Visitors is an artist-powered shop + gallery
Introducing Visitors one year ago, we set out to establish a space for new perspectives in art, fashion and design. We began with the idea to combine a gift shop, thrift store, art gallery, and community centre. These were spaces we knew as youth growing up in New Brunswick that permitted discovery and fostered creativity. Today, Visitors is a place for offbeat and one-of-a-kind works and wears.
We are mindful of the impact that production has on people and the planet and choose our pieces with care towards quality, sustainability, and longevity. Our clothing collections move between vintage, pre-loved, and handmade garments, and we work with designers using sustainable methods of making.
At the heart of Visitors is our commitment to supporting the careers of artists and craftspeople. As artists ourselves, it is our privilege to play a role in promoting new and diverse voices in contemporary creative practice. We represent 15+ artists, designers, and craftspeople from across Turtle Island, and work with international collectives, distros, and independent publishers. Our clothing consignment program offers customers the opportunity to trade in their wears for art, books, and handcrafted goods.
We are proud to be a space where alternative economic practices take place and challenge traditional retail philosophy. We are aware of the impact non-gender inclusive spaces have on our customers and work to establish practices that foster freedom of expression. Our brick-and-mortar location and online shop invites customers to explore based on their individual preferences for clothing style, cut, size, and fit.
We are committed to bringing people together to take part in creative communities. Four times a year, a new art exhibition opens at Visitors, and outside of regular shop hours we host music performances, readings, talks and workshops. We believe in nurturing our community by offering a platform for new ideas.
We are people of settler and immigrant ancestry and recognize ourselves as visitors on unceded indegenous territory of the Wolastoqiyik and Mi’kmaq First Nations. Our brick-and-mortar shop is housed in a 200 year old building on Union Street, in Saint John, New Brunswick. Our city is at the foot of the Wolastoq River and at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy.
ARTISTS & DESIGNERS
Annie France Noël
Anne Sophie Vallee
Mary Collier Fleet
Tan & Loose Press
People I've Loved
Brigadoon Fiber Farm