Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The Gathering Space found a home!!

Thankfully! Now that the cold weather is coming we are happy to announce that we've found a warm home for our project. Starting November 1st The Gathering Space with will open our studio at 2804 Dundas St. West. We'll be sharing space with 'Cool Hand of a Girl', popular coffee shop and local gem. Our studio will be open Wednesday to Friday from 12 to 6 and on weekends, while 'Cool Hand of a Girl' serves brunch, we will be out and about in the Junction neighbourhood gathering as usual.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Some things we've found

One of the research activities we've been doing for the Gathering Space has been finding interesting and unusual things around the neighbourhood, and here are some photos of a few of our found objects:
1) the strange remains of a lampshade, perched on a fencepost
2) an interesting piece of metal, maybe a belt buckle?
3) some very beautiful blue broken tiles at the construction site
4) a leaf among leaves

Junction Skies

here are some snaps of the skies above the Junction

Monday, October 1, 2007

Farm animals project

Another of our research activities is the Farm Animal Project. The Junction used to be home to the biggest stockyards in North America. To acknowledge and remember that, we've been leaving toy farm animals around the neighbourhood with tags saying "send us a story about a pet, the Stockyards, or another animal story" and our email address attached.
We've stared getting responses and it's so exciting!! We'll be posting some of them here on the blog soon. Stay tuned!

Junction textures

Here are some of the textures we found of the neighbourhood

The Gathering Space has opened it's doors...and windows and walls and alleys and garages and streets...

Welcome to The Gathering Space, a community arts project based in the Junction.

Our project is interested in collecting stories of all kinds about the Junction area and reflecting those stories back using art.
The neighbourhood is in a time of huge changing and shifting, and we want to document those changes, and the experience and history of the area that people carry around in their bodies and memories.

We originally wanted to open up a community gallery in a storefront on Dundas, but had trouble finding a place that was willing to rent for a shorter period of time. Instead, we've decided to turn the streets into our gallery! You'll find us walking around, taking pictures, asking questions, listening to stories, and getting to know the neighbourhood.

We're presently in our research phase, wandering around the neighbourhood talking to people and collecting things. During the Junction Arts Festival, you may have seen us at our partner The West Toronto Junction Historical Society's booth with our Journey story Judy. These days, you're likely to see us on our own with our mobile 'research station' bikecart, somewhere along Dundas Ave.

On this blog you'll find photos and stories and fragments and our thoughts and ideas of the Junction we've picked up during our time there.

Finally, we're getting the blog going!