project team




gulf of georgia museum
haida gwaii museum
NEPTUNE canada
VIVO media arts centre
IKBLC learning centre
pacific museum of the earth
the city of richmond




Gulf of Georgia Cannery Museum

The Gulf of Georgia Cannery, located in Steveston, BC at the juncture of the Fraser River and the Strait of Georgia, was one of the largest canneries in the area, and was known as the “monster cannery” until it closed in the 1970s. The Gulf of Georgia Cannery, a Parks Canada National Heritage Site open to the public, focuses on four main areas: to develop temporary exhibitions that engage the community, to offer educational programs that enhance the provincial curriculum, to develop special events including Music at the Cannery and Salmon Stomp and to maintain a collection and archives. Their interpretive staff conducts regular guided tours and an extensive educational program.

Gulf of Georgia Cannery Museum and Catch + Release

Catch + Release was displayed at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Museum National Historic Site, Steveston, BC in May, 2010. The exhibition included interactive sculptures, video interviews, and an interactive and immersive projection by Ruth Beer in collaboration with Kit Grauer and Jim Budd and with the assistance of several students from Emily Carr University of Art + Design and Simon Fraser University. Catch + Release examines salmon from a contemporary and interdisciplinary perspective to create an interactive and diverse social portrait of the geocultural landscape. The goal was to insert a diverse range of voices and opinions about the salmon industry into the temporary exhibition space to make visitors more aware of their relationship to the local ecology. In this way, the project aimed not to create an exhibition in the space, but rather to use the space to exhibit the place in which it was situated.

More Information

For more information on the Gulf of Georgia Cannery society, visit the website here:http://gulfofgeorgiacannery.com/.

To learn more about the exhibition of Catch + Release at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, see: exhibition page.