June 20, 2017

221 Georgia Street East is closed over the summer for extensive renovations. Please join us for SWARM Festival of Artist Run Culture on the evening of September 8, 2017 for our reopening.




Notice of AGM 2016

September 3, 2016

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) for 221A Artist Run Centre Society will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 2:00pm at 221A (100-221 E Georgia St in Vancouver). Member registration and renewals will take place from 1:30–1:55pm.

The AGM provides members with an opportunity to gather and hear reports on the past year of activities. The AGM is also an opportunity for members to meet incoming and outgoing board members, take part in voting for the Board of Directors and for important business of the society such as the appointment of the auditor. Please be notified that the society will be considering a special borrowing resolution, viewable here

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Announcing the 10-Year Anniversary Fundraiser

October 10, 2015

It’s already been 10 years since we started. Help us in our next chapter as we support the production of new contemporary art, achieving meaningful public dialogue on design and its social effect. We are not interested in living forever, but we are curious about our future possibilities.



221A at Urgent Imagination: Part II, October 2-3, 2015

September 28, 2015

Herzl Kashetsky’s poster for Housing Alternatives, 1988. Courtesy the collection of Monica Chaperlin and Robert McKee

Herzl Kashetsky’s poster for Housing Alternatives, 1988. Courtesy the collection of Monica Chaperlin and Robert McKee

221A is pleased to host Geraldine Dening at Urgent Imagination: Part II, a two-day conference developed by Western Front that will take place on October 2 and 3, 2015. The event proposes alternatives to Vancouver’s current mode of developer-driven architecture and urban planning. Dening is a London-based architect, a senior lecturer at De Montfort University, and a founding member of Architects for Social Housing (ASH); a collective of urban designers, academics, engineers, artists, and activists who are responding to London’s present housing crisis. As part of its mandate to find sustainable alternatives to the planned demolition of Greater London’s social housing, ASH works with and offers support to the residents of the region’s estimated 3500 housing estates, who face eviction and displacement in the wake of up-market regeneration schemes.

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221A welcomes Jesse McKee as Curator, Projects and Residencies

July 9, 2015

Courtesy Allison Yip

Courtesy Allison Yip

221A is pleased to announce Jesse McKee as the Curator of Projects and Residencies. Beginning in August, he will work with the community, staff and curatorial residents of 221A to further the organization’s collective model. Leading the production of exhibitions and programs, as well as outdoor and publishing projects, he will continue to develop the organization’s mandate in exploring the role of design in the shaping of contemporary societies.

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Job Posting – Curator, Projects and Residencies

May 7, 2015

221A is seeking applications for employment in the role of Curator, Projects and Residencies, working with the Director to research, plan and coordinate curatorial initiatives. Working through periods of intensity as projects develop, both indoors and outdoors, the candidate must be highly adept at understanding and implementing collaborative organizational practices as part of a wider artistic and theoretical pursuit.

The opening of this position comes at the same time as Bopha Chhay, Projects Coordinator, steps down from 221A. Arriving in Canada from New Zealand, via Afterall in London, it is with great warmth and respect that we have come to know and work with her over the past 3 years. While we will sorely miss her at 221A, we wish her continued success in her upcoming projects.

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