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.

Past Exhibitions

Sketches and Paintings by the Group of Seven

September 19, 2009 to January 17, 2010

Lawren Harris
Mountain Sketch XXXI (Moraine Lake), c. 1927
oil on paperboard
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery
Anonymous Gift

The artists of the seminal Canadian landscape school the Group of Seven used the sketch as a fundamental tool in their artistic process. Sketching outdoors offered the practical means to document the landscape for later elaboration and encouraged experiments with new subjects, forms, colours and techniques. The exhibition includes oil sketches by all seven original members: Lawren Harris, A.Y. Jackson, Franklin Carmichael, Francis Johnston, Arthur Lismer, J.E.H. MacDonald and Frederick Varley.

Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Ian Thom, senior curator/ historical.