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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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5th Annual North Shore Art Crawl

  • March 07 - March 08
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: Megan Koch
  • Phone: 604-988-6844
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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

  • March 07 - March 07
  • 555 Nelson Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6R5
  • Admission: FREE
  • Phone: 604-681-2700
  • Venue: Contemporary Art Gallery
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CAG Free Guided Visit - Jeremy Shaw: Medium-Based Time

  • March 21 - March 21
  • 555 Nelson Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6R5
  • Admission: FREE
  • Phone: 604-681-2700
  • Venue: Contemporary Art Gallery
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CAG Free Guided Visit in Spanish

  • March 14 - March 14
  • 555 Nelson Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6R5
  • Admission: FREE
  • Phone: 604-681-2700
  • Venue: Contemporary Art Gallery
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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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David Crompton: Common

  • March 06 - March 28
  • The Remington Gallery
  • 108 East Hastings
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: FREE
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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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It’s a Sheep Show: A Lunar New Year Art Show presented by Hot Art Wet City

  • February 19 - March 07
  • Hot Art Wet City
  • 2206 Main Street
    Vancouver, BC V5T 3C7
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: Chris Bentzen
  • Phone: 604-764-2266
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Keg de Souza – Screening: If There’s Something Strange In Your Neighbourhood...

  • March 18 - March 18
  • Milano Gastown
  • 36 Powell St
    Vancouver, BC V6B 2JY
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: Jill
  • Phone: 604-681-2700
  • Venue: Milano Gastown
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North Shore Art Crawl 2015

  • March 07 - March 08
  • North Vancouver Community Arts Council
  • 335 Lonsdale Avenue
    North Vancouver, V7M 2G3
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 604-988-6844
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Peace Out: New Works from José Rivas

  • March 06 - March 21
  • 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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The Map Is Not The Territory

  • March 06 - March 28
  • The Gam Gallery
  • 110 East Hastings Street
    Vancouver, BC V6A 1N4
  • Admission: FREE
  • Phone: 778-235-6928
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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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