The Foreshore is a year-long collaboration between Access Gallery and Other Sights that is inspired by the deep influence of the waterways on our cities and societies on the West Coast. The storefront next to Access’ gallery space at 222 East Georgia will be activated by a series of open sessions, screenings, work-ins, mini-artist residencies, and open studios. We are motivated by our organizations’ intersecting concerns, and by the increased potential for artists and audiences in joining forces.
October 4, Session 1: Stephen Collis, Genevieve Robertson, and Jay White on immersive practices; Kimberly Phillips on 23 Days at Sea.
October 18, Session 2: Justin Langlois and Holly Schmidt on their proposal for a floating school; Glenn Alteen, Barbara Cole, and Esther Rausenberg on the Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency.
November 8, Session 3: An evening of discussion: A radio lecture by Chris Williams originally recorded and aired on Alternative Radio on May 15, 2016; and a video about the Makoko Floating School on the lagoon of Lagos.
November 22, Field Trip: Current VAG Offsite artist Khan Lee in conversation with Barbara Cole at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
December 6, Session 4: Lindsay Brown on the lessons of Habitat ’76 and Shiloh Sukkau on rethinking how to use public art allocations.
January 10. Session 5: Germaine Koh on working between disciplines and Carol Sawyer on counter-narratives.
Big Rock Candy Mountain, a new commission with artists Hannah Jickling and Helen Reed, launches publicly on October 14th, with a limited edition chocolate bar (produced in collaboration with East Van Roasters chocolatiers), available at the Vancouver Art Book Fair (and other venues coming soon). A project website also launches this week, with an essay by Other Sights curator Vanessa Kwan and a forthcoming critical text by independent curator, Zoë Chan.
Jickling and Reed will also be speaking about their work on Saturday, October 15th at 1pm, as part of the 2016 Vancouver Art Book Fair.
Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and produced by Other Sights
Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun has produced a public art installation for the future site of the new Vancouver Art Gallery on the Larwill Park site that situates brilliantly coloured ovoid forms across the present-day-parking-lot. Yuxweluptun’s ovoids speak to the past and the present uses of Larwill Park, marking it with a watchful eye, and reminding us as we pass by and through the site that we live, work and interact on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish people.
Other Sights has been part of the volunteer team that helped save Al Neil and Carole Itter’s Blue Cabin, the last squatters’ cabin on the Burrard Inlet. Now in storage awaiting repairs, 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. Our vision is to remediate and repurpose the historic cabin as an artist studio and mount it to a barge or 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 cabin into the future.