East Side Cultural Crawl

This was the first year I did the crawl. I went with my friend N. She and I started our Saturday afternoon with coffee at Revolver before we braved the rain. We made our way through Gastown to the studios on Railway Street, where we learned there was a printable map. The beginning of our crawl was very haphazard-like, once we acquired a map we were better prepared to make our way down to the Parker St area studios. By the time we reached the 'hub' on Parker Street we were absolutely knackered!

Visiting all of these spaces and talking to the artists I could see myself in a live/work space. I am definitely looking forward to working towards this goal. A huge thanks to all the artist for opening up their spaces, it was nice learning about your artist practices.

Lessons learned:

  • BE PREPARED... armed with a MAP of the crawl!
  • STRETCH your crawl over 2-3 days
  • START in the 'hub' on Parker St as there are two buildings to tour: 1000 Parker St & The Mergatroid Building
  • DINNER is a must... That pho was well deserved!

Let's CRAWL! The ESCC is a free 3-day event, Nov 16-18, where EastVan artists open their studios and spaces to the public. The event involves painters, jewelers, sculptors, furniture makers, musicians, photographers, writers, printmakers, etc. There is a wide range of emerging artists to those who are more internationally established. This event allows the artists to engage with the public on a larger scale, encourage visibility as well as promoting their work.