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Adult Public Programs A broad range of programs and initiatives expanded upon

and enriched the public's experience of the 2012/13 exhibitions, casting the themes and issues
present in a new light. The wide-ranging list of presenters included John O’Brian, Larissa Lai,
Cindy Mochizuki, Magnolia Pauker, Inkstuds comics, Cornelia Butler and many others.

A curatorial panel investigating themes of the important, nationally touring exhibition
Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965–1980 featured Catherine Crowston, Barbara Fischer and

Grant Arnold, and was the launch of a series of special discussions featuring such speakers
as Marian Penner Bancroft, Hank Bull, Ian Wallace, Christos Dikeakos, Michael de Courcy,
Robert Kleyn, Keith Wallace, Glenn Lewis, Paul Wong and Gathie Falk. Ian Wallace: At the

Intersection of Painting and Photography also inspired an international speaker series that
brought influential figures such as Stan Douglas, Christine Poggi and Victor Burgin into

dialogue with Ian Wallace.
In 2012 the Gallery also hosted the first annual Vancouver Art/Book Fair, produced by
Project Space; the only international event of its kind in Canada, the fair engaged hundreds of

visitors with contemporary artist publishing. The Gallery also expanded other key partner-
ships, hosting a lecture by two-time Governor General’s Literary Award winner Ross King as

part of the Canadian Art Foundation International Speakers Series, as well as a presentation
by the Beijing-based curator Philip Tinari in partnership with the Canadian Art Foundation
and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.

The annual Heller Lecture featured the wildly popular comic artist Art Spiegelman, subject of
the exhibition CO-MIX: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics and Scraps. In discussion with curator

Bruce Grenville, Speigelman spoke about his development as an artist in the international scene
of comic art and discussed the growing understanding of his genre among arts institutions.
All of the Gallery's exhibitions were augmented by public talks and were toured by Gallery

Animateurs on Thursdays and Sundays. For the first time, videos of select programs were
made available to view on the Gallery’s website.



Gallery Live The Gallery’s performance program continued to draw enthusiastic crowds
through 2012/13. FUSE, now in its eighth season, increased in frequency to four events

annually — an exciting jump in the number of opportunities to support and celebrate local
performing artists. Attendance was excellent, and our recent summer FUSE attracted over
2,500 people to the Gallery to enjoy spectacular interdisciplinary performance and installations.





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