Uprisings: Images of Labour, A Print Exhibition by Justseeds Artist Cooperative


If you haven’t stopped by Civic Space in a while, the last two weeks have consisted of a very substantial labour-inspired print exhibition featuring works from Justseeds Artist Cooperative and a residency with Justseeds member Mary Tremonte. Mary came to stay with us at the beginning of May, just in time to participate in the annual May Day Parade. Besides the public silkscreening event she held at the end of the parade, Mary also led a workshop on May 7th at Civic Space as part of National Youth Arts Week. Mary also coordinated a printmaking exhibition of Justseeds Artist Cooperative works, centered around the issue of labour rights and the ethics surrounding the employer/employee relationship. It was a fantastic showcase of Justseeds’ print works, and we highly recommend checking out the rest of them here.


The prints were mostly the same size, with a few being a bit smaller and some being in landscape format. Some were silkscreen and some were relief prints, and they represented a variety of styles.

Mary set up her DJ equipment amongst the exhibition with the bandanas printed during her residency adorning the DJ booth.


The combination of live music, large paper prints, and overhanging fabric prints activated the space in a marvelous way. Thank you to everyone who was able to come out; it really was a celebration.


Erica, a student completing an internship with us, made these delicious cookies for the dance party with a custom letter-punching kit.


DJ Mary Mack (Mary Tremonte) brought two turntables, a mixer, and a stack of her favorite records to spin during her dance party / closing reception. It was a blast and we hope we can work with Mary/Justseeds in some capacity again.

BCL Report, Post-Dance Party

Broken City Lab Dance Party, September 4, 2008

Although the Dance Party was technically supposed to be a Parking Lot Party, the rain forecast and the subsequent move inside the gallery didn’t stop the awesomeness from happening!!! We have to extend a huge thank you to the following people and places: the School of Visual Arts for letting us throw down, Sandeep Soor, Jason Child, Justin JamesMatt HerdmanStephen Surlin, Cristina Naccarato for the Super Nintendo cable, the Blatherwicks for the mint leaves, Bob Soulliere at Cardinal Music (519-966-6400) for the audio equipment, Meaghan for helping with tea, and Chelsea for Christmas lights/dancing up a storm! 

Incredibly fun night overall, and hopefully just the first of many dance-related events in the future. Continue reading “BCL Report, Post-Dance Party”