As someone who cannot draw, paint or sculpt to save my life, I am always amazed by others that have such talents and The Cheaper Show is a mecca for attracting these gifted people. It’s a pretty fantastic concept and does an excellent job of exposing hundreds of artists to a diverse audience, and the entire event just keeps getting better each time. The Cheaper Show is run by a non-profit group, consisting of a team of twelve artists from East Van, and they have the help of about 110 volunteers that help make this one night total magic. It’s held at the W2 Storyeum in Gastown and has 30,000 sq. ft to exhibit all 400 pieces
On their site, they explain the idea behind the show:
The concept of The Cheaper Show is very simple: 200 multi-disciplined international artists presenting 400 pieces of art, each priced at $200 for one night only. Far from being an ‘art sale,’ each exhibiting artist consciously makes a sacrifice by selling their work for less than its potential value. This creates united support for the event, the arts community, and an opportunity for this show to take place in an environment that is accessible to everyone. In turn, many walk away with sales, exposure, commissions and gallery representation, as well as having an opportunity to connect with peers on an even playing field.
Entrance to The Cheaper Show is by donation and make sure to show them some love. The doors open at 6pm and close at midnight, but the show doesn’t stop there; three after parties at the Biltmore, Fortune and the Astoria will continue the madness into the wee hours of the morning. For full after party details, head over here. And, if you can’t make it to the event, they will be streaming it on the web. How art forward!
Where: 151 West Cordova Street
When: Saturday, June 26, 2010
What: Art! 400 pieces for $200 each. It’s cash only and a maximum of three pieces per person, but there is an ATM inside the venue.
I highly recommend you go to this (and an after party) if you’re in Vancouver this weekend.
Follow them on Twitter too! @thecheapershow