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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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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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CAG Free Guided Visit in French

  • April 04 - April 04
  • 555 Nelson Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6R5
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: Jill Henderson
  • Phone: 604-681-2700
  • Venue: Contemporary Art Gallery
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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 Launch and Images That Speak Opening Event

  • April 02 - April 02
  • Satellite Gallery
  • 560 Seymour Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: Free
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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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Contemporary Art Gallery Presents Jeremy Shaw - Medium-Based Time

  • February 27 - April 19
  • 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 David Balzer - Curationism

  • April 10 - April 10
  • 555 Nelson Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6R5
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: Jill Henderson
  • Phone: 604-681-2700
  • Venue: Contemporary Art Gallery
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Hot Art Wet City presents A Tribute to DAVID SUZUKI

  • March 13 - April 02
  • 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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Purely Paper Exhibition

  • March 06 - April 10
  • CityScape Community Art Space
  • 335 Lonsdale Ave
    Vancouver, BC V7M 2G3
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: North Vancouver Community Arts Council
  • Phone: 604-988-6844
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SFU Philosophers Café: Art Salons

  • April 11 - April 11
  • 555 Nelson Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6R5
  • Admission: FREE
  • Phone: 604-81-2700
  • Venue: Contemporary 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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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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