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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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Artist Talk - Krista Belle Stewart in Conversation with Dory Nason

  • January 29 - January 29
  • Western Front
  • 303 East 8th Avenue
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: Jill Henderson
  • Phone: 604-681-2700
  • Venue: Contemporary Art Gallery
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Contemporary Art Gallery - New Exhibitions Open

  • January 23 - February 15
  • 555 Nelson Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6R5
  • Phone: 604-681-2700
  • Venue: Contemporary Art Gallery
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Contemporary Art Gallery Feedback Talk Series: Zora McMillan

  • February 01 - February 01
  • Contemporary Art Gallery
  • 555 Nelson Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6R5
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: Jill Henderson
  • Phone: 604-681-2700
  • Venue: Contemporary Art Gallery
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Contemporary Art Gallery Presents Downtown Gallery Tours

  • January 31 - January 31
  • Contemporary Art Gallery
  • 555 Nelson Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6R5
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: Jill Henderson
  • Phone: 604-681-2700
  • Venue: Contemporary Art Gallery
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North Vancouver Community Arts Council presents Gigaemi [:frank:baker.]

  • December 10 - February 10
  • District Library Gallery
  • 1277 Lynn Valley Road
    North Vancouver, BC V7J 2A1
  • Admission: FREE
  • Phone: 604-988-6844
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PiƱata featuring Meaghan Kennedy & Ali Bruce

  • January 30 - February 14
  • Hot Art Wet City
  • 2206 Main Street
    Vancouver, BC V5T 3C7
  • Admission: free
  • Contact: Chris Bentzen
  • Phone: 604-764-2266
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Plein-Air Blossom Painting 2015

  • April 12 - April 19
  • 5251 Oak St
    Vancouver, BC V6M 4H1
  • Phone: 604-257-8120
  • Venue: VanDusen Botanical Garden
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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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