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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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18th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl

  • November 20 - November 23
  • Various Locations
  • Admission: FREE
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Boundaries

  • December 12 - December 18
  • Serpens Gallery
  • 436 Columbia Street
    Vancouver, BC V6A 2R8
  • Admission: FREE
  • Contact: Kazimir Simpson
  • Phone: 778-875-4949
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Dreaming of Chagall    

  • November 06 - November 30
  • Jewish Community Centre
  • 950 West 41st Avenue
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: FREE
  • Contact: Linda Lando
  • Phone: 604-638-7277
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Free Family Days @ the Contemporary Art Gallery

  • November 29 - November 30
  • Contemporary Art Gallery
  • 555 Nelson Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6R5
  • Admission: Free
  • Venue: Contemporary Art Gallery
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Free Family Days at the Contemporary Art Gallery

  • November 29 - November 30
  • 555 Nelson Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6R5
  • Admission: Free
  • Venue: Contemporary Art Gallery
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Liquid Amber Tattoo's Art Show Fundraiser for North Shore Rescue

  • December 07 - December 07
  • Liquid Amber Tattoo
  • 62 Powell Street
    Vancouver, BC V6A 1E7
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: info@liquidambertattoo.com
  • Phone: 604-738-3667
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OLD: An Art Show

  • December 04 - December 20
  • Hot Art Wet City
  • 2206 Main Street
    Vancouver, BC V5T 3C7
  • Admission: FREE
  • Phone: 604-764-2266
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Pandemonium: A Rain City Illustration Show

  • November 06 - November 29
  • Hot Art Wet City
  • 2206 Main Street
    Vancouver, BC V5T 3C7
  • Admission: FREE
  • Phone: 604-764-2266
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The 10th Annual Anonymous Art Show

  • November 21 - December 20
  • CityScape Community Art Space
  • 335 Lonsdale Avenue
    North Vancouver, BC V7M2G3
  • Admission: FREE
  • Phone: 604-988-6844
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The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) presents Piga Picha!

  • November 25 - April 04
  • 6393 North West Marine Drive
    Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
  • Phone: 778-327-8175
  • Venue: UBC Museum of Anthropology
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Vancouver Alternative Fashion Week[End] - #VALT2014

  • November 21 - November 23
  • Maritime Labour Centre
  • 1880 Triumph Street
    Vancouver, BC V5L 1K3
  • Admission: $26.62 - $154.74
  • Contact: Kat Kozak, Co-Founder & Media Director
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