WePress Gallery

When WePress first opened, it had a small gallery space where we showed work by various artists.

When we moved to The Beacon, we had plans to begin an initiative that we had been talking about (thanks to Michele Smith for this brilliant idea!) – a small display area called ‘Work in Progress.’ Unfortunately, we just don’t have any wall space to do this so we’ll keep it on the back burner for now . . .

Photo to left by J.B. Siu Creative

Past Shows

Kisyuu 姫洲 / Japanese Calligrapher
SHO 書 – Calligraphy

Sunday, May 22 to Saturday, June 11, 2016
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Open House noon to 6 pm
Artist Reception 4 to 6 pm

Kisyuu 姫洲 / Japanese Calligrapher
SHO 書 – Calligraphy

Saturday, May 21 to Saturday, June 11, 2016
Opening Reception on Sunday, May 22nd from 4 to 6 pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesdays from 2 to 6 pm (except May 24th), Wednesdays from 1 to 5 pm (except June 1st)
and Sat, May 28 from 2 to 6 pm and Thurs, May 25th from 1 to 5 pm
and by appointment • contact us at WePressVancouver [at] gmail.com

means calligraphy and to write. Japanese calligraphy is a form of artistic writing of the Japanese language created using a brush and ink. Originally, calligraphy was used as the base communication tool, but is now becoming part of the expressive arts. Kisyuu uses calligraphy as a tool to express and communicate herself to others through her style that incorporates both the traditional and the unconventional styles of calligraphy. She believes in the power of art, and her goal is to connect dots through her calligraphy to make world peace.

Kisyuu doing calligraphy.
Kisyuu(姫洲) is a Japanese Calligrapher who creates both traditional and modern style multimedia calligraphy. She started learning calligraphy at the age of 7 and received her calligrapher name Kisyuu from her master when she was 18. She runs monthly workshops and performs at some events to introduce the beauty and joy of this Japanese traditional art to people all over the world.

Artwork by Sarah Davidson in the WePress Gallery Space.
Sarah Davidson
Mapping IRL

April 26 – May 14
Gallery hours: Tues 2:30 – 6 pm (except May 3)
Wed and Thurs, 1 – 5 pm, and by appointment
In Sarah Davidson‘s Mapping IRL, silk-screened, drawn, and collaged works on paper are fashioned into a sculptural installation. Using linear shelves as an organizing principal, Mapping IRL simultaneously suggests the presentation of a collection of plates and the structure of a narrative. Making reference to turn of the century comics, art historical drawings, and household crafts, the artist suggests possibilities born of rearranging parallel, underrepresented cultural histories.

Sarah Davidson works primarily on paper and is interested in exploring the fragment as symbol, medium as gendered, and maps as they exist in lived time.

Prints made on the letterpress. Love letters from the Downtown Eastside.
Priscilla Tait, Teina Smith, Honey Mae, Ali Lohan, Lora Corbett, Athene Lohan
Letters from the Downtown Eastside

March 2016
This show featured prints from three workshops in 2010 and all were made on our Reynolds Letterpress.

Lydia Kwa
from tantrums to Silences

February 2016
The inaugural show in the WePress Gallery featured works by Lydia Kwa, from her book linguistic tantrums (self-published first edition, 2013) which actually started this whole larger project in the first place – leading to the Ho Sun Hing Project, and eventually, WePress. Lydia Kwa is a writer, artist and psychologist in Vancouver. She became aware of the Ho Sun Hing Shop in 2013 and bought letter type to create visual poems. The art works displayed in this show resulted from that experimentation. She has a chapbook called “linguistic tantrums” featuring 12 of the original visual poems along with non-rhyming couplets.

From August 2016, rather than running as a Gallery, WePress will be naming our display room Work in Progress, and it will feature work created at WePress, work that artists would like to show and get feedback on, and also function as a space that artists can rent to display their work to curators, peers, and other people from the visual art world as well as the public.