Courtesy Jaz Halloran

Throughout the winter , 221A presents a season of public talks, performances, and workshops in collaboration with the Vancouver Art Gallery and Emily Carr University of Art + Design, on the occasion of Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures. With this program, 221A hopes to offer a space and time oblique to the terrain of the civic museum for the exhibition’s 40 artists to traverse alternative lines of thought and forms of engagement.

For the duration of the season, the organization’s headquarters at 221 E Georgia is a production space and presentation platform for program participants, resident artists and visitors to develop, present and perform. A central support to this activity will be a public reading room and library collection presenting books, texts, and ephemera selected by contributors to the exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, its catalogue and the resulting program. 221A invites you to visit and spend time with this material during its open hours.


Vancouver Special Forum
UBC Robson Square, Theatre C300
February 25, 1 – 5pm

In this afternoon of talks, artists and writers offer perspectives on Surrealism, abstraction, and conceptual practice—three conversations that cut across the works presented in the Vancouver Art Gallery exhibition Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures.

1:00pm – Perspectives on Surrealism
Andrew Berardini & Rachelle Sawatsky, Steffanie Ling, with responses from Julia Feyrer and Rebecca Brewer

2:20pm – Perspectives on Abstraction
Mina Totino, Eli Bornowsky, with responses from Colleen Heslin and Sylvain Sailly

3:45pm – Perspectives on Conceptual Practice
Raymond Boisjoly, Gareth James, with responses from Matt Browning and Krista Bell Stewart

Residencies at 221 East Georgia Street
221A is hosting resident artists for the production of new works that will be presented throughout the program.

Rebecca Brewer and Julia Feyrer – MESH research group
Ron Tran – Rehearsal and production of Finchwell Revisited (2017)
Justine A. Chambers – Rehearsal and production of Semi-precious (2017)
Julian Hou – Production of costumes and audio for Nexus Line (2017)