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My name is Whitney Brennan and it is a pleasure to join CAG as the curatorial intern.

Part of what excites me about CAG is its dedication to creating accessible exhibitions and public programming that engages with local and international artists. From the artist residency program at the Burrard Marina Field House, to the off-site exhibition space at Yaletown-Roundhouse Station,  I anticipate learning a lot during my time here.

I am currently in the second year of my Master’s degree in Critical and Curatorial Studies at the University of British Columbia. My research focuses on media and performance art, with a particular interest in local female media artists and archival practices. After completing my undergraduate degree in Art History at UBC, I knew my hometown would be the best place to continue pursuing my academic interests. While working on my Postgraduate Degree I have had the opportunity to work as a Gallery Assistant at Gam Gallery, co-owned by Tarah Hogue and Julia Kreutz, as well as an independent curator with Decoy Magazine.

I will be working closely with assistant curator Jas Lally and new curator Kimberly Phillips, who I’ve already had the pleasure of working with at Access Gallery, where I volunteer on their fundraising committee. I am excited to begin working on CAG’s upcoming exhibitions, and I hope to see you at our next opening!



Meet Whitney, Curatorial Intern

Join Assistant Curator Jas Lally for a behind the scenes guided tour of the current exhibition: Gordon Bennett – Be Polite


Curatorial Tour | Jas Lally

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

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

Hello! My name is Michelle Martin and I’m delighted to be doing a practicum with the Contemporary Art Gallery.  I’m currently in the first year of the Master’s in Comparative Media Arts at SFU and I’m thrilled and excited to be working with Assistant Curators Jas Lally, Holly Schmidt, and the rest of the wonderful CAG team.

I come to the CAG with a varied and somewhat curious background. Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, I graduated from the University of Alberta with Bachelor of Arts degree in Romance Languages and also attended the Italian School at Middlebury College in Vermont.  In addition to languages, I’ve studied textile science, craft and design, and film production. My ever-expanding research interests include cinema and slowness, archival media, celluloid film processes and hybrid documentary-fiction forms. I’m sure the research I’ll be undertaking here will only add to this list!

In my first week here, I had a little peek at the behind-the-scenes activity for Haroon Mirza‘s exhibition Entheogens which made me really excited to assist with the curatorial research for Erdem Taşdelen‘s projects and the lens-based group exhibition Song of the Open Road as part of Capture Photography Festival 2017. I’m also really pleased to work with Holly Schmidt on developing public programming for current and upcoming exhibitions to help inspire the next generation of artists and art-enthusiasts.

I was also very excited to complete a live radio tour in French of the exhibition Entheogens with CBC radio Canada host Jacque Dufresne for the show Boulevard du Pacifique, you can listen to our conversation here.

I am constantly impressed at the exhibitions and diverse programming that the CAG offers which thoughtfully and compellingly combines local and international impulses, ideas and artists. I am very happy to contribute to bringing new and exciting works and programs to Vancouver.


Meet Michelle Martin, Program Intern

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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