Corner Store : Session 1 | Food: Commodity, Collaboration, Community

Sat 29 Sep 2018 1–3:30PM


Holly Schmidt, and collaborative duo Hannah Jickling & Helen Reed, moderated by Lexie Owen

The Corner Store discussion and events series is a critical component of this project through which community members at-large can come together to discuss pertinent questions of social practice and community engagement in contemporary art, as well as urgent and specific local issues of food commodity and production, gentrification, and the erosion of community under conditions of financial precarity. The three discussion sessions in the series are led by artists, curators, and cultural workers knowledgeable to the respective topics being addressed, and are punctuated by special events such as Andrea Creamer’s Anti-Fascist Karaoke, and Lexie Owen’s walking tour of the Burrardview/Hastings Sunrise neighbourhood. More about the Corner Store project.

The first session centres around food objects as sustenance, culture, and commodity within and beyond local corner stores. How might we leverage capitalist frameworks towards something more humane; towards building community?

In collaboration with BC Culture Days.

IMAGE: Courtesy of Holly Schmidt



Helen Reed and Hannah Jickling have been collaborating since 2006. Their projects take shape as public installations, social situations, and events that circulate as photographs, videos, printed matter, and artists’ multiples. They are currently fascinated with the contact high intrinsic to collaborative research, especially in their recent projects with children. Reed and Jickling have exhibited and performed internationally, with both individual and collaborative work, at The Portland Art Museum (OR), The Dunlop Art Gallery (SK), Smack Mellon (NY), The Vancouver Art Gallery (BC), and The Power Plant (ON). In Fall 2017 they released Multiple Elementary, a book that explores the elementary school classroom as a site of invention and reception of contemporary art practices, published by YYZBOOKS. Their platform for research and production, Big Rock Candy Mountain, is ongoing in Vancouver and supported by Other Sights for Artists' Projects. Reed and Jickling are recipients of the 2016 Ian Wallace Award for Teaching Excellence (Emily Carr University of Art & Design), the 2017 Mayor’s Arts Award for Emerging Public Art (City of Vancouver) and the 2018 VIVA Award (Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation for the Visual Arts).

Holly Schmidt is a Vancouver artist with a research-based practice that engages processes of collaboration and informal pedagogy. Moving across disciplinary boundaries, she explores the relationships between practices of making, knowledge creation and the formation of temporary communities. Her exhibition, public art and residency projects include Pollen Index (2016) Charles H. Scott Gallery, Till (2014/15) with the Santa Fe Art Institute, Mess Hall (2013) Banff Centre Residency, Moveable Feast (2012) Burnaby Art Gallery, Grow (2011) Other Sights for Artists’ Projects. Upcoming projects are Lost Lessons (2019) Boca del Lupo, Alphabet Bread with Locals Only (2018) AKA Gallery, and Accretion (2018) 10 Different Things with ECUAD Living Labs, City Studio and Vancouver Public Art.