United Aunties Arts Association

Stay Home, Make Art, Together + Apart

A mail art project to foster community connection through collaborative art-making and sharing


2020 was a bewildering year for so many. We recognize how truly demanding it has been in our personal circles and broader communities and that 2021 carries much uncertainty as we all contend with residual challenges and undertake new ones this season.

As sheltering-in-place continues, we have been asking ourselves how we might help carve out small but poignant moments of connection with one another.

This project offers a chance for just that—some joyful community kinship and collaboration in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.

The call for participants ran from February to June 2021 and the project officially culminated in April 2022. Pieces were created around the broad theme of Imagining New Worlds or Eras — thinking of ideas around solidarity, nourishment, care, rest, transformation, ancestors and descendants, the land, and the ‘year of the ox.’


This initiative has gone on to partner on mail art projects with the Suzhou Alley Women’s Mural (in Vancouver’s Chinatown, 2021) and Artists for Kids and Gordon Smith Gallery's 2023-24 exhibition, The Art of Conversation (North Vancouver, BC), through knowledge-sharing and facilitation.

If you are interested in coordinating your own mail art project collaborative, please feel welcome to reach out with questions or support!

The Exhibition

Call by WY @justanemily, Response by erica hiroko isomura @ericahiroko

Call by Daphne Woo @amacatamoon, Response by Katya @katyaroxas

Call by Cherrie @cherriecyl, Response by @candietanaka

Call by Dawn Lo @dawndawndawnillustration, Response by Julia Wong @julialwong

Call by Marlene Yuen @marleneyuen, Response by Rachel Cheang @cheangrchl

Call by @babincho, Response by @fannkenstein

Call by @atelier. radius (Response in the cosmos)

Call by Julie Larsen @streetsandfields, Response by Anonymous

Call by Meghna Haldar, Response by @rushaxx

Call by @vivzlart, Response by Luca Cara Seccafien

Call by Vanessa Chan @creation_wing, Response by Judah Kong @mangosweet_tastybeats

Call by Sahana @bahanasabu, Response by Anonymous

Call by Andrea @VanAndream (lost in transit)

Call by Kathy Mak (Response in the cosmos)

Call by @vinasiue (Response in the cosmos)

Call by Raspberry Yow-Fairs, Response by Megan Low @meganklow

Call by Jai Djwa, Response by Joella Cabalu @joellacabalu

Call by Peggy Chen, Response by Nisha @melodiousimagefilm

Call by Phebe Ferrer @phebses, Response by Damla Tamer @damla_g_tamer

Call by Raina @_rainaru, Response by @piquette

Call by Anonymous (lost in transit)

Call by Odera Igbokwe @oderaigbokwe (Response in the cosmos)