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


Monday, February 9, 12-4pm
Weekly Family Programs
BC Family Day / in the Gallery
Come and celebrate BC Family Day at the Vancouver Art Gallery on February 9, 2015. There will be an exciting range of activities to participate in throughout the day. Find out more »

Free for Members or with Gallery admission.
FREE for children 12 & under

BC Family Day

Tuesday, February 10, 7pm
From the Collection: The Poetics of Space
Artists' Talk & Tour / Daina Augaitis, Michael Drebert, Shelagh Keeley, Renée Van Halm / in the Gallery, 3rd Floor
Exhibition co-curator Daina Augaitis leads this tour with exhibiting artists Renée Van Halm, Shelagh Keeley and Michael Drebert. Short presentations about the works on display will explore cultural, phenomenological and conceptual approaches to considering space. .

Free for Members or with Gallery admission (Meet at the Title Wall)

The Poetics of Space

Wednesday, February 11, 7pm
Unscrolled: Reframing Tradition in Chinese Contemporary Art
Animated Films of Sun Xun / Sun Xun / The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street
This selection of animated films by Sun Xun use traditional materials like charcoal, paint, ink and woodblock to create stunning sequences that depict the destructive force of human impulses with a range of motifs. The incredible hand-made animations that result take their inspiration from political cartoons, biology books, instruction manuals and newsreels. Blending a deep interest in history with a sense of fantasy and metaphor, these films explore themes of societal development and revolution, while avoiding didactic (or politically dangerous) conclusions about China's government. By couching criticism in surreal metaphor the works establish and portray a series of recurring characters, such as animals and insects which stand in for human emotions, or a magician dressed in a black suit who represents a generic government official type who is characterized as "the only legal liar." The artist's hand and personal language reveal a search for another world, and in so doing places viewers in one of his own making – both dreamlike and apocalyptic.

  • Mythos, 2006, 12:36
  • Beyond-ism, 2010, 8:08
  • Some actions which haven't been defined yet in the revolution, 2011, 12:22 21G, 2010, 27:00
Free to the public


Friday, February 13, 6-8pm
Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection
Leadership Opening / in the Gallery
Join fellow Leadership Circle Members for the Leadership Opening of Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection. To find out more about the Leadership Circle, click here »

For Leadership Circle Members only.

Leadership Opening

Friday, February 13, 8-10pm
Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection
Members Opening / in the Gallery
Join your fellow Members to mark the opening of this exciting new exhibition. To find out more about the benefits of Membership, click here »

For Members only. Present your Membership card and receive admission for you and one guest.

Members Opening

Saturday, February 14, 3pm
From the Collection: The Poetics of Space
Performance / Lin Snelling & Shelagh Keeley / in the Gallery, 3rd floor
Choreographer Lin Snelling will perform an improvisational dance related to the installation of Shelagh Keeley's after Lucretius / De Rerum Natura / the nature of things, 2012.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission

Poetics of Space

Tuesday, February 24, 7pm
Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection
Lecture–Paul Cézanne: A Magnificent Monster / Dr. Matthew Simms / in the Gallery, Room 4East
Paul Cézanne, to cite the words of art critic Charles Morice, was a "magnificent monster." He saw Cézanne as an anti-social and self-absorbed artist. Cézanne's art was at times also described as monstrous, that is, characterized by deviations from conventional practice. Dr. Matthew Simms, Professor of Art History at California State University, will explore the theme of monstrosity in relationship to Cézanne's art and his reception by future generations.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission

Cezanne and the Modern

Sat-Sun, February 28-March 1, 10am-5pm
Family FUSE Weekend
SPACE + PLACE / in the Gallery
MAKE! MOVE! DISCOVER! Join artist, musicians, dancers, performers and educators as they explore the ideas of Space + Place through a range of interactive activities, performances and hands-on workshops throughout the gallery. experiment, learn and play.

Admission to Family FUSE Weekend is free for Gallery Members and for children 12 & under when accompanied by an adult

Family FUSE Weekend


Tuesday, March 3, 7pm
Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection
Lecture on Chaim Soutine / Dr. Catherine Soussloff / in the Gallery, Room 4East
Art historian Dr. Catherine Soussloff, Professor of Art History at the University of British Columbia, presents an in-depth lecture on the remarkable painting of Chaim Soutine, with a particular focus on portraiture.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission
Tickets: Available from 5:30pm in the Gallery Lobby
from the Admissions desk and the Membership desk.

Doors open at 6:30pm. Seating is limited and first come, first served.

Cezanne and the Modern

March 9-20, 12-4pm, daily
Weekly Family Programs
Spring Break 2015 / in the Gallery
Look Make and Create this Spring Break! Explore the exhibition with our Art Agents and check out our creative and fun hands- on activities in The Making Place during this extended offering of our Weekly Family Programs. What better way to spend a spring break day?

Free for Members or with Gallery admission

Spring Break 2015

Tuesday, March 10, 7pm
From the Collection: The Poetics of Space
Artists' Talk & Tour / Emmy Lee Wall, Arabella Campbell James Nizam, Robert Young / in the Gallery, 3rd Floor
Exhibition co-curator Emmy Lee Wall introduces this tour with Arabella Campbell, James Nizam, and Robert Young, stopping to speak with the artists in each section of the exhibition. Short presentations about the works will explore non-traditional manners of mapping, the psychic weight of domestic spaces, and the fracturing of form.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission

Poetics of Space

Tuesday, March 17, 7pm
Heller Lecture
To Move Mountains: Old Script and New Practices in Contemporary Chinese Art / Eugene Wang
UBC Robson Square, Theatre C300

The Vancouver Art Gallery is pleased to present Eugene Wang, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art at Harvard University, as the 14th annual Heller Lecturer. This illustrated lecture, To Move Mountains: Old Script and New Practices in Contemporary Chinese Art addresses the complex relationships that tradition and history have within contemporary Chinese art. Presented alongside Unscrolled: Reframing Tradition in Contemporary Chinese Art, it builds on the current exhibition's key themes, with a fulsome discussion about how tradition is transformed through personal experiences, politics and contemporary art practices.

Eugene Wang, a native of Jiangsu, China, studied at Fudan University in Shanghai and subsequently at Harvard University. He began teaching at Harvard University in 1997, and became the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art in 2005. A recipient of numerous awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship, his extensive publications cover the entire range of Chinese art history from ancient funerary art to modern and contemporary Chinese art and cinema. Recent books include the award-winning, Shaping the Lotus Sutra: Buddhist Visual Culture in Medieval China (2005) and his work as the art history associate editor of the Encyclopedia of Buddhism (Macmillan, New York, 2004). He serves on the advisory board of the Center for Advanced Studies, National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. and the editorial board of The Art Bulletin.

Buy Tickets Now for this highly anticipated lecture.
Tickets: $20 for Members
$30 for the General Public
Not a Member? Join or Renew now.

Generously supported by Paul and Edwina Heller in memory of Kitty Heller

If you have any questions, call Katherine Dennis, Public Program Coordinator, Adult Programs
at 604.662.4700 ext 2214 or e-mail talks@vanartgallery.bc.ca

Heller Lecture

Heller Lecture

Tuesday, March 31, 7pm
Art Rental & Sales
Artists' Talk / Sara Robichaud / in the Gallery, AR&S Showroom
Robichaud's work is rooted in formalist painting, engaging the viewer in an inquiry between the atmospheric and lyrical quality of the form and the hard physicality of material. Her process includes staining, layering from chalky opaque paints to transparent saturated colours, taping, scraping heavy gel and using lace as a stencil. Enmeshed with personal life experience, Sara's paintings explore generational feminine themes using an alluring and original visual language.

To register for the March 31 artist talk call the showroom at 604.662.4716 or manager@artrentalandsales.com. Space is limited.

Art Rental & Sales


Tuesday, April 14, 7pm
Andrew Dadson: Over the Sun
Artist's Talk / Andrew Dadson / in the Gallery
Andrew Dadson discusses his working methods and the work on view as part of Over the Sun.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission

Over the Sun
Wednesday, April 15, 8am-8pm
The Associates
Day Tour / Art-Food-Travel / La Conner, WA
Join the Associates of the Vancouver Art Gallery for an art-filled day tour to La Conne, WA, to visit two museums and partake in some fine dining... find out more »

For Associate Members only. Fees apply.

The Associates

Friday, April 24, 8pm-1am
Art Music Performance / in the Gallery Store
Live performances in the Gallery spaces, dJs and unexpected surprises make FUSE Vancouver's favourite art party-a place to see some of the best in local performance art, theatre, contemporary dance and music.

FUSE Admission*: Online advance ticket: $20 (+tax) | Free for Gallery Members.
Tickets available in February 2015.

*No passes or discounts valid for FUSE admission. Senior, Student and General Admission tickets do not apply towards FUSE admission.


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