In November 2004, Cut Rate Collective organized USED/Goods, an innovative, large-scale project that took place in the centrally located Salvation Army Thrift Store in Montreal. 12 artists created artworks directly in, on or amongst the aisles, walls, floors, ceilings, vitrines, shelves and bins in the expansive space of the store. Postcards, maps and labels were posted and made available to both guide and inform members of the public. In addition to experiencing the artwork, customers were invited to drop into Talk Show, a series of events that included classes, presentations, and discussions. Sessions were given by artists and other specialists invited by Cut Rate, such as learning to draw, the art of mending or redesigning clothes, how to cook on a limited budget, how to fix household objects or learn about the behind-the-scenes operations of the Salvation Army.
The exhibition was conceived and initiated by Cut Rate member Lorraine Oades, Gisele Amantea and Kim Sawchuk joined her in further organization and support for the project. From their first meeting with the administration and staff of the Salvation Army, Cut Rate Collective experienced unstinting support and enthusiasm for the project.
© 2004 Loades