Welcome to WePress!

Welcome to WePress, a community artspace in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) of Vancouver, BC, Canada on the occupied and 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 systems of class, sexuality, gender, race, culture, disability, mental health, addictions, and colonization. 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.

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photo by john endo greenaway

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