grunt gallery is launching a new community art screen at Kingsway and Broadway in Vancouver! Our inaugural program, PLACE, looks at a changing Mount Pleasant through the lens of the artists and residents who live here.
We will be showing videos, photography, digital artwork, and archival content that explores the neighbourhood and its history, its current vitality and its future. grunt gallery will be showcasing historically underrepresented voices including contemporary First Nations artists, LGBTQ2S work, outsider artists, and work from members of the Mount Pleasant community (people who live or work in the neighbourhood, or who have lived or worked here in the past).
grunt gallery was founded in 1984 in Mount Pleasant and is one of the country’s most respected artist run centres. The gallery offers public programming in the form of exhibitions, performances, discursive events, publications and special projects, with a focus on contemporary practices that challenge and problematize existing hierarchies of cultural value. grunt gallery’s mandate to inspire public dialogue by creating an environment conducive to the emergence of innovative, collaborative, and provocative contemporary art.
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