Working Space

Working Space
Space underneath the stair before we started.

The Working Space is located beneath the stairs in the main lobby area of the Dunbar Community Centre. As part of the Working Holiday project, it will act as a meeting and gathering space for community members to use. At other times it may host small hands-on workshops or act as an exhibition space to display work by the artists and community. We envision the space will grow and evolve over the course of our project to reflect a continuing dialogue with the community.

Orange and yellow stripes as the first layer of the "Exquisite Corpse" exercise.
Orange and yellow stripes as the first layer of the “Exquisite Corpse” exercise.

We are at the beginning stages of establishing the framework for the space and are using an “Exquisite Corpse” methodology to create the initial installation. We will each take turns creating and installing a 3-dimensional layer for the Working Space. The first layer has just been completed with the painting of the underside of the stair. The stripes serve to make the space seem wider and taller than it actually is and plays with the geometry of the stair. After experimenting with many different colour combinations, orange on yellow stripes struck the right balance between creating a welcoming space and providing an intense focal point in the lobby.

Special thanks to Benjamin Moore Dunbar Paint Centre at Dunbar St. and 16th Avenue for their kind support of this community-based art project.

– E.Yon (August 8, 2015)

equisite corpse-2

The second layer of the “Exquisite Corpse” exercise.

The Working Space has evolved to include a carpet, table covering and constructed stools (according to the DCC front desk staff, small children have discovered that the stools can also be used as drums!) We are excited to see how this space continues to evolve as a collaborative project between Elisa, Jaspal and I, as well as community members as they find their own ways to interact with the space.

-Leah Weinstein (September 6th, 2015)

The third layer was contributed by Jaspal Marwah. Please see the project post for Dunbar’s Little Free Library.

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