The British Council is pleased to support MISSIVES, a broadsheet publication programmed by Patrick Staff and Robin Simpson and produced by the Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG) in Vancouver.

MISSIVES is a free broadsheet publication and an associated film screening (February 12 at Cineworks Annex in Vancouver) event co-programmed by artist Patrick Staff with Canadian curator and writer Robin Simpson.

The free broadsheet brings together a number of voices and grounded within a Canadian context, it seeks to forge a connection among Trans/Queer contexts, production, dialogues and communities and contains specially commissioned texts by Juliet Jacques, Paige Sarlin, Patrick Staff and Robin Simpson. It is distributed in Vancouver and Toronto in newly painted black (re-purposed Xtra!) newspaper boxes, that feature ‘chain’ details from Tom of Finland drawings sourced from the work The Foundation by Patrick Staff.

A screening event, held at Cineworks Annex on February 12 in Vancouver, invoked a provisional social space, cinema and theatrical set where a temporary community gathered to watch a selection of film and video works that explored first person narratives, interview, account and witness in queer Canadian moving image production, to reflect upon our viewing of it in a contemporary context. Here are some photographs by Dennis Ha from the event.

We are excited to announce that MISSIVES is now available in 4 Vancouver and 8 Toronto locations:

Check out the google map to see where the boxes are located across Canada, click here to find them all!

MISSIVES is created in tandem with the exhibition The Foundation by Patrick Staff on view at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver until April 24, 2016.

The Contemporary Art Gallery presents a new and expansive body of work by artist Patrick Staff, their first solo exhibition in Canada. The project, which centres around a major film installation, but also comprises sculpture, print, and text, explores queer intergenerational relationships as they are negotiated through a body of historical materials. The film combines footage shot at the Tom of Finland Foundation in Los Angeles—home to the archive of the erotic artist and gay icon and a community of people that care for it—with choreographic sequences shot within a specially constructed set.

The Foundation is co-commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery, London; Spike Island, Bristol; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; and Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver. Co-produced by Chisenhale Gallery, London and Spike Island, Bristol. With thanks to the Tom of Finland Foundation. The Foundation is supported by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts, The Elephant Trust and the Genesis Prize.

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