On view May 20th 2023 to October 22nd 2023

Alternative Creations Collective has collaborated with the Vancouver Maritime Museum for a fun and contemplative expression of what maritime means. 

Alternative Creations is a collective of artists with differing developmental disabilities where imagination, passion, research, and personal interests fuel their creativity. The artists in this exhibition considered their personal memories and experiences of living in Vancouver and how it has influenced their relationships with the sea. For some, adventures on ferry rides spark memories of joy. While others reflected on their love of animals, the excitement of seeing seals, otters, and if they were lucky enough, whales. A few of the artists were fascinated by the life that exists just below the water’s surface, which in turn inspired them to research common fish and sea plants such as kelp forests. Traveling across the water in canoes or imagined submarines was another favoured topic. 

We held a discussion regarding how people play a role in the health of the sea and for the creatures that call it home. We looked at our collection of recycled plastics and how these materials can commonly be found in our waters. As a studio, we wanted to facilitate a collaborative piece that speaks to this. We created a scene with vibrant fish and sea plants made with plastics collected over the span of many months including: plastic bottles, bottle caps, single-use food containers, and newspaper strapping. By placing these fish in front of recycled fabrics that have been splashed with blues and greens, we’ve ultimately created a playful scene of romanticized sea life. 

Most of the artworks depicted in the show highlight the beauty and charm of living by the sea. We hope upon viewing this collection we have also inspired you to reflect and deeply contemplate how crucial and influential our role is to the health of Vancouver’s waterways. 

To learn more about Alternative Creations Collective, visit their website by clicking here. Their studio and gallery address is 1659 Venables Street, Vancouver, V5L 2H1, Canada.

This exhibition is sponsored by Cloverdale Paint.