William Dereume, Juli Majer N.O.P.E. Fellows

January 30, 2018

William Dereume. Photo by Juli Majer.

221A welcomes artists William Dereume and Juli Majer as fellows of Note on Permanent Education (N.O.P.E. 2017), the organization’s collective research program. Working with 221A Librarian Vincent Tao, Dereume and Majer will develop social and cultural infrastructures informed by their artistic practices. 221A provides its fellows with subsistence resources to lead the organization’s research, production, and public programming.

William Dereume is a cartoonist from Vancouver. His work is focused on a world called Eggshell and its inhabitants are semi-pictographic characters who work in synchronicity and discord, to collectively function like a language. Dereume understands comics as a channel where the ambiguous and felt, can become material, while complex ideas are read intuitively and understood empathically.

Through his fellowship with 221A, Dereume will develop a community outreach program at Pollyanna 圖書館 Library. The program will build relationships between Vancouver-based artists and communities of struggle to create a series of comic publications.


Juli Majer. Photo by William Dereume.

Juli Majer is a visual artist from Vancouver whose practice comprises drawing, ceramics, sculpture, installation, performance, comics, and publishing. Majer conveys psychological and emotional states, which she often mediates through narrative and symbolist imagery of myth and mysticism. Teetering on the precipice of a dense and opaque wormhole, Majer pursues visceral abstractions, inarticulate textures, and peculiar somatic modes of existence.

Titled Science Fiction and the Other, Majer’s fellowship project will convene a series of public readings, studies, and screenings at Pollyanna 圖書館 Library.

Programming details related to Dereume and Majer’s fellowships will be available at polly-anna.ca.

2017 Year-End Fundraiser Results

January 8, 2018

Thanks to over 80 donors, 221A is pleased to have met 96% of its goal of $1,700 a month towards its Research Fund. The funds will support the organization’s shift towards a Fellowship model, including direct financial support for artists and cultural workers such as upcoming Fellow, Amy Nugent.

221A would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our donors for their trust and commitment to the leadership of artists and in 221A’s organizational approach. We look forward to sharing further programs and services in the coming months.

For inquiries about the Research Fund, donation tax receipts or other inquiries you can contact our office email at hello@221a.ca. To make a contribution and help us close our 4% gap please visit here.

Pollyanna and Semi-Public will re-open Tuesday, January 9.

221A welcomes Hannah Dempsey as its Collections Auxiliary

October 10, 2017

221A is pleased to announce the appointment of Hannah Dempsey as the Society’s Collections Auxiliary. The new full-time role will compliment the Librarian in the systems development of the Pollyanna Library as it undergoes its first year as a public space for research. Hannah will bring her dedication to book works and experience working at the Emily Carr library to develop the Pollyanna Library collection systems and protocols over the coming year. Please join us in welcoming her to the community when you visit next!

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221A opens Pollyanna 圖書館 Library

August 21, 2017

221A is pleased to announce the re-inauguration of its former exhibition room at 221 E. Georgia Street as Pollyanna 圖書館 Library. Please join us in celebration on Friday, September 8th from 7pm–midnight as part of the SWARM festival of artist-run culture. The opening of Pollyanna Library coincides with the comprehensive restructuring of 221A’s artistic activities within a ‘fellowship & infrastructure’ program. This new model will initiate the payment of living-wage salaries to artists who will lead the organization’s research, production and events for three to twenty-four month periods. Under the fellow’s direction, the resources typically held by the art institution—human resources, financial assets, and communications platforms—will be used to realize flexible, semi-permanent artistic projects that 221A has defined as ‘infrastructures’.

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