The Larwill Park site holds a unique place in the history of Vancouver. Distinguished first as a cricket and lacrosse pitch by early sportsmen, the lot hosted countless demonstrations, jubilees and celebrations, visits from colonial royalty, military exercises, goats, a chain gang, riots and fairs. This platform for celebration and for protest is now the proposed site of the new Vancouver Art Gallery.
Big Rock Candy Mountain – Sour vs Sour – As part of a 3-month engagement with a Queen Alexandra Elementary School grade 3/4 class, artists Hannah Jickling & Helen Reed taste-tested a range of flavours and developed a miscellaneous vocabulary to describe them: sounds, shapes, words, elaborate fonts, synesthetic line drawings and emojis. With visits to-and-from East Van Roasters, the group learned about single-origin, fairly traded dark chocolate and navigated its tense (and tacky) conflation with cheap candy from the gas station nearby.
Join us for a conversation with the Blue Cabin project founding partners, Glenn Alteen, Esther Rausenberg, and Barbara Cole, as they talk about their four-year process of saving, remediating, and repurposing the cabin. They will also speak about the project as it moves into its next phases of development, drawing us closer to its launch as a floating artist residency and heritage engagement site.
The Foreshore is a multi-year collaboration between Other Sights for Artists’ Projects and curator Kimberly Phillips, and is inspired by the deep influence of the waterways on our cities and societies on the West Coast. Artist Jen Weih and artist and curator Vanessa Kwan will speak about The Foreshore’s past and current projects.
Carole Itter will present an informal talk about her artwork and writings during her 35-year residency at the Blue Cabin. She will be joined by artist Krista Lomax for a conversation about their times spent at the cabin, and a screening of Lomax’s 11-minute documentary entitled the blue cabin.
Squatters have been a fixture in Burrard Inlet since before Vancouver was created. Their story encompasses the history of Gastown and Kitsilano, the dispossession of Indigenous people, the evolution of Stanley Park, the hobo jungles of the Great Depression, and the search for affordable housing in an always-expensive metropolis. Author Daniel Francis describes this history, illustrating his talk with photographs both archival and contemporary.
Join celebrated local artist Dana Claxton and art historian Jaleh Mansoor in a third instalment of The Foreshore, Part II sessions. This event is presented at nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch, Vancouver Public Library. The Foreshore, Part II is organized in partnership with Contemporary Art Gallery.
This is a conversation between Coll Thrush, Kamala Todd & attendees. Creating home and a sense of place means building relationships. How well do we relate/give back/listen to the land and waters that are our home? This is a conversation towards decolonizing the city, asking questions about learning the laws and expectations and responsibilities before we assume permission and right mindedness to “come ashore” and be good visitors. This conversation will be held at the Mount Pleasant Community Centre, in collaboration with the Contemporary Art Gallery.