Dykes Taking Space!
We are so very excited to announce we are holding an in-person event, a protest through art, we are appropriately calling “Dykes Taking Space” on July 31st at Grandview Park and McSpadden Park!
In the past we have held the Vancouver Dyke March and Festival at Grandview Park and McSpadden Park and it is very important for us to preserve our queer space and Vancouver Dyke March history. So come hang out, check out some pretty rad art battles, see some chalk art, and pick up some Dyke goodies from yours truly!
We would like to acknowledge that this event is held on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
Come join us Saturday, July 31, 2021 at Grandview Park from 8AM – 5PM and at McSpadden Park 8AM – 1PM! Live visual artists will be creating at Grandview Park from 9AM to 3PM.
Let’s take up space and watch amazing artists create queer magic, while we celebrate each other!
Both parks are nearby Commercial-Broadway Skytrain Station. Please be aware that the event is held on one of the hottest weekends of the year. Wear Sunscreen, hats & sunglasses, and stay hydrated! Please also note that this is a non-smoking event.
While you’re in the area and if you’re comfortable with doing so, please feel free to join us in our yearly Vancouver Dyke March starting at 12pm at McSpadden Park.
Featuring the incredibly talented artists:
Elizabeth Cartagena (@violetncanvas on Instagram)
Elizabeth Cartagena is an artist who uses creativity and ingenuity to determine her mediums; she is currently using chalk to create temporary art installations around Vancouver. She began using chalk in Fall 2020 around Vancouver’s West End, Yaletown, and Downtown and has recently been featured for her work on CBC with Stephen Quinn, Vancouver is Awesome, and DailyHive. Through the use of chalk art, Ms. Cartagena seeks to create surprises and maybe a smile in people’s daily lives. Starting her drawings in the midst of the pandemic, Ms. Cartagena sought a way to create connections between people that respected physical distancing and created a shared experience. Ms.Cartagena is primarily self-taught outside of electives in high school and university. Ms. Cartagena’s interest in art began at the very young age of three when she was enrolled in a young artists camp at a local art museum. From that time on, Ms. Cartagena continued to draw, paint, sculpt and explore more mediums when she could. She is influenced by artists whose works allow the art, the environment, and viewers to interact. Originally from Ontario, Ms. Cartagena has been living and working in Vancouver since 2012.
Katrina “Minnow” Kollmann (@swimfreelittleminnow on Instagram)
Katrina “Minnow” Kollmann is an Autistic/ADHD life long creator with who has found inspiration from Space and within the rainforests, oceans, deserts, fields, creeks, and cities of Turtle Island and all its sisters and brothers. They have been a makeup artist, a hair stylist, and have been painting and drawing since they could dip their fingertips in paint.
“Looking into the eyes of innocent animals is easier but more intense than a humans and teaches you more about yourself than them.”
Eddie Grief (@Sneakystripes and @sub.cult.ure on Instagram)
Eddie is a graphic designer, portraitist and illustrator in so-called “Vancouver” on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil Waututh) Nation, and is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Communication Design at Emily Carr University. His work explores the potential for capturing fine detail through digital and traditional mediums such as wood burning, painting, pastel and colored pencil, while balancing time-consuming pieces with lighthearted and expressive freehand cartoons. While very diverse in subject matter, Eddie is overall most interested in capturing the likeness of one’s personality and depth of emotions, making work that bridges connections between communities, and making opportunities to honor the silly and playful. Eddie enjoys trying to create meaning and intention within his content, which can hopefully intrigue reflection and interesting conversation. Recently, many have grown to recognize Eddie’s particular fondness of tigers as they appear as a motif in much of his work. He hopes to both explore creating more work centered around tigers in the future, and to spread awareness towards ending the captive tiger trade industry.
Paige Bowman (@birdfingersss on Instagram)
Paige is a nonbinary bisexual settler who depicts identity, mental health and sexuality through vibrant folklore and occult imagery. often relying on bright colour palettes, their work focuses on energy and movement in bodies and transformation.
Christina Hyrc aka Boots (@ceeboots on Instagram)
Christina Hryc aka Boots, is a multidisciplinary artist based in Vancouver, BC. Her current artistic focus includes painting, street art, murals and tattooing. Her style utilizes fluid line drawings on bold bright colourfield, often layered with floral and geometric pattern that seeks to emmulate layers of graffiti with references to personal nostalgia, queer culture, pop iconagraphy.
COVID-19 Safety Precautions
In an effort to keep everyone safe and healthy, we ask that you follow these guidelines:
- Spread out – we have the whole park during the event
- Stay 2 metres (6 feet) apart from people outside your bubble or household
- Wear a mask any time you cannot physically distance while attending the event
- Follow the guidance of the Provincial Health Officer during the event
- Wash and sanitize your hands regularly, including before and after touching objects
Please also give our artists room to work, staying at least 2 meters away at all times. Their art will be on display for the rest of the day when they finish if you want to take a closer look then.