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CAG Young Patrons

This year CAG Young Patrons are hosting a series of Happy Hours where we partner with other Vancouver organizations and individuals. This month we are partnering with dancers from Ballet BC where they will be performing in our space.


Happy Hour | Ballet BC

Ho Tam – Curious Cabinets
June 6 – June 30, 2017
Reception: June 22nd, 6-8pm
534 West Pender Street

On view at Cartems West Pender location is an exhibition by Canadian artist Ho Tam. A selection committee comprised of CAG Young Patrons partnered with Cartems to select and display the work of a Vancouver based artist who could speak to their lived experiences within our city.

Tam’s work explores the meaning and construction of the universal experience within a society that has become increasingly diverse and intricate. His most recent projects HOTAM and POSER focus on the individual. With humour and straightforwardness, the resulting images explore the individuals, the grouping, and how individuals pose for the camera whether it is figuratively or objectively.

Part of his project HOTAM, the images on display at Cartems are a part of his series Curious Cabinets. This project is an exploration of the boundary of curiosity and courtesy. Tam spent over two years in secrecy to document his friends’ bathroom cabinets giving insight into their direct lived experiences.

The CAG Young Patrons identified with the images that Tam produced in his series and are eager to share it with the public. The exhibition is currently on view, and Cartems and the CAG Young Patrons will be hosting a reception on June 22nd, from 6-8pm at the West Pender location to celebrate Tam’s work.

Ho Tam was born in Hong Kong before moving to Canada and has worked in advertising companies and community psychiatric facilities before turning to art. He practices in multiple disciplines including photography, video, painting, and print media. Tam is an alumnus of Whitney Museum Independent Studies Program and Bard College.

Meet the CAG Young Patrons Selection Committee:

Michelle Cyca is the co-publisher of SAD Mag, an arts & culture publication celebrating the diverse and emerging creative communities Vancouver BC. She is also a writer, editor, and digital communications specialist, and a member of the City of Vancouver Arts & Culture Policy Council.

Amanda Burrows has 10 years of experience raising funds for non-profits, and is focused on using her skill set to build stronger communities. She is the Principal at Philanthropy Aide and a Fundraising Trainer for Social Venture Partners. Previous work experience includes the Guggenheim NYC and the Art Gallery of Ontario, and senior development roles at Vancouver Opera (VO) and the Museum of Vancouver. As a connector, Amanda helps to develop programs that stimulate philanthropic behaviour and sits on the board for the Contemporary Art Gallery, and aligns with organizations that encourage inclusion, civic engagement and social purpose.

Vancouver-born Livona Ellis is a full time member of Ballet BC. She started dancing at the age of 11 at Arts Umbrella under the direction of Artemis Gordon. Since joining Ballet BC in 2010, she has been fortunate to work with world-renowned artists such as Sharon Eyal, Crystal Pite, Medhi Walerski, Emanuel Gat, Cayetano Soto, Johan Inger, Francesca Caroti (William Forsyth), Wen Wei Wang, Lesley Telford, Doug Letheren (Sharon Eyal), and Shahar Binyamini (Ohad Naharin). She is on faculty at Arts Umbrella and will be teaching at their Junior Summer Dance Intensive this summer.

Shaun Dacey is Director of the Richmond Art Gallery. Previous to that he was Curator at the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), where he produced a diverse program of exhibitions, educational initiatives and off-site projects with particular focus on the development of the CAG’s Burrard Marina Field House Studio residency program. His previous positions include Director/Curator of Access Gallery, Public Programmer at the Burnaby Art Gallery, and Youth Programmes coordinator at Oakville Galleries. Dacey holds a master’s degree in Critical and Curatorial Studies from the University of British Columbia.

RSVP for the event here!


CAG Young Patrons and Cartems Presents Ho Tam – Curious Cabinets

Our Young Patrons program is tailored to individuals who are active in the arts and culture sector, creative, and motivated. In becoming part of the CAG Young Patrons community, you are joining a network of art-minded young professionals, artists and other creatives. Attend behind-the-scenes art gatherings that are both social and educational (drink and learn about contemporary art), from studio visits to collections tours and more, as well as exciting events with our dynamic community partners.

We would love to have you on board as a Young Patron; the rate of the program is only $10/month or a one-time rate of $120/year. The benefits of the program not only include an invitation to the activities mentioned but your choice of a free publication and artist editioned work, in addition to complimentary beverages at all CAG events.

If you sign up by April 25th two lucky winners will receive a prize package that includes a $25 gift card to Earnest Ice Cream, a $50 gift card to Frank + Oak, and a $50 gift card to Woo to See You (total value $125). In addition, the next five winners will win a scent by Osmics. If you would like to join our program to be eligible to win this prize, sign up here or email [email protected] to learn about monthly instalments.


April incentive – Young Patrons

Call for submissions: Cartems donuterie in partnership with CAG Young Patrons

Application Deadline is April 30th.

Cartems is partnering with the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver to select an exhibition for June 2017 that will be presented in our storefront on West Pender Street.

Submission details below.

We are accepting submissions for either a solo or group exhibition that speaks to the evolving narrative of what it means to be a ‘Vancouverite’ – how work can address our notions of identity, history and space. This show will run for approximately one month and features an opening night with wine and donuts, actively promoted through social media coverage.

The featured artists or collective will be chosen by Krista Bailie, General Manager of Cartems Donuts and a panel comprised of CAG Young Patrons.

The selection committee will be judging work based on its ability to:
– activate and be in dialogue with the social space of Cartems Donuts
– strengthen community connections
– celebrate Vancouver’s rich and diverse arts and culture community.

If you are interested in submitting your work, please apply by attaching your CV, artist statement and 5-6 images in a single PDF to [email protected]

Application Deadline is April 30th, at 5pm.

Cartems Donuts is a locally owned and operated bakery in various locations in Vancouver. As a team consisting of artists, dancers, writers and musicians, we believe in promoting emerging artists in our community and offer a high traffic location where emerging artist’s work can be seen and enjoyed by Vancouverites and visitors.

The CAG Young Patrons program is an initiative to engage individuals aged 19-45 who are interested in becoming involved in the vibrant cultural scene in Vancouver. Connecting young professionals, artists and creatives, Young Patrons is an entry point into engagement in the Vancouver arts community through social and educational events, from studio visits to collection tours and more, as well as exciting events with our dynamic community partners.


Call for submissions: Cartems donuterie in partnership with CAG Young Patrons

Happy Hour:
Collaborative Poetry reading with Daniel Zomparelli and Dina Del Bucchia
Thursday, February 16, 7pm

In response to Erdem Taşdelen’s ‘The Quantified Self Poems’, poet Daniel Zomparelli will speak about his work with Taşdelen and the central role collaboration plays in his creative practice. Zomparelli and frequent collaborator Dina Del Bucchia will follow with a reading from recent work.
Zomparelli is editor-in-chief of Poetry is Dead magazine, co-podcaster of Can’t Lit and co-editor of After You, a collaborative poetry project. His first book of poems Davie Street Translations and Rom Com a collaborative book with Dina Del Bucchia are published by Talonbooks. His first collection of short stories Everything is Awful and You’re a Terrible Person will be published by Arsenal Pulp Press in Spring 2017.


Happy Hour: Collaborative Poetry reading with Daniel Zomparelli and Dina Del Bucchia

The Young Patrons program, which I got the chance to work on with CAG Development Officer Kristin Cheung during my time at CAG, aims to create events that are at once social, educational, inclusive and intimate. Events like last week’s Happy Hour with an artist talk by Montreal-based Mohawk artist Skawennati, are a chance for Vancouver young professionals to both get to know one another and learn about art directly from the artists themselves.

Above are some photos from Young Patrons’ first event of the season.

This fall on will include an artist talk with Rebecca Chaperon, as well as an introduction to the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Art Rental & Sales program, and a tour of Isabel Nolan’s exhibition by assistant curator Jas Lally.

See you at the next event on Tuesday September 6 at 6pm.

– Rachel Buchholtzer


Young Patrons update by Rachel Buchholtzer

Tuesday, August 16, 6:00-8:00 pm: Young Patron members | Happy Hour with artist Skawennati

Join us for a special evening with Montreal based, Kanien’keha:ka artist Skawennati. She will discuss the ongoing project with CAG, her ‘machinima’ workshops that use new technologies, virtual environments and video games to empower Indigenous youth to tell stories in a new way. Delicious sweets generously provided by Cartems Donuterie and Say Hello Sweets. Happy hour cocktails by Jameson Irish Whiskey. All welcome!

About CAG Young Patrons

The CAG Young Patrons program engages individuals aged 19-45 who are interested in developing a dynamic cultural scene with influencers, tastemakers and patrons of the arts. Connecting young professionals, artists and creative individuals, Young Patrons is an entry point into engagement in the Vancouver arts community through social and educational events, from artist studio visits, to curatorial tours of our exhibitions, to artist run workshops and discounts on our publications and editions.

Join us as a Young Patron member, be part of an upcoming series of artist-centered events; combining educational, social and accessible ways to learn about contemporary art. Young Patron members will be able to directly engage with local and international artists, build networking opportunities and enjoy benefits from our community partners including: SAD Mag, Cartems Donuterie and Jameson Irish Whiskey.



Tuesday, September 6, 6:00-7:30pm: Artist Talk with Rebecca Chaperon

CAG Young Patrons and Vancouver Art Gallery Young Associates collaborate on a Q&A with Art Rental & Sales featured Artist Rebecca Chaperon. Join us to connect and engage with work by emerging local artists over wine and charcuterie. Following the event, you can skip the line for to view Vancouver Art Gallery’s current exhibitions.  Refreshments and snacks served.

Thursday, October 6, 6:00-8:pm: Happy Hour: Behind-the-scenes tour by Assistant Curator Jas Lally

Join us for an in-depth, behind-the-scenes, final look at The weakened eye of day an exhibition by Irish artist, Isabel Nolan. Refreshments and snacks served: donuts generously provided by Cartems Donuterie and cocktails by Jameson Irish Whiskey.


Happy Hour with artist Skawennati


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