Events

Events
Walking Home Projects at the Museum of Vancouver (MOV)

Want to take a walk through history?

Join Walking Home Projects at the MOV on Friday, December 17th from 3:30pm-5pm.

Meet in the lobby of the MOV (1100 Chestnut Street in Vanier Park) at 3:20pm.

RSVP required: walkinghomeprojects@gmail.com

Walking Home Projects presents artist talk by Lois Klassen
Get your mind, heart and feet thinking on December 8th, 2010, 7pm @ Interurban Gallery (1 East Hastings Street, Vancouver).

Learn about the collaborative, inter-disciplinary, participatory art Vancouver visual artist Lois Klassen is working on. All are welcome!

Art Production on the Frontier of Gentrification:
Chapel Street (Greater Manchester) and Carrall Street (Vancouver)

Artist Lois Klassen

Walking Home Projects visits Rennie Collection
at the Wing Sang building

Walking Home Projects will meet on December 8th, 2010, 10am at the Wing Sang building (51 East Pender Street, Vancouver).

We will tour the Amy Bessone and Thomas Houseago exhibit with Jennifer Chong (docent) and Anne Cottingham, Coordinator of the Rennie Collection.

RSVP required: walkinghomeprojects@gmail.com

Walking Home Projects talks with Matt Meehan, senior Vice President of Planning Concord Pacific

Photo credit: Whywhyman

Monday, December 6th, 2010 Walking Home Projects meets at Carrall & Pender Street 2:15pm
2:30pm sharp meet Matt Meehan, senior Vice President of Planning Concord Pacific at the Concord Pacific Site & Presentation Centre (88 Pacific Blvd on the False Creek Sea wall).
RSVP required: walkinghomeprojects@gmail.com
Walking Home Projects presents Ghost Walk with Ken Lum
December 5th, 2010 1-3pm

A partnership between Walking Home Projects and 221A Artist Run Centre

It’s a Walking Home Projects Drawing Party!

December 4, 2010

Review written by: Laurie Dawson

It’s amazing what a group of kids can do.

Walking Home Projects partnered with Draw by Night to bring a little history-making into Interurban Gallery – a little history making with a lot of sidewalk chalk and crayons. Draw by Day was the first time Walking Home Projects organized an event for children and their families and the first time Interurban Gallery hosted an event for people so small. Walking Home Projects Program Director Catherine Pulkinghorn wanted to bring kids and parents into a Gallery space which isn’t a usual space for kids and parents to hang out in. But you wouldn’t have known that by watching the kids that came through the door.

Kids drawing on strips of white paper attached to the wall at their level (Photo credit: Lulu Zhang)

The first thing to strike me was how close and comfortable kids are to the floor. And not just height-wise, but how much they interact with the floor, crawling on it, hugging it, pretending to be bunny rabbits, cats and frogs, dragging their bellies over it, rubbing their hands on it, falling on it, using it as leverage to reach for anything from a soother to a crayon to getting someone’s attention. And so, the first place the kids drew was on the floor. Making colourful shapes and scribbles. Soon enough their parents were sitting on the floor drawing as well. Later on, a few of us without kids would join in too.

The kids egged on the adults to draw even more (Photo credit: Lulu Zhang)

The second thing to strike me was how much of an effect the kids had on the adults. The kids brought such a freedom to drawing in the Gallery that day: adults pulled chairs up to the white paper taped to the walls at kids’ level or they knelt on the floor and drew. More people collaborated with each others’ drawings, there was less concern of getting any thing “right” and way more self/group expression. This is what every drawing party could be like, letting go of our ideas of ourselves at the door and stepping into a world of play and expression and colour. I noticed the kids sang and joked and made noises, talked to each other as they drew and soon enough the adults were doing similiar things.

One adult participant set up shop at the end of a long table and drew cartoon portraits of willing volunteers, while other adults knelt and drew, building onto what was already drawn. Myself, I was sitting on the floor a lot. Getting a few interviews while kneeling next to people drawing, just feeling more free.

There was lots of fun to be had at Draw by Day! (Photo credit: Lulu Zhang)

The energy in the room was free, collaborative, creative. One drawing turned into another drawing that turned into another. Only a third of the room was kids but the effect they had on the adults was amazing. Drawings were more colourful, free flowing, experimental. There was an incredibly bright, colourful octopus-monster on the adult table that was so cartoonish and beautiful. And there was just more drawing period. It’s like the kids brought us back to the idea of just playing around and letting your pencil or crayon do the talking for you.

The kids brought lots of great energy to Draw by Day at Interurban Gallery (Photo credit: Lulu Zhang)

Our fabulous volunteers from the Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Minh Pham, Claudia Chan and photographer Lulu Zhang were back. Lulu smiled more than the children, bringing such an infectious joy to her art of taking pictures. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden Volunteer Coordinator, Susan Ma brought her friend Brieghann who not only helped set up all the drawing tools you could imagine, but drew too. In fact, all of the volunteers drew.

Draw by Day at Interurban Gallery (Photo credit: Lulu Zhang)

Walking Home Projects supplied mandarins, bread from Terra Breads, tea, and apple tarts from New Town Bakery but even with all of this delicious food, the hottest commodity of the afternoon was the White Rabbit candy, being eaten by little fistfuls; thanks to Interurban Gallery Volunteer Coordinator Maura Ahmad who supplied them.

Draw by Day had an impact on the families and people that came. Reminding me how important it is to include children. Who reminded the rest of us about the most important thing of all: just how much fun it is to draw.

Choosing which marker to draw with (Photo credit: Lulu Zhang)

Please click on the podcasts below to hear Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden volunteer & high school student Claudia Chan and Draw by Night founder Myron Campbell talk about drawing and the Draw by Day event:

High school student and Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden volunteer, Claudia Chan talks about her drawing [2:29m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download
Draw by Day interview with Myron Campbell on December 4, 2010 at Interurban Gallery [2:38m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

Fashion Walk in Gas Town & the Downtown Eastside

Photo credit: Shaund

Fashion Walk in Gas Town & the Downtown Eastside on Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

1-4pm

Meet at Interurban Gallery (1 East Hastings Street, Vancouver) at 1pm.

RSVP required: walkinghomeprojects@gmail.com

Walking Home Projects is going to Pecha Kucha Night!

All 10 Walking Home Projects spots have been filled for the anticipated November 25th event at The Vogue. It’s the 14th installment of one of the most inspiring and relaxed evenings going in Vancouver: Pecha Kucha. 12 people present 20 images for 20 seconds each- of something they love (a project, an idea, food, people, architecture, urban planning, books, drawings, anything). It’s an opportunity for presenters to share what they’re working and what gets their gut ticking. Plus share community resources, which is a numero uno value for Walking Home Projects.

Pecha Kucha 20×20 started up in Tokoyo in 2003 and has spread to over 230 cities – the November 25th event at The Vogue will be the 14th for Vancouver. In large part thanks to Cause + Affect.

And greatness gets rolling even before the first presenter presses click on the projector, because Vancouver’s own The Raccoons are the opening act. The after party is at the Venue with very special DJ/design studio folk: Makeuse.

Walking Home Projects can’t wait to be a part of the fun!

Walking Home Projects goes to Pecha Kucha Night #14

Review written by: Sam Knopp

Pecha Whatcha? Pecha Kucha? How do you say that? Well, whatever, I’m in! That’s my story of joining Walking Home Projects for a special evening at the Vogue Theatre on Thursday, November 25th. A group of 10 young adults quickly snagged the ten tickets for Vancouver’s monthly Pecha Kucha Night, which Walking Home Projects received free of charge from the event’s hosts, Cause and Effect Design, the tickets in fact sponsored by the Vancouver Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Council. Like many others in the group, this was my first Pecha Kucha, and as we made our way into the sold out house, I was quite surprised to see the age diversity in the crowd. Catherine Pulkinghorn, the director of Walking Home Projects, had given us a brief explanation of what Pecha Kucha is about – a night where creative types get together and jam out ideas – but I was still surprised by the atmosphere; creativity was pulsing through the room, fuelled by trendy hipsters and conversations about upcoming craft fairs and local architecture.

When we settled into our seats on the orchestra level of this 1940’s Art Deco theatre, Catherine explained that Pecha Kucha first began in Tokyo in 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their stuff in public. The Japanese word for “chit-chat,” “Pecha Kucha” has since spread across the world, and now these conversations happen in over 370 cities! There is one catch to Pecha Kucha: if you’re going to present, you need to keep it to twenty slides and twenty seconds per slide, or roughly six and half minutes to show what you’ve got! This format is key to every Pecha Kucha because it keeps the presentations concise and allows more speakers to share their thoughts, projects, and stories.

As I mentioned, the event originated with ex-patriot and Japanese designers living in Tokyo, but as the movement has grown, it’s branched out to other mediums, and speakers now talk about anything and everything – with design in mind. Some of the flavours on our night’s menu (Pecha Kucha Vancouver Volume 14) included living walls, product design, restaurant decor, and even sex therapy! As we waited for the presentations to start, I shuddered at the thought of myself on stage trying to handle the pressure, when suddenly a loud wail broke my train of thought. The Racoons, a local Vancouver band, hit the stage, cluing me in once and for all to the fact that this wasn’t going to be a TED Talk. It seemed strange to me that a group of speakers would be following this young trio; the beats advocated for some dancing, but after a short set, their time was up and it was on to the next thing… and then the next… and then another – we ripped through twelve unique presentations in all, getting a little glimpse into the practice and mindset of each unique presenter. A few were, understandably, a little shaky in front of the 1,000 plus people in attendance, but others moved effortlessly through the 20×20 format. But regardless of nerves, each presentation offered something that left me feeling inspired, moved, or brimming with ideas to apply to my own practice.

I left feeling uplifted by the realization that our city is filled with so many creative minds – and creative supporters! – who are working to explore new potential that will hopefully make both our city and our world a better and more beautiful place. Pecha Kucha? Pecha Loveya!

-Sam Knopp

Participant Reviews

Walking Home Projects at Pecha Kucha #14 in Vancouver

by Bahador Saray Sorour

On November 25th, I had the opportunity to see Vancouver’s Pecha Kucha for first time as an activity of Walking Home Projects. It was a great experience to see Pecha Kucha at the professional level. As a 4th year Industrial Design student at Emily Carr University, my fellow students and I did a Pecha Kucha for the first time in my Core Design class three weeks ago. The difference that I found between my class Pecha Kucha experience and the presentations I saw on Thursday is the higher level of excitement that the presenters transferred to the audience at the Vogue Theatre. Now, by comparing what I did and what I saw last night, I know what a real Pecha Kucha Night is, and see the best way to share your passion to an audience is through evocative images. I’d like to thank Walking Home Projects again for inviting us to Pecha Kucha Night.

-Bahador

Maia Rowan

Pecha Kucha Night Volume 14

Pecha Kucha Night provided a window into my near future. The presenters were unusually young, and each presenter was enthusiastic about their work in a design-related field. There was an overwhelming presence of environmentally conscious designers, which probably reflects the focus on environmentally friendly design at Emily Carr University’s design program as well as the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, among other. Along with the ‘green’ design presented at Pecha Kucha, there was also a focus on urban living, and planning for more dense communities.

Pecha Kucha is a great resource for design students because it shows the kinds of work being accomplished in the local design community. It provides insight into what can be achieved, and inspiration for a designer to find a niche you love. Pecha Kucha reminds me that it is important to develop and exploit your passions throughout your education and career as a designer.

As a design student I am still developing my area of expertise, and witnessing the works and passions of others at Pecha Kucha provides new ideas and suggestions.

-Maia Rowan

Pecha Kucha with Walking Home Projects

by Neudis AbreuLast night I went to my first Pecha Kucha event. I didn’t know what to expect. It is definitely a great event to share ideas, connect with people that have your same interest and to open your mind. You really get a taste of the talent and diversity of ideas that exist in Vancouver. The different topics that were addressed last night included design, architecture, history, sex, local press, and local business. Most of the presentations related to issues that we are all – in one way or another – facing every day. Pecha Kucha was an introduction to an optimistic and positive approach to solve problems and finding different ways to solve these problems. At the end, Pecha Kucha wasn’t what I had expected, but it was a great experience, fun and very informative, inspiring.

-Neudis Abreu

Please join Lester’s Army Magazine‘s Leni T Goggins at Interurban Gallery on Friday November 19th from 2-4pm.

Lester’s Army Magazine “is a youth connecting seniors publishing project run in collaboration with Arts in Action and The Purple Thistle.” This magazine represents what happens when you bring youth and seniors together through creative writing, photography, art, story telling and more.

Walking Home Projects is thrilled to have the founder of such a cool publication come speak to us (all are welcome, please bring your friends!). Leni will also introduce a contributor to the magazine who will share stories from his incredible life. 80% of the content in Lester’s Army Magazine is created by youth and seniors.

Leni T Goggins will also take us on a visit to her Lester’s Army office inside the new Geist headquarters located at the Woodwards Development. Geist is one of Canada’s leading magazines featuring ideas, culture, humour, that famous literary postcard contest, a whole whack of interesting facts, fiction pieces, nonfiction and surprising maps of Canada, such as the Beatles one and “The Canadian Map of Lofty Principles.”

Please join us for an engaging afternoon!

What: Engaging stories from Lester’s Army Magazine and a tour of the office at Geist Magazine

Where: Interurban Gallery; 1 East Hastings @ Carrall Street

When: Friday, November 19th, 2-4pm

Walking Home Projects with Draw by Night at Interurban Gallery!

November 18th, 2010 Review
Written by: Laurie Dawson
So, who is going to show up?

Isn’t that always the worry when hosting a public event, especially on a cold, rainy mid- November night when it gets dark before you’ve left work for the day?

Outside Interurban Gallery (photo credit: Lulu Zhang)
But I’ll tell you who showed up to the joint Walking Home Projects / Draw by Night free, public drawing party: 40 or so diverse people.

The Interurban Gallery was buzzing with drawers from all ilks by the time 7pm rolled around. We had three members of the “Backlanes Harm reduction team” Tom, Alex and Chris who added so much to the night, including drawings; students, volunteers and colleagues from the Vancouver Film School; Minh Pham, Claudia Chan and photographerLulu Zhang – all volunteers from Dr. Sun Yat Sen’s Classical Chinese Garden; authors, artists, photographers; people curious about Walking Home Projects, a few people off the street who wanted a dry place to draw; artists who regularly attend Draw by Night events, and some brave strangers who were new to Draw by Night, Walking Home Projects and the Interurban Gallery but came anyway and we’re so glad they did.

Photo credit: Lulu Zhang

Oh, and I can’t forget Draw by Night founder Myron Campbell‘s two-year-old daughter,

Mya who insisted on drawing “at the big table”, ate more mandarin oranges than I have seen an adult pack away and infused a lot of happy, free energy into the white white room.

Interurban Gallery before the drawing (photo credit: Laurie Dawson)

And was the room ever white before we got started! Interurban Gallery staff Molly and Margaret did a thorough job of painting the walls before Walking Home Projectsbegan our one-month residency (November 16th – December 12th, 2010), which was kicked off with this drawing party, Draw by Night #13 – Walking Home.

Upon first arriving to the event and Gallery it could be a bit daunting to enter the space: all this bright nothingness staring back at you, the doors being locked, needing to knock on a window to get someone’s attention to be let in, the brow-beating rain and a crowd of people on the street trying to huddle for warmth right outside the doors.

If it was a first-time to visit to the Downtown East Side, you could expect to be hit with a lot of conflicting emotions and this is all before putting down your umbrella and picking up a pen or pencil to draw.

Photo credit: Lulu Zhang

As a part of the staff for the evening, it was a bit daunting for me to be a bouncer in the DTES neighbourhood. Now I’m not going to lie, I felt uncomfortable/ashamed telling people they couldn’t use the washroom unless they would come in and be a part of the event. I’ve never been in that position before, with someone so vulnerable and probably misunderstood standing in front of me and me having to take into account the Gallery rules, everyone’s safety, the weather, the event at hand, and the fact that this is a human being standing here with needs just as real as, if not more, than my own. Walking Home Projects founder and Director Catherine Pulkinghorn swiftly made a decision to welcome people inside who were interested in the drawing party, no matter what. And the night really worked out from there. People who came in to warm up at first, quickly became interested in drawing.

Photo credit: Laurie Dawson

The evening evolved in an organic way. Even if it was awkward to come through the door, everyone was welcomed by either Catherine Pulkinghorn or Myron Campbell or myself and then gravitated towards the pens, pencils, markers, pencil crayons on the tables at their own accord.

Photo credit: Lulu Zhang

Myron Campbell drew the welcome sign at the front of the Gallery most of the evening, while Catherine Pulkinghorn introduced people to each other. I was stationed near the centre of the space by the projector (trustingly borrowed from the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden just up the street from where we were, which also serves as the homebase for the Walking Home Carrall Street project).

Photo credit: Lulu Zhang

We showed three National Film Board films about, by or featuring Ryan Larkin and his incredible animations/paintings.

Photo credit: Jordan Hemsley

“Walking” is an animated short produced in 1968 by Ryan Larkin; “Ryan” is a 2004 oscar-winning animated short created by Chris Landreth about Ryan Larkin, a Canadian artist who lived on the streets for over 20 years; and “Spare Change” was started by Ryan Larkin and finished by Laurie Gordon and a team of dedicated animators.

Catherine Pulkinghorn contacted the National Film Board specifically for Ryan Larkinfilms after finding out Myron Campbell‘s poster for the Walking Home Projects/Draw by Night event was inspired by Ryan Larkin’s artwork in his animated short “Walking.” Myron explained that his own animations are like a “hacks” compared to Larkin’s, which “are truly paintings, each animated frame a new painting that works and flows beautifully. That is incredible.” Ryan Larkin is a fitting pick for an event atInterurban Gallery where outside its doors people are huddled not because they can’t smoke inside but because they have no home. Myron pointed out that “artists are from all walks of life. And that is so apparent at this event with the different mix of people in here drawing.”

Myron Campbell is an award winning artist. He teaches at Vancouver Film School while making shorts for the National Film Board and other contracts. Y0u can visit his virtual memory/dreamscape zoo at notsosimpleton.com. He worked for the ground breaking cyber-zine Herizon Zero at The Banff Centre. He also has a peculiar collection of shoes. Just as fascinating as his artworks.

Photo credit: Lulu Zhang

The idea for Draw by Night he humbly told me, is him “stealing” from so many artists he has gotten together with over the years to draw. He wanted something like that in Vancouver, so he started it himself a little over a year ago. Draw by Night is a free, monthly drawing party where everyone is welcome to come and interpret the theme and draw. Myron told me he likes drawing with other people. “Drawing with other people forces you out of your comfort zone, forces you to break your own rules, be challenged. That is good.”

Photo credit: Lulu Zhang

This night marked not only a first with Walking Home Projects, but also a first in Calgary. Fellow artist and friend, Cam Christiensen started Draw by Night in Calgary “out of pure jealousy.” His first event was at Cafe Beano.

But back to Vancouver.

Picture this: Interurban Gallery, with rolls of white paper taped to the white walls, a moveable white wall positioned in the corner so the projector could loop Ryan Larkin animations. Some ambient music playing from Myron Campbell’s iPhone, four tables set up in little pods with white paper taped down on them, some delicious snacks donated byTerra Breads, mandarin oranges from T&T Supermarket, the most delicious apple tarts I have ever tasted from New Town Bakery & Restaurant, Brobdingnag-sized chips from Costco and cheese. And tea.

Add a whack of pencils, pencil crayons, markers. Some hesitant people taking in the space before deciding what to do and others going right for a table, pulling up a chair and drawing what “walking home” meant for them.

Photo credit: Lulu Zhang

Photo credit: Lulu Zhang

One artist went around -pencil-in-hand- building off other peoples’ drawings. I think he may have been disappointed no one added to his sketches (they were incredible drawings, I for one would be a wee bit intimated to add his work with my standard stick figure disco pose walking in platforms…) but going with the ephermeral, creative, curious, feel of the evening, we are leaving the pens, pencils, crayons out for people to come back to Interurban Gallery and add on to the drawings. Or create new ones. Walking Home Projects hopes that at the end of this month-long residency the white walls will be red, yellow, brown, orange, green, purple, blue, gray, you name it, whatever colours or ideas come to mind when you think of “walking home.” Which is at once a very personal and abstract idea. Interurban Gallery is open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 1-5pm.

Photo credit: Lulu Zhang

Photo credit: Lulu Zhang

The drawings from this event ranged from strange and fantastical homes, a parade of interesting characters including a green-haired girl in a flying ship, close ups of feet, legs, hands, skeletons dancing, a man in a trashcan, a young girl freeing her goldfish into the ocean, walking animals, a cycling monkey, a man riding on a turtle’s back, drawings of people drawing, ladybugs, an ocean wave swelling up towards land, a man smoking a pipe by city buildings. It’ll be interesting to see what gets built from these and how Interurban Gallery will look in three weeks.

Our next Drawing Party is again in conjunction with Myron Campbell and his creative, group-gathering forces at Interurban Gallery. It’s called Draw by Day, on Saturday Dec 4th from 1-3pm and it’s for families. Super kid-friendly. There will be a chalk drawing area on the floor for kids, and rolls of white paper at kid height on the walls. It’ll be interesting to feel the energy from the kids drawing, like the freedom in Ryan Larkin‘s art work, moving from the feet, animated from the heart.

-Laurie Dawson

Photo credit: Laurie Dawson

Participant Reviews

The following is an email message Walking Home Projects founder, Catherine Pulkinghorn received after the event:

Hello Catherine,
It was a pleasure meeting you at last night’s event [Draw by Night #13 – Walking Home] and thanks for giving me an overview of [Walking Home Projects]. I believe community-based education projects like these can do a great deal to instill a sense of pride of place for Vancouverites. It is vital for the dynamism and cohesion of our city that residents have a strong understanding of its history and how they fit onto it; otherwise people may lack a sense of rootedness to this place – a trend I’ve noticed more and more as I’ve grown and observed our social and urban landscape.

In Vancouver we spend a great deal of time gazing out at the ocean and mountains and admiring their splendour, however there is a great deal more we could do to appreciate the beauty and history of our built form and human developments. Achieving this kind of education in an interactive and engaging way is a noble and ambitious aim, and I look forward to learning more and contributing in any way I can.

All the best,
Clayton Mollica

Photo credit: Lulu Zhang

Draw by Night – Walking Home Projects Review by Jordan Hemsley

I was looking forward to Draw By Night 13. I had been to a number of them before, and had always looked forward to drawing the theme, and more importantly, seeing what others were working on. Normally, this is a relaxed, fun event, held at the Vancouver Film School. From the time I reached the destination (Carrall Street and Hastings), I knew this one was going to be a little different. The door was locked, and there were a number of people who were homeless milling about outside. It felt weird to be in the location (which was an amazing, converted studio space) and looking outside at people who had no where to go. It was poignant that the night’s theme was “walking home.”

I watched some of Ryan Larkin’s animated movie “Walking” and was inspired by his drawings. Not to mention the drawings of the people gathered around the two tables set up. After eating some delicious apple tarts and tea, I sat down at a table to draw by myself. I drew exaggerated pictures of people walking, like a Monty Python skit. I really enjoyed getting to sit down and do this after a full day at work. Before I left, I looked at all the drawings and was delighted by the house with the legs. This is what gets me going to Draw by Night, seeing other peoples’ ideas and sharing my own.

Jordan Hemsley

Photo credit: Lulu Zhang

Draw by Night founder Myron Campbell:

Draw By Night #13, themed Walking Home was one of our most unique and fulfilling drawing parties to date. Thanks to Catherine Pulkinghorn for being such a gracious host and inviting us to take part in her exhibition at the Interurban Gallery. I have to specifically thank the other volunteers for the evening as well. Laurie Dawson, Minh Pham, Claudia Chan and Lulu Zhang were such a great help setting up and breaking down at the end of the night.

Throughout the night, we drew, we snacked, we chatted and we drew some more. There was also a special presentation of NFB films projected on a loop in the middle of the gallery. We had a lot of new faces that made up a very diverse crowd including little 2 year old monster, my daughter, and some exceptionally talented Downtown Eastside residents.

It really was a flawless evening in my opinion. Please feel free to visit Interurban Gallery and draw if you would like on Wed-Sat 1-5pm

Thanks again to everyone for coming out. It was a great night.

Myron Campbell