lectures and talks

The Gallery's public lectures, classes and discussion groups presented by artists, curators, art historians, critics and collectors are springboards for understanding and appreciating the world of art and visual culture, for exchanging ideas and for debating issues. These events take many forms, ranging from traditional slide presentations to informal artists' talks in the galleries. They bring renowned scholars, critics and artists to Vancouver, setting local art and artists in an international framework and drawing together some of the brightest minds of our time.

For more information please call 604.662.4719

Video Documentation

Visit the Gallery's video page, to view documentation of lectures and talks.
VideosVimeo - Vancouver Art Gallery


Tues, December 2, 7pm
Art Rental & Sales
Artist Talk / Paul Wong / in the Art Rental & Sales Showroom
Award winning artist Paul Wong's 1997 series titled Chinese Cafés; The Five Energies, documents a nostalgic road-trip the artist took through Western Canada and reflects the influence of Chinese Canadians on our culture. The artist speaks of this work and others which are featured in the Showroom until Jan 30/15.

Free to attend but space is limited. Advance registration only.
To register: 604.662.4746 or email manager@artrentalandsales.com.

Paul Wong

Through December 5, 10am-5:30pm, Tuesdays until 9pm
Gallery Store
Members 12 Days of Holiday Shopping / in the Gallery Store
20% off regular-priced items during Members 12 Days of Holiday Shopping. Daily, in the Gallery Store.

For Members only

Members Shopping Week

Saturday, December 6, 11am
The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors
UBC Chinese Ensemble / Musical Instruments in the Forbidden City: A Demonstration and Performance / in the Gallery, 1st Floor
This short program of demonstrations and musical performances, led by Alan Thrasher, Director of the UBC Chinese Ensemble and Professor in the School of Music, brings the sounds of the Forbidden City to life. The event features a live performance by the UBC Chinese Ensemble and a performance by master of the qin zither, Shu Chee Wong.

1. "Caicha Wuqu" (Tea-picking Dance-song)
A medley of tea-picking melodies from Zhejiang province (south of Shanghai).

2. "Zhegu Fei" (Partridges Flying)
A short traditional instrumental piece, evocative of the flight patterns of these beautiful birds.

3. "Hantian Lei" (Thunder in the Drought)
One of the best-known melodies in the Cantonese tradition.

4. Qin zither performance by Master Shu Chee Wong,
Featuring: "Jiukuang" (Drunkenness) and "Guanshan Yue" (Moon over the Mountain Pass).

The UBC Chinese Ensemble was founded in 1983 as a formal ensemble within the UBC School of Music. Its membership is student-based, all of whom are highly skilled on their traditional instruments. The repertoire changes from one year to another, with a focus this year on the traditional music of the Shanghai region and Hakka music of South China. The current players are: Charlotte Rong Sho (Ruan and sanxian lutes), Tian Ip (Zheng zither), Chuu Huey Ng (Erhu two-string fiddle), June Lam (Yangqin dulcimer) and Alan Thrasher (Dizi bamboo flute).

Mr. Wong is an internationally recognized master of the qin zither. With a special interest in traditional techniques and silk-string technology, he has been invited by qin makers and performers in China to re-introduce and refine these important ideals.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission.

the Forbidden City

Sunday, December 7, 2pm
The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors
Curator's Tour / Timothy Brook, Republic of China Chair, Department of History and Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia / in the Gallery, 1st Floor
By popular demand, the Gallery presents a second tour by Co-Coordinating Curator Timothy Brook, offering in-depth discussion of the history and objects in The Forbidden City.

Timothy Brook, a native of Toronto, has taught Chinese and world history at the University of British Columbia since 2004, where he also holds the Republic of China Chair in the Department of History and Institute of Asian Research. He is the author or editor of twenty books on China, including Vermeer's Hat, Death by a Thousand Cuts, The Troubled Empire and Mr. Selden's Map of China.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission

the Forbidden City


Friday, January 9, 6:30pm
The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors
Lecture / John Kieschnick / UBC Robson Square, Theatre-Room C300 (lower level) 800 Robson Street
Professor Kieschnick, a specialist in Chinese Buddhism with particular emphasis on its cultural history, presents a lecture regarding prayer beads in connection with imperial portraits and The Forbidden City. Kieschnick is Co-Director of the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford University, and is the author of the Eminent Monk: Buddhist Ideals in Medieval China and The Impact of Buddhism on Chinese Material Culture. He is currently working on a book on Buddhist interpretations of the past in China, and a primer for reading Buddhist texts in Chinese.

Co-presented with The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society as part of the Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation Distinguished Speaker Series

Free to the public. Visit our website for updated details.

the Forbidden City

Winter 2015 events coming soon. Please check back for updates.