Access Gallery Artist Residency

21 November 2009 – 23 January 2010

Closing Reception:

Saturday 23 January 2010 at 7PM

Since November 2009, Artist in Residence Kate Sansom has explored and assessed underground spaces in Vancouver that could serve as shelters in the event of a catastrophe. During her time as a resident, Sansom has hosted weekly screenings under the series Subterranean Movie Nights in visualization of what it might be like to live underground, and seminars on the theme of apocalyptic anxiety and cultural speculation.

On 23 January 2010, Access Gallery proudly hosts the closing reception for Den. The artist will present her findings, share her ideas, and further her appeal to enlist visitors’ underground spaces as communal shelters in the event of a great upheaval.

Kate Sansom is a conceptual artist, and occasional curator.  Her work portrays manifestations of anxiety and neuroses, focusing recently on speculative forms of anxiety; the anticipation of an apocalyptic future for human-kind.  Her work has been exhibited locally and across Canada, and has received mention in international online-publications such as Artforum and Canadian Art. In 2009 Kate received her Masters of Applied Arts in Visual Art from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where her research was endowed by the Joseph M. Lombardier Masters Research Scholarship.

Access Gallery gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, the City of Vancouver, our members and volunteers. Access is a member of the Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres.