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MAD CITY: Legacies of MPA

Exhibition runs: January 12th-February 25th, 2018

Opening reception: Friday, January 12th, 5-9pm

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 left behind its radical roots to become an important service provider, however the story of its early years endures.

MAD CITY recreates MPA’s legendary Drop-In, circa 1976, a place of creativity, support, and political action. The exhibition welcomes visitors to sit down on a comfortable couch, read a copy of MPA’s tabloid newspaper – In a Nutshell –grab a coffee and play some scrabble. Consider how community was mobilized through participatory democracy, peer support, and a passion for social change. Visitors can explore the multi-media display of MPA’s contributions to mental health in Vancouver and listen to former members reflect on how the early MPA empowered them and changed the mental health landscape. The exhibit will also showcase 30 black and white portraits of early MPA members though photographs curated by the late Geoff McMurchy an MPA Founder. Thinking back but looking forward, this exhibition forges a new vision for community mental health in our MAD CITY today.

This event is taking place on occupied Coast Salish territories of the sḵwx̱ wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓ íl̓ witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam) nations.

THANK YOU TO OUR FUNDERS AND SPONSORSSocial Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), York University, Simon Fraser University, Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies (York University), Slegg Building Materials, JJ Bean Coffee Roasters, Staples Canada, the Hornby Island Recycling Depot, and Godfrey Painting.

 

Opening Night: Friday, January 12th, 2018 5pm to 9pm 


• Opening night with MPA Society’s Choir, the Highs and Lows
• Book launch of Critical Inquiries for Social Justice in Mental Health
• Special guest speakers from the original MPA
• Food and refreshments
• Free for all. Everyone welcome.

©image by K. Portland Frank and William Willis, MAD CITY

Start: January 12, 2018 5:00 pm
End: February 25, 2018 9:00 pm
Venue: Gallery Gachet
Phone: 604-687-2468
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88 East Cordova Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Expressive Arts with Katherine Somody

EVERY MONDAY (except civic holidays) from 1 – 3pm

The Expressive Arts Group began as a program through the West Coast Mental Health Network. There are about 30 participants, who meet on a drop-in basis every Monday afternoon to paint, make collages, use mark-making tools, do print-making and/or sculpture. No previous art experience is necessary to participate in the group. We operate on the belief that engaging in creative activities is physically and emotionally healing. We provide art materials, instruction (if needed and desired) and support in an inclusive, accessible and safe atmosphere. Free.  If you are interested in attending, please call 604-687-2468.

Start: February 19, 2018 1:00 pm
End: February 19, 2018 3:00 pm
Venue: gallery gachet
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9 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6B1G4

Volunteer Orientation Session

Volunteer Orientations/ information sessions take place on the third Tuesday of each month at 3:00 pm.

On these dates, Training Sessions will be held at 4:00pm following the orientation. Training Sessions are intended for all volunteers but especially those who may be interested in becoming a member of the Gallery Gachet Collective. Those who are interested in attending either the Volunteer Orientation and/or the Volunteer Training Sessions are encouraged to contact us at volunteer@gachet.org or at 604.687.2468.

Our Volunteer Membership Program offers access to our facility and programs in exchange for volunteering with us. It also offers a wide range of opportunities for learning at all levels, including communication skills, exhibition coordination, learning about non-profit organization management, professional development skills for artists and arts administration skills. Volunteer Members and Collective Members find that through their experience with Gallery Gachet, they have an opportunity to increase their knowledge on many levels, transferring their new-found skills to other areas of their lives. Examples of some volunteer opportunities include:

– Gallery Hosting (this is central to our volunteer program) – Preparation of the gallery space, exhibitions and assistance with gallery openings
-Administrative support, assistance with publications and communications initiatives

Volunteers:
– attend workshops free of charge
– receive newsletters with information about exhibitions, workshops and other events
– are entitled to access our gallery and computer stations during open hours – are provided with access to supervised open studio times
– have the opportunity to join a committee and participate in the work of the Studio, Communications, Publications, New Media and Programming Committees

Start: February 20, 2018 3:00 pm
End: February 20, 2018 4:00 pm
Venue: gallery gachet
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9 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6B1G4

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

Thursday, February, 22nd, 2018

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

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.

Working collaboratively with academic scholars and talented young artists and film-makers, a group of early MPA members created a 36 minute documentary. Provocative, passionate and engaging, this film has something important to say about social justice, community-building and mental health today.

Run time: 36 minutes
First screening: 6:30pm
Second screening: 7:30pm
Location: Gallery Gachet, 9 West Hastings

Limited space available, please get your free ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/myevents/

This event is taking place on occupied Coast Salish territories of the sḵwx̱ wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓ íl̓ witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm (Musqueam) nations.

A teacher’s guide to this film can be assessed at: historyinpractice.ca 
More information here: http://aftertheasylum.apps01.yorku.ca/en/MPA/TheInmatesAreRunningTheAsylum 

Start: February 22, 2018 6:30 pm
End: February 22, 2018 7:00 pm
Venue: gallery gachet
Address:
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9 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6B1G4

Expressive Arts with Katherine Somody

EVERY MONDAY (except civic holidays) from 1 – 3pm

The Expressive Arts Group began as a program through the West Coast Mental Health Network. There are about 30 participants, who meet on a drop-in basis every Monday afternoon to paint, make collages, use mark-making tools, do print-making and/or sculpture. No previous art experience is necessary to participate in the group. We operate on the belief that engaging in creative activities is physically and emotionally healing. We provide art materials, instruction (if needed and desired) and support in an inclusive, accessible and safe atmosphere. Free.  If you are interested in attending, please call 604-687-2468.

Start: February 26, 2018 1:00 pm
End: February 26, 2018 3:00 pm
Venue: gallery gachet
Address:
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9 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6B1G4

WePress Sketchbook Exhibition

March 9th – March 18th, 2018

Sketchbook Exhibition

Gallery Gachet and WePress will bring together diverse participants from the Downtown Eastside, connect them with professional artists to make sketchbooks filled with artwork, and share that work and their stories during a public exhibition.

Start: March 9, 2018
End: March 18, 2018
Venue: Gallery Gachet
Phone: 604-687-2468
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88 East Cordova Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Pandora’s Box

March 30, 2018 – May 14, 2018

Pandora’s Box

Pandora’s Box is curated by June Conley. Working within module forms, local Vancouver artists will build installations that address hidden social, economic and/or political issues.

Start: March 30, 2018 6:00 pm
End: May 14, 2018 6:00 pm
Venue: Gallery Gachet
Phone: 604-687-2468
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88 East Cordova Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Small Arts Grant group show

May 18th –  June 17th, 2018

Small Arts Grant group show
In partnership with the Vancouver Foundation we present the 2018 Small Arts Grants group show. Grantees who reside in the community will showcase their projects in a wide range of mediums.

Start: May 18, 2018
End: June 17, 2018
Venue: gallery gachet
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9 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6B1G4
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