september, 2018

17sepallday29alldayLocal Threads: relearning, reciprocity, reconnection on salish land and sea

Event Details

State of the Practice is an annual exhibition highlighting the Vancouver Park Board’s longstanding commitment to artists working in the community to engage citizens in creative practices. From September 17 – 29, the Roundhouse Exhibition Hall will transform into a vibrant, buzzing studio with workshops encouraging artists and community members to problem solve, build, tan, sew, and net-make, while multi-artist collaborations related to shared land and sea cultural traditions unfold.

Photos, samples, and artworks on display will highlight the ‘community studio’ events led by EartHand Gleaners Society at two public park sites—Means of Production and Trillium North Park — both creative commons for growing art-crop materials and hosting seasonal-based outdoor workshops and celebrations. For more about related programming see

A Roundhouse residency

Supported by: the Government of British Columbia and the BC Arts Council, City of Vancouver Cultural Services, Vancouver Park Board, Roundhouse Community Centre, Skwachays Lodge

DATE Mon Sep 17 – Sat Sep 29
TIME Mon-Fri 9am-9:45pm, Sat-Sun 9am-4:45pm

Opening Reception
DATE Thu Sep 20
TIME 6-8pm
LOCATION Exhibition Hall

Artists Talk
With June Pardue and Peter Ananin
DATE Thu Sep 20
TIME 8-9pm
LOCATION Performance Centre

Community Studio Events, Drop-in Workshops
Exhibition Hall

Interactive Tannery
Sat Sep 22, Tue Sep 25, Wed Sep 26, Thu Sep 27, 1-4pm
Social entrepreneur Peter Ananin (Scotland) supports local practitioners in creating a temporary Interactive Tannery for fish leather based on small-scale tanneries he has created using discarded items.

Sewing Circles
Fri Sep 21, Mon Sep 24, 2-5pm
Tue Sep 25, Wed Sep 26, Thu Sep 27 1-4pm
Inspired by lessons from June and Charlie Pardue (Alaska), participants will practice the waterproof stitch technique in sewing salmon leather.

Sat Sep 29 Events
Join us for a fantastic and full final exhibition day at the Roundhouse. Make new connections for your creative pursuits or to meet your garden’s care needs, watch a Salish weaving demonstration by Tracy Williams, and join various steps in a multi-activity net making event. Bring your lunch, a waterbottle and come ready to learn and engage with others.
Registration is appreciated for Materials to Makers

Material to Maker Match-Making
Sat Sep 29, 10-11:30am
A “speed dating” session for Vancouver urban makers to meet gardeners with plantings and green waste that could be up-purposed for creative use. Are you a maker that could help in a garden and or up-cycle another’s greenwaste? Do you have a garden that produces materials you think might be useful and can give away? Meet others with similar interests and build our city’s fibre shed for creative production! Register here

Salish Weaving Demonstration
Sat Sep 29, 11am-12:30pm
Tracy Williams will be weaving some of the wool spun during the Land & Sea walks onto a cedar warp. There will be an interactive parallel activity for drop in participation.

Plants to Net Event 
Sat Sep 29, 12:30-4pm
Inspired by ‘sheep to shawl’ events, new skill-holders lead community participants in this challenge to create a one-day-net with nettle stalks and local linen. Pounding and breaking, spinning and thigh-rolling; traditional Coast Salish and European methods and plants used together in a relay of hand work! This event will may spill out of doors, please dress for the weather.


september 17 (Monday) - 29 (Saturday)

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