The word “plot” describes a small parcel of land, designated for a specific purpose. It refers to a sequence of events that drives a story. To “plot” can mean to chart one’s position, as on a map, or to devise a secret plan or scheme.


PLOT launched in the fall of 2017 following an extensive gallery renovation made possible by the generosity of the Province of BC’s Collaborative Spaces program. Following Access Gallery’s mission to create conditions for emergence, PLOT exists as a platform for occupants who will benefit from cultivating new publics, and who are in need of physical space to manifest emerging initiatives. As we enter our second year of programming the space, we are once again seeking submissions from collectives, artist initiatives, nascent, small-scale, or itinerant organizations/projects.

The ~200ft² space is gifted in kind to occupants for a duration of one to six months, and is intended to serve as a public interface, a site for exchange, experimentation or otherwise. PLOT is accessible to the public during Access’ regular opening hours, and for special programmed events. We welcome submissions from applicants of differing natures, and are particularly interested in those demonstrating a set of values shared with our own, or who are developing projects that might converse with Access’ upcoming artistic program. We encourage applicants to consider conducting events, workshops, research, talks, reading groups, work-ins, and so on.

The aim of PLOT is to establish a collegial relationship with occupants, to support one another through a cross-pollination of communities, a sharing of skills and resources, and an investment in the cultivation of conversations that might otherwise remain isolated. We are motivated by the increased potential and unexpected synergies for both artists and audiences who work alongside one another. This strategy is increasingly important given the many forces attempting to divide and disintegrate community within our current socio-political and economic milieu, and considering also that we remain uninvited guests on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

The PLOT initiative was made possible by the Province of BC’s Collaborative Spaces Program, and is generously supported by Measured Architecture.

Access acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of BC through the BC Arts Council and the BC Gaming Commision, the City of Vancouver, and our donors, members, and volunteers.


Submission Guidelines

Please format your application/statement of intent as a single PDF, and email it directly to Please use subject line “PLOT 2018-19.” Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will be reviewed throughout the year. If the structure of these guidelines present themselves as a barrier and you would prefer submitting in another format, please be in contact with Projects Coordinator, Catherine de Montreuil, at or 604-689-2907.

Please include the following in your submission:

* A brief (250 word) introduction to / background on your organization, collective, or initiative, including descriptions, if applicable, of past programs

* A brief (250 word) proposal for your occupation of PLOT, including a statement of intent, along with a prospective timeline and a budget that indicates projected and/or confirmed funding sources

* Up to 10 images of relevant past work

* One-page CVs of all participants/collaborators

* Max 100 word biographies of all primary participants and, if applicable, of invited artists/practitioners

PLEASE NOTE: The space is gifted in-kind to selected occupants, however any outstanding budgetary expenses are the responsibility of the occupant. PLOT occupants receiving public funding and wishing to work with artists or other creative practitioners must be prepared to pay fees in accordance with CARFAC fee scheduling.

PLOT occupants will also have a large format plotter printer at their disposal, generously donated by Measured Architecture. We encourage applicants to utilize this resource in their programs, artistic output and interface with the public.

Please direct all questions to