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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*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.


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 Gallery’s 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. Seating is First Come, First Served.

JAN 28
SAT 3pm
In the Gallery, 4th floor

Poetry Reading: Janet Rogers
We Come to Witness: Sonny Assu in Dialogue with Emily Carr

Poet Janet Rogers will read from her new book Totem Poles and Railroads, which succinctly defines the 500-year-old relationship between Indigenous nations and the corporation of Canada. Placing poetry at the centre of our current post-residential school/present-day reconciliation reality, Rogers’ poems are expansive and intimate, challenging, thought-provoking and always personal. This poetry reading will take place in the exhibition surrounded by artworks in We Come to Witness, adding a new voice to conversation between Assu and Carr.

Janet Rogers is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from the Six Nations band in southern Ontario. She was born in Vancouver British Columbia and has been living on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people (Victoria, British Columbia) since 1994. Janet works in the genres of poetry, spoken word performance poetry, video poetry and recorded poetry with music and script writing. Janet is a radio broadcaster, documentary producer and sound artist. From 2012 to 2015, Janet served as Poet Laureate of Victoria.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission.

FEB 4
SAT
12-5pm
Djavad Mowafaghian
World Art Centre
Simon Fraser University
149 West Hastings Street
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What's At Stake? Intertextual Indigenous Knowledges

What’s At Stake? Intertextual Indigenous Knowledges is an afternoon of talks, panels and a spoken word performance which examines knowledge, power, authority and sovereignty in the construction of artistic practices. Following on Intertextual: Art in Dialogue, a roving reading group that was held at participating galleries over the last year, this program is meant to function less like a syllabus and more like a web of ideas. Intertextual aims to examine/critique and create/support a community based in text, recognizing the process of selection and concomitant erasure that occurs in any process of representation.

Taking the critical historiography of Native Art of the Northwest Coast: A Changing History of Ideas (UBC Press, 2013) as a point of provocation, this event belongs to an intertextual discussion of artistic practice and the role of art institutions (from artist-run centres to public gallery models) in Vancouver.

This series has been produced with the participation of SFU Galleries, Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, Contemporary Art Gallery, grunt gallery, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Museum of Anthropology, Presentation House Gallery, UBC Press, Vancouver Art Gallery and Western Front.

Full program coming soon..

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.