Gallery Gachet is a studio and gallery space in Vancouver for artists with mental health issues or who have experienced marginalisation.
- Gallery Gachet is located in a turbulent neighbourhood in Vancouver known as the Downtown Eastside (DTES). The DTES houses a concentrated amount of homeless and low-income residents. The area is renowned for its outstanding level of activism and care. Within the DTES a large network of support services caters for a wide spectrum of people facing addiction, mental health issues and poverty, both from the local community and across the country.
- The organisation operates as a Collective, which allows members to be actively involved in the running of the organisation. This non-hierarchical model aims to foster an open space where everyone is invited to contribute towards the development of the programme.
- The Collective’s main focus is programming for their onsite gallery, which is located in the heart of the DTES. The gallery is considered one of Vancouver’s leading contemporary art spaces.
- Gallery Gachet’s programme is seen as experimental and prides itself as an accessible platform for artists from a range of backgrounds.
- During my visit, Gallery Gachet had their core-funding cut, the organisation’s twenty-one year contract with the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority being brought to a sudden end.