The first Collective Howl was held December 1-6, 2015 at thisopenspace (434 Columbia Street, Vancouver, BC) and was a pop up gallery and art market featuring 15 local artists. 

Janet Harrison and Caitlin ffrench, L-R.

Janet Harrison and Caitlin ffrench, L-R.

I love the transitional time of winter solstice. There is this dichotomy of silence and celebration that appeals to me. Inside people are feasting, celebrating and animated. Outside is quiet, stark and still. We transition from abundance to purification.
— -Bramble Lee Pryde of WOLF + SADIE

Collective Howl is comprised of two core members, Caitlin ffrench and Janet Harrison. The Collective grew out of the shared vision of these two artists, who work in textiles and metal respectively. They see the world as a place of darkness and light and many shades in between and they wish to share this vision with their community.


Creating a pop up gallery space was the first step to creating a shared platform for makers who also embrace the spectrum of light to dark, and every grey place in between. The darkening days of December, right before the Winter Solstice when the days begin to lengthen, seemed a perfect time to bring this space to life. 


Collective Howl strives to represent local Vancouver artists who have a connection to the land that we live on. It can often be a grey place, this cloudy rainforest, but it is a place of deep green beauty and so much history. We are thankful to live on this land that is historically and politically the Unceded territory of the Coast Salish people.