Friday, September 9, 6 pm – 2 am Labyrinth Gallery @ ACME Studios Vancouver’s largest organized studio building, ACME Studios, will open its doors on Friday, September 9, 2011 for SWARM 12. The recently formed Labyrinth Art Society will present an exhibition from within ACME’s eighteen studios housing the building’s forty plus artists with works ranging from photography, painting, sculpture and video to design, jewelry and more. The non-profit Labyrinth Art Gallery (labyrinthgallery.org) is the venue: a back-alley entrance exhibition space between Columbia and Main streets that creatively utilizes the building’s stairwells and foyers over three floors. Curated by the Labyrinth Art Society with the assistance of the artists in the building, this exhibition will showcase the best works from some of the city’s most promising emerging artists in the spirit of collectivity and collaboration. Proceeds from all sales will be returned to the aritsts and used in coordination with the City’s mandate to develop the 100 block/south side of Hastings Street in a series of fundraiser art exhibits. The event will include a cash bar, cheese plates, music and dancing. The lower level of the building will house the Planet Claire Pop-Up Shop (http://www.planetclaire.ca/), featuring sustainable and ethically produced fashion for both men and women as well as jewellery, art and home décor, all of which is hand-selected by Claire from mostly local designers. Two exhibitions will take place simultaneously with the Labyrinth Gallery’s reception. The Remington Gallery (108 E Hastings) will feature works by resident artist Ross Lastname and the Gam Gallery (110 E Hastings) will present the hot rolled steel sculptures of Marina Glynn followed an evening of live music with Those Boys Cassidy and the Tishomingo String Band, by donation. For more information visit www.gamgallery.com. Swarm began in 1999 as an event to mark the launch of Vancouver’s artist-run centre programming season, bringing together some of the city’s most vital and innovative contemporary art spaces to open their doors on a single frenetic evening. Swarm soon grew to a multi-night event, incorporating more and more of the city’s ephemeral artist-run initiatives: small DIY spaces, studios-turnedgalleries, roaming public projects, artist collectives, hybrid projects, and more. These initiatives join PAARC member centres to present a diverse spectrum of artistrun culture — the integral and innovative core of the city’s vibrant art community.