The Blue Cabin project is excited to bring you its first speaker series. Five programmed talks throughout June and July. All talks are taking place at grunt gallery in Vancouver, during Jeremy and Sus Borsos’ exhibition The Blue Cabin at grunt gallery. All events are free of charge and open to the public.

Artist talk with Jeremy Borsos – Wednesday, June 20 at 7:00 p.m.
Artist Jeremy Borsos will give a talk describing the restoration of the small 1920’s building known as the Blue Cabin. The talk will focus on possible translations of the cabin’s history.

Daniel Francis | Squat City: A Brief History of Squatting Around Burrard Inlet – Thursday, June 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Author and historian Daniel Francis will speak about the history of squatter villages on the region’s foreshore.

Carole Itter in conversation with Krista Lomax Saturday, July 7 at 2:00 p.m.
Artist Carole Itter will present an informal talk about her artwork and writings during her 35-year-long residency at the Blue Cabin. She will be joined by artist and editor Krista Lomax.

Other Sights for Artists’ Projects, The Foreshore – Thursday, July 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Artist Jen Weih and curator and artist Vanessa Kwan will speak about The Foreshore, a project produced by Other Sights, in collaboration with Kimberly Phillips.

The Blue Cabin Project Thursday, July 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Blue Cabin founding partners Glenn Alteen, Esther Rausenberg, and Barbara Cole will discuss the Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency project.

grunt gallery  |  #116 – 350 East 2nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC
Blue Cabin Speaker Series inquiries:  bluecabin@grunt.ca 



The Foreshore continues! The CAG joins us for year two of The Foreshore, a series of roving discursive events held at community centres throughout the city of Vancouver, aiming to generate questions and confluence inspired by the conditions of the foreshore, the land along the edge of a body of water that is repeatedly submerged and revealed by the tide.

Session 3: Subterranean Weaving: On the Entwinement of Indigeneity and Hidden Labour in the Making of Contemporary Vancouver
Dana Claxton with Jaleh Mansoor
Tuesday, June 5, 7:00-8.30pm
nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch, Vancouver Public Library
Wo Soon (Mary) Lee Chan Room
730 East Hastings Street

Prompted by celebrated local artist Dana Claxton’s new series of photographic works, Claxton and UBC art historian Jaleh Mansoor will discuss and debate a number of inter-related questions relating to Aboriginal sovereignty and economics, global wealth distribution, and local and global culture.

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Session 2: Land Language: Land Responsibilities
Coll Thrush with Kamala Todd
Tuesday March 6, 2018, 7:00-8.30pm
Mount Pleasant Community Centre
1 Kingsway

Coll Thrush and Kamala Todd will engage in a conversation about decolonizing the city. How well do we relate/give back/listen to the land and waters that are our home? How are newcomers/settlers/guests/visitors complicit in the overwriting of Coast Salish people and their continuity on this land since time out of mind? How do the stories (re)emerge and remind us all that this is a place with ancient laws, relationships, histories, ancestors, cosmologies which are in fact the guiding frameworks for life on this Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish place?

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Session 1: Dignity and Access

Carmen Papalia with Joulene Tse
Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 7:00-8:30 pm
nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch, Vancouver Public Library
Wo Soon (Mary) Lee Chan Room
730 East Hastings Street

Carmen Papalia and Joulene Tse Parent will discuss issues of cultural accessibility and human rights in the city, including Tse’s ongoing research on the history of Indigenous workers on the waterfront, as well as Papalia’s projects leading up to and including his recent conceptual work Open Access, a new, relational model for accessibility that sets a precedent for considerations of agency and power in relation to the disabling social, cultural, and political conditions in a given context.

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Begun in 2015, Big Rock Candy Mountain (BRCM) is a flavor incubator and taste-making think-tank between artists Hannah Jickling and Helen Reed and students, teachers and support staff at Queen Alexandra Elementary School in East Vancouver. The project takes its name from a folk song that has been revised and rewritten countless times to reflect a comic utopia, where we hear a “…buzzin’ of the bees in the peppermint trees, ’round the soda water fountains.” BRCM is a post-proportionate world where adults and rationality no longer define the rules and limits of what is possible.

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Other Sights is one of three arts organizations that helped save Al Neil and Carole Itter’s Blue Cabin, the last squatters’ cabin on the Burrard Inlet. This tiny gem represents the last vestiges of a cultural tradition of people living in alternative housing along the foreshores of this region’s waterways. Facing demolition, the cabin was moved from its original site on the western edge of Cates Park in North Vancouver to a nearby storage site and then on to Maplewood Farms where, in the sheep pasture, it underwent extensive repair by artist team Sus and Jeremy Borsos. The organizations’ vision is to repurpose the cabin as an artist studio and to mount it to a floating platform alongside a tiny house, to serve as a vital, off the grid, multi-disciplinary floating artist residency. The idea to set the cabin adrift from ownership or permanent location, took shape and gained traction through the collaboration of grunt gallery, Creative Cultural Collaborations (C3) and Other Sights, all of whom remain committed to stewarding the residency into the future.

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