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'I can’t continue without your help': Low-barrier Vancouver art gallery is struggling to stay open

The art gallery is entirely funded by one person, and through money made from workshops and monthly art sales.
Vancouver art gallery, This Gallery, provides a low-barrier exhibition space for artists and started a fundraiser to stay in business for the next few months.

A local art gallery is struggling to make ends meet. 

This Gallery operates on a non-profit mandate to provide a low-barrier exhibition space for artists.

The art gallery, located at 485 Main St., had previously held an month-long exhibition which let the public come in and paint for free.

Unlike other commercial galleries who charge artists a flat fee in addition to its comission, This Gallery doesn't charge artists to submit or exhibit their work, and receives a 50 per cent commission only on work that sells. 

Because of this, the gallery exists in an "existential grey zone" and falls through both the private sector and traditional arts-funding cracks.

Artistic Director Shannon Pawliw started a fundraiser to help the gallery stay open for a little longer. 

"Sales need to pick up for the gallery to break even," she writes. "The gallery needs a little financial boost to pay off some high-interest dept and to stay in business for the next few months."

This Gallery has been entirely funded by Pawliw and through money made from workshops and monthly art sales. As of Jan. 14, the art gallery has raised just over $1,300 of a goal of $20,000.

The Artistic Director is confident that with help from the community and gallery art sales, This Gallery will make ends meet.  

The art gallery has accomplished a lot last year, despite lack of funding, including seven solo exhibitions, four group exhibitions, three poetry readings, four workshops, and one entire month of free art-making for the public. 

A total of 57 artists and over 300 artworks showed at This Gallery in 2022. 

"I don’t want to lose the momentum and community already created at [This Gallery]," writes Pawliw. "Please, please, please consider helping out in any way you can. I can’t continue without your help!"

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