Our Exhibits

The Vancouver Art Gallery presents exhibitions of work by artists ranging from historic masters to leading-edge contemporaries. These include major thematic exhibitions, presentations of solo artists and smaller, more focused showcases. In a typical year, 2 to 3 exhibitions are borrowed from other institutions and 10 to 12 exhibitions are developed in-house, drawing on our permanent collection and loans of works from around the world. In addition, the Gallery tours a few of its exhibitions each year.


Current Exhibition–Offsite: Polit-Sheer-Form Office

November 10, 2018 to April 28, 2019

1100 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC   V6E 0A8
Offsite is located on West Georgia Street between Thurlow and Bute Streets, west of the Shangri–La Hotel. Directions »

Polit-Sheer-Form Office, Fitness for All!
2014, installation view at The Armory Show, New York, 2014,
Photo: Courtesy of the Artists

Offsite is the Vancouver Art Gallery's outdoor exhibition space in the heart of urban Vancouver that offers a rotating program of innovative public art projects. Offsite serves as a locus for local and international contemporary artists to explore issues related to the surrounding urban context and respond to the changing social and cultural conditions of our world. As the latest addition to Vancouver's dynamic public art program, Offsite is unique in the temporary nature of this space.

Offsite allows the Vancouver Art Gallery to expand its dynamic contemporary art program beyond the walls of the building to engage an even broader audience in new and exciting ways,said Kathleen Bartels, director of the Vancouver Art Gallery. "In this new dynamic space, we will present a wide range of inspiring and provocative work, from photography and sculpture to video and installation, allowing thousands of passersby to encounter the creations of internationally acclaimed artists on a daily basis.

Since the launch of Offsite in 2009, artists have responded in dynamic ways to the specific nature of the site. The resulting new commissions have reflected these varied responses: O Zhang's highly colourful photographic portraits of young Chinese girls as the next generation of empowered citizens (Horizon (Sky), 2009), Ken Lum's reminder of contested local histories (from shangri–la to shangri–la, 2010), Heather and Ivan Morison's quest for alternative architectural models (Plaza, 2010), Elspeth Pratt's spatial transformation of the site (Second Date, 2011), Kota Ezawa's representation of democracy (Hand Vote, 2012) Damian Moppett's structural installation (Large Painting and Caryatid Maquette in Studio at Night (Sculpture Version), 2012) and MadeIn Company's multimedia installation that questioned perception (Calm, 2013), Mark Lewis' film screening (Eight Days, 2013), Babak Golkar's participatory ceramic scream vessels (Time to Let Go …, 2013-14), Robert Youds enigmatic light construction (For Everyone a Sunset, 2014), Reena Saini Kallat's intricate map (Woven Chronicle, 2015) made of handwoven electrical wires, Elizabeth Zvonar's 54-foot sun-bleached collage (The Experience, 2015), Marina Roy's mixed media installation (Your Kingdom to Command, 2016), Khan Lee’s light projections (Red, Green and Blue, 2016), Tsang Kin-Wah'slarge-scale compositions (EITHER / OR, 2017), Asim Waqif's immersive structure (Salvage, 2017) composed of repurposed materials, and currently Shigeru Ban's temporary relief shelter (Paper Log House, 2018).

Offsite is organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery. This series is funded by the City of Vancouver through the Public Art Program. The Gallery recognizes Ian Gillespie, President, Westbank; Ben Yeung, President, Peterson Investment Group; and the residents at Shangri–La for their support of this space.

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