Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Eastside Culture Crawl presents new public forum & multi-venue art exhibition, Displacement Foru

DUDOC 1489 Frances St25 Oct '19 to 26 Oct '19 @ 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

    Eastside Culture Crawl Society (ECCS) is seeking solutions for the increasingly urgent crisis facing visual artists displaced from their studios, cooperative spaces, and artistic communities with the announcement of a new public forum and multi-venue art exhibition, Displacement Forum & Exhibition, launching in advance of the Crawl’s renowned four-day visual arts festival. The public forum, hosted on October 25 & 26, 2019, at DUDOC (1489 Frances St), promises to engage the public, artists, planners, policymakers, and politicians in addressing the rising challenges plaguing the Eastside Arts District. The ECCS will also release the report City Without Art? No Net Loss+ which shares findings from its artist production space survey.

    This widespread issue is further evidenced by the City of Vancouver’s recent announcement of a 10-year plan to support arts and culture, including the Making Space for Arts and Culture report in which the city’s desperate space challenges are addressed through a multi-pronged approach, including a target of creating 800,000 square feet of dedicated artist space over the next 10 years, as well as the creation of an Affordable Cultural Spaces Fund over the next three years.

    The Displacement Forum, open to the public, includes four moderated events:

    Setting The Stage… Numbers, Numbers, Numbers | October 25 from 3:30-5:30pm
    John Steil, Chair of the ECCS Spaces Committee joins Rausenberg in presenting the findings of a comprehensive survey conducted by ECCS in 2019 to determine an inventory of artist production spaces in the city’s industrial areas. Captured through ECCS’s database, interviews, online artist surveys, discussions with building owners, and site-specific research, results reflect both existing as well as historical data and identify land use trends.

    So What? | October 25 at 6pm
    Moderated by Tony Osborn, architect, UBC professor and founder of Turncoats Vancouver—an international public debate series—this evening event will feature a playful and provocative debate. Conducted in Turncoats style, where two teams of two panelists must argue both sides of the issue, the debate honestly examines whether artists deserve support and funding in their quest for affordable space in a city and era that has alienated nearly all of its residents.

    What the… ? | October 26 from 10am-12pm
    Moderated by Marianne Amodio, an award-winning architect, member of the City of Vancouver Regulatory Review Advisory Committee, and ECCS Board member, this event examines the current state of artists’ circumstances through an expert panel of Vancouver-based artists and advocates. Artists will be invited to share their own stories and current struggles.

    Now What? | October 26 from 1-3pm
    Moderated by Tony Osborn, this last event offers practical solutions to the problem, through a team-based approach assembled of one artist and one building expert. Each team will present their work, examining case studies, zoning and funding solutions, followed by a panel discussion and audience questions.

    The forum will be held in conjunction with a multi-venue, salon-style exhibition, Displacement, mounted at various venues from October 29 — November 24, 2019. Featuring work by artists who have faced the challenges of eviction or have found ways to survive displacement, the exhibition will not only address the issue of displacement but question the overall value of art in our society, and demonstrate the need for stronger support by civic and provincial governments to protect and encourage the development of affordable, safe, and sustainable artist production spaces. Exhibition details include:

    ARTS FACTORY (281 Industrial Avenue)
    November 2 — 10, 2019 | Opening Reception: November 2, 2019, 8:30-10pm

    FIREHALL ARTS CENTRE (280 E. Cordova Street)
    October 29 — November 24, 2019 | Opening Reception: November 6, 2019, 6-8pm

    THE CULTCH (1895 Venables Street)
    October 29 — November 24, 2019 | Opening Reception: November 6, 2019, 6-8pm

    October 29 — November 17, 2019 | Opening Reception: November 6, 2019, 6-8pm

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    Event Location DUDOC 1489 Frances St
    Post Code: V5L 1Z1

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