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Neighbourhood Sketchbook Project

Exhibition runs: March 9th – 24th, 2018 Opening reception: Friday, March 9, 6:00-9:00 PM Neighbourhood Sketchbook Project features hand-bound and art-filled sketchbooks from members of ten Downtown Eastside organizations. Each sketchbook tells a story of the person who created it—the pages resonating with the joy, wisdom, and resilience of these artists and of their community.

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Documentary Screening of “The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Stories from MPA”

Thursday, February, 22nd, 2018 Vancouver’s MPA (Mental Patients Association) was formed in 1970-71 as a grassroots response to deinstitutionalization and tragic gaps in community mental health. Inverting traditional mental health hierarchies, the group had former patients and allies in charge. MPA provided homes, work, and a sense of belonging and self-determination to ex-patients. 

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HomeGround Festival 2018

February 7th, 8th and 9th This year for the Homeground Gallery Gachet has teamed up with WePress and artist, Jeska Slaterm, to create a project called Starblanket Medicine Mural: Visions for our Community. Festival goers are invited to contribute a diamond piece to a collective Starblanket by drawing or writing their hopes for our neighbourhood. […]

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MAD CITY: Legacies of MPA

Exhibition runs until February 25th, 2018 The MPA (Mental Patients Association) was founded in 1971 as a grassroots response to deinstitutionalization and to a crisis in community mental health. Led by former patients and allies, the group initiated many successful social, housing, and employment projects, and in the process challenged the power of psychiatry. MPA […]

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Accept THIS!

2017 Annual Members Show Opening reception at our new location at 9 West Hastings:
 Friday, November 17th, 2017, 6–9pm Exhibition runs:
 November 17th, 2017–December 22nd, 2017 Accept THIS! – Is our spirited invitation to come and see us in a new light.

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Gallery Gachet Rising: A New Chapter

Gallery Gachet is a member-run society operating in the Downtown Eastside, by and for artists living with a mental illness. For 21 years, over half its annual budget was financed by Vancouver Coastal Health, acknowledging its value to the community and the people who run it, as a part of a continuum of mental health […]

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Goodbye Party

Collective submission #9October 23rd, 4-8pm [at 88 East Cordova Street] As Gallery Gachet prepares to move two blocks west we are taking one last moment at 88 East Cordova Street, to gather and share memories with our neighbours, artists and friends. Goodbye 88 East Cordova, Hello 9 West Hastings!

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On the Catwalk!

A fashion show featuring the designs of Shannon Johnson Friday, Oct 27th 7–9pm | EWMA 800 E Hastings (at Hawk) You may have seen Shannon’s designs around the neighbourhood. Her highly stylized cat and flower designs have been featured in the Oppenheimer Park Art show and on T–shirts for DTES community events.

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Meet the Artist

Thursday | October 12th | 6–8 pm Come join us for a casual afternoon of art and conversation. Exhibiting artists will be on hand to walk you through the exhibition, Reflections. Artists will talk about their work and process as the tour moves through the gallery. (This event is part of Homelessness Action Week 2017).

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Murray’s Remembrance

Sunday, Sept 17th, 6–9pm Please join us in celebrating the legacy of Murry Huehn, long time Gallery Gachet member, artist and friend who past away this last Spring. Murray’s passion was his art. It fed his soul. 

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