Special Events


THUR 6-8pm
Opening Remarks 6:15pm
At the Larwill Park site, the future home of the Vancouver Art Gallery

Located at the intersection of
Georgia and Cambie Streets,
downtown Vancouver
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Larwill Park Site Inaugural Project

Please join us for the opening of Ovoidism, by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. This major outdoor art installation is located at Larwill Park, the future home of the Vancouver Art Gallery.

In Ovoidism, the artist uses the ovoid form along with vivid colour to explicitly critique the cultural impact of climate change, land claims, systemic racism, and the legacies of colonialism. The ovoid is a key design element unique to Northwest Coast art. Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun is a renowned activist artist of Cowichan (Hul’q’umi’num’ Coast Salish) and Okanagan (Syilx) heritage, whose work merges native iconography with a tenacious political imperative.

Ovoidism, by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, is commissioned by the Vancouver Art Gallery and produced by Other Sights for Artists’ Projects

FREE and open to the public.

FRI 7pm
in the Gallery

Young Associates

The biggest event on the YA social calendar. A Picasso themed evening with games, activities, tours and cocktails. Meet new friends, dance, and create art projects while enjoying the view from the Gallery’s rooftop patio!

COST*: FREE for YA Members.
$35 per Non-Member.

SAT 12-4pm
in the Gallery

Mechanical Marks

Join the Gallery’s Art Educators as we experiment with a range of simple yet dynamic mechanical drawing machines and robots. As the machines shake, shuffle and spin use them to create an assortment of abstract drawings.

Vancouverites of all ages are invited to take part in FREE hands-on drawing workshops, across the city in community centres, museums, art galleries, and on the street! Workshops, developed and led by professional artists, offer the opportunity to rediscover drawing in everyday life. This day-long, city-wide celebration focuses on the process, pleasure and diversity of drawing, rather than on skill and technical ability. Find out more ».

FREE and open to the public.

–OCT 12

Vancouver Art Gallery

The Vancouver Art Gallery is turning 85 this year! When the Gallery opened its door to the public on October 5, 1931, the Founders conceived of an institution that would provide its visitors with access to the art of this region, this nation and the world at large. 85 years of sparking curiosity and instilling cultural understanding through visual arts is an enormous mission supported by artists, Gallery Members, donors, volunteers, staff and the wonderful community that has embraced us over the decades.

Share with us on our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, your favourite moment at the Vancouver Art Gallery that continues to engage, motivate and inspire you! It could be an artwork that moved you, an exhibition that you connected with, an event that intrigued you, a person that you had an interesting conversation with, or a moment of contemplation that changed your perspective of the world.

All entries will be automatically entered into a draw – we will be giving away a mystery prize package every day from September 28 to October 12. We look forward to hearing about your favourite moment at the Gallery!


TUE 7pm
In the Gallery Rotunda, 1st floor

Institute of Asian Art

Renowned contemporary calligrapher, Wang Dongling will write the Heart Sutra, one of the most important Mahayana Buddhist scriptures, during a public performance in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s rotunda. Wang will use his calligraphic invention, "chaos script," in which characters and even entire columns of text collide, generating an energetic and amorphous chaos and a written language that is pushed to the brink of legibility. Wang’s script heightens the tension between a calligrapher's controls—honed by a lifetime of training—and the spontaneity of live performance.

This performance can be viewed from the 1st and 3rd floor Rotunda. Space is limited and first come, first served. The event has standing room only. Please email talks@vanartgallery.bc.ca if accessibility accommodation are needed.

Image: Wang Dongling, Heart Sutra, Performance at China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China, 2011, Courtesy of Wang Dongling Studio

Free for Members or with Gallery admission.

OCT 14
in the Gallery


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

Become a Member of the Vancouver Art/Book Fair
*No ticket required (simply show Member card for entry)

OCT 15-16
in the Gallery



Free and open to the public, the Vancouver Art/Book Fair is the longest-running international art book fair in Canada. It is a multi-day festival of artists’ publishing featuring over one hundred local, national and international publishers, as well as a diverse line-up of programs, performances and artist projects. Featured artists will travel to Vancouver from across Canada and the globe to produce everything from books, magazines, zines and printed ephemera to digital, performative or other experimental forms of publication. In 2016 the event is anticipated to attract more than 5,000 visitors from Greater Vancouver and beyond.

Free and open to the public.

Event program available on the Vancouver Art/Book Fair website

Photograph Courtesy of Lukas Engelhardt, 2015

OCT 15-16
in the Gallery, Lobby

Vancouver Art Gallery Library & Archives

The Library Book Sale takes place October 15-16 as part of the 5th annual Vancouver Art/Book Fair at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The Book Sale is a great opportunity to pick up a wide range of collectible art books at bargain prices. All proceeds go directly to supporting the Library. Look for us in the Gallery Lobby from 12-5 pm!

OCT 26
WED 7pm
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
Simon Fraser University
149 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC

Canadian art

Presented by:

BMO Financial Group

Supported by:

Geothe Institute

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, a lead contributor to the recently published monograph Wolfgang Tillmans: What’s wrong with redistribution? (Walther König). One of the most influential artists of his generation, Tillmans has radically redefined how photographic images are made, exhibited and encountered. This talk will mark Tillmans’s first visit to Canada in more than 20 years.

Doors open 6:30pm. Artist’s Talk 7pm.

TICKETS*: $15 General
$10 for Gallery Members
and Canadian Art Subscribers

A limited number of $5 tickets are available for students, under and unemployed individuals. Purchase your discounted ticket here »

Photography of Wolfgang Tillmans by Carmen Brunner; Wolfgang Tillmans, Iguazu, 2010, Courtesy the artist

New Delhi & Mumbai

November 16–24, 2016

For its International Travel Program, the Gallery hosts a select group of patrons for visual art–focused travels to locales all over the world, broadening participants’ understanding of art and its wider contexts. Since 2003, destinations have included New York, London, Shanghai, Berlin and Mexico City. Led by Kathleen S. Bartels, Gallery Director, and a curator with expertise in the selected region, the group of 15 to 20 individuals visits distinguished artists’ studios, collectors’ homes and renowned museums.

This year, we will travel to New Delhi and Mumbai in India. Participants will have exclusive experiences at the studios of several artists such as Bharti Kher and private collections and museums such as the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi. Accommodation will be provided by the deluxe 5-star Lodhi Hotel, New Delhi, and the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, overlooking the Arabian Sea in Mumbai. There is also a post-trip option to Jaipur and Agra. Find out more »

Register online » or contact Lyn Tyler, Director of Development, at 604.662.4207 for more information and to reserve your seat.

WED 5:30pm
in the Gallery, Forecourt

Vancouver Art Gallery Members

Mark your calendars. Please join us for the Vancouver Art Gallery Association's AGM held in the Gallery's Forecourt.

All Members are invited to attend.