A Montreal artist collective is taking their public art to the streets of Vancouver’s Downtown East Side. Billed as “The Pigeon’s Club”, an art festival for the homeless, the event will offer two days of revelry and amenities for Vancouver’s down and out, homeless and street involved.
The festival which runs May 20-21, is being organized by ATSA, the internationally acclaimed Montreal duo of Pierre Allard and Annie Roy who have held a similar although much bigger event in Montreal for almost a decade called Etat d’Urgence.
The idea is to offer an “all inclusive” vacation package to those who are traditionally excluded from such luxuries – food, health services, clothing give-aways, hair-cuts, live music and performances.
The Pigeon Club takes place at the iconic Pigeon Park at the corner of Carrall Street and East Hastings where ATSA will also be exhibiting numerous art works produced for État d’Urgence 2010, among them On ne naît pas dans la rue by Dominique Blain, Instant Housing by German life-system designer Winfried Baumann, Assoiffés by Patrick Bérubé, paintings on beach chairs by Sylvain Bouthillette in collaboration with the St. James Drop-in Centre, Marcha de los Andes and Conquista de un Desierto by Argentinian artist Leonel Luna, and Les Territoires des citoyens (terroristes) de la rue by community organization P.L.A.I.S.I.I.R.S.