In 2006, two Emily Carr alumni and working artists, Serena McCarroll (02) and Tyler Brett (01) fled the high cost of living in Vancouver and moved to a place where they knew absolutely nobody, Bruno, Saskatchewan, population 500. They set up a storefront building in which they housed their own unique brand of café and art shop called called All Citizens. It was the ultimate culmination of a DIY aesthetic forged onto a rural landscape. The story and images around this venture can now be found in a book project, along with the work of fellow Emily Carr alumni, Jason McLean (97).
Information on the All Citizens books can be found here and here. You can also watch a Q&A session of the book launch with Serena McCarroll and artist and author Shannon Gerard in Toronto here.
Graduated: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography, 2002
Current city: Toronto, Ontario
What are you up to now?
I’m currently finishing my MFA in Documentary Media at Ryerson University. My thesis show has been selected as a featured exhibition in this year’s Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, which is coming up right away (yikes!). The project, Three Women, extends from the time I spent living in rural Saskatchewan. In 2006, I moved from Vancouver to Bruno, SK (a farming community of 600) with fellow artist and Emily Carr alum Tyler Brett. Together we opened All Citizens, a tiny art-shop/café/music-venue. Sadly All Citizens as it currently exists will be soon be closing, but it was a transformative experience that I will continue to work from.