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The Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG) is concerned essentially with the encouragement of a greater appreciation of contemporary art. Through a wide range of learning programs celebrating the importance of personal experience, we are actively involved in creating opportunities for people to enjoy and benefit from working with visual art, engaging diverse audiences of all ages through talks, school programs, outreach projects, guided exhibition tours and workshops. In addition, various interpretative prompts—curatorial texts, guides, participatory activity, artists’ writings and filmed interviews—encourage imaginative audience engagement and provide accessible entry points to our programming.

We acknowledge generous support from the founding sponsor of our education, learning and outreach programs: Connor, Clark & Lunn Investment Management Ltd.




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Are you a teacher seeking to develop work with your class based on our exhibitions? Or are you planning a field trip and would like further guidance?

The CAG offers engaging arts learning for students from K-12.  Our school programs involve an interactive guided tour of gallery exhibitions and the option of thematically connected art making. Rooted in enquiry and discussion our education programs invite students and teachers to creatively explore visual art materials and processes as well as critically reflect upon the power of contemporary art to engage diverse themes, perspectives and complex ideas.

Our school programs are designed to meet the areas of learning identified in the BC Education Ministry’s Arts Education curriculum.

Program Options:

Guided Program

1 hr. – $50.00 (maximum 30 students)

The guided program for students from K-12 involves an insightful, inquiry-based exploration of the exhibitions allowing for creative learning and developing key transferable skills such as problem solving, communication and literacy.

Guided Program + Art Making activity  

2 hrs. – $90 (maximum 30 students)

For the guided program combined with art making activities in response to our exhibitions for students from K-12, in-depth tours of current exhibitions combine with workshops investigating the techniques, medium and practices of the work on display. These workshops enable meaningful dialogue to emerge developing critical thinking, making and understanding.

Considering spending a full day with your class in downtown Vancouver? We are in close proximity to a range of other cultural organizations that also offer school programming.

For more information or to book a program for your class, please email: learning@contemporaryartgallery.ca or telephone 604 681 2700.

To apply for funding to support your visit to the CAG, please visit daytrippers.ca

Download PDF of school brochure for further information.

Exhibitions for 2016/2017

Jochen Lempert: Field Guide
May 7 – July 17, 2016

German photographer Jochen Lempert’s black and white images of plants, animals, and other natural phenomena capture a diverse range of species and ecologies, ranging from everyday views to microscopic details his work ventures between scientific and artistic study. READ MORE.

Isabel Nolan: The weakened eye of day
July 29 – October 2, 2016

Isabel Nolan’s exhibition is an unfolding story of light as a central metaphor for truth and optimism. This exploration of our place beneath the sun includes text works, sculpture, ceramics, drawings, paintings and photographs.

Guillaume Leblon
October 14, 2016 – January 1, 2017

New York-based French artist, Guillaume Leblon creates fictional spaces through sculptures made with familiar everyday objects. A figurative presence is suggested through imprints, clothing and other remnants.

Haroon Mirza
January 13 – March 19, 2017

U.K artist Haroon Mirza makes immersive kinetic installations that deal with the distinctions between noise, sound and music. For CAG plant forms and solar panels are used to explore the interplay and friction between sound and light waves and electric current.

Group show: Photography
March 31 – June 18, 2017

Presented as part of the Capture Festival, more details to come.

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School Programs


<h2><strong>Youth Programs</strong></h2>

CAG programming for young people involves a series of differing projects annually. They provide stimulating and challenging experiences for young artists committed to experimentation and pushing the boundaries of their own art making in a supportive studio environment.

Through these projects, youth have the opportunity to work with leading artists, curators and educators in Vancouver as they explore a range of contemporary art practices and exhibition making alongside production of work such as context-specific installation, large-scale collaborative sculptures and performances. Participants engage in critiques and discussions concerning idea development, working with materials and processes, and viewing works of art.

<h2>Previous youth projects include:</h2>

  • A Summer Intensive with artists Brendan Fernandes, Justine Chambers, Daelik and Delia Brett that had young artists exploring the intersection between dance, choreography and visual art, culminating in an ambitious collaborative performance.
  • City in Motion was a four month lens-based youth project offered in collaboration with Cineworks. Artists Josh Hite and Brian Lye mentored young participants to create a permanent, multi-media commission for the TELUS Garden building using smart phones, social media and surveillance recordings.
  • The Exchange visual art intensive was conceived by designer Lisa Novak and facilitated by artists, Keg de Souza and Walter K. Scott. Working in studios at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, participants took up the creative problem of working in collaboration to create an installation that considered the unique site and context of Granville Island.

Inside Out: Studio, Gallery, Street
Open call: Visual Art Summer Intensive

Arts Umbrella, Contemporary Art Gallery and SFU collaboration
August 8 to 26, 2016

Inside Out: Studio, Gallery, Street is a three week visual arts intensive specifically designed for youth between the age of 14 and 19 interested in developing their visual art practice.

The program will culminate in a one-day exhibition at CAG.

Application deadline: Monday, June 6, 2016.

Space is limited. Fee for the intensive is $480.00. Application forms are available at www.artsumbrella.com/vasi

For more information about the program, please contact:

Holly Schmidt, at h.schmidt@contemporaryartgallery.ca

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Youth Programs


Inside Out: Studio, Gallery, Street
Open call: Visual Art Summer Youth Intensive
Arts Umbrella, Contemporary Art Gallery and SFU collaboration
August 8 to 26, 2016

Inside Out: Studio, Gallery, Street is a three week visual arts intensive speci cally designed for youth between the age of 14 and 19 interested in developing their visual art practice.

It will provide a stimulating and challenging experience for young artists committed to experimentation and pushing the boundaries of their own art making in a supportive studio environment.

Youth will have the opportunity to work with leading artists, curators and educators in Vancouver as they explore and produce a range of contemporary art practices such as the context-speci c installation, large-scale collaborative sculptures and exhibition making. Participants will engage in critiques and discussions about developing ideas, working with materials and viewing works of art.

The program will culminate in a one-day exhibition at CAG.

Application Deadline: Monday, June 6, 2016 for accepting applications. Space is limited, please apply soon. The fee for the intensive is $480.00.

Application forms are available at http://www.artsumbrella.com/vasi

For more information about the program, please contact: Holly Schmidt, Assistant Curator at h.schmidt@ contemporaryartgallery.ca

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Inside Out: Studio, Gallery, Street Open call: Visual Art Summer Youth Intensive


Night School is a program for new collectors and contemporary art enthusiasts, an introductory contemporary art survey that is intentionally accessible, intelligent and engaging. Through a curriculum built from the history of exhibitions at the CAG, participants will learn about common themes in recent visual arts and ways in which they are interpreted and discussed. Lectures by instructor Lee Plested will introduce work by important artists from Vancouver and around the world. A suggested reading list will complement the discussion program. Along with the lectures, the participants will also engage in three studio visits with internationally recognized local artists including: Vikky Alexander, Gareth Moore, Elizabeth McIntosh, and tours of exhibitions by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun – Unceded Territories at the Museum of Anthropology and upcoming exhibition, MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Wednesday March 16, 7:30-9:00 pm
Lecture 1 – The French Salon

Sunday March 20, 3:30-5:00 pm
Studio Visit 1 with Vikky Alexander

Wednesday March 23, 7:30-9:00 pm
Lecture 2 – Matter Is Meaning

March 23 – April 2
Easter Reading Week Break (no session)

Sunday April 3, 3:00-4:00 pm
Exhibition Visit – MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture
Vancouver Art Gallery

Sunday April 10, 3:30-5:00 pm
Studio Visit 2 with Elizabeth McIntosh

Wednesday April 13, 7:30-9:00 pm
Lecture 3 – Absorbing Abstractions

Sunday April 24, 3:30-5:00 pm
Studio Visit 3 with Gareth Moore

Wednesday April 27, 7:30-9:00 pm
Lecture 4 – Surrealism and Other Truths

Friday May 6, 6:00-7:00 pm
Exhibition preview for Jochen Lempert

Sunday May 15, 12:30
Curator’s Tour – Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun
Museum of Anthropology

Cost: $375, includes a complimentary CAG membership.

Payments can also be made by monthly installments.

Space is limited – 20 seats – filling up fast!

To register contact Kristin Cheung, Development Officer at k.cheung@contemporaryartgallery.ca or call 604 681 2700.

 

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Night School IV


Sylvia Kind, PhD is an instructor in the School of Childhood Studies at Capilano University and an atelierista at the Capilano University Children’s Centre. Her work is motivated by an interest in artistic ways of knowing, children’s studio practices, experimentations with art as research in early childhood settings and the intersections of art and pedagogy. Kind will respond to elements of play in Ryan Gander’s exhibition.

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Feedback Series Talk - Sylvia Kind


Re-visions
Bo Ha, Chris Mills, Diego Romero, Elizabeth Ellis, Megan Low, Natalie Murao, Robert Psutka, Sophia Wolfe

Re-visions brought together eight emerging artists from diverse backgrounds in visual, performing and literary arts. Unique perspectives combined into a larger collaborative multi-screen piece, the shared objective being to highlight the dynamism inherent in the processes of rapid (re)building as Vancouver evolves, remembering a recent past while gesturing towards an imagined future.

Read on for a report by emerging artist and Re-visions participant Elizabeth Ellis:

“In November 2014, a group of artists met at the CAG to begin an intensive learning program to produce a new media installation for TELUS Garden with the guidance of mentors Josh Hite, Brian Lye, and Jem Noble.

We spent a couple of months researching through studio and gallery visits, workshops, and artist talks. After generating some ideas, we set out as a group and began experimenting with different documentation tactics throughout the city. We walked through urban spaces and improvised along the way. We tried same-space shooting, giving each other instructions, and exploring methods rooted in psychogeography. We continually revised our ideas but were overwhelmed with the amount that we had, as a group of eight. It felt like there were unlimited directions to pursue.

We also had lectures given by artists in the city and during a final talk at the CAG, artist Laiwan reminded us to deeply listen: to be in-tune with the phenomena that’s personally interesting, and to expand our visual and emotional vocabulary—linking metaphors and creating language. This advice motivated the group to share what we were each invested in. Artists with dance and performance backgrounds approached the project focusing on movement, through the choreography of the camera body and the collection of images. Others considered integrating city archives and found footage, while some explored concepts around urban space and telecommunications. The challenge then became how to weave seemingly disparate ideas together into a collective piece. How did we experience the city space as individuals and yet also as a collective?

As we looked through each contribution in the editing stage, patterns emerged and a new language started to collectively form. We realized that what we initially thought were disconnected ideas actually echoed our diverse experiences of the city. Our process and works entangled with one another, and for me, this was one of the most rewarding aspects about the collaboration.

Thanks to our mentors, Cineworks, and the Contemporary Art Gallery for your generosity of time, dialogue, and support throughout this valuable learning opportunity.”

—Elizabeth Ellis

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Re-Visions: Improvisation & Collaboration - Telus Garden Building Project


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