What was originally intended to be a roundup of just five new galleries to check out, quickly expanded as more and more less obvious art spaces revealed themselves to me… Most places of this list were created by artists looking for means of exposure. art, support other emerging artists and build community. Here’s who, what, when, where and why in nine relatively new and unexpected places to see art:
August Studios is a large renovated warehouse featuring artist studios, a clay studio for members, an exhibition gallery, and event space for things like workshops and pop-up events. It is run by Mark George, who has a background in fine art, architecture and carpentry. George organizes exhibitions and organizes creative workshops and events.
The space is adorned with wooden trusses and 22-foot high ceilings, allowing for large installations and performances. Programming is community driven and makes art a viable business for artists. As George describes it, “We work with artists that we love as people and their art. We continue to impose ourselves with a program more centered on art and experience; our previous year was largely focused on product-focused pop-up events. We are working towards an inclusive and diverse program for artists-in-residence, non-profit events and external curators working with marginalized or disenfranchised community members – we have space to offer. George has already started talking to some of his favorite artists in Vancouver, but he’s also eager to learn more about those he doesn’t know. “I recently saw Sara Gulamali’s photograph and was blown away,” he says. Fun events so far have included a clothes repair party, woodworking workshops with George himself and an ongoing collage party with collage artist Lydia Ceclia. Follow @august_studios for the latest news.
1320 E Pender St.
Atelier 8.18 is a gallery in the home of artist, curator and educator Kyla Bourgh, launched in March 2021. Not only does it allow Bourgh to exhibit the art of her artist friends, but she can also live with a regular rotation of this. Group exhibitions and creative events are known to take place in the large outdoor area behind the building. All art is for sale, with the goal of making art collecting easy and accessible. The Atelier is open to the public during the Vernissage and Finissage of an exhibition, or by appointment. The multi-talented Bourgh also runs a virtual Critics Club, providing an informal platform for artists around the world to view and critique each other’s work in a supportive environment. Bourgh is currently planning a summer residency in France and will fundraise at the Atelier’s next event, “Unknown Art Sale”, on June 25 from 1-4pm. Artwork ranges from $5 to $500. Follow @atelier8.18 for more details on this and other events.
8 18th Ave East.
4by4 on 5
Pioneered by artist James Koester, the 4by4 on 5th concept is simple: display artwork in four street-facing windows, change the setup every two weeks, and, in Koester’s words, “keep things fun, fast, fresh, flexible and friendly.” Located at 234 East 5th Avenue, the concept began as a response to its area of rapid gentrification and aims to provide an accessible space for artists to share their work and communicate their messages to passers-by. There are no price tags in these display cases! Follow @4by4on5th to view exhibition archives and find out what’s next.
234 East 5th Ave.
COURTYARD SPACE GALLERY
Heidi Holmes is an artist and founder of Yard Space Gallery, a place of emerging and experimental practices, located in a private courtyard. Launched in 2021, YSG provides a space to exhibit artworks that are difficult to showcase in traditional galleries. Exhibits to date have included ceramic art, audio and video installation, biodegradable work and a cooking performance. As YSG is not funded and cannot pay for the creation of new artworks, it invites artists to reinvent existing artworks in new contexts. Holmes sees herself as the guardian of the space and plans to pass on the role in the near future, allowing the space to evolve and grow to continue serving its community. DM @yardspacegallery to book an appointment.
Collaboration and community are essential at the innovative 560 Gallery, which combines an exhibition space with a high-quality framing and printing workshop. The gallery is run by Anna Kasko (pictured above) of KASKO Frame Works and John Goldsmith of PrintMaker Studio. Both are artists working in photography who started their respective businesses in 2020 using the front part of the shop as a gallery. In their own words: “560 Gallery is a locally minded art space with an interest in exhibiting emerging and established artists. Our ambition is to use innovative approaches in the presentation of contemporary art while making art more accessible. We like to think of the gallery as a community-focused “third space” and are looking for fellow creatives to engage with us and the local art community. Earlier this year they launched Curated Editions, a series of limited edition prints co-curated by Kasko, Goldsmith and Miret Rodriguez of Curated Tastes. Each month they invite a different artist to create an art edition, with prints selling for $200 each. The current artist is Sandeep Johal, and past artists have included Christian Nicolay and Kirk Gower. The project will end with a collective exhibition at 560, presenting the first print of each edition. Kasko explains, “We focus on underserved and underrepresented people. We also want emerging curators to come and create exhibitions to develop their experience in the field. We are looking for ways to allow the community to grow within the fine arts by hosting workshops, artist talks, studio rentals and having the gallery! Coming soon, an exhibition by Emma Letho and Geneviève Dionne, which will begin on July 16. Save this date!
560 Clark Drive
From the start, creative director Shannon Pawliw of this Chinatown-based gallery has called it “that gallery.” The name stuck. Since Pawliw is a practicing graphic designer and artist herself, the brand concept for THIS Gallery came together easily. An exhibition space occupies the second floor, with a room to host creative arts events like poetry readings, performances, and workshops, and studio and office space for Pawliw. The gallery is open to artist submissions and the art on display is for sale (profits are shared), allowing Pawliw to support the running of the gallery herself. In the future, she hopes to collaborate with the nearby Carnegie Center to bring arts programming to the center. THIS Gallery, THIS residence, THIS workshop… THIS community. Buzz #227, Thursday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
475 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V6A 2T7
A beautifully designed boutique in the South Cambie area, with carefully selected products for you and your home, Cadine offers its own line of clothing, fine jewellery, leather goods, home goods and fresh flowers harvested in their design studio in Southlands. The second-floor loft, which overlooks the store, is dedicated to rotating art exhibits. Currently on view, until July 2, is an exhibition of botanical paintings by Andrea Simmonds. Past exhibiting artists include Alison Bane, Chelsea Hornsby, Jason York and Holly Marie Armishaw. Co-founder Paula Yi says, “Cadine strives to curate thoughtful exhibitions of diverse art forms and disciplines, and to facilitate a unique platform for open expression, connecting artists and art lovers. Cadine Gallery has become a destination for interior designers seeking original artwork for their clients while also being a place where individuals stumble upon the “perfect piece” for their space. Among the artists they would like to work with are Hermentaire, Yoko Kubrick, Nicotye Samayualie, Arnold Goron and Sergio Roge. Follow @ShopCadine for more information on new art exhibitions and events.
3345 Cambie Street
Located in the southeast aisle of Broadway and Quebec, started by artist Mark DeLong – a self-taught artist working in a range of media including sculpture, drawing, painting and sequential art. I don’t know much more, but DeLong is a pretty cool artist with pan-Canadian recognition! Follow @peanuts_gallery_.
South East Alley to East Broadway and Quebec
GALLERY UNDER MY DECK
This is literally an exhibition space located under the back deck of settler artist/typesetter printer/hobby sailor Carly Butler’s home in Ucluelet. Inspired by other unconventional exhibition spaces around the world, Under My Deck Gallery started in 2021 in response to a lack of space to exhibit experimental or installation art, including sound art. At the time of my visit, there was artwork by Nuu-chah-nulth artist Hjalmer Wenstob of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations of Clayoquot Sound. Butler and Wenstob have also collaborated on an exhibition (it’s currently on display in Victoria, presented by the Victoria Arts Council) that interrogates the stories passed down through their shared histories. As for what comes next, Butler says she plans to build walls.
@umd_gallery for more details.