Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen

October 21st, 2019 by

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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