The Foreshore
A Collaboration between Access Gallery and Other Sights for Artists’ Projects

The Foreshore is a year-long collaborative pursuit and space shared between Access Gallery and Other Sights for Artists’ Projects inspired by the deep influence of the waterways on our cities and societies on the West Coast. From Fall 2016 through July 2017, the storefront next to Access’ gallery space at 222 East Georgia will be activated by a series of open sessions, screenings, work-ins, mini-artist residencies, and open studios. We are motivated by our organizations’ intersecting concerns, and by the increased potential for artists and audiences in joining forces.

The “foreshore” describes the land along the edge of a body of water that is both submerged and revealed by the tide. Very simply, it is the wet part of the beach. The foreshore is a place of unclear jurisdiction, and thus of contestation, friction, and constant movement. Those who dwell in this zone must continually adapt to a changing environment. The foreshore also conjures histories specific to this region: narratives of trade and exchange, habitation and nourishment, resistance and violent erasure. It might similarly evoke our contemporary lived situation in this place. Considering the potential of this zone as both concept and site, The Foreshore initiative asks the following: how do we generate conditions of emergence? How can we take up space differently? How do we support unruly practices and futures?