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Blue Cabin arrives at its new home in Richmond

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 12:43 PST, Mon January 24, 2022

Following two and a half years of exciting programming at its inaugural moorage site in False Creek, the Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency is on its way to Imperial Landing in Steveston Village—and it is quite the move.

The 111 square metre (1,200 square foot), 170 tonne structure will be towed by tug boat through False Creek and into the Strait of Georgia, passing around Point Grey and Iona Terminus then heading up the Fraser River on the seven-hour journey to Steveston.

“The Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency is a great program to support local artists, collaborate with Richmond cultural organizations and create community spirit,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “It offers artists and the public opportunities to learn, explore and engage with Steveston’s history, the Fraser River ecology and the foreshore.”

The move to Steveston is an exciting next step in the ongoing journey of the floating Blue Cabin. Its new location will provide a compelling new vantage point for artists and the public to explore and celebrate both the heritage and contemporary creative cultures of the region.

“The Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency was created to honour and sustain the memory of Metro Vancouver’s shorelines,” said Glenn Alteen, founding member of the Blue Cabin project. “We are grateful to be guests on the Sto:lo [Fraser River] estuary, part of the Musqueam Nation's traditional fishing territory, and to be joining a rich history of waterfront communities in Richmond.

The Blue Cabin programming team is excited to work with local arts and community organizations to develop public engagement opportunities exploring the complex histories of the area. Musqueam artist Debra Sparrow, Richmond-based artist Keely O’Brien and Germany-based Chilean artist Michelle-Marie Letelier will be the Blue Cabin’s first artists-in-residence in Steveston in 2022.

For more information on the Blue Cabin, visit thebluecabin.ca, @TheBlueCabinVancouver on Facebook and @the_blue_cabin on Instagram and Twitter.

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