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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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UNINTERRUPTED

  • June 28 - September 30
  • Vancouver's Cambie Street Bridge
    Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: FREE
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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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Vines Art Festival 2017

  • August 09 - August 19
  • Various locations
  • Vancouver, BC
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Vancouver Mural Festival Walking Tours

  • July 08
  • Meet at Kafka's Coffee and Tea
  • 2525 Main Street
    Vancouver, BC
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Vancouver Photowalks - Granville Island Night

  • July 26
  • Meeting Point: Bridges Restaurant, at the north end of the island
  • 1696 Duranleau Street
    Vancouver, BC
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Vancouver Photowalks - Stanley Park

  • July 21
  • Meeting Point: Vancouver Rowing Club
  • 450 Stanley Park Drive
    Vancouver, BC
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Vancouver Photowalks - Strathcona

  • July 22
  • Benny's Market - Italian Foods
  • 598 Union Street
    Vancouver, BC V6A
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