursday, April 19, 2018
Native Education College
285 East 5th Avenue
12:15 – 1:00 pm

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Whess Harman was born in Prince Rupert, BC and is from the Carrier Witat, Lake Babine Nation. Harman predominantly works in print, illustration, beading, and text. They completed their BFA at Emily Carr University in 2014 and received the Early Career Development grant from the BC Arts Council in 2016. Their work has been shown in recent group exhibitions such as the Language as Puncture show at Gallery 101 in Ottawa, ON and the Pushing Boundaries show at the Cityscape Community Artspace in North Vancouver, BC.

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Spark: Fireside Artist Talk No. 18 feat. Levi Nelson

Thursday, March 15, 2018
Native Education College
285 East 5th Avenue
12:15 – 1:00 pm

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Levi Nelson is from the Lil’wat Nation located in Mount Currie, British Columbia. He is currently in his third year at Emily Carr University of Art + Design majoring in visual arts, with a focus on painting. Levi favours the medium of oil paint and has most recently taken an interest in print making, via silkscreen and lithography. His work can be described as contemporary First Nations art; fusing traditional North West Coast shape and form-line with conventional colours and composition. This past year Levi has exhibited his work in the Emily Carr University annual Aboriginal Art Exhibition, the Museum of Anthropology, the Talking Stick Festival and in the Pushing Boundaries show at North Vancouver City Art Scape.

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Spark: Fireside Artist Talk No. 17 feat. Raven John

Thursday, February 15, 2018
Native Education College
285 East 5th Avenue
12:15 – 1:00 pm

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Raven John (Exwetlaq) is a First Nations, feminist, and queer artist from the Coast Salish and Stó:lō Nation in the Lower Mainland. Her work encompasses both her past and identity in many ways through mere existence, defiance, and the examination of colonialist, patriarchal and classist systems of value in art. She does this by activating space through sculpture, installation, and surreality. John is a recent graduate from both the Native Education College (Northwest Jewelry Arts Program) and Emily Carr University of Art and Design (BFA in Visual Arts and Social Practice And Community Engagement).

https://www.ravenjohn.com/

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Spark: Fireside Artist Talk No. 16 feat. Lacie Burning

Thursday, January 18, 2018
Native Education College
285 East 5th Avenue
12:15 – 1:00 pm

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Lacie Burning is a Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) and Onondaga (patrilineally) artist and curator raised on Six Nations of the Grand River located in Southern Ontario. They work in photography, video, installation, and sculpture and are currently in their third year of studies in the Visual Fine Arts program at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Having come from a culturally and politically grounded upbringing, their work focuses on politics of Indigeneity and identity from a Haudenosaunee perspective.

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Spark: Fireside Artist Talk No. 15 feat. Madelaine McCallum

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Native Education College
285 East 5th Avenue
12:15 – 1:00 pm

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Madelaine McCallum graces the stage with her gentle yet powerful presence and takes her audience through an extraordinary journey of transformation and healing. Through dance and the spiritual teachings of her father, Madelaine has found a powerful way to share her culture. Her life story is all about discovering “the Fire Within.” When she left her home community her goal was to break the unhealthy cycles of addiction. Her story of survival leaves no one indifferent. She tells the story of how it took many years to break the cycle of violence and broken relationships to emerge changed, reborn, and aptly named Strong Earth Women.

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Spark: Fireside Artist Talk No. 14 feat. Raven John

*  POSTPONED TO FEBRUARY 15, 2018 *
Native Education College
285 East 5th Avenue
12:15 – 1:00 pm

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Spark: Fireside Artist Talk No. 13 feat. Cole Pauls

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Native Education College
285 East 5th Avenue
12:15 – 1:00 pm

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Cole Pauls is a Tahltan comic artist, illustrator and printmaker hailing from Haines Junction (Yukon Territory) with a BFA in Illustration from Emily Carr University. Residing in Vancouver, Pauls focuses on his two comic series, the first being Pizza Punks: a self contained comic strip about punks eating pizza, the other is called Dakwäkãda Warriors, which is about two Southern Tutchone Earth Protectors saving the earth from evil pioneers and cyborg sasquatches using language revitalization.

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Spark: Fireside Artist Talk No. 12 feat. Anchi Lin

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Native Education College
285 East 5th Avenue
12:15 – 1:00 pm

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Anchi Lin is an artist of Taiwanese Atayal heritage who lives and works in Vancouver. Her work negotiates and interfaces with concepts such as language, identity, gender and cultural norms. Her heritage has served as a catalyst for her exploration of these concepts. Lin received a BFA in Visual Art from Simon Fraser University School for the Contemporary Arts. She was the recipient of the Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery Emerging Artist Award and the Bob Rennie Undergraduate Award in Visual Art. She has exhibited at several galleries in both Vancouver, and Taipei.

Image: Anchi Lin, Tattoo on Faces, video performance (still), 2014. Courtesy of the artist.

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Spark: Fireside Artist Talk No. 11 feat. Sarah Shamash

Thursday, March 16, 2017
Native Education College
285 East 5th Avenue
12:15 – 1:00 pm

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Sarah Shamash is a Vancouver based media artist and PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary studies program at UBC. Influenced by cinema, her experimental projects typically explore identities and geographies as personal, political, feminine and dynamic, while critiquing and subverting fixed, colonial and hegemonic demarcations of the body, territory, and space. She is currently teaching a film studies course she designed on Latin American cinema at UBC and programming films for the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival. Her work as an artist, researcher, educator, and programmer can be understood as interconnected and whole; they all revolve around a passion for cinema.

http://sarahshamash.com/

Image: Sarah Shamash, Aca Nada / Aca Elsewhere (still), 2015, video, 5:54.

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Spark: Fireside Artist Talk No. 10 feat. Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Native Education College
285 East 5th Avenue
12:15 – 1:00 pm

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Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers is a filmmaker, writer, and actor. She is Blackfoot from the Kainai First Nation (Blood Reserve) as well as Sámi from northern Norway and resides on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the  xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Tsleil-Waututh, and Skwxwú7mesh peoples. She is a recipient of the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award and a Kodak Image Award for her work as an emerging filmmaker. Her short documentary, Bihttoš, was included in the TIFF Top Ten Canadian Shorts, won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival, and was also nominated for a Canadian Screen Award and a Leo Award for Best Short Documentary. She is an alumni of the Berlinale Talent Lab and the Hot Docs Accelerator Lab.

http://elle-maija-tailfeathers.com/

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Spark: Fireside Artist Talk No. 9 feat. Dusty Hagerüd

Thursday, January 26, 2017
Native Education College
285 East 5th Avenue
12:15 – 1:00 pm

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Dusty Hagerüd has been obsessed with animated objects, moving illustration and storytelling from birth. From Ktunaxa, English and Norwegian heritage, myth, legend and fairytale is fuel to his creative fire. Creative director and founder of a company who designs and fabricates puppets, Color Sound Lab, Hagerud has worked in puppetry for over 18 years in western Canada.  In theatre, film and television, his work with marionettes, hand and rod puppets, bunraku and shadow puppets has enabled him to apply modern approaches to a tradition that stems from one of the earliest forms of storytelling.

Dusty was a recipient of a 2009 Leo Award for Anachronism Pictures’ The Anachronism and 2015 Jessie Award for Monster Theatre’s production of The Little Prince. He is one of the co-founders of the Vancouver International Puppet Festival, which had it’s inaugural debut this past October to a resounding success.

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Spark: Fireside Artist Talk No. 8 feat. JB the First Lady

Thursday, November 17, 2016
Native Education College
285 East 5th Avenue
12:15 – 1:00 pm

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Jerilynn Webster, aka JB the First Lady, is a member of the Nuxalk & Onondaga Nations. She is a Vancouver-based female hip hop/spoken word artist, beat-boxer, cultural dancer and youth educator. “using [her] words to go upwards/not backwards.” These are lyrics that describe what JB tries to convey in her music. JB has performed at over 500 hip hop shows, anywhere from auditoriums to Annual General Meetings for community organizations. She is spreading the words of empowerment & the perspective of urban indigenous women in Canada. Hip Hop is her chosen avenue of expression. JB’s music is lyrically motivated with depth, meaning, and positivity like none other. She has released 4 albums to date, “Indigenous Love” (2008); “Get Ready, Get Steady” (2011) and “Indigenous Girl Lifestyle” (2014) and the 2015 IMA winning album “Indigenized by Entertribal” in collaboration with Chief Rock.

JB is the 2015 winner of the Indigenous Music Award for Best Album Cover. She is a 5-time nominated artist at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, the only female to ever be nominated for Best Hip Hop Album (twice), and has been nominated previously for Best Pop Album & Best Album Cover.

JB wants young indigenous women to feel proud, inspired, and to see someone on stage that looks like them; representing indigenous women in mainstream media.

http://www.jbthefirstlady.com/

RSVP to the Facebook event here.

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Spark: Fireside Artist Talk No. 7 feat. Rodrigo Hernandez-Gomez

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Native Education College
285 East 5th Avenue
12:15 – 1:00 pm

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Rodrigo Hernandez-Gomez was born in the valley of Anahuac (Mexico City) and raised near the Xitle, he is of Nahua/Mexican descent and currently lives in unceeded Coast Sailish Territory (Vancouver). He graduated in 2010 from the MFA program at York University and in 2013 was a co-organizer of the Decolonial Aesthetics Symposium in Toronto. His installations, new-media work, wearable art pieces and performative projects have been presented internationally, including contributions to the Hemispheric Encuentro in Sao Paolo, Brazil the National Museum of Art, La Paz, Bolivia and the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto. Rodrigo is a founding member of AYOTZI 68; a cultural organization for supporting hemispheric indigenous sharing through anti-capitalist strategies and combining skills from the fields of contemporary art, radical education and food sovereignty movements. As a member of La Lleca Collectiva (Mexico City), E-fagia LA media arts (Toronto), AYOTZI 68 (Vancouver), and in his ongoing collaborations with other artists, Rodrigo speaks with actions in his commitment to a multi-linear artistic practice that is critical, intellectual and collective.

RSVP to the Facebook event here.

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Spark: Fireside Artist Talk No. 6 feat. Bracken Hanuse Corlett

Thursday, September 29, 2016
Native Education College
285 East 5th Avenue
12:15 – 1:00 pm

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Bracken Hanuse Corlett is an interdisciplinary artist hailing from the Wuikinuxv and Klahoose Nations. He began working in theatre and performance 16 years ago, before transitioning to a practice that fuses digital-media, audio-visual performance, writing, painting, sculpture and drawing. His work combines traditional Indigenous iconography and history with new media and concepts that exist within cyclical space.

He is the co-founder of the Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival. Over the last five years he has performed across the country as a member of the audio-visual collective Skookum Sound System and currently in the DJ/VJ duo See Monsters. He is a graduate of the En’owkin Centre of Indigenous Art and went to Emily Carr University of Art and Design for a B.F.A. in Visual Arts. He has also studied Northwest Coast art, carving and design from acclaimed Heiltsuk artists Bradley Hunt and his sons Shawn Hunt and Dean Hunt.

Some of his notable exhibitions, performances and screenings have been at grunt gallery, the Museum of Anthropology, Unit PITT Projects, Vancouver International Film Festival (Vancouver), Three Walls Gallery (Chicago), Ottawa International Animation Festival, SAW Gallery (Ottawa), Royal BC Museum, Open Space (Victoria), Winnipeg Art Gallery, Urban Shaman (Winnipeg), Sâkêwêwak Artists’ Collective, Mackenzie Art Gallery (Regina), Atlantic Film Festival, Tidal Force – Independent Media Arts Alliance (Halifax), Art Mur, Sommets du Cinéma D’animation (Montreal), ImagineNative, Toronto International Film Festival, Music Gallery (Toronto).

RSVP to the Facebook event here.

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Spark: Fireside Artist Talk No. 5 feat. Amanda Strong

Thursday, April 21, 2016
Native Education College
285 East 5th Avenue
12:15 – 1:00 pm

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Amanda Strong is a Michif filmmaker, media artist and stop motion director currently based out of the unceded Coast Salish territory also known as Vancouver. She is the owner and director of Spotted Fawn Productions, an animation and media-based studio creating short films, commercial projects and workshops. A labour of love, Amanda’s productions collaborate with a diverse and talented group of artists putting emphasis on support and training women and Indigenous artists.

Amanda’s work explores ideas of blood memory and Indigenous ideology. Her background in photography, illustration and media extend into her award-winning stop motion animations. Her films Indigo and Mia’ challenge conventional structures of storytelling in cinema and have screened internationally, most notably at Cannes, TIFF, VIFF, and Ottawa International Animation Festival. Amanda has received numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and the NFB. In 2013, Amanda was the recipient K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Film and Video, and most recently the recipient of the Vancouver Mayors Arts Awards for Emerging Film and Media Artist. Amanda is currently working on her latest short animation Four Faces of the Moon for CBC Short Docs. The story is told in four chapters, exploring the reclamation of language and Nationhood, while peeling back the layers of Canada’s colonial history, revealing Canada’s extermination agenda on the buffalo.

> Check out Amanda’s website

> link to Facebook event

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Spark: Fireside Artist Talk No. 4 feat. Cease Wyss & Hans Winkler

Thursday, April 7, 2016
Native Education College
285 East 5th Avenue
12:15 – 1:00 pm

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Archeological evidence suggests that Hawaiians came to the island of Kaho‘olawe as early as 400 A.D., and settled in small fishing villages along the island’s coast. For hundreds of years, Kaho‘olawe served as a navigational center, the site of an adze quarry, an agricultural center, and a site for religious and cultural ceremonies.

But as modern times rolled in, Kaho‘olawe began to undergo a harsh evolution. It would be used as a penal colony to exile prisoners from the general populace, for sheep and cattle ranching, until World War II when the island was occupied by the US military from 1942 – 1990 as a training zone for bomb testing and air warfare technology.

Sustained protest by the Hawaiian population and eventual litigation forced an end to the bombing, and after a 10-year period of artillery removal, control was transferred back to the state of Hawaii in 2003. The island is currently uninhabitable and accessible only to Native Polynesians, strictly within the context of cultural or spiritual purposes, restoration, planting work, and re-vegetation.

Hans Winkler gained access to the restricted island in 2013 and in 2014 Cease Wyss joined him to explore the possibilities of artistic projects. In this talk they discuss their experiences and plans for their projects. Wyss will discuss her project “Kanaka Ranch to Kaho’olawe Island: Ephemeral Canoe Art” which explores similarities between Hawaiian and West Coast BC canoe cultures, while Winkler will present “Zero Zone” his mapping project of the island.

FEATURED ARTISTS:

T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss (Skwxwu7mesh/Sto:Lo//Hawaiian/Swiss). My work spans over two and a half decades, working with artists and communities on projects that utilize technology and community engagement as a means of sharing stories. Web-based works like Picto-Prophecy (2012) – with En’owkin Centre’s Ullus Collective – and public art such as Talking Poles (2009) – Surrey Cultural Capital Art Award – & the Stanley Park Environmental Art Project (2009) all take site specific inspirations and the stories of our past that inform us in the present, while looking towards the future and what part we play in the timeline of our ancestry. Culture and spirituality feed my soul and fuel my creativity. Throughout my life I have been training my spirit to reconnect to my ancestors and bring the stories back to my family and community that we lost through colonization and the Residential Schools. Whether I bring communities together through interactivity like geocaching games or building food security programs the art I engage in plays a significant role.

Hans Winkler (b. 1955) is an artist and curator who lives and works in Berlin and New York. Since 1999, he has been Visiting Artist and Lecturer at the San Francisco Art Institute. Winkler’s art projects include “The Escape of the Iceman/Ötzi” (2008) in collaboration with the Department of Archaeology at EURAC, Bolzano and the Museum of Modern Art; “Held Saga” (2005) at Adademie der Kuenste, Berlin. Recently co-curated exhibitions include “California Conceptual Art” (2010) with Paul Kos and Tony Labat at ar/ge kunst in Bolzano, Italy; and “legal/illegal” (2004) with Helen Adkins and Kai Bauer at NGBK, Berlin.

> link to Facebook event

> link to write-up on Media Democracy Project, written by Sydney Ball

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Spark: Fireside Artist Talk No. 3 feat. Larissa Healey

Thursday, March 17, 2016
Native Education College
285 East 5th Avenue
12:15 – 1:00 pm

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Larissa Healey (aka Gurl23) is an Ojibway mural artist and an inspirational leader for street youth drop-in cultural programs like the Museum of Anthropology’s Native Youth Program, one of Canada’s longest running First Nations programs.

Larissa’s artwork has been seen at The Vancouver Art Gallery, The Bill Reid Gallery, Power Plant Gallery, The National Gallery of Canada and The Museum of Anthropology, to name a few.  You might also recognize her work from underneath the Granville Street Bridge at the entrance to Granville Island, among many other places.

> link to Facebook event

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Spark: Fireside Artist Talk No. 2 feat. Mark Igloliorte

February 18, 2016
Native Education College
285 East 5th Avenue
12:15 – 1:00 pm

Igloliorte15marki2010UntitledDiptychMark Igloliorte, our featured speaker for February, is an artist who was born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and grew up in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador. His artistic work is primarily painting and drawing. He has exhibited in group and solo shows across Canada.

Recently, Igloliorte has participated in national and international exhibitions such as Beat Nation, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC; Le Nouveau Pleinairisme, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Québec, QC; drift, (Solo), curator Ryan Rice, The Toronto Free Gallery, Toronto, ON; and The Québec Triennial 2011: The Work Ahead of Us, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal QC.

He has been the recipient of a number of awards and grants including the Lillian Vineberg Award in Painting and Drawing, The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Visual Arts Grant, and a Canada Council for the Arts Emerging Artist Grant. Igloliorte is represented by Gallerie Donald Browne.

As an Inuk, Igloliorte’s work draws from his Labradorian background and communities of Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Hopedale. He has been recognized as a Labrador Inuit Role Model by the Nunatsiavut Government. In the summer of 2008 and 2009 he worked with several groups of Inuit Youth delivering painting and drawing workshops funded in part by The National Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy (NAYSPS).

He holds both a Bachelor of Education (Intermediate/Secondary) from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Bachelor of Fine Art, Major in Fine Art from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and a Master’s of Fine Art, Studio Art – Painting and Drawing from Concordia University School of Graduate Studies.

Igloliorte is an Assistant Professor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

> Mark’s website: markigloliorte.net

> Read an article about Mark and his works in BeatRoute.

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Spark: Fireside Artist Talk No. 1 feat. Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo

January 21, 2106
Native Education College
285 East 5th Avenue
12:15 – 1:00 pm

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Vancouver-based artist Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo explores issues around collective memory, historical trauma, and cultural identity in relation to the violence that occurred against civilians during the 12-year Civil War in El Salvador.

A series of mixed media drawings depict surreal and vibrant scenes filled with creatures in uniform; fragmented bodies tense with sinew and muscle; and carefully drawn figures with faces partially obscured or obliterated. Iconography sourced from North American vernacular culture, Pre-Columbian mythology, and Salvadoran popular folklore is amalgamated to explore the role of non-linear storytelling expressed in mythic form.

Artist Bio:

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.

> Read a brief article about Catastrophe, Memory, Reconciliation.

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Pet Peeves: Dan and Boris

We are pleased to present the first instalment of Pet Peeves, a series in which grunt’s Gallery Assistant, Hedy Wood, investigates grunt gallery’s staff by interviewing their pets. We will post a new instalment of Pet Peeves each month. Enjoy!

It had honestly never occurred to me that there might be a pet without a peeve until I went to Dan’s place. I mean, who has a cat that is so content, he doesn’t destroy the furniture? Or wake you up in the middle of the night by sitting on your head? Or sit beside the food bowl, yelling? Well, apparently DAN has that cat! Apparently, everything is all just super duper all the time over there!

It’s not exactly that I am obsessed with finding fault with grunt staff, but really, there has to be something wrong with them. At work they are kind, inclusive, courteous and professional, while also managing to be fun…..and good looking. I mean, Come ON! Gah! How is that interesting?

No, there has to be something else going on and I figure those pets are the ones that know. Surely they are harbouring some kind of secret grudge? They’ve got to be peeved about some terrible thing the staff is doing. I just need to get to the bottom of it.

Boris and I met at the beginning of March at Dan Pon’s east end apartment. (Dan has been grunt’s archives manager for the last 3 years, and was involved with the gallery for 4 years before that in a variety of capacities. He also works as a librarian at Langara College and West Vancouver Memorial Library. He probably barely has time to even feed a cat.)

Boris is a lanky, handsome, debonair black and white cat. He also appeared to be a bit shy, but totally charming, hmmmm, I did not see how this was going to help with my particular mission. But I put my phone on record and commenced with the interview, optimistic as always, and with a pocketful of cat treats on hand.

Me: So Boris, tell me how you and Dan met.

Boris: Well, about six years ago, I had fallen on some difficult times and I was temporarily living in a shelter down in Seattle. I had been living with a big gang of cats outside a warehouse, but that situation was about to end, and I fear, all of our lives with it!  Dan and his partner were in desperate need of a feline rescue, and of course, I was looking for better accommodations, so I caught their eye when they came into the shelter. Long story short, they ended up terminating their vacation in order to bring me to their home in Canada. People just do not realize the amount of effort we cats put in to rescuing them. I had to lure them all the way to Seattle, AND disrupt their vacation.

Me: Yeah, ok, good, that’s nice, what a sweet story. But what I really want to know is do you have any complaints about Dan? Here have a treat.

Boris: Actually, there is literally almost nothing wrong with Dan. I mean he works a lot, and he could be here, spending time with me and doing things for me, but that’s about it.

Me: So, would you say everything here is all perfect and completely GOOD?!It’s just NICE and PLEASANT all the time?!!!

Boris: I have to say that I do worry a bit about Dan’s hearing. I mean how loudly does a cat have to YELL before he realizes that I need something? What if I’m hungry, or need to go outside, or the litter box is in bad condition? Sometimes I have to yell at him for ten minutes or so before he responds! But he is really so excellent in every other way, I’ve got no complaints at all.

Me: F WORD! What about snoring? That can be very annoying, or excessive gassiness and farting? Or stupid nick names? He can’t be THAT perfect!

Boris: Sometimes they call me Flatfish, which has to do with my elegant, low slung hunting posture, but I kind of like that. And no, no particular gassiness that I have noticed….

Me: Come ON! There’s got to be SOMETHING!! You’ve been together for what? Six years now?

Boris: My word, you certainly are a very persistent person, dogged almost…..all right then, I do think it would be very nice of them to get me a little kitten buddy…..there, I said it! Oh, and they might want to do something about the condition of my scratching post, it’s a tad shabby…I don’t say these things as complaints at all, more like helpful suggestions….

Now, I have to say that by this point in the interview, I was beginning to grind my teeth. My own good opinion of Dan was completely unaltered, and Boris was ready to get out for a bit on his neighborhood patrol. And what kind of dirt had I dug up? Absolutely zero, zilch, zip nada! Everything was just a little too good around Dan’s and it was getting on my nerves. Definitely it was time to leave.

While I was grumpily riding the #4 back to my place, I thought about Meagan and her “protective” bulldogs and the way they vigilantly guard her house. That must be a terrible situation. Goody. I planned to call her as soon as I got home….

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Job Posting – Program Director

Position: Program Director
Location: grunt gallery
Reporting to: Board of Directors
Term: Full-time, permanent 35 hours/week. Evening and weekend work. Flexible schedule.
Start Date: May 1, 2019. As part of grunt gallery’s succession plan there will be a one year overlap between the incoming Program Director and the outgoing Program Director.

Application Deadline: February 28, 2019 @ 5:00pm PST

About grunt gallery:
Formed in 1984, grunt gallery is an artist-run centre located in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood of Vancouver, BC. grunt gallery has built its reputation on innovative programs that showcase current and past work by contemporary Canadian and international artists. Working with a wide range of collaborators, grunt gallery confidently supports interdisciplinary projects, performance, media works, publications, websites, artist talks, research residencies, mentorships, publicly-sited projects and socially engaged initiatives alongside gallery-based exhibitions. grunt gallery continues to provide space for artistic agency, diverse perspectives, unruly practices and community connection.
URL: grunt.ca

Required Competencies:
Budget Development
Collaboration
Commitment
Communication
Creativity
Flexibility
Negotiation
Networking
Programming
Reliability
Tolerance
Grant Applications
Mentorship

General Description of the Position:
• The Program Director supports the organization’s mandate, public image and shares the overall mission and vision with the Board of Directors. The Program Director maintains the gallery’s relationships with donors, foundations, members, artists, patrons, stakeholders and the general public.
• The Program Director is the conceptual visionary of the organization, which includes fundraising and grant-writing, and should have extensive familiarity with local, national and international art communities.
• The Program Director is responsible for developing key connections to determine, develop and coordinate the annual programming of grunt gallery. In addition, the Program Director oversees work related to grunt gallery’s archivist and digital/physical archives—a key attribute to this work is activating grunt’s rich history and connecting it to ongoing programming.

• The Program Director works closely with the Operations Director to provide insight on overall direction and initiatives undertaken by the organization to ensure that key stakeholders and overall capacity of the organization, in consultation with the Business Manager, may be met effectively and collaboratively. The Program Director reports directly to the Board of Directors and is one of two senior members of the employee team.

General Responsibilities:
• Building grunt’s community reputation via networking, development and community engagement.
• Developing programming budgets and working with the Grant Writer to secure funding, through donors, foundations, public funding and private sources.
• Meeting regularly with staff and the Operations Director to ensure clear communication regarding programming, projects and development.
• Providing leadership and guidance to the curatorial committee to determine exhibition-based programming and projects.
• Liaising with artists to determine programming possibilities within grunt’s exhibition space and beyond the physical facility.
• Attending Board of Director meetings to provide programming and budget updates.
• Providing effective leadership and insight to the Communications Director to promote grunt’s history, programming and growing expanse of projects.
• Working with the Archives Manager to determine potential funding and programming to continue the development and operations of the archive.
• Evaluating annual programming in collaboration with grunt’s staff.
• Other duties as required.

Required Skills and Education:
• Ability to work collaboratively with permanent staff; project and/or contract and remote staff.
• Exceptional communication and coordination skills to ensure knowledge and comprehension of complex project planning can be effectively understood.
• Understanding grunt is a people-centred work environment that respects a variety of working styles, primarily independent, that thrives on communication to allow for creative autonomy and decision making amongst staff.
• Critically relevant curatorial experience with knowledge of diverse communities.
• Proven success with art programming and an excellent reputation within the art community, built on previous success, rapport with artists and the ability as act as a visionary.
• Excellent understanding of artist-run centres and non-profit policies and requirements.
• Proven ability to write grants.
• Strong working knowledge of financial development and reporting practices.
• A working intercultural skill-set to effectively work with a diverse group of staff, artists and community members, and a history of engagement with Indigenous and LGBTQ2 people.
• Preferably a post-secondary education in an arts related field.
• Confident problem-solving abilities. This applies to responding to unforeseen circumstances in a calm and strategic manner; plus, the ability to problem-solve issues that may arise with staff to maintain respectful relationships that encourages continued productivity.
• Must be highly organized, detail oriented, committed to quality and able to work independently with minimal supervision.
• Ability to work flexible hours.
• Experience in public relations, media relations, communications and community outreach.
• Proven responsible financial management experience with demonstrated cost-savings and working within budgets.

Business Ethics and the Workplace:
• The Program Director must promote and set the example for ensuring a friendly, courteous, respectful and professional workplace.
• The Program Director must maintain the confidentiality of all personal, private and professional information obtained within the course of their employment, in accordance with the grunt Privacy Policy.
• The Program Director must act in accordance with the grunt Workplace Relationship Policy, which prohibits the acceptance of gifts, loans or anything of value from any individuals with whom contact is had during the course of employment.

To Apply:
Please forward your cover letter outlining your interest in this position and relevant experience as well as a C.V. to Meagan  <meagan at grunt dot ca>
The preferred file format is PDF.

Application Deadline: February 28, 2019 @ 5:00pm PST. Only those shortlisted will be notified.

Remuneration: $52,000 – $58,000
This position is subject to a six month probationary period.

grunt gallery welcomes applications from members of visible minorities, women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities

grunt gallery is located on the unceded, ancestral, and occupied, traditional lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh), and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nations of the Coast Salish peoples.

grunt gallery
#116 – 350 East 2nd Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5T 4R8
604.875.9516
grunt.ca

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grunt gallery Program Director Glenn Alteen is Retiring!

grunt gallery’s Succession Plan for the transition of Program Directors

Program Director Glenn Alteen has worked with grunt since its inception in 1984 and in May of 2020 will retire after 36 years in the position. In early 2018 the board and staff of the gallery began activating our Succession Plan designed to provide as little disruption to the organization as possible during the transition of Program Directors. Our informed and active Succession Committee consisting of current and former board members and staff were tasked with addressing hiring in relation to leadership succession. After extensive work, the Committee has unrolled a timeline and hiring process for the transition. The Committee continues to refine this process on an ongoing basis and will address any succession planning issues as they arise.

A year-long transition period is being planned for the new Program Director in order to provide a seamless changeover and to download grunt’s programming and funding processes and allow for introductions to long-term artists, supporters and funders. grunt incorporated a Management Transition Reserve Fund into annual budgets since 2016 to facilitate this transition.

Formed in 1984, grunt gallery has built a reputation on innovative and dynamic programming: exhibitions, performances, artist talks, publications and special projects that showcase work by contemporary Canadian and international artists. grunt focuses on work and artists that would otherwise not be seen in Vancouver. We are proud of our ability to act as an intersection between various cultural groups based on aesthetics, medium or identity. With emerging programs such as the Blue Cabin Residency and the Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen grunt is expanding and developing its range, providing artists with new and exciting opportunities and audiences with unique and important experiences.

The Program Director job call will be released on Friday, January 18, 2019. You can access information from grunt gallery’s website grunt.ca and follow grunt gallery news through our monthly newsletter and social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Contact Us:

Meagan Kus , Director of Operations

email: meagan at grunt dot ca
phone: #604-875-9516

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Representing the Ephemeral: wen yau on Performance, Protest and Memory

Representing the Ephemeral: wen yau on Performance, Protest and Memory
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 / 7PM
grunt gallery, 116-350 E. 2nd Ave

RECOLLECTIVE: VANCOUVER INDEPENDENT ARCHIVES WEEK 2019

2019 – grunt gallery and our partners will present an ongoing series of international perspectives on the opportunities and challenges that emerge as we think around art, archives, and activism in a global context.

ARTISTS: Chris Vargas, Chase Joynt, wen yau, others TBA

UPCOMING: Representing the Ephemeral: wen yau on Performance, Protest and Memory
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 / 7PM
grunt gallery, 116-350 E. 2nd Ave

How do we understand performance art through secondary documentation? What are the limits of the archive in communicating the power of protest or an act of resistance expressed through art? Hong Kong based artist and researcher wen yau presents a performance-lecture exploring the challenges of representing performative action in an archival setting. Looking to the transmission of knowledge and culture through the performing body, articulated as The Repertoire by scholar Diana Taylor, wen yau draws on her own experience at the intersection of arts and activism from the 2014 Occupy Central protests also known as the Umbrella Movement. wen yau’s auto-ethnographic research into ongoing political and cultural struggles in Hong Kong questions how we remember/re-enact gestures of solidarity from past and present generations of artists and dissidents. grunt is excited to share wen yau’s first-hand experience with the massive anti-extradition law demonstrations that have swept Hong Kong in recent weeks.

Artist Bio
As a cross-media artist, researcher, curator and writer, wen yau has focused on performance/live art and social practices in the last few years. Her works often grapples with cultural difference and intimacy in public space and have been presented internationally. She worked as a Researcher at Asia Art Archive (2005-2012). She obtained a PhD at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, with her thesis titled “Performing Identities: Performative Practices in post-Handover Hong Kong Art and Activism”. In 2015-2016, she served as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Performance Studies Department at the Northwestern University, USA. She also contributes frequently to various periodicals in Hong Kong and Asia.

RECOLLECTIVE: VANCOUVER INDEPENDENT ARCHIVES WEEK 2018

November 2-13, 2018 – 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.

ARTISTS: Sid Chow Tan, Josh Gabert-Doyon, Christine, D’onofrio, Cindy Mochizuki, Elizabeth MacKenzie, Laiwan, Dr. Sunera Thobani, Raghavendra Rao K.V., Dr. Anne Murphy, Casey Wei, Elisa Ferrari, Salia Joseph, Samantha Nock, Syrus Marcus Ware, !Kona, Regent Park Film Festival, and more.

PARTNERS:
221a, Artspeak, The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Rungh Magazine, VIVO Media Arts Centre, and Western Front.

STAFF:
Emma Metcalfe Hurst, Dan Pon

DATES:
NOVEMBER 2 – 13, 2018

FIRST DISCUSSION EVENT: Touch Change: A co nversation between Syrus Marcus Ware and !Kona, NOVEMBER 2, 7 – 9 PM at grunt gallery

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.

Recollective: Vancouver Independent Archives Week broadens the context, understanding, and awareness of independent archives by exploring what is at stake when artists and arts organizations confront the tasks of arranging, describing, preserving, and providing access to material history. Focusing on the intersection of arts and activism, social justice movements, and community networks, Recollective features perspectives and approaches that employ grassroots strategies, hybrid models, collective organizing, DIY spaces, open source solutions, and counter-archives that facilitate ownership of community memory by and for the community.

We are excited to partner again with Western Front, VIVO Media Arts, 221A, and The Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, and welcome new partners Artspeak and Rungh Magazine to our initiative.

For more information please email Emma or Dan at grunt gallery. (Emma@grunt.ca or dan@grunt.ca)

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Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen (MPCAS)

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.

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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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Book Bundle

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Get Four Faces of the Moon, ARCTICNOISE and Journey to Kaho’olawe for $45 (regular $65)!

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