Visitors is a shop, gallery, and community space based in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. We curate an assortment of zines, books, ceramics, printed multiples, small artworks, jewelry, and textiles, made by contemporary artists & designers—as well as slow fashion for all genders & bodies, including handmade, ethically-produced, second-hand and vintage clothing.
Visitors is a project about expression. We are an artist-run shop and future-making space, whose retail practice place emphasis on maximizing support for artistic careers. We promote a way of shopping that contributes to the sustainability of peoples' livelihoods, their communities and the environment, and make space for emerging creatives to connect with audiences in New Brunswick and beyond. In addition to regular shop activities, Visitors will be inclusive space for youth, families, visiting artists, and community members to gather and participate in cultural programming. We share in a commitment to anti-oppression and respectfully acknowledge that Visitors operates within unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik and Mi’kmaq Peoples.
How it all got started
Visitors is run by artists KC Wilcox and Emily Saab. KC and Emily met one another in 2016 at an open meeting to discuss the viability of an artist co-op in Saint John. This meeting sparked a friendship built upon a common interest in developing a space in the city that combines artist-run practices with sustainable commerce. KC and Emily have both previously worked within the nonprofit sector for two New Brunswick artist-run centres, and are curious about new ways to sustain their own livelihoods as they continue to practice art, test hypotheses, make noise, and contribute to Saint John’s local scene.