MOUNT PLEASANT COMMUNITY ART SCREEN
PLACE: An introduction from Program Director Glenn Alteen
The Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen an outdoor, 4 x 7-meter urban screen, on Kingsway at Broadway in 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. 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.
Deadline for submissions is ongoing
1) Maximum one-page proposal for the work, describing what you wish to show, and how it relates to the theme of 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, Screen Coordinator