Virtual Studio Tour with Sonny Assu

Tue Mar 16, 1 PM

Vancouver Art Gallery

Sonny Assu, Longing #23, 2011, found cedar, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Purchased with the proceeds from the Audain Emerging Artists Acquisition Fund and the support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance Program

Join us for a week of virtual spring break programs from March 15 to 19 that consider the many ways that we can express our ideas, identities and stories through the real, imagined and dream-worthy themes of Underwater, Underground, Playspace, Outerspace and Intergalactic.

Tuesday, March 16 | 1 PM


Join us to find out more about the materials, stories and ideas that inspire interdisciplinary artist Sonny Assu as he takes us on a private tour of his art studio!

We’ll get behind-the-scenes access into Assu’s artistic practice, and you can ask him more about how his creations come to be.

Visit the Gallery to see Assu’s work on view in the exhibition Uncommon Language.

Materials you’ll need:
  • Found objects from nature or from your life that inspire you
  • Sketch paper
  • Pencil

Spring Into Art is presented by the Vancouver Art Gallery in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Canadian Opera Company.

The Art Gallery of Ontario and the Canadian Opera Company will present their Spring Break programs from April 12 to 16, 2021.


CART Services (Communication Access Realtime Translation) are available for Public Programs upon request. Please provide seven business days of advance notice prior to an event. We will make every effort to meet requests made outside of this window of time.

To place a request, please contact Family Programs Coordinator Christina Jones by email at cjones@vanartgallery.bc.ca or by phone at (604) 662-4700.


Sonny Assu (Liǥwildaʼx̱w of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nations) was raised in North Delta, BC, over 250 km away from his home ancestral home on Vancouver Island. Having been raised as your everyday average suburbanite, it wasn’t until he was eight years old that he discovered his Liǥwildax̱w/Kwakwaka’wakw heritage. Later in life, this discovery would be the conceptual focal point that helped launch his unique art practice. Assu’s artistic practice is diverse, spanning painting, sculpture, photography, digital art and printmaking. He negotiates Western and Kwakwaka’wakw principles of art making as a means of exploring his family history and the experiences of being an Indigenous person in the colonial state of Canada. sonnyassu.com


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