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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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Contrasting Landscapes

  • October 15 - October 19
  • East Van Studios
  • 870 East Cordova Street
    Vancouver, BC V6A 1M4
  • Phone: 604-558-2400
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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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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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Modern Sculpture Exhibition

  • October 14 - October 19
  • 434 Columbia St.
    Vancouver, BC V6A1T6
  • Admission: FREE
  • Contact: Rudolf Sokolovski
  • Phone: 778-835-6815
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Vancouver Alternative Fashion Week[End] - #VALT2014

  • November 21 - November 23
  • Maritime Labour Centre
  • 1880 Triumph Street
    Vancouver, BC V5L 1K3
  • Admission: $26.62 - $154.74
  • Contact: Kat Kozak, Co-Founder & Media Director
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Vancouver Art Guild 14th Annual Exhibit & Sale

  • November 02 - November 02
  • Jericho Hill Centre
  • 4196 W. 4th Ave
    Vancouver, BC V6R 4J5
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: Jennifer Harwood
  • Phone: 604-721-2415
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