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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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“Paintings & Porcelain” World Premier Exhibit by Water Poon (Ah Shui) & Ah Ngau

  • May 01 - May 30
  • Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
  • 578 Carrall St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5K2
  • Admission: included with gardens admission
  • Contact: Terra Dickinson
  • Phone: 604-662-3207 x 208
  • Venue: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
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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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Broadway Across Canada presents WICKED

  • May 28 - June 29
  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • 630 Hamilton (at Georgia)
    Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6
  • Phone: 1-866-542-7469
  • Venue: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
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Eco Fashion Week presents 4 Educational Seminars

  • April 27 - April 27
  • SFU Woodwards
  • 149 West Hastings
    Vancouver, BC
  • Venue: Eco Fashion Week
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Eco Fashion Week presents Monday Fashion Shows presented by Value Village

  • April 28 - April 28
  • Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
  • 900 Canada Place Way
    Vancouver, BC
  • Venue: Eco Fashion Week
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Essentia presents Monthly Photo Contest

  • December 02
  • Essentia
  • 2144 West 4th Avenue
    Vancouver, BC V6K 1N6
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: Angelo
  • Phone: 604-738-0321
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Museum of Vancouver presents Rewilding Vancouver

  • February 27 - August 31
  • Museum of Vancouver
  • 1100 Chestnut St
    Vancouver, BC V6J 3J9
  • Phone: 604-736-4431
  • Venue: Museum of Vancouver
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Vancouver Aquarium Presents 4-D Experience "Planet Earth: Shallow Seas"

  • February 18 - May 01
  • 845 Avison Way
    Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2
  • Phone: 604-659-3474
  • Venue: Vancouver Aquarium
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Vancouver International Children's Festival 2014

  • May 27 - June 01
  • 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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