Lectures and Talks

The Gallery's public lectures, classes and discussion groups presented by artists, curators, art historians, critics and collectors are springboards for understanding and appreciating the world of art and visual culture, for exchanging ideas and for debating issues. These events take many forms, ranging from traditional slide presentations to informal artists' talks in the galleries. They bring renowned scholars, critics and artists to Vancouver, setting local art and artists in an international framework and drawing together some of the brightest minds of our time.

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VIDEOS ONLINE

Video Documentation

Visit the Gallery's video page, to view documentation of lectures and talks.
Vimeo - Vancouver Art Gallery

*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.


DEC 3
SAT
1pm & 3pm
In the Gallery, 4th floor

Artistís Tour / Sonny Assu
We Come to Witness: Sonny Assu in Dialogue with Emily Carr

Join interdisciplinary artist Sonny Assu for a tour of his exhibition We Come to Witness: Sonny Assu in Dialogue with Emily Carr. Challenging the colonial gaze, Assu merges Indigenous iconography with a pop art sensibility to intervene into the work of Modernist painter Emily Car and her representations of the landscape and Indigenous subject matter. Assu will discuss select sculptural works, his ongoing series Interventions on the Imaginary, which includes digital tags based on a selection of Carr paintings from the Vancouver Art Galleryís collection and a collaboration with artist Brendan Tang.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission.

DEC 6
TUE
7pm
In the Gallery

Curatorsí Tour / Daina Augaitis and Jesse McKee
Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures

Join Chief Curator/Associate Director Daina Augaitis and guest curator Jesse McKee for a tour of Vancouver Special. This is an opportunity to hear the curators talk about the artists and ideas that are current in Vancouverís contemporary art scene.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission.

JAN 14
SAT
3-5pm
In the Gallery, Annex Workshop

The Materiality of Clay / Derya Akay, Glenn Lewis, Rebecca Morgan and Brendan Lee Satish Tang
Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures / Juztapoz X Superflat / We Come to Witness: Sonny Assu in Dialogue with Emily Carr

Visit three of the Galleryís four floors and you will find contemporary approaches to ceramics within vastly different exhibitions. In this talk, artists from Vancouver Special, Juxtapoz X Supterflat and We Come to Witness: Sonny Assu in Dialogue with Emily Carr will discuss the materiality of clay and its place in contemporary art. Derya Akay, Glenn Lewis, Rebecca Morgan and Brendan Lee Satish Tang will talk about their art practices, sharing their perspectives on clay as an artistic medium and how artists working with this ancient material employ new technologies and apply contemporary ideas.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission. Seating is First Come, First Served.

FEB 25
SAT
1-5pm
UBC Robson Square
Theatre C300
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Vancouver Special Forum
Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures

Vancouver Special includes work by forty visual artists and assesses the arts 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 conversations about abstraction, Surrealism and conceptual practice.

Of course, naming collective interests and tendencies as they unfold is an imprecise and fluid exercise. In this afternoon of talks, artists and writers offer their views on these filters. By sharing their individual, perhaps differing, perspectives these presentations highlight the nuanced and stimulating spaces in-between definitions. To elaborate on these ideas, exhibiting artists offer a spectrum of responses.

Further details will be available in January.

*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.