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April, 2023

Autotelēs – Jeremy Isao Speier

Jeremy Isao Speier and his father, artist Matthew Speier, often spoke about the idea of autotelism and its role in their work. Speier’s father, ‘Matty,’ was an early video art pioneer, and cinéma vérité auteur in the Vancouver art scene of the 70s and 80s. He was also a collector of found objects, a practice that he framed as the “found object foundation”.

After his passing last year, and as a tribute to him, Speier has constructed an homage to his father in his solo exhibition, Autotelēs. He has created a series of kinetic photo collages using old photos and objects from the found object foundation, along with 70s black and white photographs, letters, and other ephemera.

Jeremy Isao Speier

THIS needs your help!

THIS Gallery is hoping to raise $20,000 $14,000 to stay in business

We want artists to be able to show what they want, not just what’s ‘commercially viable’.

The Canada Council doesn’t support organizations until they have been in business for two years. THIS reaches its two-year anniversary in September of 2023. In the meantime, the gallery needs a little financial boost to pay off some high-interest debt and to stay in business for the next few months.

​There are three ways you can help:

  1. Share this campaign – repost the campaign on Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook and tell everyone you know who might be interested in funding the arts in Vancouver.
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  3. Purchase work from the Under $250 Art Sale. You can find the work online here.
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Upcoming workshops

Sew a Bucket Hat From an Old Pair of Jeans

Thursday April 6, 5:30 – 8:30

This workshop will take you through the steps of up-cycling a used pair of jeans into a reversible bucket hat. The workshop aims to inspire the importance of not only conscious consumption but also textile waste awareness. You do not need to know how to sew as you will learn or can have it sewn by me. Although some sewing experience is preferred.

Materials and Techniques used
Supplied: Sewing machine, scissors, pins, scraps denim materials, measuring tape, needles and thread.
Bring along: old or secondhand pair of jeans (limited materials supplied) and sewing scissors (if you have them). Even stretch jeans work.

Facilitator’s Biography
Nimvar upcycles forgotten and unwanted textiles into new wearable art pieces. All garments are one of a kind, made slowly and sustainably. Nimvar is passionate about inspiring others to consume more consciously by encouraging customers to reuse and recycle before buying new.

Tickets are $70. Find out more and sign up on Eventbrite.

Hardedge Painting: tips and tricks using water-based media

Sunday, April 16th, 1 – 3 pm

Facilitator Shannon Pawliw, has used hard-edge technique in various ways throughout her work. You will learn how best to keep a clean edge on a variety of surfaces, what masking tapes are best in a variety of use cases, and best practices overall.

The workshop fee includes:

  • hard-edge painting demo using a variety of water-based media
  • a variety of surfaces and materials to experiment with
  • hands-on experimentation
  • at least one painting surface to experiment on and take home
  • all other materials and supplies

Tickets are $60. Find out more and sign up on Eventbrite.

Glitch Pin Workshop – Learn the Basics of Cross-Stitch

Sat, 22 July 2023, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

In this introductory cross-stitch workshop, artist Mallory Donen will demonstrate her step-by-step process of converting glitch images into cross-stitch patterns to make a glitch pin. You will learn the fundamental skills of cross-stitch and pattern creation using By the end of the workshop, you will go home with your very own cross-stitched glitch pin!

Tickets are $50. Find out more and purchase on Eventbrite.

THIS Gallery is accepting workshop proposals for 2023

THIS Gallery is currently accepting proposals for in-person workshops to be held at its Vancouver, Chinatown location.

Workshops are 2-4 hours long, held on Saturday afternoons between 10 am and 5 pm.
Submissions for workshops are ongoing. However, facilitators are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as dates are expected to fill up quickly.

How to apply: For more details and to submit your proposal, fill out our online form here.

Who can apply: Professional and leisure artists, art collectives, and artisans who are able to facilitate a workshop at our Vancouver, Chinatown location. If you have an idea for a fun, engaging and informative workshop, you are encouraged to apply.

Questions? Contact Shannon at

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THIS Gallery is located at:

485 Main Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 2T7 Canada

Open from noon - 5 Thursday to Saturday.
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THIS Gallery acknowledges that it is situated on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

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