Our new home at BC Artscape Sun Wah is on the fourth floor of the building. The building’s “fourth floor was designed to house a Chinese restaurant (think Floata), complete with a traditional round window, but was never occupied and has existed only in shell condition” (BC Artscape). The round window will be in our new office, overlooking the Keefer Street block between Main and Gore. In recognition of the space’s original intended use, as a Dim Sum (點心) restaurant, we chose the name SUM for our new gallery and presentation space.
SUM has a multi-layered meaning for us:
summation (∑) the sum of its parts, the sum total LGBTQ2Si++
heart (心) all words pertaining to queer in chinese have Sum 心 in them. Sum, meaning heart
SUM is, to our knowledge, the only multidisciplinary art gallery in Canada dedicated to the presentation of queer artists, and one of only a few permanent queer art spaces worldwide.
There have been others that have come before us in Canada and we salute you! And queer spaces as we are well aware of are limited and contingent world wide.