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221A Ambivalent Pleasures Library and Public Program
Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures

In response to Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures, Gallery 221A, a non-profit organization in Vancouver’s Chinatown, is presenting a series of public programs that implicates some of the practices of the artists in this exhibition and expands on the vital conversations taking place in Vancouver’s contemporary art community. For full details, visit 221A’s website and follow 221A on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Free to the public.


FEB 25
UBC Robson Square
Theatre C300
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Vancouver Special includes work by forty visual artists, as a survey of the contemporary art activity in the city over the last five years. The featured works of art do not adhere to a singular subject or style but instead point to overlapping and ongoing conversations about abstraction, Surrealism and conceptual practice. In this afternoon of talks, artists and writers offer perspectives on these aspects of the exhibition and highlight the nuanced and stimulating spaces in-between definitions.

1pm: Perspectives on Surrealism presented by catalogue contributor Steffanie Ling with further reflections by artists Julia Feyrer & Rebecca Brewer

2:20pm: Two perspectives on Abstraction presented by artists Mina Totino & Eli Bornowsky with further reflections by artists Colleen Heslin & Sylvain Sailly

3:45pm: Two perspectives on Conceptual Practice presented by Raymond Boisjoly & Gareth James with further reflections by artists Matt Browning & Krista Belle Stewart

Free. Seating is first come, first seated for an audience of 170.
Presented in collaboration with 221A, supported by the British Columbia Arts Council

Following the forum please join us at 221A for Walter Scott's book launch of Wendy's Revenge (Toronto: Koyama Press, 2016) with reading from 7–9pm.

Doors: 6pm
Program: 7pm
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
630 Hamilton Street
at Georgia Street
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Culture / Diplomacy
SFU Public Square & Vancouver Art Gallery

On Wednesday, March 1, SFU Public Square in partnership with the Vancouver Art Gallery will present an evening showcase at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre that will interrogate the vital role that the arts play in connecting Canada with the Greater China area. Join us in this in-depth discussion and examine how art has served purposes for politics, foreign policy and diplomacy.

Special guests will include Mark Rowswell (Dashan/大山), Zheng Shengtian, Hank Bull, and Howie Tsui.

Adult: $32.75
Student: $20 (with Valid ID)
Senior: $20
Vancouver Art Gallery Member:
$26.50 (with Promo code, available here»)

in the Gallery

Members Opening
Upcoming Exhibitions

Join us in celebrating the opening of our new upcoming exhibitions Susan Point: Spindle Whorl, Pacific Crossings: Hong Kong Artists in Vancouver and Howie Tsui: Retainers of Anarchy.

Free for Members. Please present your Membership card at the door to receive admission for yourself and one guest to the Members Opening. Admits two. Cash bar.

FRI 6pm
Vancouver Art Gallery

Monet's Secret Garden Summer Gala 2017

On June 16, descend on the grand front steps of the Gallery and enter Monet's Secret Garden of Giverny for a one-of-a-kind Summer Gala. The event will include an exclusive preview of the feature summer exhibition Claude Monet's Secret Garden, as well as cocktails, fine dining and special performances.


For more information contact events@vanartgallery.bc.ca.