about

plastic orchid factory is an artist-run organism that uses the body as a site for social commentary. Created in 2008 by James Gnam and Natalie LeFebvre Gnam, plastic orchid makes, supports and advocates for divergent art works that are pluralistic in practice and in form. plastic orchid prioritizes inclusive approaches that blend genres and facilitate research, collaboration, exchange and the development of new frameworks for making and experiencing art.  

During its eleven year history, plastic orchid factory has devised over 20 original works that have been presented in both formal and unconventional spaces. This body of work has been supported by The Vancouver Art Gallery, The New Forms Festival, Will Aballe Art Projects, The Capture Festival, The Facade Festival, The Belkin Gallery, The Dance Centre, EDAM dance, Circuit-Est (Montréal), Opera Estate (Bassano Italy), Electric Company Theatre, The Vancouver East Cultural Centre, The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Boca del Lupo, The Vancouver International Dance Festival,10 Gates Dancing and The National Arts Centre. 

In 2017, plastic orchid created Left of Main, an artist-run space dedicated to the live arts, located in Vancouver’s Historic Chinatown. plastic orchid continues to seek out and develop facilities and systems that move outside of traditional forms of production and dissemination. 

plastic orchid factory acknowledges that we are on the unceded, ancestral and traditional Coast Salish territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səlil̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) people. As artists that live, work and play on these lands, we strive to be allies with, to learn from, and to acknowledge the rights of indigenous peoples. 

Our hope is that everyone is able to access and enjoy our work. If there is anything we can do to help or improve your experience, please let us know by e-mail at plasticorchid@me.com

plastic orchid factory is a registered charity. Your support directly impacts our ability to bring impactful, innovative live art to over 15,000 people in BC and beyond, annually. If our work resonates with you, consider making a donation. Visit Canadahelps.org to make a gift (donations of $25+ receive a tax receipt). Thank you for your support!