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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

Curator Talk – Peter White
Tuesday, July 18, 6pm
The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver

Join guest curator Peter White as he introduces the research and process undertaken with Nancy Tousley to produce the exhibition Levine Flexhaug, ‘A Sublime Vernacular: The Landscape Paintings’


Curator Talk | Peter White

Curator Talk – Nancy Tousley
Friday, June 30, 6pm

Join guest curator Nancy Tousley as she discusses the research undertaken with Peter White to produce the exhibition Levine Flexhaug, ‘A Sublime Vernacular: The Landscape Paintings’.


Curator Talk with Nancy Tousley

The Contemporary Art Gallery welcomes the Feminist Land Art Retreat (FLAR) for a summer residency. FLAR was born in 2010 with a rock-concert style poster depicting mirrored images of Robert Smithson’s
Spiral Jetty, FLAR transformed this seminal work of land art into something resembling fallopian tubes, while inviting the viewer to a fantasy event. This began FLAR’s conceptual and humorous
subversion of familiar visual forms, including fashion, spa advertising, commemorative architecture, and aerial imagery. FLAR has continued appropriating commercial and art-historical
images with irony, challenging commonly held notions of how feminism is embodied and expressed.


Residency | Feminist Land Art Retreat

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.

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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

Join artist Derya Akay, Hayat Shabo and her daughter Carmen Aldakhlallah of Tayybeh as they explore Syrian cuisine

RSVP your ticket here:

Please note tickets are very limited.

Hayat Shabo, a chef originating from Damascus, and her daughter Carmen Aldakhlallah will discuss traditional Syrian dishes while demonstrating how to prepare kibbeh, minced meat, onion and bulgur balls.

All participants are welcome to try their hand at making kibbeh under Hayat’s guidance. Over the afternoon there will be opportunities to taste a range of Syrian recipes and share stories about food traditions.

This event is presented in collaboration with Tayybeh, a nascent organisation that aims to support Syrian women in Vancouver by organising community-based dining experiences. By showcasing beautiful and authentic dishes from their hometowns in Syria, the women of Tayybeh have access to an income and financial independence. Working together, they build connections with other women and interact with the communities they live in. All while doing something they love: cooking.

The word “tayybeh” in Arabic is the feminine construction that means “kind”, and in the colloquial Levantine dialect means “delicious.”

The Contemporary Art Gallery welcomes Vancouver-based artist Derya Akay as the CAG Burrard Marina Field House resident this spring. Expanding on recent projects, Akay is collaborating with women elders from a range of cultural backgrounds to explore and share local and diasporic culinary traditions through a series of workshops and meals. This convivial partaking of food is a gateway to oral history, which Akay understands as both storytelling and the sensations and memories summoned through communal eating.

About the Burrard Marina Field House
Throughout 2017 CAG is hosting a series of artists-in-residence, each working toward participatory projects to be realised throughout 2017–2019. The Field House Studio is an off-site artist residency space and community hub organised by CAG. This program moves beyond conventional exhibition making, echoing the founding origins of the gallery where artists were offered support toward the production of new work while reaching out to communities and offering new ways for individuals to encounter, participate and connect with art and artists.

The Field House Studio Residency Program is generously supported by Vancouver Park Board and the City of Vancouver, along with many private and individual donors. Please visit our website for a full list of supporters. For further details about the program, all forthcoming residencies and associated events visit our website at and the Field House blog at

For 2016–2019 we acknowledge the generous support of the Field House Studio Residency Program by the Vancouver Foundation


Derya Akay and Tayybeh explore Syrian cuisine

We are pleased to announce Andi Icaza-Largaespada as the winner of the second CAG Prize for an emerging artist selected from the BFA program at the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University.

Generously sponsored by the Peter Szeto Investment Group | BMO Nesbitt Burns, the CAG prize includes an award of $2,500, a solo presentation at CAG, career advice and a gift certificate from the CAG bookshop.

Andi Icaza-Largaespada’s practice — of image-reading and image-making — suggests a continuation of symbolic and subversive acts of resistance. Her multidisciplinary work incorporates elements of social research, ethics and sustainability and takes the forms of photography, sculpture and writing. Through her work, Icaza-Largaespada seeks to honour the emancipating labour of the women of Mina El Limon, Rancho Grande and Nueva Guinea in Nicaragua and the growing localized efforts of alternative community building.

The BFA graduation exhibition Lazy Susan at Audain Galleries continues until April 22. Congratulations to all the graduating students:

Jessica Chu, Danni Gárate Cubillos, Kayla Elderton, Megan Fillo, Aghigh Gougani, Andi Icaza-Largaespada, A Yeong Kim, Carolina Krawczyk, Jilann Lechner, Cindy Liu, Clara Liu, Betty Ma, Emily Marston, Sana Sayahpour, Feon Yeung, Nico Yu and Jaromir Zelazny.


Andi Icaza-Largaespada wins CAG Prize 2017

Curator tour
Saturday, April 22, 3pm
Join us for a guided tour of the exhibition Song of the Open Road.


Curatorial tour with Kimberly Phillips


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