Helping the Gallery Gachet call for design submissions!

As you may have seen in August, I created a t-shirt design for the upcoming Gallery Gachet design contest this fall. As the deadline approaches, I am helping spread the word about the forthcoming deadline for submissions and am hoping you can help me do the same.

If you, or anyone you know, would like to both have your designs featured in a professional gallery environment, and help a local artist-run center focused on challenging issues related to mental health and social marginalization, and promoting social and economic justice – please consider submitting a design by September 30th! This is a call to all BC Artists (any age or skill level).

Gallery Gachet’s T-shirt Design Contest — CALL TO ARTISTS! (British Columbia)

We’re calling for submissions from any BC artist who wishes to share their designs/artistry and have it emblazoned on Gallery Gachet t-shirts for everyone to see and enjoy; wear and buy. We’re looking for designs that represent the uniqueness of Gallery Gachet and the self-taught/dissident arts community that will be displayed and sold in the Gachet “Salon Shop” all year, starting this fall. Here is Gallery Gachet’s Basis of Unity to give you some inspiration:

Our Basis of Unity

  • We agree to support the artistic and professional development of our community as a means to achieve social, cultural and economic justice
  • We agree to support the wellness of people marginalized by their mental health, trauma and/or abuse experience
  • We work for the elimination of discrimination against people marginalized by their mental health, trauma and/or abuse experience
  • We believe in the expression and practice of art and culture as a human right
  • We agree to promote the critical function of art and culture in building a healthy societyW
  • We believe art is a means for survival, self-expression and health

The “Salon Shop” is an inclusive micro-gallery space located within our Gachet walls featuring work by Gachet’s collective and volunteer members. As art and cultural spaces and resources are seized and disappear, most artists are being left with limited options. The Salon Shop offers innovative ways to repurpose and share already existing space.

If you are interested in submitting a design for our public contest, you have until September 30th, 2012 at 5PM to get it to us.

The finalist will receive a free t-shirt, Gachet button, and will have their actual design exhibited in the “Salon Shop”, as well as having their design (and name) on t-shirts that will be walking around in the Vancouver community for the forseeable future. (All proceeds from sales will go back into supporting Gallery Gachet’s survival as a supportive space and community hub.) Have your design featured in a professional gallery space, visible at busy public openings and events, and have the opportunity to contribute to the financial health and wellbeing of Vancouver’s only arts and mental health artist-run centre!

Help us spread the word by sharing our call for public submissions on Facebook:


Interested participants in the contest can either e-mail their submissions to tshirt @ (or reply to this Craigslist posting), or visit the gallery in person to drop off hard copy designs (no bigger than 11 x 17 inches) by Sun Sept 30th, 5pm. Please clearly mark your package, PUBLIC T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST ENTRY and leave it with one of our Collective members on shift. Our address is 88 East Cordova Street, at Columbia. We’re open from weds – sun, 12 – 6pm.

Check out or visit us in person at the gallery for more information on submission details.

We can’t wait to receive your design creations!

About Gallery Gachet: Gallery Gachet is a unique artist-run centre located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside established in 1992. Through artistic means, Gallery Gachet aims to demystify and challenge issues related to mental health and social marginalization, to educate the public and promote social and economic justice.

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