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Visual Arts

Visitors flying into Vancouver are often surprised to discover a virtual museum of native art at the airport: totem poles, elaborate wooden masks and intricate wood and metal carvings, all tucked amid the check-in counters, customs booths and departure lounges.  This is no accident: Vancouver is serious about its art. 

The postcard perfect city on the Pacific's edge has a thriving and surprisingly diverse visual culture. First Nations artwork, both traditional and contemporary, is just the start.  A succession of pioneering artists has enriched the cultural scene over the years, from legendary Emily Carr and her expressionist canvases of British Columbia wilderness to architect Arthur Erickson, who defined an entire style of modernist building. 

Today, visitors can take in Vancouver's art at Western Canada's largest public art gallery, at edgy contemporary institutions or even inside the studios of working artists.  And museum lovers will find spaces dedicated to First Nations history and world cultures, Vancouver's rough-and-ready frontier days and modern life - not to mention plenty of kid-favourites, including hands-on Science World and the Vancouver Aquarium

Outside, Vancouver's unique architecture - a mélange of styles from Victorian to modernist, from towers of steel and glass to lush urban greenscapes - offers a provocative visual backdrop, and one that's quickly evolving as new high-rises spike the skyline.  Meanwhile, an ever-rotating ensemble of public art - both locally made and internationally renowned pieces - rewards travelers who take to the streets.
 
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AniRevo 2014

  • August 22 - August 24
  • 1055 Canada Place
    Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3
  • Admission: $50.00 - $75.00
  • Contact: info@animerevolution.ca
  • Venue: Vancouver Convention Centre
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Canadian Masters

  • August 01 - August 31
  • 2117 Granville St
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3E9
  • Admission: FREE
  • Phone: 604-736-8825
  • Venue: Uno Langmann Limited Fine Art
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Dressed in Drama

  • September 02 - November 02
  • 578 Carrall Strett
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5K2
  • Admission: Included with Garden Admission
  • Phone: 604-662-3207
  • Venue: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
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Gu Xiong: a journey exposed

  • May 07 - August 23
  • Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art
  • 2121 Lonsdale Ave
    North Vancouver, BC V7M 2K6
  • Admission: by donation
  • Phone: 604-998-8561
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Guided Visit in Mandarin with Olivia Qiu

  • August 31 - August 31
  • 555 Nelson Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6R5
  • Admission: FREE
  • Phone: 604-681-2700
  • Venue: Contemporary Art Gallery
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Guided Visit with Jaclyn Bruneau

  • August 23 - August 23
  • Contemporary Art Gallery
  • 555 Nelson Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6R5
  • Admission: Free Admission
  • Contact: Jill Henderson
  • Phone: 604-681-2700
  • Venue: Contemporary Art Gallery
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Guided Visit with Shaun Dacey

  • August 30 - August 30
  • 555 Nelson Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6R5
  • Admission: FREE
  • Phone: 604-681-2700
  • Venue: Contemporary Art Gallery
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Ilze Bebris 'Bust!'

  • July 09 - September 08
  • City Atrium Gallery
  • 141 West 14th Street
    North Vancouver, BC V7M 1H9
  • Admission: FREE
  • Phone: 604-988-6844
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Ilze Bebris Archipelago’

  • July 08 - September 08
  • City Atrium Gallery
  • Atrium, 141 West 14th Street
    North Vancouver, BC V7M 1H9
  • Admission: Free Admission
  • Contact: Jo Dunlop
  • Phone: 604-988-6844
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Jürgen Partenheimer, The Archive – The Raven Diaries

  • September 11 - November 09
  • 555 Nelson Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6R5
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: Jill Henderson
  • Phone: 604-681-2700
  • Venue: Contemporary Art Gallery
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Kelly Richardson - Legion

  • July 11 - August 31
  • 555 Nelson Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6R5
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: Jill Henderson
  • Phone: 604-681-2700
  • Venue: Contemporary Art Gallery
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Marisa Pahl

  • July 16 - August 26
  • District Library Gallery, Lynn Valley Main Library
  • 1277 Lynn Valley Rd
    North Vancouver, BC V7J 2A1
  • Admission: free
  • Contact: Jo Dunlop
  • Phone: 604-988-6844
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Science World presents "Journey to the South Pacific - OMNIMAX® Film"

  • May 17 - August 31
  • Science World British Columbia
  • TELUS World of Science
    Vancouver, BC V6A 3Z7
  • Phone: 604-443-7440
  • Venue: Science World British Columbia
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Two Faced: New Works by Sophia Ahamed & Jose Rivas

  • August 07 - August 23
  • Hot Art Wet City
  • 2206 Main Street
    Vancouver, BC V5T 3C7
  • Admission: Free Admission
  • Contact: Chris Bentzen
  • Phone: 604-764-2266
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Urbanity

  • August 01 - August 30
  • Cityscape Community Art Space
  • 335 Lonsdale
    North Vancouver, BC V7M2G3
  • Admission: FREE
  • Phone: 604-988-6844
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Vancouver Fringe - 2014 Opening Night: 30th Birthday Bash

  • September 02 - September 02
  • Performance Works
  • 1218 Cartwright Street
    Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8
  • Admission: $100.00
  • Phone: 604-257-0350
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Vancouver Halloween Parade & Expo

  • October 18 - October 19
  • Granville St, Downtown Vancouver
  • 1088 Burrard Street
    Vancouver, BC V6Z 2R9
  • Admission: Free Admission, $25.00 - $45.00
  • Contact: feedback@vanhalloween.com
  • Phone: 778-300-7456
  • Venue: Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel
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Vancouver Jump for Joy Photo Mural Opening

  • August 23 - August 23
  • lane beside
  • 161 East Pender Street
    Vancouver, BC V6A 2V2
  • Admission: Free
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