Grow Launch

Grow: May 1 – November 30 2011

Lead Artist: Holly Schmidt

Oth­er Sights for Artist’s Projects is pleased to present Grow, a pub­lic art project that acts as a pub­lic forum, teach­ing tool and cre­ative lab­o­ra­to­ry for eco­log­i­cal and social sus­tain­abil­i­ty prac­tices in South East False Creek (SEFC), Van­cou­ver, Canada.

Locat­ed in Vancouver’s “green­est devel­op­ment”, the Olympic Vil­lage, Grow explores sus­tain­abil­i­ty issues through a series of walks, work­shops and cre­ative exper­i­ments in urban agri­cul­ture. Walks led by artist, Hol­ly Schmidt and invit­ed guests from archi­tec­ture; design and the human­i­ties focus on the chal­lenges faced by rapid­ly grow­ing and chang­ing cities. Work­shops invite peo­ple to imag­ine new pos­si­bil­i­ties for agri­cul­ture in the city through inven­tive pro­to­type build­ing to sup­port the pro­duc­tion of food in the urban environment.

Activ­i­ties will cul­mi­nate in the Bulk­head Urban Agri­cul­ture Lab. Sit­ting on the periph­ery of pub­lic parks, unde­vel­oped and bristling with rem­nants of the indus­tri­al past, the Lab exper­i­ments with trans­form­ing a vacant lot into a space for grow­ing. Tak­ing up the pro­vi­sion­al state of this site, recy­cled mate­ri­als will be used to con­struct a series of sculp­tur­al plat­forms for grow­ing food.

Grow work­shops are offered Sat­ur­day, May 21, 28, and June 4, 2011 from 12:00- 4:00pm at Creek­side Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­tre. Work­shops are free. To reg­is­ter call 604.257.3050.


Grow is led by Hol­ly Schmidt a Van­cou­ver-based artist who has a par­tic­i­pa­to­ry art prac­tice and an exten­sive back­ground in pub­lic pro­gram­ming. Her work involves a range of research activ­i­ties that over­lap with the nat­ur­al sci­ences, sus­tain­able food sys­tems and agriculture.


Duane Elverum, sus­tain­abil­i­ty edu­ca­tor, Rajdeep Singh Gill, inter­dis­ci­pli­nary schol­ar and cura­tor, Fabi­o­la Nabil Naguib, artist, writer and activist.
Oth­er Sights and the Grow project are pleased to be part­ner­ing with the Van­cou­ver Design Nerds and the Envi­ron­men­tal Youth Alliance.

Pre­sent­ed by Oth­er Sights for Artist’s Projects, Grow is part of an on-going series of artist’s works that address issues of sus­tain­abil­i­ty in the devel­op­ment of South East.




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