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Reception + Art Show / PACE Society 30th Anniversary + Red Umbrella Day

On Saturday, June 1st from 6pm to 8pm, join Massy Arts in celebrating the artwork created by members of PACE Society as part of PACE’s 30th Anniversary celebrations and Red Umbrella Day. 

PACE Society is a peer-driven, harm reduction centered sex workers’ rights and support organization that offers advocacy, counselling, and education to current and former sex workers of all genders, in the DTES and beyond since 1994. PACE advocates for the decriminalization of sex work, as well as drugs, and poverty.  We believe sex work is work, and should be treated the same rights and protections as any other form of labour.  

We’ve teamed up with the Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity and artist Jess MacCormack to offer a series of watercolour workshops for PACE members. Meeting once a month since Feb 22nd, participants have learned new techniques and skills each week, and they are excited to share their creations with you. Join us for an evening of beautiful artwork, sipping wine (available for purchase), and connecting with community. 

The show is only up for one evening, so please register to come check it out! 

Venue & Accessibility

The event will be hosted at the Massy Arts Gallery, at 23 East Pender Street in Chinatown, Vancouver. We are located in the former MING WO building.

Registration is free and required for entrance. Register HERE:

The gallery is wheelchair accessible and a gender-neutral washroom is on-site.

Please refrain from wearing scents or heavy perfumes.

For more on accessibility including parking, seating, venue measurements and floor plan, and how to request ASL interpretation please visit:

Covid Protocols: Masks keep our community safe and are mandatory (N95 masks are recommended as they offer the best protection). We ask if you are showing symptoms, that you stay home. Thank you kindly.

About the artist:

Jess MacCormack is a queer, mad artist and white settler working on the unceded ancestral territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sə̓lílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Their art practice engages with the intersection of institutional violence and the socio-political reality of personal trauma.

Jess Mac’s digital work has been shared through various online platforms, such as VICE Creator’s project, PAPER Mag, Art F City, Giphy and Tumblr. Their animations have been screened internationally at festivals such as the Ottawa International Animation Festival, MIX-26 the New York Queer Experimental Film Festival, LA Film Fest at UCLA, Transcreen Amsterdam Transgender Film Festival, Inside Out Film and Video Festival (Toronto) and Mix Brazil Film Festival of Sexual Diversity (São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, BR). Their interdisciplinary practice has been supported and exhibited by the Academie der Künst der Welte (Cologne, Germany), arbyte (London, UK), Western Front (Vancouver, Canada) and many other local and international galleries. 

They have an MFA in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies from the Bauhaus University (2008) and were an Assistant Professor of Studio Arts at Concordia University (2010-2013). Jess is currently an instructor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and is working towards their PhD in Contemporary Art at Simon Fraser University.

About PACE Society:

PACE Society is a by, with, and for sex worker’s rights, education, advocacy and support organization based in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. Serving current and former sex workers of all genders since 1994, PACE Society takes a rights-based, harm reduction approach to service and program delivery. We provide peer-driven, non-judgmental, and low barrier programs, services, and arts based workshops that reflect the self-identified needs of our members. We also offers trainings for service providers and the public that aim to destigmatize sex work, and offer best practices on how to work in solidarity with the sex workers they serve. We believe that sex work is work, that sex workers are entitiled to the same rights and protections as all other labourers, and advocate for the total decriminilization of sex work for all.