Vancouver Independent
Archives Week 2018/19



Recollective: Vancouver Independent Archives Week 2018 took place from November 2 – 13, 2018 as a series of free public events, panels, conversations, and screenings that highlighted artist-run centre archives, artists working with archives, and the intersections between contemporary art practices and social movements in Vancouver.

The Recollective program significantly expands on the work begun through previous archival projects: “Activating the Archive” and “Vancouver Independent Archives Week.” Taking the focus and format of these events as a starting point, Recollective broadens the context, understanding, and awareness of independent archives by exploring what is at stake when artists and arts organizations confront the tasks of arranging, describing, preserving, and providing access to material history. In 2018, Recollective features perspectives and approaches to archival practice through grassroots strategies, collective organizing, hybrid models, DIY spaces, open source solutions, and counter-archives that facilitate ownership of community memory by and for community. This series of events will emphasize the reciprocal influence between contemporary culture and social movements by drawing attention to shared experiences and struggles across diverse communities.

Throughout 2019, Recollective will look beyond Vancouver to host a series of national and international presenters and respondents to examine these issues in a range of global contexts. Presenting organizations will invite a variety of artists, writers, and activists to create critical responses to Recollective events and this research will be added to this site on an ongoing basis to extend access to wider audiences. Stay tuned for updates.

Past Vancouver Independent Archives Week Programs



We acknowledge that this program takes place on the ancestral, traditional, unceded and occupied Indigenous territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, and in particular, the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. This land was never surrendered, relinquished, or handed over by these Nations to Canada or British Columbia through a treaty or other means; it is sovereign and unsurrendered.

Presenting Partners

Recollective 2018 is a joint initiative of 221A, Artspeak, grunt gallery, Rungh Magazine, The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, VIVO Media Arts Centre, Western Front


Emma Metcalfe Hurst
Recollective Project Coordinator
emma (at) grunt (dot) ca, (604) 875-9516

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