Howe Street Studios Open

December 6, 2019

221A and the City of Vancouver officially opened Howe Street Studios today with a welcome by Debra Sparrow, Musqueam Weaver, Artist, and Knowledge Keeper; a press briefing with Mayor Kennedy Stewart; and, the launch of an artwork by Germaine Koh, Set Pieces, 2019, commissioned through the City’s Private Sector Public Art requirement.

The vision of the facility is to support the re-emergence of material culture in Vancouver’s downtown core, focusing on artists and designers who have traditionally been disadvantaged through lack of access to public resources. The facility provides 10,800 square feet of studio space (roughly the size of a baseball diamond), which 221A operates through a cost-recovery model.

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Publication – The Ballad: Caroline Mesquita

November 18, 2019

221A announces the publishing of Caroline Mesquita’s catalogue The Ballad, in partnership with the Fondation Ricard, Paris and CURA., Rome. Nearly two-years since the renovation of 221A’s former gallery at 221 East Georgia into Pollyanna 圖書館 Library, this catalogue (104 Pages, English/French) documents the space’s final exhibition, The Ballad, and its two chapters between Paris and Vancouver. The Ballad was curated and edited by Martha Kirszenbaum, and includes an interview with Mesquita by Kirszenbaum, and a text by Elise Lammer.

The Ballad can be ordered from CURA.

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Job Posting – Education & Learning Programmer

September 19, 2019

Full-Time, 30 hours per week
Primary Job Location: 221 E. Georgia St., Vancouver, Unceded Territories, British Columbia
Salary: $38,000 – $45,000 (commensurate with experience) with benefits

Full Job Posting: PDF

221A is seeking applications from eligible candidates for the role of Education & Learning Programmer. 221A is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to work with Artists and Designers to research and develop cultural, social and ecological infrastructure. 221A operates under a Research and Infrastructure model. Unlike a typical exhibition model for a Visual Art and Design organization, 221A’s operating model supports cultural workers over extended periods to lead the organization’s artistic pursuits, engaging deeply with contexts, collaborators, ideas, and audiences. Located in Vancouver’s Chinatown, 221A’s programming venues include Pollyanna 圖書館 Library (221 E. Georgia St.) and Semi-Public 半公開 (271 Union St.). 

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Call for Artists: Subsidized Artist Studios at 1265 Howe Street

September 1, 2019

Deadline: September 15, 2019
Walkthrough: September 12, 6pm (Please RSVP at
Notification of Results: October 2019
Sublease Start Date: November 1, 2019
Application Form: 1265 Howe Street Artist Studio Application Form
Floor Plan: 1265 Howe Street Floor Plan
See Also: Frequently Asked Questions

221A is seeking applicants from eligible Artists or Artist Collectives for the rental of up to sixteen (16) individual production studios located at 1265 Howe Street in Vancouver, Canada. 221A’s vision for the 1265 Howe Street Artist Studios is to support the re-emergence of material culture in Vancouver’s downtown core with a focus on artists and designers who have traditionally been disadvantaged from access to public resources. A five-person peer assessment committee of recognized artists and curators will assess applicants on the basis of economic need, material suitability, as well as quality and contribution of the artistic work in the field. 

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