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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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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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Alien Sex: A Gala(xy) Fundraiser

  • July 31 - July 31
  • Roundhouse Exhibition Hall
  • 181 Roundhouse Mews
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: $80.00 Gala Fundraiser / $20.00 Regular Ticket
  • Contact: Theo Jakob
  • Phone: 778-554-5405
  • Venue: Queer Arts Festival
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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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Celebrate WFF - Vancouver Benefit

  • August 14 - August 14
  • Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar
  • 1095 Hamilton Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5T4
  • Admission: $150.00 per person
  • Contact: Ellie Irwin
  • Phone: 604-938-3203
  • Venue: Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar
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Épopée

  • August 05 - August 05
  • Performance Centre
  • 181 Roundhouse Mews
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: $10.00 General Admission / $8.00 Youth/Seniors/Underemployed
  • Phone: 778-554-5405
  • Venue: Queer Arts Festival
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GenderFest Silkscreening Workshop

  • July 29 - July 29
  • Room C Roundhouse Community Centre
  • 181 Roundhouse Mews
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: $2.00 - 20.00 per family
  • Phone: 778-554-5405
  • Venue: Queer Arts Festival
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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 French with Kay Slater

  • August 10 - August 10
  • 555 Nelson Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: FREE
  • Phone: 604-681-2700
  • Venue: Contemporary Art Gallery
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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 Jill Henderson

  • August 17 - August 17
  • 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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Honda Celebration of Light 2014

  • July 26 - August 02
  • English Bay and Sunset Beach
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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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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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Loud and Queer!

  • August 09 - August 09
  • Roundhouse Exhibition Hall
  • 181 Roundhouse Mews
    Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3
  • Admission: By donation
  • Phone: 778-554-5405
  • Venue: Queer Arts Festival
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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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Pride in Art

  • July 24 - August 09
  • Great Hall
  • 181 Roundhouse Mews
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: FREE
  • Phone: 778-554-5405
  • Venue: Queer Arts Festival
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Queer Arts Festival presents Queering the International

  • July 23 - August 09
  • Roundhouse Exhibition Hall
  • 181 Roundhouse Mews
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: By donation
  • Contact: Theo Jakob
  • Phone: 778-554-5405
  • Venue: Queer Arts Festival
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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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Seeking Protection is Not A Crime

  • July 24 - August 09
  • Roundhouse Exhibition Hall
  • 181 Roundhouse Mews
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: FREE for Members
  • Phone: 778-554-5405
  • Venue: Queer Arts Festival
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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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