POSSIBLE WORLDS is an artist-run project space, gallery, publisher and shop in Chinatown, Ottawa, Canada. Occupying a 330 square foot former travel agency since February 2015, this not-for-profit arts and social hub supports the development of work, ideas, and connections through a program of events, opportunities and projects. We bring together and share the work of emerging, experimental, diverse, socially-engaged and underrepresented artists and groups, with a focus on electronic music and graphic art, from Canada and internationally.
The space was initially launched as a pop-up in 2015 to mark the 10-year anniversary of our collective and studio, Spins & Needles. It was also a response to the lack of accessible cultural infrastructure available to the arts community in Ottawa for learning, gathering and experimentation, as well as our own desire to engage with more diverse artists and perspectives in the local artistic milieu.
In extending this initiative, we hope to provide an inclusive art and music platform that helps advance creative and cultural dialogue in Ottawa and beyond, bringing artists and citizens together who are passionate about multidiscplinary approaches to creating culture, to reimagine progressive ways of thinking and being in the world.
SHOP: A curated selection of works is sold in our space, featuring new and affordable limited edition pieces and multiples created by local, Canadian and international artists, as well as in-house. Our selection includes prints, new vinyl records, cassettes, apparel, artist books, zines, pins, ceramics and other art objects. Many of these works can be found only in Ottawa at our shop.
GALLERY: The Possible Worlds gallery wall showcases the latest in contemporary and emerging graphic art from local Ottawa artists, across Canada and internationally. Rotating solo and group art shows feature selected artists, illustrators and designers. Entry to view the exhibits is free and open to all.
PROJECT SPACE: Artist talks, meetups, and workshops such as our popular silkscreening workshops, are hosted in our convertible project space. Contemporary artists, musicians, designers, writers, curators, educators, cultural workers, social practitioners, activists, students and the community-at-large gather to network and share knowledge, tools and experiences with their peers. The space also converts to host live electronic music shows, exhibition openings, book launches and other art gatherings.
PUBLISHING AND SMALL PRESS: With expertise in silkscreening and Risograph printing, we collaborate with artists, designers and small studios to produce selected art posters, artist books, zines, t-shirts, album covers, cassette covers and other printed matter. For each solo exhibition at Possible Worlds, we collaborate with the exhibiting artist to produce limited edition works.
DEVELOPMENT: A large part of our work is discovering, developing and mentoring new and promising talent, and providing access to resources and opportunities for creatives to realize their projects. Creatives benefit from PW's network, experience and research of art and culture at local, national and international levels. We also offer a development program, allowing volunteers to gain experience and skills beneficial to their future careers; interns to acquire credits for coursework at universities, secondary and postsecondary institutions; or creatives looking for professional development experience.
Any revenue generated (from shop sales, exhibitions, events, workshops, memberships and services) goes back to operate the space, programming and the artists involved.
SPACE DIRECTORS & CO-FOUNDERS
Jason Pelletier & Melanie Yugo
We would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council.