Welcome to WePress, a community artspace in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) of Vancouver, BC, Canada on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓il̓wətaʔł (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. WePress opened on February 8th, 2016.
The mission of WePress is to offer historic and contemporary methods of print- and art-making, as well as a safe and welcoming space in which to make art, particularly to those who are marginalized by class, sexuality, gender, race, culture, disability, mental health, and addictions. We seek to support Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside residents and communities to empower themselves and build community capacity and resilience through art-making. To this end, we are dedicated to providing low-income and marginalized artists and community members with access to art-making equipment (including a letterpress and 3D printer), and to opportunities for learning new skills and income-generation, while honouring their strengths, knowledge, dreams, and lived experiences.
WePress is a small, collectively run non-profit that involves education and training, resources for local individuals and organizations, creation of visual artwork and independent print publications, and provides economic and retail opportunities.
We’d like to thank:
- the Community Arts Council of Vancouver for being a partner in our first year and for selling the Woodward’s letterpress and type collection to WePress for $1!
- the Vancouver Foundation, who funded the start-up of WePress and currently funds our operations
- Tinkerine, who sponsored us through a discount on our 3D printer
- our partners, Gallery Gachet, and the Powell Street Festival Society
- all of our current and past funders, sponsors, and supporters
- and of course, all of you WePress supporters who take our workshops and come to our events!
photo by john endo greenaway