Press & Awards


City of Richmond 2023 Richmond Heritage Award

Heritage BC 2019 Heritage Conservation Honour Award

BC Museums Association Change Makers 2018


Georgia Straight, Globe-spanning residency swap brings Indigenous artist from Australia to Steveston, August 21, 2023.

The Runner, Steveston’s Blue Cabin welcomes new artist in residence, August 19, 2023.

Richmond News, Blue Cabin in Steveston partners with Brancombe House, March 14, 2023.

Richmond Sentinel, Hand-woven blanket by Debra Sparrow installed at city hall, September 27, 2022.

Richmond News, Blue Cabin Lands in Steveston, January 25, 2022.

Vancouver Sun, Historic Vancouver piano makes music again in The Blue Cabin, February 17, 2021.

Georgia Straight, Best of Vancouver 2019: City Life, October 2, 2019.

West Coast Homes and Design, Floating Artist Residency Set to Launch, August 24, 2019.

Canadian Art, Meredyth Cole, Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency Launches on Vancouver’s False Creek, August 27, 2019.

CTV News, Kendra Mangione, Noticed the blue cabin floating in False Creek? Here’s what it is, August 25, 2019.

CBC News, Historic North Vancouver cabin reborn as artist residency in False Creek, August 25th, 2019.

CBC On the Coast – 88.1FM, Gloria Macarenko, August 23, 2019. 

CityTV, Derelict Cabin Revitalized as Artist Residency, August 23, 2019.

North Shore News, Jeremy Shepherd, Artists Weave into Blue Cabin Residency, August 23, 2019. 

Georgia Straight, Robin laurence, Salish weaving brings Blue Cabin to life, August 22, 2019.

Vancouver Sun, Shawn Conner, Blue Cabin to Host Weavers’ Residencies, August 22, 2019.

North Shore News, Jeremy Shepherd, Squamish Nation weavers part of Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency, August 22, 2019. 

Vancouver Sun, Shawn Conner, Floating Blue Cabin hosts traditional weavers in year-long residency program, August 21, 2019.

Georgia Straight, Robin Laurence, Indigenous weavers bring Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency to life, August 21, 2019.

SAD Magazine, Jaz Papadopoulos, Weaving and Resisting on the Foreshore, August 20, 2019.

CiTR: The Arts Report – 101.9FM, Queer, indegenous and youth – Interview with Angela George, August 14, 2019. 

CBC News, An old squatters cabin is reinvented as a float home and art studio, August 8, 2019.

Canadian Art Junkie, The Blue Cabin – Floating Art, July 31, 2019.

Galleries West, Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency Launches, July 26, 2019.

Miss 604, Rebecca Bollwitt, Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency Open House, July 24, 2019.

Global News, Linda Aylesworth, “Cates Park ‘Blue Cabin’ becomes floating artist residency in False Creek,” July 19, 2019.

North Shore News, Blue Cabin moving to False Creek for public launch of Floating Artist Residency, July 18, 2019.

Vancouver Sun, Kevin Griffin, “Blue Cabin to be towed into False Creek for floating artist residency,” July 16, 2019.

The Georgia Straight, Janet Smith, “Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency headed for False Creek in August,” July 16, 2019.

Vancouver Sun, Kevin Griffin, “ART SEEN: The Blue Cabin launches this summer as floating artist residency in False Creek,” May 10, 2019.

The Georgia Straight, Janet Smith, “Blue Cabin Residency Project receives $225,000 grant from Vancouver Foundation to launch long-awaited programming,” February 7th, 2019.

The Tyee, Charles Campbell, “The Remarkable Effort to Save an Artist’s Shack,” January 7, 2019. First published in subTerrain, #79, Charles Campbell, “The Last Squat”.

The Capilano Review, Jeremy Borsos, “The Blue Cabin,” Spring 2018.

Montecristo Magazine, Meagan Jenkins, “The Blue Cabin,” Spring 2018.

Canadian Art, Caoimhe Morgan-Feir, “The Little Blue Cabin That Could,” September 13, 2018.

The Georgia Straight, Robin Laurance, “Vancouver Art Gallery and grunt gallery catch cabin fever,” July 12, 2018.

The Vancouver Sun, Kevin Griffin, “Housing takes centre stage in four Metro Vancouver exhibitions,” July 11, 2018.

The Vancouver Sun, Kevin Griffin, ART SEEN: “Squatter shacks described as distinctively Vancouver as glass towers,” July 5, 2018.

CBC News, “An archive of colours’: Decades of history preserved in historic cabin on North Shore,” June 23, 2018.

North Shore News Pulse, Lise Boullard. “grunt gallery show documents Blue Cabin restoration”. June 22, 2018.

CBC The Early Edition with Steven Quinn, Margaret Gallagher interview, “The last of the Maplewood Mudflats,” June 20, 2018.

North Shore News, Maria Spitale-Leisk, “Young artists unlock window to squatter era in North Van,” April 2, 2018.

BC Museums Association Roundup Magazine. Changemaker Issue, Jane Lemke, “The Blue Cabin Project | Reactivating Historical Artist’s Studio,” March 2018.

Vancouver Sun, Kevin Griffin, ART SEEN: “Artist residency next stage for The Blue Cabin,” January 18, 2018.

CBC News, Bethany Lindsay, “A time capsule in the floor: artists’ cabin offers glimpse into Vancouver’s past,” October 1, 2017.

North Shore News, Maria Spitale-Leisk, “Blue Cabin restoration a window to past,” September 26, 2017.

Vancouver Sun, Kevin Griffin, “Blue Cabin restoration uncovers snapshot of old Vancouver,” September 18, 2017.

North Shore News, Brent Richter, “Historic Cabin to be restored for artists,” June 30, 2017.

News 1130, “Blue Cabin will get a new life,” January 30, 2017.

The Georgia Straight, Janet Smith, “The Blue Cabin receives funding to help turn it into a floating artist residency,” January 26, 2017.

Deep Cove Crier, Editorial, Crier Comment, “Considering the cost of preserving the blue cabin,” June 2016.

North Shore News, Brent Richter. “District debates squatters’ cabin,” April 13, 2016.

The Globe and Mail, Marsha Lederman, “Saved from demolition, historic Vancouver cabin needs a new home,” June 22, 2015.

North Shore News, Letter: Move Squatters Shack to Cates Park, February 4, 2015.

(Blog) Scamcouver, “Clean White Shrine,” January 31, 2015.

The Vancouver Sun, Tom Sandborn, “A history of Vancouver Squats,” January 24, 2015.

(Blog) Daniel Francis, “Reading the National Narrative,” January 24, 2015.

North Shore News, Jane Seyd, “North Vancouver waterfront cabin ordered removed,” January 23, 2015.

Global News, News Hour BC, “End of an era for historic Cates Park cabin,” January 21, 2015.

(Blog) Theresa Kishkan, “a blue cabin at the tide’s edge,” January 21, 2015.

CBC Stephen Quinn, On the Coast, January 21, 2015.

CBC News, “Cates Park artists’ cabin must go ahead of condo development nearby, says Port Metro Vancouver,” January 20, 2015.

The Globe and Mail, Marsha Lederman. “Vancouver artists fight to protect a colourful piece of the city’s art history,” January 20, 2015.

Georgia Straight, Alexander Varty. “Artists Al Neil and Carole Itter’s cabin under demolition threat in North Vancouver,” January 20, 2015.

Photo: Jeremy Borsos
Photo: Jeremy Borsos