Imagining new systems of exchange
October 2020 - February 2022
October 2020 - February 2022
The Community Pollinators Program is a long-term education initiative supporting and celebrating the ongoing stewardship of the x̱aw̓s shew̓áy̓ New Growth《新生林》garden by an Indigenous and racialized young cohort. The program is currently based out of the Indigenous permaculture garden at 221A’s Semi-Public 半公開 site located at 271 Union St. in Chinatown/DTES/historic Hogan’s Alley on xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations lands.
“No Pressure” Acupressure Path 足部指壓徑 is a public reflexology footpath conceived by Community Pollinator Oliver Barnes and collectively designed, hand-built and installed with community members at the x̱aw̓s shew̓áy̓ New Growth《新生林》garden in Chinatown/DTES.
2019 – 2023
A four-year digital strategy initiative by 221A that drives research and engages civil society with the challenge of developing a digitally cooperative culture through the advancement of blockchain technologies across cultural, educational and non-profit sectors. The values-led Blockchains & Cultural Padlocks digital strategy works towards recommoning land, data and objects.
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This crowd-sourced project, led by The Tkaronto chapter of The Architecture Lobby, locates tangible spaces and objects within the territory known as Canada, represented by figures and events – be they political, social, economic, or otherwise – that have contributed to the dispossession of life, memory, territory, and resources of BIPOC and Queer communities, both past and present.
Summer 2021 - Fall 2022
With a network of cultural, educational and non-profit partners, the working group will gather and develop the knowledge about crypto finance needed to benefit the non-profit, educational and cultural sectors. The group is assembling a cross-sector team of organizations, from the worlds of visual art, design, film, architecture, music, and digital culture. The questions the group will research—e.g., fiduciary duties, risk/reward equations, governance mechanisms—will comprise a basis of knowledge that can be further disseminated across sectors
January - July 2021
Living Description is an education initiative convened by Aislinn Thomas who is working with other contributors to create non-visual ways of experiencing the life and growth of a garden. The project works to build a visual description that offers a range of options as a starting point to conceptualize access not as an accommodation, but a relational process that is an opulent component of the whole
November 2020 - September 2021
Zasha Colah researches contemporary collective forms of cultural production and artistic imagination under prolonged militarized situations; and how acts of imagination become collective. She segues between at least two terrains: the region of Northeast India bordering Bangladesh, Myanmar/Burma and China, and the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America. These artificially segmented terrains coalesce in this research to perceive the intersections of law, artistic imagination, constitutions, and the infrastructure of disobedient, ungoverned terrains.
October 2020 - March 2021
Christina Battle is an Artist whose research and work consider the parameters of disaster – looking to it as action, as more than mere event, and instead as a framework operating within larger systems of power. Her Fellowship with 221A seeks to imagine beyond capitalist cycles of economic breakdown and towards new systems of exchange, drawing from strategies of spread observed in plants and fungi, as well as in online spaces.
November 2020 - December 2021
DOMA is a nonprofit organization that is developing a distributed housing platform intended to bring renters towards ownership structures through the digital token economy, by creating a network of properties across several cities. DOMA leverages the principles of the new token economy to support a model of networked home ownership and it enables a fairer distribution of value for urban living.
2018 – 2021
221A is developing a plan for an independent Vancouver Cultural Land Trust (VCLT). The VCLT is conceptualized as an independent charitable non-profit organization that creates a collective response to escalating real estate prices that have placed severe pressure on security of tenure for artists and arts organizations.
1654 Franklin St.
1654 is a 21,515ft² industrial property with 25 artist studios ranging from 170 to 1,850 square feet. The tenant community includes non-profit cultural organizations and small businesses and an intergenerational mix of artists. The building is used for a variety of material practices including ceramicists, painters, filmmakers, designers and fabricators. Prior to 221A’s occupancy in 2015, the building was used by Bombast Furniture, where it produced furniture for two decades.
187 E 3rd Street
Located in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, 187 E 3rd features 30 non-market housing units for low and modest income artists and their families. The building is owned by the City of Vancouver and operated by 221A Artist Housing Society in collaboration with the Community Land Trust.
271 Union Street
Semi-Public 半公開 is a 3,000ft² public art site located at 271 Union Street in Chinatown, Vancouver. Semi-Public 半公開’s programming is informed by the contested spatial politics of its location, and hosts commissions, installations, and processes by artists
Closed Until Further Notice
Pollyanna 圖書館 Library operated at 221 E. Georgia from Fall 2017 to Spring 2020. It collected print material, audio, videos, objects, and artworks acquired by the Fellows and Research Initiatives of 221A. For the time being, 221A’s library is not operational because of the questionable safety of the building resulting from neglected maintenance issues by the landowner.
222 E Georgia Street
222 is a 8,000ft² property leased from the Yee Fung Toy Society of Canada, a Chinese benevolent association established in 1904. Since 2011, the 222 E Georgia St property has been used by 221A as a space for collective art production and presentation.
236 E Pender Street
236 is a 9,000ft² property located at 236 E Pender St that provides space for the production and presentation of art.
1265 Howe Street
Subsidized Artist Studios
1265 Howe Street is an approximately 10,800ft² purpose-built artist production facility leased by 221A starting in Autumn 2019. The facility is managed based on a cost-recovery model that will set rental rates for artist studios according to the overall cost of operating the facility.