SUM gallery

MOTORBIKE/SUPERDYKE 

SUM gallery co-presented in partnership with Vancouver Queer Film Festival Opening reception: Sat, Aug 13, 7 to 10pm Installation runs Aug 16 to 20, 12 to 6pm. Daily drop-in zine workshops from 3 to 6pm. MOTORBIKE/SUPERDYKE is a collaborative multimedia installation by Cheryl...

Don Kwan: Beyond Exclusion

JUL 28 TO DEC 4: DON KWAN: BEYOND EXCLUSION EXHIBITION Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 578 Carrall St., Vancouver Beyond Exclusion is Don Kwan’s first solo exhibition in Vancouver. Based in Ottawa, Kwan is a queer third-generation Chinese Canadian artist whose work is...

Vanishing Act at Centre A: Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

Jul 2 - Sep 1, 2022 Centre A: Unit 205, 268 Keefer St. Gallery hours: Wed-Sat, 12 to 6pm The extension to QAF 2022: Hauntings curated visual art exhibition, Vanishing Act, curated by Adwait Singh under creative director SD Holman, will...

SUM gallery is one of less than a handful of permanent queer-mandated art galleries in the world. SUM produces, presents and exhibits with a curatorial vision favouring cutting-edge, thought-provoking multidisciplinary work that pushes boundaries and initiates dialogue. SUM brings diverse communities together to support artistic risk-taking, incite creative collaboration and experimentation and celebrate the rich heritage of queer artists and art.

The artist-run SUM gallery was founded in 2018, by Artistic Director SD Holman as a permanent space supporting multidisciplinary exhibitions, events and artist residencies. At the time of the founding, SUM was the only queer-mandated gallery in Canada—not the first, but earlier attempts have succumbed to gentrification, or exhaustion, or both. And we salute you.

SUM gallery came to BC Artscape’s space in the Sun Wah Centre as a partnership with Full Circle First Nations Performance, the Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival, and multimedia titan Paul Wong’s On Main Gallery. We populate the empty 4th floor, previously left in shell condition since the 1980’s when it was built.

The SUM gallery name honours our location with multi-layered meaning:

○ Originally envisioned as a Dim Sum (點心) restaurant, our space features the traditional round window, now a striking feature of our office

○ The name pays tribute to the Pearl River Delta immigrants who settled our neighbourhood 150 years ago: Sum (心) means heart in their Cantonese dialect

○ Words for queer people in Chinese include the Sum 心 character

○ SUM = summation (∑), the sum of its parts, the sum total, 2LGBTQIA+

○ Some (art)

SUM gallery is based on the sovereign, unceded land of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples. SUM gallery acknowledges that it was founded upon exclusions and erasures of many Indigenous Peoples, including those on whose land we are located. We are committed to continued work dismantling the ongoing legacies of settler colonialism.