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Through its mandate the CAG is concerned essentially with the encouragement of a greater appreciation of contemporary art. We are actively involved in making opportunities for people who would not otherwise have the enjoyment and benefit of working with visual art. Our learning activity celebrates the importance of personal experience and we aim to create accessible environments that allow people of all ages to learn. Various interpretative prompts – curatorial texts, guides, participatory activity, artists’ writings, and filmed interviews – encourage imaginative audience engagement and talks, tours, off-site projects, workshops, residencies and seminars are structured to build ongoing dialogue, providing opportunities for diverse learning activity to develop.

The Contemporary Art Gallery acknowledges the ongoing support of the many volunteers and Board Directors who assist in the development and delivery of our learning programs.

Founding sponsor of our education, learning and outreach programs:
Connor, Clark & Lunn Investment Management Ltd.


Learning Resources

Night School is a series of informal lectures and studio visits that are intentionally accessible, yet intelligent and engaging. Through a curriculum built from the history of exhibitions at the CAG, participants will learn about common themes in recent contemporary visual arts and ways in which they are interpreted and discussed. Guest instructor Lee Plested will introduce work by important artists from Vancouver and around the world during four lectures and a suggested reading list complementing the discussion program.

Night School participants will also be involved in studio visits with three, internationally recognized, Vancouver-based artists. Steven Shearer, Geoffrey Farmer and Liz Magor have all held important exhibitions at the CAG and their projects will be introduced during the previous lecture. These field trips will be paired with cocktail events.

Night School offers direct access to and dialogue with artists and curators in the city. Alongside its curriculum, a passport of local events, openings and lectures will provide an expanded perspective on the Vancouver art scene plus opportunities to build a greater appreciation of art production and presentation in the city.


Night School

Hiba Abdallah is a Senior Research Fellow at Broken City Lab and is currently an Artist in Residence at the CAG Burrard Marina Field House in Vancouver.

Broken City Lab is working on a series of installations and community projects during the residency at the field house studio site entitled Flagged for Review.

Hiba Abdallah sat down to speak with the Jaclyn Bruneau from the CAG about how Vancouver offers a different set of conditions for city-specific social practice, and how she confronts the gap between contemporary practice and socially-engaged, community practices, and what Flagged for Review might look like in action.

This is part one of a two-part interview.


Interview | Hiba Abdallah, Broken City Lab - Part 1 of 2

Artist collective bgl discuss their work and their exhibition Marshmallow + Cauldron + Fire = at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, April 2009.

Congratulations to bgl who will represent Canada at the 2015 Venice Biennale.


Video | bgl - To represent Canada in the 2015 Venice Biennale

Artist Mike Nelson discusses his practice and his exhibition and two new commissions at the Contemporary Art Gallery. Video by Derek Brunen with installation photography by Scott Massey.


Video | Mike Nelsoon

Congratulations to British Columbia born artist Erin Shirreff on WINNING! the AIMIA | AGO Photography prize.

Scroll below, to listen to her artist talk, delivered earlier this year during her exhibition at the Contemporary Art Gallery.

Kelowna born Shirreff presented a talk on her exhibition Pictures and discussed her interest in differing encounters between representations of image and object. Erin Shirreff’s solo exhibition, Pictures,  at the Contemporary Art Gallery was the first presentation dedicated exclusively to the artist’s film and video work.


Artist Talk | Erin Shirreff - Winner of the AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize 2013


New Y-CAG starts in November – still time to sign up!

Program Runs – Two Wednesdays each month from November, 2013 – May, 2014
Cost – $350

Y-CAG 2013/2014 Information Sheet

Y-CAG 2013/2014 Application Form

Y-CAG offers youth interested in contemporary art, visual culture and exhibition-making the opportunity to work closely with leading artists, curators, gallery staff and educators. Co-hosted by the Contemporary Art Gallery and Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Y-CAG will offer a behind-the-scenes look into both institutions, through gallery and facility visits.

Students will engage in discussions focusing on contemporary cultural issues; participate in the production of publications, events and presentations; and gain experience producing, installing and documenting artwork. Work produced in the program will culminate in a student-initiated ‘exhibition in print’.

  • Meet bi-weekly and build relationships with other creative teens, Contemporary Art Gallery and Emily Carr University of Art + Design staff, and visiting museum professionals and artists;
  • Identify interests and questions and use these to explore art through a variety of means, from looking, researching, and discussing to art making;
  • Place contemporary art within the context of what is going on in the larger world; and
  • Work with a variety of people and teen peers to create a public art exhibition or event.


The cost of the program is $350 for the entire six months and includes refreshments at each session.


Teens will meet twice a month from 4:00 – 7:00 PM two Wednesdays of every month for afterschool meetings facilitated by educators and art professionals. Meetings will alternate between the CAG and Emily Carr.


Y-CAG Program with ECUAD