About the Gallery
This bright, spacious and fully accessible studio and gallery space is located in the heart of East Vancouver’s creative hub. Located just off Commercial Drive on Venables Street, it is steps away from the newly opened East Van Brewery, Uprising Breads Bakery, and just a block away from Britannia Community Center.
During the weekdays, the studio is used as a creative work space for a collective of local artists, the gallery is open for rent if shared space is a consideration. The entire space is available for rentals from 4:00pm-11:00pm, and from 7:00am-11:00pm Saturdays and Sundays.
Built in 2016, this space is fresh and new, offering a number of amenities to suit your needs, including:
- Adjustable lighting
- Kitchen with a microwave, sink, dishwasher, and fridge
- Fully accessible entrance ways and washrooms
- Garage door that opens up into a loading area in the back alley, offering fresh air
- Wall mounted 75" smart TV
- Built-in SONOS sound system (you will need to download an app)
- Skylights for natural light
- High overhead ceiling
- Exposed wooden beams in gallery
- Floor to ceiling street front windows in the gallery, offering lots of natural light
- Flip top tables on wheels that can be easily moved to create a format you desire.
- 10 tables with 45 chairs
Renting the Gallery:
Alternatives is available for rent on Peerspace.com under the user name: Spacious East Van Studio and Gallery. We offer daily rates and weekly flat rates. *Ask about our discount for members of the Eastside Arts Society.
- Entire space is available Monday-Friday 4pm-11pm | Saturday-Sunday 8am-11pm.
- Gallery is available Monday-Friday while the collective is in the studio (8am-4pm). Please talk to us if you’re interested in using the Gallery while we’re in the studio.
- Studio/Gallery viewings are available Monday-Friday from 12pm-3pm or may be accommodated after hours as per availability.
Drag: A Queer Genre
Adam Chace (she/her), Cole Schmidt (Hey/They), Ariana Pasin (She/Her)
Queer expression through the medium of drag has exploded over the past decade. A pop culture phenomenon which has deep roots within queer nightlife provides a space to both protest and celebrate. Commercialized representation of drag lacks the diversity that is found in local scenes. A show created by queer people, about queer people, offering you a look into the local drag of vancouver.
Our show, solely photographic in nature, with certain artists involving post production to create or edit their works. This show connect locals with local performers via photography from past shows. Some will recognize faces, and recognize where these shows were held, and some will be introduced to new faces of a generation of drag. Each artist displays their images with varying degrees in sizing.
Drag: A Queer Genre is presented by 3 queer photographers showcasing the myriad of vancouver drag scenes in their own ways.
Ariana Pasin is a vancouver photographer with a passion for capturing the drag community, dance, and her peers. Her passion for her community and photography has given her a unique perspective into the local queer nightlight she surrounds herself with. Aside from photography, Ariana is a part of the dance group Honey and performs in the local Drag scene under the name ‘Alter’. Graduating with her LL.B. from Bond University in Australia, she now works in corporate finance. She is currently on the Board of the Rhinestone Phoenix Charity Foundation, a social profit society that has been proudly representing and supporting the LGBTQ2+ community since 1980.
Adam Chace (She/Her) is a visual artist residing in the lower mainland. She is currently attending Kwantlen Polytechnic University for a Bachelors in Fine Art. Adam has spent time around the drag community and found inspiration from certain individuals. Her work incorporates digital manipulation created by merging multiple photos to form new ways to interpret Identity. Aside from that, she is a freelance virtual assistant/graphic designer. She is the senior visual art editor for PULPmag, Kwantlens premiere student run art journal. Her work has featured in digital shows, art festivals, and galleries around vancouver.
Cole Schmidt (he/they) is a bisexual, self-taught, photographer whose work focuses on Queer performance art and lifestyle in so-called ‘Vancouver’. His practice includes both digital and film, often completing his own development and scanning at home. With over a decade of experience in the food industry, today they work in a busy photo and print lab in the downtown east side. Since 2018 his work has become ubiquitous to East End Drag. He has been featured in two local exhibitions and has worked closely with shows like Commercial Drag, Late Night Snack, and Man Up.
October, 2021 Vancouver, BC