The Foreshore

Posted on Sep 13, 2016 in Projects, the foreshore

Partners: Access Gallery, Contemporary Art Gallery and Other Sights

2016-2018, Multiple Locations around Vancouver.

The Foreshore would like to acknowledge that the land on which we gather is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Learn more about the project including all related events and sessions by visiting The Foreshore website.

The Foreshore is a multi-year collaboration between Access Gallery, Contemporary Art Gallery, and Other Sights’ for Artist Projects. Inspired by the deep influence of the waterways on our cities and societies on the West Coast, multiple locations in and around Vancouver were activated by a series of open sessions, screenings, work-ins, mini-artist residencies, and open studios. The Foreshore project coordinators are motivated by our organizations’ intersecting concerns, and by the increased potential for artists and audiences in joining forces.

The “foreshore” describes the land along the edge of the water that is both submerged and revealed by the tide. Very simply, it is the wet part of the beach. The foreshore is a place of unclear jurisdiction, and thus of contestation, friction, and constant movement. Those who dwell in this zone must continually adapt to a changing environment. The foreshore also conjures histories specific to this region: narratives of trade and exchange, habitation and nourishment, resistance and violent erasure. It might similarly evoke our contemporary lived situation in this place. Considering the potential of this zone as both concept and site, The Foreshore initiative asks the following: how do we generate conditions of emergence? How can we take up space differently? How do we support unruly practices and futures?

The Foreshore project is comprised of three phases.

PHASE I, 2016-2017, featured nineteen collaborative discussion sessions, two field trips, and four residencies.

Presenters, Sessions 1 – 19: Stephen Collis, Genevieve Robertson, Jay White, Justin Langlois, Holly Schmidt, Glen Alteen, Barbara Cole, Esther Rausenberg, Chris Williams, Kunlé Adeyeme, Khan Lee, Lindsay Brown, Shiloh Sukkau, Germain Koh, Cecily Nicholson, Bracken Hanuse Corlett, Buster Simpson, Coll Thrush, Vanessa Richards, Marcus Youssef, Arianne Gelardin, Lisa Prentice, Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn, Dan Pon, Zoe Kreye, Eric Fredericksen, Dr. Cissie Fu, Holly Ward, Justine A. Chambers, Denise Ferreira Da Silva, Laiwan, Will Plowright, Cynthia Brooke, Lee Podesva, Carmen Paplia, Michelle Tung, John Oliver, Lindsay Dobbin, Harmony Wagner, Marie Burge, Journée sans culture.

Artist Residencies and Workshops: Three artist residencies were hosted in the space (Guadelupe Martinez, Kara Uzelman, Carol Sawyer) with a fourth resident-at-large (Justin Langlois) who responded to each of their practices. Events and workshops were presented by the resident artists, including Julianna Chapel, Caroline Bergonzoni, Elisa Ferrari, Carol Sawyer and Stacey Ho.

Field Trips: Trip 1, Buster Simpson lecture at Emily Carr University Visual Art Forums, co-presented with the City of Vancouver Public Art Program in partnerships with Access Gallery and Other Sights for Artists’ Projects. Trip 2, Kahn Lee in Conversation with Barbara Cole at the Vancouver Art Gallery.


PHASE II, 2017-2018, featured four collaborative discussion sessions with a previously participating session artist inviting a new participant to continue on discussing ideas from previous sessions as well as current research. Presenters for Phase II, sessions 1-4 include: Carmen Papalia, Joulene Tse, Coll Thrush, Kamala Todd, Dana Claxton and Jaleh Mansoor thus far.

Session 1: Carmen Papalia with Joulene Tse on Dignity andAccess. Tse’s ongoing research on the history of Indigenous workers on the waterfront and Papalia’s projects including his recent conceptual work Open Access will continue their shared interest and dialogue around cultural accessibility and human rights in the city. (January 2018)

Session 2: Coll Thrush and Kamala Todd in a conversation looking towards decolonizing the city asking questions about learning the laws, expectations, and responsibilities before we assume permission and right-mindedness to “come ashore” and be good visitors. (March 2018)

Session 3: Dana Claxton with Jaleh Mansoor discuss the Entwinement of Indigeneity and Hidden Labour in the Making of Contemporary Vancouver. (June 2018)

Session 4: Coming Autumn 2018…


PHASE III,  September 2018, showcases The Foreshore Listens, a podcast launch event happening on September 26, 2018, at the Western Front. (7-9pm)

The Foreshore Listens, is a suite of multi-textured podcasts informed by the research of The Foreshore Sessions (2016-2017). Vanessa Campbell thinking in and about hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and language reclamation, Stacey Ho considering embodiment and decolonization, Sarah Moore on the spaces of stories, Dan Pon swimming through confluence and intervention. Sound design by Pietro Sammarco.

Each working from a distinct set of references- urban planning, archives, sound art and First Nations language reclamation – the editors will draw on the archive of event recordings and collected references from discussions with artists, thinkers and audiences, a series of audio works commissioned by Other Sights by past Foreshore participants, as well as additional curated materials. Inspired by the mixed texture of self-published artist zines the four sound pieces will weave together an aural experience that will extend the scope of the original series though mp3 files available for streaming or download on The Foreshore website.

Co-presented by the Western Front

Editors: Vanessa Campbell, Stacey Ho, Sarah Moore, Dan Pon,    Sound design: Pietro Sammarco