Mount Pleasant Community Art 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. Stay tuned for the launch date, coming very soon!

Our inaugural program, PLACE, looks at a changing Mount Pleasant and Vancouver through works by artists, curators and residents who live here, exploring the area’s history, its current vitality and its future.

Mount Pleasant was one of Vancouver’s earliest neighbourhoods. It was the place to be in the 1890s, but in 1910 Shaughnessy became the new preferred neighbourhood, and Mount Pleasant fell into decline. Mount Pleasant and Brewery Creek lie close to the Ontario Street dividing line between Vancouver’s east and west. Main Street reflected this cultural and class division, with bigger homes to the west and working-class homes to the east. Mount Pleasant’s early decline continued for almost 100 years. Its working-class roots made it the place for rental housing and transient tenants, and it became the poorest neighbourhood outside of the downtown east side (DTES). A neighbourhood of immigrants, urban poor and artists created the conditions from which 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. 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 had held Mount Pleasant back seemed to be its new selling points—such as its arts community and old heritage buildings—although ironically both became early targets in the gentrification process. Mount Pleasant quickly transformed from one of Vancouver’s cheapest neighbourhoods to one of its most expensive, becoming ground zero for the increasing unaffordability of the city.

Our vision is to provide an urban screen that allows the viewer to interact in various ways with the content, in contrast to the advertising/ consumer paradigm that is the rule with most highly visible screens in a public space. By bringing together over fifty artists, community members, and community festivals, MPCAS will present newly commissioned artwork, photography, video, time-based media, animation, performance, interactive art, digital art, GIFs, super 8 film, storytelling and much more, capturing what it means to live in an ever-changing Mount Pleasant neighbourhood.


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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Recollective: Vancouver Independent Archives Week

Recollective: Vancouver Independent Archives Week

RECOLLECTIVE: VANCOUVER INDEPENDENT ARCHIVES WEEK is 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.

In its 2019 programming year, Recollective will look beyond Vancouver to host a series of national and international presenters and respondents to examine these issues in a range of global contexts.

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

Past events:
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.


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.

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

Emma Metcalfe Hurst, Dan Pon

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 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. ( or


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