Research Fellows

221A works with artists and designers as Research Fellows to conduct research over a period of 3 to 24 months. Each Research Fellow receives a stipend and open research office at Pollyanna 圖書館 Library where they are supported to lead new research on potential social, cultural or ecological infrastructure. Staff work alongside Fellows to resource and translate research into programs and operational plans towards infrastructure.

Under the fellow’s direction, the resources and instruments wielded by the arts institution—human capacities, financial assets, communications platforms, and (relative) autonomy over space—will be mobilized to realize flexible and permanent projects that 221A refers to Infrastructures. The Fellow will be challenged to use the institution itself as a medium. What distinguishes the fellowship program is its dedication to supporting artists with generous subsistence funding so that their work can be realized with that most scarce of resources: time.

The fellow’s extended tenure will allow them to build relationships with collaborators and audiences concurrently through public programming and through informal hours spent learning from the diverse communities the organization lives and works with. 221A sees this as an ‘institution of a new type’ as both an experiment in advancing artists’ self-determination, as well a vehicle best suited for producing more thoroughly-developed, engaging and sustainable artworks, for expanded publics and audiences. The Fellows’ Infrastructures open spaces for experimental modes of art production and reception.

Fellow Archive

Jenn Jackson:
sum of the parts

March – July 2018

Throughout the spring season of 2018, 221A hosts sum of the parts, a curatorial research project by Jackson which brings together a selection of films, performances and installations by Deanna Bowen, Felix Kalmenson, Divya Mehra, Krista Belle Stewart and Casey Wei, who present compelling excavations of the past, by drawing from familial, historic, and archival sources—visualizing narratives of race and class, and their recognition within official records.

Juli Majer

January 2018 – May 2018

Juli Majer is a visual artist from Vancouver. 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.

William Dereume:
Comix for Community Solidarity

January 2018 – April 2019

William Dereume is a cartoonist from Vancouver. Through his fellowship with 221A, Dereume will develop a social infrastructure program that brings together artists, their institutions, and communities of struggle.

Yu Su

August 2017 – January, 2018

Kaifeng-born Yu Su comes from a classical piano background and works as a sound artist and music composer in Vancouver. Yu Su’s fellowship assembles artists, musicians, and researchers to develop a speculative sound archive at Pollyanna 圖書館 Library.

Josh Gabert-Doyon

August 2017 – January 2018

Josh Gabert-Doyon is a writer, photographer, and documentary radio producer. His fellowship assembles a provisional research collective—W.W.A.S.—to study the historic transformations of Vancouver’s storied Woodward’s building. Since September 2017, the collective (Brit Bachmann, Gabi Dao, Josh Gabert-Doyon, and Byron Peters) has occupied Pollyanna 圖書館 Library to plan and carry out an investigation into Woodward’s as an epicentre of local class struggle.