Mad Pride: Mad City

Mad Pride: Mad City

Exhibition runs: July 8th ­- July 24th 2016
Opening Fri, July 8th 6-­9pm

We are united by the belief at Gallery Gachet that art is a means of survival, sometimes it’s the only way. But to find out, we first must survive.

We’ve come together, and built a great show and of course, there’s a lot more to it – and to Gachet– than hanging artwork on walls. The point is to exist, defiantly, and be a space where folks with mental illnesses and all kinds of outsidernesses and othernesses can find and create a base and a community. It’s about the possibilities and the union of art, politics and community to make change. It’s about holding this space in this neighbourhood. And the point of this art is the idea that this – this fucked up world – doesn’t have to be this way, that there is nothing inevitable or natural about history, that choices have been made by people in power, past and present, that have oppressed us collectively and individually and look a lot like suicidal tendencies globally.

So call us crazy. All of us, all the time.

And that’s the point of Gachet, the point to real art: that there are still ways to live, to connect with others, to deal with this situation, to control and order our own lives. Freedom is what it is, and it’s complicated and hard, but it’s totally worth it.

So this is our Mad Pride. Mad Pride is an international movement created by psychiatric survivors, consumers, folks labeled “mentally ill” — all of us that proudly reclaim the words mad & crazy, and those in solidarity with us. We are mad. We are crazy. And we are damn proud to be. We believe madness is a completely sane and well ­adjusted response to living in such a mad world, in such a mad city, in these terribly mad times.

To see pictures from this exhibition, please visit our Flickr account


Gallery Gachet’s Salon Shop presents:

The Expressive Arts Group

Exhibition runs : July 8th – July 24th 2016
Opening Fri, July 8th 6-9pm

The Salon Shop is Gachet’s micro­ exhibition space and shop that features the artworks, crafts, and other arts objects of local community members, as well as Gachet volunteer, associate and collective members.

Expressive Arts is a weekly community art-­making workshop held at Gallery Gachet every Monday from 1­-3pm. Every week, we engage in the process of art­-making as a means of self-expression, soul­ exploration, community ­healing, time­ wasting, socializing, peer­ education and plain old fun. This exhibition is the result of an ongoing process by the group’s fantastic members, and serves as a spotlight on an invaluable community resource.

Contributing artists: Jim Pattison, Graham Cunningham, Laurie Marshall, Mike Levin, Yaho-Hanan Fiwchuk, Jaz Pawa, Robyn Livingstone

Exhibition coordinated by Katherine Somody, Expressive Arts Facilitator


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