All of our guided visits for individuals and groups are free and open to the public. They provide visitors with an excellent opportunity to develop new skills for interpreting contemporary art and are suitable for all ages regardless of knowledge or background.
In addition to those tours programmed at weekends we offer free guided tours of exhibitions for university and college classes, ESL Language groups, and community groups. CAG tours are an excellent opportunity to develop new skills for interpreting contemporary art and are suitable for groups with all levels of knowledge and experience with visual art.
Tours can be booked for any time during weekdays. Visits can also be arranged in French, Spanish and Mandarin, with other languages possible on request.
For more information or to book a guided visit for your group, please email: email@example.com or telephone 604 681 2700.
Saturday, January 30 and Sunday, January 31, 2016; 10am and 3:30pm daily
Off-site: Embark from Yaletown Ferry Dock, Quayside Marina, 1088 Marinaside Crescent and disembark at Burrard Marina Field House, 1655 Whyte Avenue
Paper introduces us to K, a woman who runs a small, family restaurant off a mysterious island along the shores of Japan. One evening, just before closing, a man appears at the door for a meal. What follows is a series of strange events that allows K to peer into a portal created by a tiny hole in her paper menu. A second chapter of Rock, Paper, Scissor an ongoing trilogy of multi-media experiences set in the time frame of 1900–2100, Paper bridges Canada and Japan through migration, water and the natural resources of coal, lumber and iron. The original Japanese version of Paper was completed in 2013 through AIR 475 artist-in-residence program in Yonago, Tottori, Japan.
For the CAG, Mochizuki has produced the English version of the audio narrative experienced on a boat ride across False Creek. The journey will culminate in a traditional chagayu (tea porridge that integrates salmon and rice) often consumed by Japanese Canadian fishermen on lengthy fishing trips out at sea.
Cindy Mochizuki creates multi-media installation, performance, animation, drawings and interdisciplinary collaborations that integrate historic ephemera and stories present within public and private archives. Interested in the methodologies of memory work and experimental narratives, her projects invoke a timeless space of both fiction and documentary. Recent exhibitions and projects include Shako Club, grunt gallery (2015), AIR 475, Yonago, Japan (2014), Fictive Communities Asia, Koganecho Bazaar, Koganecho, Japan (2014), and On the Subject of Ghosts, Hamilton Artists Inc. (2013).MORE
Sunday, June 19, 3pm
Join artist Tommy Ting for a tour of the current exhibition in Mandarin.
Guided visits are open to the public, providing free opportunities to engage with exhibitions and develop new skills for interpreting contemporary art. We also encourage visits from primary and secondary schools, ESL groups, university and college students and community groups. For more information or to book a guided visit for your group, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 604 681 2700.MORE
Claudia Beck on Jochen Lempert
Saturday, June 11, 3pm
Claudia Beck is an art collector and writer who lives and works in Vancouver. She will lead a personal response to the work of Jochen Lempert.
From 1976 to 1982, Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft ran NOVA Gallery focusing on photography by artists including: Henry Fox Talbot, Julia Margaret Cameron, Walker Evans, Ian Wallace and N.E. Thing Co. They were the first gallery to exhibit the work of Jeff Wall and are considered pioneers among commercial photography galleries. Beck and Gruft have since donated a large portion of their photography collection to the Vancouver Art Gallery, which was featured in the exhibition Real Pictures in 2005. Beck curated the exhibition of work by Christopher Williams at CAG as well as serving as a Board member and was also a trustee of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Previously she served for four years as Head of the Acquisitions Committee of The Getty Museum Photo Council in Los Angeles.MORE
SFU Philosopher’s Café: Art Salons with Curator, Shaun Dacey
Saturday, May 14, 3pm
Discussing the Jochen Lempert exhibition and Jérôme Havre’s photographic installation at the Yaletown Station.MORE
We are so happy to be teamed up with Satellite Gallery and Audain Gallery for the Downtown Gallery Tour series.
Every few months, members from the public are invited to spend a Saturday afternoon on three respective tours of the current exhibitions at Audain Gallery (1pm), Satellite Gallery (2pm) and the Contemporary Art Gallery (3pm).
The most recent incarnation of this series took place on Saturday, November 22nd and the next one will likely be in early 2015. Keep your eyes peeled!
Ellie from Satellite Gallery hosted a mail art workshop with a committed group of local art admirers and artists after the final tour. As a result, this morning we received a whole pile of postcards relating to Shimabuku’s exhibition! Everyone at the CAG greatly enjoyed reading and receiving the cards, as it’s always so rewarding to see what people take away from the exhibitions.
Thank you so much to everyone who came out and to those who created and sent the cards!
This could indeed be the beginning of a beautiful friendship…
– Jaclyn BruneauMORE
On Thursday, December 12th, the Point Grey Secondary grade twelve, Art Careers class visited the Contemporary Art Gallery for a full day workshop.
They spent the day exploring James Welling’s exhibition The Mind On Fire with a focus on studying curatorial practice and conceptual art practices. As part of the investigation they undertook an experiential response to Welling’s working methods, by conducting a photo-shoot in which students were asked to explore in-camera abstraction techniques. They spent their lunch hours creating images while exploring downtown Vancouver.
The students were interested in questioning our assumptions of perception and the photographic image, as well as how the inherent ambiguity affected the reading of an image. The students met afterward to discuss and edit the images and categorize them based on the abstraction technique or subject matter of the photographs. In effect the students curated an exhibition of photography, taking a cue from Welling in grouping images based on intended effect.
The CAG is excited to present a selection images of their work, see above for a slide show. A big thank you to the whole Point Grey HS Art Careers class and the artists we are presenting here: Kiel Torres, Catherine Wang, Cosette Bote, Aly Slobadov, Nancy Tseng, Forever Young, Kevin McAllum. They’ve posted more images on their Point Grey Art Blog.
The CAG welcome groups of all ages and levels for free guided visits. We also produce guided visits with art-making responses to the exhibitions on display.
Contact email@example.com for more information.
– Shaun Dacey, Curator of Learning and Public ProgramsMORE
New guided visits | Nouvelles visites guidées
Did you know that there is a free guided visit at the CAG almost every week during an exhibition? | Savez-vous qu’il y a une visite guidée chez la galerie d’art contemporain presque chaque semaine au cours d’une exhibition? (lisez ce poste en français).
The CAG team has worked very hard to ensure that guided tours are scheduled regularly throughout the course of our exhibitions, and that dedication has given recently given birth to a new series of tours starting this month: multi-language guided visits. For the first time ever, our guided visits are now offered in Mandarin and Spanish!
I have been proud to present our guided visits in French for the past 3 exhibitions, taking over from artist Patricia Huijnen following her return to Switzerland last year. It’s been a real pleasure for me, as I love the French language and often lament that I do not have the chance to speak it as much as I would like. I also love talking about art, and the opportunity to do so at the Contemporary Art Gallery is both challenging and satisfying. Contemporary art can be difficult to understand at first glance, and bringing context, new ideas, and new ways of thinking to visitors has been, for me, an incredibly rewarding privilege.
When I was in school, it was always a struggle to fully appreciated fine-arts field trips when the exhibitions weren’t being presented in the language in which we were being instructed. My teachers would be diligently providing us with French vocabulary and tools with which to engage with the art, but when it was time to visit a gallery, museum or event, it was often jarring to listen to tours in English. There was something really special about the tours that were offered in French.
When Shaun Dacey, our new Curator of Learning and Public Programs, joined the CAG team in April, I wrote to him to tell him about how much I loved working in French at the CAG. Imagine my delight, when he not only echoed my enthusiasm, but informed me that he was already working to add additional language tours to the schedule.
I attended the Mandarin tour, hosted by artist Tommy Ting, on Saturday the 18th, and was delighted to see the engagement in our visitor’s faces while they discussed and engaged with the work in their own language. While I was unable to make the following week’s tour, hosted by photographer Avelina Crespo, I have been told it was well attended and equally well received. Both Tommy and Avelina have agreed to join us again later this summer to again present Mandarin and Spanish language tours at our upcoming exhibition.
I am truly proud to be part of the team providing multi-language tours at the CAG. I invite you to join me on June 1st at 3PM for my guided visit, in French, of the Nancy Holt/Erin Shirreff exhibition currently on display at the CAG.
Kay Slater (@kdot) is a Vancouver illustrator, and proud volunteer at the Contemporary Art Gallery. Come visit her on shift every Sunday from Noon-3PM.
L’équipe à la galerie a beaucoup travaillé pour s’assurer que les visites guidées sont programmées régulièrement tout au long de nos expositions, et ce dévouement a donné récemment naissance à une nouvelle série de visites ce mois-ci: des visites guidées multilingues! Pour la première fois, nos visites guidées sont maintenant offerts en mandarin et en espagnol!
Je suis fière d’avoir organisée nos visites guidées en français pour les dernières 3 expositions, succédant à l’artiste Patricia Huijnen après son retour en Suisse l’année dernière. Cela a été un réel plaisir pour moi, comme je suis amoureuse de la langue française et se plaignent souvent que je n’ai pas la chance de parler (ou d’écrire) en français autant que je le voudrais. J’aime aussi parler de l’art, et l’opportunité de le faire à la galerie d’art contemporain est à la fois stimulante et satisfaisante. L’art contemporain peut être difficile à comprendre au premier vu, et apportant le contexte, des nouvelles idées, et de nouvelles façons de penser à nos visiteurs est, pour moi, un privilège extrêmement enrichissante.
Mon français est devenu assez rouiller après avoir pas eu la chance de l’utiliser quotidiennement, mais j’espère que mon passion pour l’art et pour la langue le compense.
Quand j’étais à l’école, c’était toujours difficile d’apprécier des excursions beaux-arts lorsque les expositions n’ont pas été présentées dans la langue dans laquelle nous étions instruits. Nos enseignants seraient diligents en nous fournir le vocabulaire et des outils pour s’engager avec l’art, mais quand il était temps de visiter une galerie, une musée ou un événement, il était souvent choquant à entendre des visites guidées en anglais. Il y avait quelque chose de vraiment spécial dans les visites qui ont été offerts en français; c’était peut-être simplement parce qu’ils étaient si rares, mais peut-être c’était également comment facile c’était à comprendre et à apprécier ces œuvres.
Quand Shaun Dacey, notre nouveau curateur de l’apprentissage et des programmes publiques, a rejoint l’équipe CAG en Avril, je lui ai écrit pour lui dire combien j’adore travailler en français au CAG. Imaginez ma joie, quand il a non seulement fait écho à mon enthousiasme, mais m’a informé qu’il travaillait déjà à ajouter d’autres visites en plusieurs langues à l’horaire.
J’ai participé à la première visite guidée en mandarine, organisée par l’artiste Tommy Ting, et j’ai été ravi de voir l’engagement dans les visages de nos visiteurs pendant qu’ils ont eu la chance de discuter et de s’engager avec le travail dans leur propre langue. Tandis que je n’ai pas pu participer à la visite guidée en espagnol la semaine suivante, organisée par le photographe Avelina Crespo, on m’a dit qu’il a été bien fréquenté et tout aussi bien accueilli. Tommy et Avelina ont accepté de nous rejoindre cet été pour présenter à nouveau des visites en mandarin et en espagnol à propos de notre prochaine exposition.
Je suis vraiment fière de faire partie de l’équipe offrant des visites multilingues à la CAG. Je vous invite à me rejoindre le 1er Juin à 15 heures pour ma visite guidée, en français, de l’exposition Nancy Holt / Erin Shirreff présentement exposée au CAG.
Kay Slater (@ kdot) est une illustratrice de Vancouver, et bénévole à la Galerie d’Art Contemporain. Venez la rendre visite tous les dimanches de midi à 15 heures.MORE
Join us at the Contemporary Art Gallery on Saturdays at 3pm for a series of guided visits and public discussions on our current exhibitions. Recent discussions, led by Neil Campbell and Carla Nappi, have focused on Guo Fengyi’s work now on view until April 15th, 2012. Their talks ranged from issues relating to artistic process to traditional methods of Chinese healing and medicine. Guo Fengyi began drawing as a form of healing within the practice of Qi-qong, referring to her work as “painted perscriptions.” Over the course of twenty years her drawings evolved to engage relationships between history and myth, and knowledge and mystery.
This upcoming Saturday Keith Wallace, editor of Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, will expand further on Guo Fengyi’s work in the context of art in China. The following Saturday, March 24th, The CAG’s Executive Director Nigel Prince, will give a Guided Visit.
In the following weeks we are offering guided visits of all our exhibitions, including Frances Stark’s My Best Thing and Scott Massey’s Aurorae. On March 31 CAG volunteer and educator Patricia Huijnen will give a tour in French and on Sunday, April 15 (the last day of the exhibitions) Jill Henderson, CAG Gallery Coordinator, will present.
Admission is free so please join us for this series of discussions on Saturday afternoons plus one Sunday. Conversation is encouraged and all are welcome! Please visit our website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Curatorial Intern – Karina IrvineMORE
Stop by the CAG tomorrow at 3pm for a guided visit of the exhibition: Thomas Bewick, Tale-pieces, led by Executive Director Nigel Prince. While you are here you can also visit: Corita Kent, To create is to relate, both exhibitions run until October 30th, 2011.
Guided visits occur regularly throughout our programming, they are always free and they provide a great opportunity to develop new skills to interpret the art or to simply take a closer look at the exhibition.MORE
Tomorrow afternoon at 4:55 pm there will be a guided visit of our current exhibitions Beyond Guilt – The Trilogy and In the Near Future led by CAG curator, Jenifer Papararo. This special guided visit is part of the Canadian Art Foundation’s Gallery Hop Vancouver. For information on the other events going on at galleries around the city visit canadianart.ca/vancouverhop.
Photos by Scott MasseyMORE
This week is National Volunteer Week and the CAG takes its hat off to our dedicated team of over 50 volunteers. We thank them for their valuable gift of expertise, amazing energy and dedication.
As Gallery Coordinator I consider myself privileged to work alongside volunteers who fulfill so many necessary roles in the organization. It might be a surprise to some to discover the sheer diversity of their backgrounds. This has encompassed occupations ranging from students, artists, teachers, architects, librarians, marketing professionals and designers through to treaty negotiators! In recognition, I would like to share with you a series of profiles that highlight the interests, backgrounds and experiences of these dedicated individuals.
What brought you to volunteer at the CAG?
I love contemporary art! I think that there is nothing that can relay various life experiences and different perspectives better then art. It really is the best storyteller. So being an artist since the age of two, I decided to get a post secondary education in art and pursue it as a career. That meant I was looking for “experience”, but also something fun relating to art which made me want to get involved with the CAG.
What is your favorite thing about your volunteer position at the CAG?
I like talking with the various gallery visitors. I have had some interesting chats. I also like my position in that I am the first person who people get a chance to talk to after they have seen the exhibit.
What and where was the first Contemporary Art work that you experienced?
It was at the Vancouver Art Gallery on a school field trip. I was quite young, in early elementary school. I remember seeing a piece hung on the gallery wall which consisted of a single straight line pointing upwards. It must have been Barnet Newman or something else like his work. But I remember I didn’t get it! I couldn’t see the point for a creation of such simplicity hanging in a museum! I guess my abstract mind was still developing. Of course now I understand and enjoy the intricate use of meaning in all disciplines of contemporary art.
What other creative activities do you do?
I am of course an artist in that I paint and draw with a focus on creativity and experimentation. I compose and record various genres of music by playing several different instruments, but my main musical focus is playing the guitar. I also write about art by including my various musings on life as they pertain to a particular art exhibition taking place around town. Check out Dan’s blog here: http://we-all-get-it-in-the-end.blogspot.com/
Thank you Dan for sharing! More profiles coming soon.
– Jill Henderson
Here are some favourite pics of our volunteers in action:
Last week during a lively guided visit to the exhibition Following A Line, students from Clinton Elementary School, Burnaby and their teacher came up with a long list of ‘deep thinking questions’ about what they saw and heard in the exhibition, here is a list of their top ten questions;
1. Why is the picture two different things ?
2. Why did the artist choose to put these two things together ?
3. Is this a painting or an actual book ?4. Where does this picture take place?
5. Why did the artist chop up the body?
6. Why does it look like some people are frozen?
7. Why are they different colours ?
8. Why is it white inside ?
9. Why is there a hand on his head?
10. What are these things ? They look like ropes and they look like nets.
If you would like to book a group on a guided visit please contact email@example.comMORE