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.

AUG 23
TUE 7pm
In the Gallery, 4th floor
Room 4East and Rooftop Pavilion

Summer Slideshows / David Wisdom

Former CBC radio personality and photographer David Wisdom hosts his legendary communal slideshows. Featuring local artists and arts practitioners, the evening is a warm gathering pairing selected images with music and introductions by Wisdom and the artists. Each presenter creates a new slideshow to share and the event is followed by a musical set and an opportunity to mingle with the artists.

Presenters: Rick Staehling | Neil Wedman | Henri Robideau | Amy Jones | Justine Chambers | Art Perry | Megan Barnes | Music: DJ – Tim Lee

Doors open and cash bar 6:15pm. Slideshows 7pm. DJ 8:30pm

Thank you for your interest in this event. Advance, online tickets are now sold out. A very limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Please inquire at the Event Desk in the Gallery lobby starting from 6pm on the night of the event.Please note that advance ticket holders must check in by 6:45pm or their spot will be released.

TUE 7pm
In the Gallery, Room 4East

Lecture / Colin Browne
I Had an Interesting French Artist to See Me This Summer: Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen in British Columbia

In this illustrated art historical lecture, guest curator Colin Browne looks at an unexpected moment in the history of Modernist painting occasioned by the meeting of Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen in Victoria in 1939. This talk also explores their relationship to the culture of the Indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast and Paalen’s influence as a painter and theorist on Abstract Expressionism.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission.

FRI 1pm
In the Gallery, 1st floor

Scholar’s Tour / Catherine Soussloff
PICASSO: The Artist and His Muses

UBC art history professor Catherine Soussloff tours the exhibition and discusses Picasso’s later works (1955–73) in relation to both the artist’s earlier practice and the history of art in the second half of the 20th century.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission.

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

*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.