Special Events

A Crimp in the Fabric:
Situating Painting Today

A Crimp in the Fabric: Situating Painting Today presents a range of perspectives reflecting on the current state of contemporary painting practices. The symposium is co-organized by the University of British Columbia, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Simon Fraser University and the Vancouver Art Gallery.
THUR 7pm
Reliance Theatre, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, 520 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver
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Keynote Lecture: Isabelle Graw
The Value of Painting
Part of the symposium A Crimp in the Fabric: Situating Painting Today
A lecture by internationally renowned art critic and professor Isabelle Graw opens the symposium. Graw will consider what constitutes painting today and look at current measures of value in painting, from artistic to economic, through the lens of critical theory. Find out more»

FRI 9am-5:30pm
Simon Fraser University, World Arts Centre 149 W Hastings St, Vancouver | Directions »
A Crimp in the Fabric: Situating Painting Today
The day-long symposium that follows will take the form of four moderated panel sessions, comprised of Canadian and international artists and scholars, each focused on a theme pertinent to issues in contemporary painting. The discussions will cover a range of topics, such as questions of aesthetics and the agency of materials; the economic conditions of painting; the role of the artist’s studio as a site of intellectual and material production; and the ways in which the practice of painting resists easy translation into words. Find out more»

Participants: Sean Alward | Derek Dunlop | Jessica Groome | Mark Igliorte | Marvin Luvualu Antonio | Christine Major | Sandra Meigs | Elizabeth McIntosh | Nicole Ondre | Athena Papadopoulos | Ben Reeves | Adrianne Rubenstein| Francine Savard | M.E. Sparks | Alison Shields | Carolyn Stockbridge | Charlene Vickers | Jinny Yu


For full details visit crimpinthefabric.ca

The Symposium and Keynote Lecture are free to attend.

Images: Isabelle Graw, Photo: Christian Werner; Jessica Groome, blue circles, 2016–17, collage and acrylic on paper, Photo: Sven Ratzel

Visionary Partner for Art Education:
Ji Ping Bai

The Goethe-Institut is an arts partner of the Vancouver Art Gallery

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OCT 13
Gallery Lobby & Annex

Vancouver Art Book Fair: Members Preview
Vancouver Art Book Fair

Members of the Vancouver Art Gallery and Vancouver Art Book Fair are invited to an exclusive preview of the Vancouver Art/Book Fair the evening before it opens to the public. Find out more »


Vancouver Art Gallery and VABF Members free. Present your Membership card for admission at the door. Guests $10 (pay upon entry). Memberships can also be purchased on site.

OCT 14-15
Book Fair: 12-6pm
Book Sale: 12-5pm
Gallery Lobby & Annex

Vancouver art Book Fair & Library Book Sale
Vancouver Art Book Fair

The annual Vancouver Art/Book Fair is a two-day festival of artists’ publishing featuring nearly one hundred local, national and international publishers of books, magazines, zines, printed ephemera and digital or other experimental forms of publication, as well as on-site programs, performances and installations and the Vancouver Art Gallery Library’s annual book sale. Find out more »


To see the full program and list of exhibitors, visit the website.

OCT 27
in the Gallery

Members Opening
Entangled; Portrait of the Artist; Gordon Smith;
Carol Sawyer; True Nordic

YOUR MEMBERSHIP MATTERS! Join your fellow Members to mark the opening of our fall exhibitions: Entangled: Two Views on Contemporary Canadian Painting; Portrait of the Artist: An Exhibition from the Royal Collection; Gordon Smith: The Black Paintings; Carol Sawyer: The Natalie Brettschneider Archive; True Nordic: How Scandinavia Influenced Design in Canada/Nordique: L’Influence du design scandinave au Canada.

Present your Membership card for admission for you and one guest. Members Openings are your exclusive opportunity to enjoy new exhibitions while mingling with other art enthusiasts. View exhibitions »

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OCT 29
in the Gallery

Panel Discussion: Making the Beyond / Patrick Cruz, Magalie Guérin and Walter Scott
Moderated by cheyanne turions
The idea of the west often stands in as a metaphor for the development of a project or concept. Think of the frontier as symbol of colonial expansion or consider the central place that western epistemologies claim for themselves in relation to other ways of knowing. These kinds of claims are given form (and power), in part, through representations in art. But in our contemporary moment, where socio-political power relations are shifting, what might the art practices of today portend for a future otherwise? This panel conversation will consider what artists and their works can make possible in the world beyond representation or expression, as propositions for becoming. How are artistic practices transformed beyond the colonial spectre and beyond the regimes of dispossession that colonization depends upon? How are contemporary practices aggravating the limits of western art historical discourses in contextualizing the range of influences and ideas that artists are working with today? What lays beyond the frontier and how are we moving there?

The conversation will be moderated by cheyanne turions, Director of Education and Public Programs at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and will include perspectives from artists who share concerns for interrupting inherited histories and conjuring the beyond, through content, materials and form. In particular, these artists’ practices differently utilize painting—that paradigmatic art form—as a means of making connection and generating new proposals for what art can show us about how to be in relation.

Patrick Cruz is known for his immersive painting, vibrant colour pallet, assemblage installation style and gestural lines. Influenced by his personal experience of migration to Canada in 2005, Cruz harvests the detritus of capitalist society as an actor and point of reflection on globalization, displacement and migration.

Magalie Guérin is a Montreal-born artist living in Chicago. She immigrated to the US in 2000. Her paintings are built with thick layers of gesso, creating abstract shapes that are then reorganized intuitively using figurative and narrative strategies. The forms are unrecognizable yet feel familiar; Guérin is interested in making visible the history of their construction. She is the author of NOTES ON, a compilation of studio writings published in 2016 by The Green Lantern Press. She is represented by Corbett vs. Dempsey.

Walter Scott’s practice is interdisciplinary and includes writing, video, performance and sculpture. He explores contemporary questions of representation, cultural production, popular culture and narrative construction.

Presented by the Vancouver Art Gallery

Patrick Cruz, Brown Gaze 03, 2017, installation image from Plug In ICA

WED 5pm
in the Gallery

Annual General Meeting
Vancouver Art Gallery Association

The Annual General Meeting of the Vancouver Art Gallery Association will be held Wednesday, November 1 at 5pm, in the Forecourt of the Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC. All Members are invited to attend. Find out more »

THUR 6pm
Remarks 6:30pm
Offsite, West Georgia
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Offsite Opening
Offsite: Asim Waqif

Join us for the opening of the 16th installation in the Gallery’s Offsite series, with artist Asim Waqif in attendance. Find out more »

Offsite is located at 1100 West Georgia Street, between Thurlow and Bute Streets, west of the Shangri–La Hotel.

NOV 10
FRI 8pm-12am
in the Gallery
FUSE: Conjuring*
FUSE: Art/Music/Performance

Performances, music and unexpected surprises—in the gallery spaces and through the building—make FUSE Vancouver’s favourite art party. Find out more »

NOV 18
SAT 3pm
UBC Robson Square, Theatre C300
800 Robson Street
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Curator's Lecture:
Anna Reynolds*

Portrait of the Artist: An Exhibition from the Royal Collection

This lecture will look at the varied ways in which artists have been depicted in artworks over time. She proposes that the rise in images of artists is linked to broader changes in attitudes about the role of art and artists in society, and this lecture will examine what motivates an artist to represent themselves or each other. Reynolds will also consider the role of collectors and biographers in shaping an artist's reputation and legacy.

Anna Reynolds is Senior Curator of Paintings at Royal Collection Trust, where she has worked since 2008. She is part of the curatorial team with responsibility for temporary exhibitions at The Queen's Gallery in London and The Queen's Gallery in Edinburgh, as well as the permanent display of approximately 8,000 paintings across royal residences including Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Her exhibitions and accompanying publications include In Fine Style—The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion (2013), Royal Childhood (2014), A Royal Welcome (2015) and Portrait of the Artist (2016). She is currently undertaking a sabbatical year at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York where she has been awarded the Polaire Weissman fellowship. Her research examines the connections between the paintings of John Singer Sargent and fashion. Reynolds holds an undergraduate degree from Cambridge University, a Diploma from Christie's Education and a Masters in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute.

Available soon. COST: $16 General / $14 Members/ $12 Students

Royal Collection Trust, Photo: © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017

NOV 21-
Daily 10am-5:30pm
Tuesdays until 9pm
Gallery Store &
Art Rental & Sales

12 Days of Holiday Shopping for Members
Gallery Store / Art Rental & Sales

Gallery Store: Members receive 20% OFF regular-priced merchandise in the store during our annual Members Shopping Week. With a wide array of books, clothing, jewellery and art-focused items, you will find something for everyone. Find out more »

Art Rental & Sales: Save 10% on select pieces of original art from Art Rental & Sales from November 21 to December 2 with a valid Gallery membership. Browse the online catalogue at artrentalandsales.com or visit the showroom to see currently available pieces. Find out more »

Discount applies to regular-priced items only. Some restrictions apply.

NOV 25-26
in the Gallery
Family FUSE Weekend
The Action of Expression

Family FUSE Weekend

Where do you get your ideas? How do you express them? Join us at Family FUSE Weekend as we turn the Gallery into a space bursting with ideas and action! We will explore a variety of ways in which artists’ ideas and stories can be revealed through movements, gestures and performative processes. Experiment with a variety of materials in hands on workshops and find new ways to express your own ideas with educators, artists and live performers. Find out more »

JAN 23
TUE 7pm
Courtroom 302
in the Gallery

Recital: Carol Sawyer
and Lisa Miller

Carol Sawyer: The Natalie Brettschneider Archive

Musical Repertoire from the Natalie Brettschneider Archive
Artist Carol Sawyer and pianist Lisa Miller perform music inspired by the repertoire of Natalie Brettschneider, a historical genre-blurring performance artist, and her contemporaries.

*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.