10 Art Exhibitions in the Vancouver Area to Enjoy This Summer



Credit: Photo by Rob Harris. Courtesy of the artist

Zadie Xas Child of Magohalmi and the Echoes of Creation is part of the group exhibition Interior Infinite, which will be shown in the Polygon Gallery until September 5th

We like a little bit of culture too, you know. These exhibitions, which include public art, retrospectives, and contemporary group work, will keep you in galleries all fall

With BC in Step 3 of the reboot, it’s a great time to add some culture to your summer. Whether you’re grabbing a few friends or going solo, these local exhibits include work by a variety of artists from BC and beyond, providing much-needed nourishment to your soul after months of COVID restrictions. From drawings and photographs to ceramics and art in public spaces, they inspire reflection, creativity and conversation.

Audain Art Museum
Itee Pootoogook: Hymns to the Silence
Louie Palu: Distant early warning

Hymns to the Silence offers a glimpse into contemporary Inuit life and the Nunavut landscape from Itee Pootoogook, an important member of the third generation of Inuit artists from Kinngait (Cape Dorset). With around 60 colored pencil and graphite drawings exhibited in the Whistler Gallery, Pootoogook takes the viewer on a journey into everyday life through their eyes and inspires an intrigue, similar to watching people on a park bench.

Louie Palu: Distant Early Warning examines the political and environmental threats to the North American Arctic through a collection of photographs by award-winning Canadian photographer Palu. Until September 6th

Burnaby Art Gallery
Lyse Lemieux: intruders / intruders

This survey focuses on how Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist Lyse Lemieux engages with the human figure. In addition to drawings in ink, color and fabric, Trespassers / Intrus The classroom, an installation of hanging glass school tunics. “Based on a formative memory and a dream-like experience from childhood, the work evokes the thrill of rebellion and the promise of transformation,” notes the hosting gallery.Until September 19th; only by appointment

Contemporary art gallery
Archival – for Rosario Cooper and my 10 year old me
Tangled mirage of memories escaping encapsulation

archive, an installation by Christine Howard Sandoval, a Vancouver-based Obispeño Chumash and Hispanic artist, reflects the belief that photography and colonialism are inseparable. In other words, “capturing” and archiving images of indigenous peoples has helped perpetuate the violent exploitation of their land, labor and resources. With this in mind, Sandoval has wrapped a downtown Canada Line train station in a collage of archival documents and images overlaid with schematic maps comparing the Spanish mission and ancient indigenous architecture. Offsite at Yaletown Roundhouse Station; until August 22nd

In Muddled Mirage of Memories Escaping Encapsulation, Nicole Kelly Westman explores how light can affect the way we perceive, remember, and assign meaning to memories. The three works in the exhibition, which are distributed over the facade windows of the CAG, refer to the photographic process used to create “ideal” images, explains the gallery. Until August 22nd


Credit: Courtesy the artist

Installation photo of The poetic process by Glenn Lewis, whose ceramics can be seen in Imperfect Offerings at the Richmond Art Gallery until August 22nd

Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

Image database

1974 artist Vincent Trasov ran for Mayor of Vancouver for Mr. Peanut and is one of the works examined in this nostalgic collection of films, photographs, drawings, collages, and other material. Image Bank takes its name from an eight-year project started by Trasov, Michael Morris and Gary Lee-Nova in 1970 when they were affiliated with the local artist center Intermedia. “The exhibition reflects a period of optimism when artists presented a non-hierarchical alternative to the world of art galleries and museums, where images and ideas could be freely exchanged via the international postal system,” Belkin says, arguing that their efforts predicted have social media. Until August 22nd

Museum of Anthropology

A future for memory

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake or 3.11 am, Fuyubi Nakamura is curating a MoA exhibition that reminds us of the power of nature and asks how we deal with memories after dramatic changes in our physical environment. The works on display include the “Lost Homes” model restoration project– a diorama of the cities and villages affected before the disaster – and Art and Life after the Great East Japan Earthquakeshowing photos of resilient flora and fauna that thrived after the crisis. Until September 5th

Polygon gallery

Infinite inside

Interior Infinite is part of the Polygon series New Perspectives: Revealing diverse perspectives, untold stories and new voices in the visual arts. At a time when diversity is finally coming due, assistant curator Justin Ramsey has put together an exhibition that reflects individuality and explores the boundaries of society. It emphasizes self-portraits, with an emphasis on costumes and masquerades to reveal identity rather than disguise it, and questions the belief that we as humans are stagnant in our evolution. “Every single person is a work in progress, with the potential and courage to change and be changed,” says Ramsey. The various Canadian and international artists whose work includes photography, video, performance and sculpture. Until September 5th


Photo credit: Courtesy of School District 35. Photo: Blaine Campbell

Red hawk, salmon and spindle whorl by Xwalacktun (Rick Harry) is one of the works in Balanced Forms: Xwalacktun, James Harry and Austin Harry, opening July 28th at the West Vancouver Art Museum

Richmond Art Gallery

Imperfect offers

With a nod to post-pandemic social gatherings and simple joys, these new and earlier works by BC ceramists Jesse Birch, Naoko Fukumaru and Glenn Lewis embody function and beauty, RAG notes. “When summer comes there is a new optimism about things that we lost in the last year: meals together, meeting friends and family, moments of human connection,” says gallery director Shaun Dacey. “This exhibition brings together objects that serve as channels for intimate hygiene and aesthetic play.” Until August 22nd

Vancouver Art Gallery

Vancouver Special: Disorientations and Echo and

The second part of a planned series of exhibitions, which according to VAG will take a comprehensive look at contemporary art in the greater Vancouver area, shows current works by 32 local artists. Organized by five co-curators, it spans a range of media, scales, and forms of presentation, exploring topics such as cultural resilience, the articulation of suppressed stories, and the imagination of an emancipated future, the gallery says. Until January 2nd

Vancouver Biennale


The biennale’s two-year Re-IMAGE-n program was supposed to last until 2020, but the organizers had to literally rethink it thanks to the pandemic, resulting in the cancellation of installations by 40 artists. In addition to new public art, this year’s expansion includes the BIKEennale / WALKennale, consisting of 40 artistic tours, with weekly new releases. The tours, suitable for people of all levels, include public art and places of cultural, historical, and architectural importance. Also underway: We Are Ocean Vancouver exploring marine literacy based on indigenous knowledge and storytelling through online videos and accompanying activity guides.

West Vancouver Art Museum

Balanced forms: Xwalacktun, James Harry and Austin Harry

Coast Salish artist Xwalacktun (Rick Harry) has not only produced commissions, but has also taught culture at schools across the Lower Mainland, carving with students such as his sons James and Austin Harry. Xwalacktun sees this work as a learning opportunity that supports his reconciliation efforts, according to the West Vancouver Art Museum. Balanced Forms contains a selection of such projects as well as materials that show the design process. July 28th to October 2nd



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