7.5x9.5 inches / 160 pages
full colour / hardcover
In 2006, two artists, Serena McCarroll and Tyler Brett fled the high cost of living in Vancouver and moved to a place where they knew absolutely nobody, Bruno, Saskatchewan, population 500. They set up a storefront building in which they housed their own unique brand of café / art shop called All Citizens. McCarroll kept a blog called Going Rural of her travels and experiences moving and setting up shop. This blog (text and photographs) forms a significant chapter of the All Citizens art book and serves as an introduction to Saara Liinamaa’s essay on rural interventions. Tyler continued to develop the shop as a popular music venue from 2008-2011 while Serena worked from afar to promote the shop and to document (in text, interviews, and photographs) the artistic practice of three local senior women, which constitutes another significant chapter of the book. Cartoonist David Collier visits one of these women in Bruno and provides a comic essay in his own style. The book will also include a drawing zine by Jason McLean which was inspired by Serena’s blog.
But the heart of the All Citizens project was the store itself, a meeting place, shop, cultural centre, music venue and all things in between. It was the ultimate culmination of a DIY aesthetic forged onto a rural landscape.
All Citizens site here.
Serena McCarroll received a BFA degree from the Emily Carr Institute of Art in 2002 and a MFA from Ryerson University in 2011. Her work has been shown in galleries such as Harbourfront Centre (Toronto), The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Paved Arts (Saskatoon) and The Nickle Arts Museum (Calgary) and Itten Gallery (Vancouver). Most recently her thesis exhibition, Three Women, was chosen as a featured exhibition in the 2011 CONTACT Photography Festival (Toronto) at IMA Gallery.
Tyler Brett is an artist and musician from Chilliwack, BC. He studied at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, and the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. He has also been working collaboratively with the artist Tony Romano for ten years as T&T. Brett has been based in Bruno, Saskatchewan, since 2006. Since 2010 he has been running the Bruno Arts Bank, a coffee-shop/music venue/art gallery/mini-museum/music and bookshop/and artist-residency located in the old Royal Bank building on Main Street, Bruno.
Includes Bonus CD
Also featuring a live recording of Daniel, Fred, and Julie playing at All Citizens.