The Ministry of Casual Living (MoCL) is a registered non-profit society and a member of the Pacific Association of Artist-Run Centres, exhibiting the works of contemporary emerging and mid-career artists since March 2002 at 1442 Haultain St until 2012.
Established to provide artists from all disciplines with an accessible venue for experimentation, MoCL is committed to promoting critical, self-reflective discourse, and integrating the artistic process into all aspects of everyday life.
We are located on the unceded territories of the W̱SÁNEĆ peoples and Lekwungen-speaking peoples, now known as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. We currently operate a gallery and studios at 780 Blanshard St, and a window gallery generously donated by Cenote Restaurant in Millie's Lane, both in downtown Victoria.
If you want a show, pitch us something. We're interested in bright ideas, regardless of credentials. We never want to see your CV – ever. MoCL houses interesting things to look at, listen to and think about. We welcome your input - [email protected]
Rental RatesAverage studio rental is 100sq/ft for $250/month
Rental / Usage RestrictionsVisual art studio spaces
Has Sound / LightingNo
Accessibility NotesOur studios and gallery are on the ground floor of 780 Blanshard. Our entrance is on the south west corner of the building, on Fairfield just off of Blanshard (look for our logo on the door). There is a sloped concrete walkway to the door, and no stairs.
Our bathroom is on the second floor, and may be accessed by elevator with 24hr notice (we hope to gain full access to the elevator soon). Organizers are happy to accommodate visitors of all abilities as best we can, please just ask! Contact: [email protected]
In 2002, Dave Gifford and Stephen Nguyen found themselves in the not uncommon position of being art-school students with no place to live. While many would simply resign themselves to a period of complaisant couch-surfing, Gifford and Nguyen took their ho