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.
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