About Ground Floor
The Ground Floor Art Centre is a newly established art studio, venue, and exhibition space; it was launched by a small group of emerging artists in June of 2018, coming from diverse interdisciplinary art practices. We have come together around a common need for accessible space in Vancouver
Over the last year, we have held art exhibitions, workshops, concerts, festivals, clothing and supply swaps, and craft sales, as well as provided space for auditions, rehearsals, tutoring, fundraisers, and studio work for over 100 emerging art practitioners in Vancouver.
Our vision is to provide:
Affordable studio space where emerging artists can develop an artistic practice in a shared studio environment, allowing for cross-pollination and community strengthening.
Free exhibition/performance space for emerging artists, providing opportunities to artists with lower incomes and artforms that hold less commercial value.
Independent and Artist-run
As Ground Floor Art Centre is only recently established, all funding is raised by renting space to other artists, sales, admission, and donations.
The studio and gallery at Ground Floor is run independently by artists Yasmine Haiboub, Jack Kenna, India Eliot Oates, Asia Jong, and Carlan Savage-Hughes.
Yasmine Haiboub is an interdisciplinary artist focusing on community engagement and sculptural works. She engages with her immediate surroundings through performative gestures all the while working to build sculptures through mass accumulation of familiar objects and storytelling. She is mainly concerned with creating intersectionality through self-awareness.
Jack is a visual artist from Durango, Colorado. He makes paintings, drawings, ceramics, and sculpture, often blurring the boundaries between them.
Emphasizing humour and community building, Jack's practice is rooted in a DIY ethos of opportunity creation for young artists.
India Eliot Oates
India is an interdisciplinary artist from Vancouver, BC. Her practice in the fields of sculpture, installation, and sound arts explores themes of the Capitalocene, identity consumption, and popular culture.
India's recent work dissects pop music as a commodity, practicing culture jamming through the most commercial and widely circulated genre of music.
Asia Jong is a cultural worker, arts administrator, and emerging curator from the Okanagan Valley, the territory of the Syilx/Okanagan nation. Jong's practice and research projects centre on themes of Chinese diasporic identity, contextualizing Asian settlerhood in the complex process of reconciliation, and understanding how public art can be part of the struggle against an erasure of marginalized histories. She contextualizes her practice through the lens of her experience as a community-engaged facilitator and emphasizes projects that centre on community building, immigrant empowerment, and meaningful space making.
From the Treaty 7 land of Calgary, Alberta, Carlan Savage-Hughes has come to BC to expand her studies in visual arts and community engagement. Her focus is centred around strengthening independent arts communities as an act of resisting the capital-driven values of the art world.
Curation has taken a key role in this process of creating opportunities. In her artistic practice, Carlan explores the emotional realm as a place of legitimate embodied knowledge.