Programming Themes

MPCAS ‘PLACE’ Programming:

Through the inaugural years of the Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen, the curatorial vision was centralized on the broader theme of PLACE; largely as place in its literal geographical perimeters on the stolen, unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations, as a part of one of so-called Vancouver’s earliest neighbourhoods. However, this theme has also evolved to encompass a continuing community and network of makers holding deep knowledge of the area’s histories, holding visions of the future, and holding ground as the landscape rapidly shifts in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood.

The MPCAS will continue to honour it’s initial framing of PLACE; as a community screen we are beholden to how we are on the land and how we wish to reflect the communities we envision this screen to be for. In this continuing work, we also invite and encourage submissions which speak towards the ambiguity of place–of displacement, diaspora, digital and contested space, as well as artists whose work has been inextricably shaped by their time in the communities of this PLACE.

For information on how to submit work, please visit our Participate page.


Image credit: Amanda Strong, Ghosts, stop-motion animation (still), 6 minutes, 2018.