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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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Bernstein & Widder: A Sci-Art Collaboration

  • September 01 - September 01
  • Vancouver Aquarium
  • 845 Avison Way
    Vancouver, BC V6B 3X8
  • Admission: Included as part of usual Aquarium ticket prices.
  • Venue: Vancouver Aquarium
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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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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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SFU Philosophers Café: Art Salons - Jürgen Partenheimer

  • September 27 - September 27
  • 555 Nelson Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6R5
  • Admission: FREE
  • Phone: 604-681-2700
  • Venue: Contemporary Art Gallery
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Streets

  • September 04 - September 26
  • 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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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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