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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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Vancouver International Children's Festival 2015

  • May 25 - May 31
  • Granville Island
  • Admission: $25 per adult, $15 per child, or $8 for an activity zone (only) wristband
  • Phone: 604-708-5655
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Art! Vancouver - May 2015

  • May 21 - May 24
  • Vancouver Convention Centre
  • 1055 Canada Place
    Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3
  • Admission: $15.00 online, $20.00 at the door
  • Contact: Lisa Wolfin
  • Phone: 604-817-6464
  • Venue: Art! Vancouver
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Canstruction Vancouver 2015

  • April 24 - May 08
  • Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
  • 791 Georgia St West
    Vancouver, BC V6C 2T4
  • Venue: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
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Capture Photography Festival

  • April 02 - April 29
  • Various Locations
  • Venue: Capture Photography Festival
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Cézanne and the Modern at the Vancouver Art Gallery

  • February 14 - May 18
  • 750 Hornby Street
    Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7
  • Admission: Included in Admission
  • Phone: 604-662-4719
  • Venue: Vancouver Art Gallery
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Sibéal Foyle

  • April 08 - June 02
  • District Library Gallery Lynn Valley Main Library
  • 1277 Lynn Valley Road
    North Vancouver, BC V7M 2G3
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: Stefanie Wysota
  • Phone: 604-988-6844
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Vancouver Mini Maker Faire

  • June 06 - June 07
  • PNE Forum
  • 2901 Hastings Street East
    Vancouver, BC V5K 5J1
  • Admission: $9:00 - $48:00 - see website for more information
  • Venue: Pacific National Exhibition
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You Are Here

  • April 17 - May 16
  • CityScape Community Art Space
  • 335 Lonsdale Avenue
    North Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: Free
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