|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Neighbourhood |||Vancouver Lower Mainland|
|Getting There |||Bus #3|
|Cross Street |||Main Street|
|Monday to Saturday: 2PM-10PM Closed Sundays.|
Profile Last Updated: April 23, 2009
When people think of art galleries, thoughts are conjured of silent spaces with paintings hanging purposefully on walls, sculptures placed precisely for optimal viewing and a space created specifically for admiring other people’s creations. Blim Gallery, located just off Main Street in Mount Pleasant bucks this trend. While offering exhibit space for art not usually embraced by more mainstream galleries, their primary raison d’etre is as a community-based artist resource centre, providing the tools for the general public to investigate their own creativity and produce their very own works of art.
From silk-screen to knitting
Taking the notion of Do-It-Yourself art to the next level, Blim offers weekly and monthly workshops in button making, crocheting and knitting, drawing and print making, silk-screening, screen printing and flocking. Blim sells a selection of T-shirts, panties and cloth bags and other supplies for screen printing, while you supply the image. Call for detailed instructions on how to prepare for a class and what to expect when you get there. Blim has been voted Best Place to Whip up some Art by the Georgia Straight.
Film, sound and beyond
Blim also opens its doors to film, video and experimental audio performances as well as live theatre. The Evil Film School, a group showcasing weird and twisted cult movies from all over the world, holds a monthly event in the space. A recent sample bill featured the early films of William Shatner, including the 1965 film Incubus, where Captain Kirk battles demons on a deserted island. Blim also boasts a souvenir shop that showcases the work of local artists and designers and rents out a selection of audio visual equipment at reasonable prices.