Changing the Conversation

September 25 - November 22

Communities across Canada are experiencing a housing crisis involving rising unaffordability, housing insecurity, and homelessness. Housing and homelessness are often polarizing topics to discuss. 

Changing the Conversation (CTC) is a three-year project that examines how public spaces and public art can facilitate a healthier discourse about housing in the community.

The perspectives of those most impacted by housing insecurity are frequently left out of the discourse. People forget the very human faces of this crisis. Market-driven housing policies and other systemic forces often seek to invisibilize housing precarity rather than alleviate it. If we are committed to housing as a human right, we need to listen to those who have endured housing injustices.

What are the struggles, hopes and dreams of people experiencing housing insecurity? What possibilities for meaningful change and solidarity might we find if we pause to delve beyond headlines and statistics?

This exhibit centers the intersectional, multi-faceted stories that exist on the frontlines of the housing crisis. It features the work of CTC Artists in Residence Amal Ishaque and PJ Patten and community members in New Westminster with lived experiences of housing insecurity.

Join us for the exhibition reception on Thursday, November 9 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Community Art Gallery, 3rd Floor

Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street

New Westminster, BC

Admission is free.


Upcoming Artist in Residence Talk: Amal Ishaque

Sunday, November 12 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Join us for an interactive, roundtable discussion on the intersections of housing insecurity, racism and art as a tool for social change. Featuring  Changing the Conversation Artist in Residence Amal Ishaque and New West Community Action Network peer leaders Margaret Wanyoike and Monica Deng. Amal, Margaret and Monica will also share some poetry.

Studio 411, Anvil Centre

777 Columbia Street

New Westminster, BC


Event is free to attend.

Please note that the Community Art Gallery will be closed Saturday, November 11, 2023.