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 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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Josh Gabert-Dayon and Yu Su announced as first Fellows

August 20, 2017

221A is happy to introduce Josh Gabert-Doyon and Yu Su as the society’s inaugural Fellows who are participants in “Notes on Permanent Education (N.O.P.E.)”. Taking its name from a revolutionary poster circulated during the May ‘68 student uprising in Paris, half a century later, the slogan is a question and a charge: What does the demand for permanent education mean today? And what is the role of artists and students in creating a new society? Convened by 221A’s Librarian, Vincent Tao, the fellows will be centered on these questions, unfolding into a series of study programs and live events.

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