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Visual Arts

Visitors flying into Vancouver are often surprised to discover a virtual museum of native art at the airport: totem poles, elaborate wooden masks and intricate wood and metal carvings, all tucked amid the check-in counters, customs booths and departure lounges.  This is no accident: Vancouver is serious about its art. 

The postcard perfect city on the Pacific's edge has a thriving and surprisingly diverse visual culture. First Nations artwork, both traditional and contemporary, is just the start.  A succession of pioneering artists has enriched the cultural scene over the years, from legendary Emily Carr and her expressionist canvases of British Columbia wilderness to architect Arthur Erickson, who defined an entire style of modernist building. 

Today, visitors can take in Vancouver's art at Western Canada's largest public art gallery, at edgy contemporary institutions or even inside the studios of working artists.  And museum lovers will find spaces dedicated to First Nations history and world cultures, Vancouver's rough-and-ready frontier days and modern life - not to mention plenty of kid-favourites, including hands-on Science World and the Vancouver Aquarium

Outside, Vancouver's unique architecture - a mélange of styles from Victorian to modernist, from towers of steel and glass to lush urban greenscapes - offers a provocative visual backdrop, and one that's quickly evolving as new high-rises spike the skyline.  Meanwhile, an ever-rotating ensemble of public art - both locally made and internationally renowned pieces - rewards travelers who take to the streets.
 
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2017 Vancouver International Children's Festival

  • May 28 - June 04
  • Granville Island
  • Vancouver, BC V6H 3S3
  • Admission: $25.10 per adult, $15.13 per child, or $6 for an activity zone (only) wristband
  • Phone: 604-708-5655
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Art! Vancouver 2017

  • May 25 - May 28
  • Vancouver Convention Centre - East
  • 999 Canada Place
    Vancouver, BC V6C 3C1
  • Admission: $11.00 - $109
  • Contact: Lisa Wolfin
  • Phone: 604-817-6464
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Bill Reid Gallery presents Xi xanya dzam: Those who are amazing at making things

  • April 05 - September 04
  • Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art
  • 639 Hornby Street
    Vancouver, BC V6C 2G3
  • Admission: Included with Gallery Admission
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Burnaby Art Gallery presents The Ornament of a House: 50 Years of Collecting

  • July 13 - September 03
  • Burnaby Art Gallery
  • 6344 Deer Lake Ave
    Burnaby, BC V5G 2J3
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Capture Photography Festival presents Vancouver Photo Book Fair

  • April 21 - April 23
  • Western Front
  • 303 East 8th Ave
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: Free
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Chali-Rosso Art Gallery presents Dance of Time I.

  • May 06 - September 30
  • Lot 19
  • West Hastings and Hornby Street
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: Free
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Contemporary Art Gallery presents Gordon Bennett Be Polite

  • June 30 - September 24
  • Contemporary Art Gallery
  • 555 Nelson Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6R5
  • Admission: Free
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Contemporary Art Gallery presents Levine Flexhaug A Sublime Vernacular: The Landscape Paintings

  • June 30 - September 24
  • Contemporary Art Gallery
  • 555 Nelson Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6R5
  • Admission: Free
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Contemporary Art Gallery presents Song of the Open Road

  • April 01 - June 18
  • Contemporary Art Gallery
  • 555 Nelson Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6R5
  • Admission: Free
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Eastside Culture Crawl 2017

  • November 16 - November 19
  • Various Locations
  • Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: Free
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Queer Arts Festival 2017

  • June 17 - June 29
  • The Roundhouse
  • 181 Roundhouse Mews
    Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3
  • Admission: $10.00 - $30.00
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Vancouver Art Gallery presents Claude Monet’s Secret Garden

  • June 24 - October 01
  • Vancouver Art Gallery
  • 750 Hornby Street
    Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7
  • Admission: Included in Art Gallery Admission Price
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Vancouver Art Gallery presents Elad Lassry

  • June 24 - September 24
  • Vancouver Art Gallery
  • 750 Hornby Street
    Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7
  • Admission: Included in Art Gallery Admission Price
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Vancouver Art Gallery presents Emily Carr: Into the Forest

  • May 13 - March 04
  • Vancouver Art Gallery
  • 750 Hornby Street
    Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7
  • Admission: Included in Art Gallery Admission Price
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Vancouver Art Gallery presents Persistence

  • June 24 - October 01
  • Vancouver Art Gallery
  • 750 Hornby Street
    Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7
  • Admission: Included in Art Gallery Admission Price
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Vancouver Art Gallery presents Pictures From Here

  • May 19 - September 04
  • Vancouver Art Gallery
  • 750 Hornby Street
    Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7
  • Admission: Included in Art Gallery Admission Price
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Vancouver Art Gallery presents Stephen Shore: The Giverny Portfolio

  • June 24 - October 01
  • Vancouver Art Gallery
  • 750 Hornby Street
    Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7
  • Admission: Included in Art Gallery Admission Price
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Vancouver Mural Festival 2017

  • June 24 - August 12
  • Various locations
  • Vancouver, BC
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Vancouver Rare Book, Photograph & Paper Show

  • October 07 - October 08
  • Heritage Hall
  • 3102 Main Street
    Vancouver, BC V5T 3E3
  • Admission: $10.00
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