ABOUT THIS

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A little bit about THIS - THIS is a brick-and-mortar gallery located in Vancouver, BC. The gallery is located in Vancouver's Chinatown at 268 Keefer Street inside the Sun Wah Centre. THIS Gallery is dedicated to the creation and exhibition of both commercial and non-commercial art. 

MANDATE/MISSION

The primary aim of THIS Gallery is to provide exhibition opportunities for artists.

We strive to curate and showcase exceptional contemporary art that inspires and enriches the community. We are passionately dedicated to supporting emerging and established artists, with a special emphasis on artists who are under-recognized and traditionally under-supported. By providing a dynamic space for creative expression we strive to amplify diverse voices and perspectives within the art world.

Through thoughtful curation and engaging exhibitions, we shed light on hidden talents, fostering a community that values and uplifts artists. Our commitment is to contribute to the cultural landscape, creating a platform for all artists to thrive and for art enthusiasts to discover unique and meaningful works.

We are NOT a 'pay-to-play' art gallery and fundamentally reject that model. The gallery is funded by a commission on art sales and by the gallery owner, Shannon Pawliw. As art sales are not guaranteed, we occasionally undertake fundraising initiatives.

THIS Gallery prides itself on its innovative and unconventional relationships with artists. Rather than imposing the restrictive long-term contracts that many commercial galleries use, THIS offers short-term contracts negotiated to the needs of each artist, individually. THIS typically offers a 50:50 commission for the duration of the artist’s exhibition (usually two weeks) and then the option for a 3-month online extension at a 30:70 commission. THIS Gallery continues to support its family of artists indefinitely through online promotion and event opportunities. This more informal arrangement allows greater freedom for the artist to seek other exhibition opportunities.

Artistic Director

Shannon Pawliw (she/her) is the Artistic Director and founder of THIS Gallery and a visual artist working in conceptual painting and sculptural installation.

Pawliw works in exploratory series that are undertaken with the explicit intent of creating fantasy-based objects built around ideas, practices, and concepts that fascinate her. These concepts are as diverse as time, memory, family, loss, and the microbial world. At its root, all of the work shares a tendency to observe, romanticize, and fantasize about different aspects of our shared humanity, both it's failings and it's triumphs.

Shannon Pawliw

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Gallery Hours

The gallery is open Fridays and Saturdays noon to 5 pm. All other days are by appointment.

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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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