The Blue Cabin Committee has just announced that it has received a Field of Interest Systems Change Test grant of $225,000 from the Vancouver Foundation. It will take the form of $75,000 per year for three years.
The funding allows the new Blue Cabin Residency Project to build programming and public engagement. It will fund initiatives including exhibitions, tours, and an online interface, and also building a national and international presence for the floating artist residency which doubles as a public artwork all its own.
The blue shack with the storybook red trim is considered a rare example of West Coast vernacular architecture. Built as a Coal Harbour float home during the 1930s but beached between Deep Cove’s Cates Park and the McKenzie Barge shipyard for the past several decades—had existed in a state of legal limbo for years.
Two of Vancouver’s most revered senior artists—sculptor Carole Itter, 75, and interdisciplinary artist Al Neil, the 90-year-old winner of a lifetime-achievement award from the City of Vancouver last year—had occupied it on a part-time basis, Neil since 1966.
The Straight had earlier reported the structure was under threat of demolition.