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.

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Video Documentation

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

*TICKETED EVENT | All programming is in the Gallery and free with Gallery Admission unless otherwise indicated.
Dates and times are subject to change. Please check back for complete up-to-date listings.

OCT 11
TUES 7pm
In the Gallery, Courtroom 302

Artist’s Talk / Bill Burns with Gabrielle Moser
Artist Books Week

Join artist Bill Burns and writer Gabrielle Moser as they discuss Mr. Burns' new book Hans Ulrich Obrist Hear Us (YYZ BOOKS, Toronto and Black Dog Publishing, London). The book speculates on desire and belonging with particular reference to brown-nosing and idolization within contemporary art. It asks a question that has no answer: 'What to long for?’

Hans Ulrich Obrist Hear Us includes essays by Bill Burns, Jennifer Allen, Dan Adler and Dannys Montes de Oca Moreda with a foreword by Jennifer Matotek and Stuart Reid. This talk is presented as part of Artist Books Week », a parallel series of events hosted in conjunction with the Vancouver Art/Book Fair ».

Bill Burns is an artist, writer and experimental choral director. His work about art, animals and advanced industrialism has been shown at the ICA, London, England; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; KW, Berlin; Mendes Wood Gallery, Sao Paulo; and the Museum of Art, Seoul. He is represented by MKG127 in Toronto.

Gabrielle Moser is a writer, educator and independent curator. She writes regularly for Artforum.com, Art in America, Canadian Art and Fillip magazines and is currently organizing an exhibition on the use of props in contemporary art for Oakville Galleries. She is a postdoctoral fellow in art history at the University of British Columbia and an adjunct professor in art history at OCAD University.

Free. Seating is first come, first served.

OCT 26
WED 7pm
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

Simon Fraser University
149 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC
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Canadian Art Encounters: International Artists Series / Wolfgang Tillmans*

The Canadian Art Foundation, in partnership with the Vancouver Art Gallery, hosts a talk with the critically acclaimed German artist Wolfgang Tillmans. Tillmans will be joined in conversation by New York and Toronto-based writer and critic Tom McDonough.

Doors open 6:30pm. Artist’s Talk 7pm.

TICKETS*: Thank you for your interest in this event. Unfortunately, this talk is sold out. Please visit our calendar page for listings of other upcoming public programs.

For full details, visit our
Special Events page ».

Canadian art

Presented by BMO Financial Group. Sponsored by Goethe-Institut.

OCT 29
1:30pm & 3pm
In the Gallery, 1st floor

Curator’s Tours / Heinz Liesbrock: 1:30pm / John T. Hill: 3pm
Walker Evans: Depth of Field

At 1:30pm guest curator Heinz Liesbrock tours the exhibition Walker Evans: Depth of Field with Grant Arnold, Audain Curator of British Columbia Art. An art historian and Director of the Josep Albers Museum, Liesbrock discusses how the photography of Walker Evans held a mirror to the social realities of everyday life and the lasting legacy of this work.

At 3pm guest curator John T. Hill offers his insights into the exhibition. As a photographer, designer and writer and a friend and colleague of Walker Evans, Hill shares his in-depth knowledge of and passion for Evans’ photography.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission.

TUES 7pm
In the Gallery, Room 4East

Spoken Word Performance / Molly Billows
I Had an Interesting French Artist to See Me This Summer: Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen in British Columbia

Through spoken word performance, poet Molly Billows responds to the narrative in the exhibition of Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen’s early 20th century artworks. Billows’ storytelling interjects a new perspective and voice into the story of Carr and Paalen’s travels through British Columbia and their artistic response to the land, people and art of the Northwest Coast First Nations.

Molly Billows is swift waters, secrets and salal berries. Northern Coast Salish from the Homalco Nation, she was adopted-out and grew up in and around Victoria. She has been living as a visitor in Vancouver, on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations since 2011. She is a queer, mixed, urban, Indigenous feminist, a spoken word poet, facilitator and youth worker. She hopes to weave together stories in ways that lift up her communities and contribute to collective healing, rage, resurgence and love.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission.

NOV 22
TUES 7pm
In the Gallery, Courtroom 302
3rd floor, Annex Building

Artist's Talk / Khan Lee in conversation with Barbara Cole
Offsite: Khan Lee

In this talk, artist Khan Lee discusses making art for public spaces with curator and public art consultant Barbara Cole. Their conversation will consider Lee’s practice, looking at examples of his work with the artist collective Instant Coffee, his new installation Red, Green and Blue at Offsite, and a recent land art installation in Japan. Lee and Cole will also reflect on recent developments in public art in Vancouver and share their thoughts on the challenges and opportunities of exhibiting contemporary art in shared social spaces.

Khan Lee produces sculpture, video, installation and performance works, which frequently draw on everyday objects and situations. In recent years, the artist has also created a number of public artworks. Red, Green and Blue is a site-specific installation at Vancouver Art Gallery’s Offsite space, which proposes a field of fabricated organic forms and filtered light.

Barbara Cole is Executive Director of Other Sights for Artists Projects, a collective of Vancouver-based individuals with expertise in curating, project management, presentation, delivery and promotion of temporary art projects in public spaces..

Free for Members or with Gallery admission. Seating is limited and first come, first served.

1pm & 3pm
In the Gallery, 4th floor

Artist’s Tour / Sonny Assu
In Dialogue with Emily Carr: Sonny Assu

Join interdisciplinary artist Sonny Assu for a tour of his exhibition In Dialogue with Emily Carr: Sonny Assu. Challenging the colonial gaze, Assu merges Indigenous iconography with a pop art sensibility to intervene into the work of Modernist painter Emily Car and her representations of the landscape and First Nations people. Assu will discuss select sculptural works, his ongoing series Interventions on the Imaginary, which includes digital tags based on a selection of Carr paintings from the Vancouver Art Gallery’s collection and a new collaboration with ceramic artist Brendan Tang.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission.

*TICKETED EVENT | All programming is in the Gallery and free with Gallery Admission unless otherwise indicated.
Dates and times are subject to change. Please check back for complete up-to-date listings.