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The Strathcona Herbarium Launch
Thursday November 9, 5.30-7pm
Lord Strathcona Elementary School
Classroom 203

With A New Path to the Waterfall, the Contemporary Art Gallery situates a new satellite gallery space within a Vancouver elementary school. Initiated by US artist Harrell Fletcher at CAG Burrard Marina Fieldhouse Studio, the project places artists in Maryann Persoon’s grade 6/7 classroom at Lord Strathcona Elementary School to re-shape the ways in which we consider contemporary art, gallery spaces and public schools.

Coast Salish ethnobotanist, community gardener and interdisciplinary artist T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss is the first artist to collaborate with Maryann Persoon’s class. Through a series of foraging trips to Capilano River, Harmony Garden, Trillium Park and Stanley Park, Cease and the students gathered plants, fungi, moss, lichen and more from different local habitats. They identified species – learning both their Skwxwu7mesh and Latin names – and pressed their plants. The class then composed these into a series of individual, hand-stitched herbarium books, inviting students to open their senses to local natural environments and encounter first-hand the deep interconnectedness of our ecosystems. Together, the pressed plants form not only a beautiful collection but also a historical document of biodiversity and a way to measure change in our natural landscapes.

Please join Cease Wyss, the Lord Strathcona Elementary community, and our primary supporter, Telus Community Board, for the public launch and discussion of these unique herbariums.

About A New Path to the Waterfall

In A New Path to the Waterfall, over the course of six-week periods, each artist collaborates with students to explore different issues and investigate a variety of topics connected to their curriculum. Each artist’s tenure at the school will end with a public presentation that could take many forms.

A New Path to the Waterfall will be presented to the public through exhibitions, interventions, performances and public programming at six week intervals throughout the school year. The public are welcome to attend these events and programs during set hours provided on the project website. Please see the Exhibitions and Events page for more details.

Lord Strathcona Elementary School

Located near the heart of Chinatown, Lord Strathcona is Vancouver’s oldest elementary school. Since its beginnings, the school has drawn a diverse population, forming a community that is multicultural and deeply connected to its surroundings, especially the Strathcona Community Centre with which it shares its site.

T’uy’t’tanat-Cease Wyss is an interdisciplinary artist who works with new media and interdisciplinary arts as well as community engaged and public art. Cease is a Coast Salish ethnobotanist and recently has returned to a textiles art practice through learning Coast Salish weaving techniques in wool and cedar. She is a member of the Aboriginal Writers Collective West Coast and lives in East Vancouver. She is a beekeeper and community engaged gardener.


A New Path to the Waterfall is generously supported by TELUS Community Board, the Hamber Foundation, Artstarts/Artists in the Classroom, the Vancouver Foundation and the Vancouver Park Board.


The Strathcona Herbarium Launch

Family Day

On the last Saturday of each month, the CAG invites all ages to drop-in for short exhibition tours and free art-making activities that respond to our current exhibitions.

Earth Paint
Saturday, December 30, 12-3pm

Inspired by Andrew Dadson’s White Restretch with Bark Mulch (East Vancouver), experiment with a range of earthy paints to create a thickly textured creation on canvas.


Family Day | Earth Paint

Exhibition tour in Mandarin with Katharine Meng-Yuan Yi
Sunday, December 10, 3pm

Join Katharine Meng-Yuan Yi for a tour of the current exhibitions in Mandarin.

欢迎您加入易梦原 (Katharine Yi) 对本次展览的免费普通话导览。

Andrew Dadson: Site For Still Life

当代美术馆正在举办温哥华艺术家 Andrew Dadson 迄今为止在公共空间内展出的最为全面的个人展览。


当代美术馆正在举办加拿大艺术家 Lyse Lemieux 的重要个人展览,其中包含艺术家应此次展览特邀全新创作的两件分别横跨美术馆外壁及美术馆 off-site (Yaletown-Roundhouse Station) 的相互关联的大型作品。


Exhibition tour in Mandarin | Katharine Meng-Yuan Yi

Family Day

On the last Saturday of each month, the CAG invites all ages to drop-in for short exhibition tours and free art-making activities that respond to our current exhibitions.

Elliptical Tapestries
Saturday, November 25, 12-3pm

Create small felt tapestries using shapes, lines and colours inspired by Lyse Lemieux: FULL FRONTAL.


Family Day | Elliptical Tapestries

Exhibition tour in Spanish with Isabela Oliva
Sunday, November 5, 3pm

Join Isabela Oliva for a tour of the current exhibitions in Spanish.

Únete a Isabela Oliva para la visita guiada gratuita de la exposición en español.

Andrew Dadson: Espacio para la naturaleza muerta
Hasta el 31 de Diciembre del 2017
La Contemporary Art Gallery presenta la exposición individual más completa hasta la fecha en una galería pública el trabajo del artista residente en Vancouver Andrew Dadson.

Lyse Lemieux: Frontal total
Hasta el 25 de Marzo del 2018
La Contemporary Art Gallery presenta una extensa exposición individual de la artista canadiense Lyse Lemieux, incorporando dos nuevas comisiones interrelacionadas a gran escala. Una a todo largo de la fachada de la galeria y la otra en la Estacion Yaletown-Roundhouse.


Exhibition tour in Spanish | Isabela Oliva

Family Day

On the last Saturday of each month, the CAG invites all ages to drop-in for short exhibition tours and free art-making activities that respond to our current exhibitions.

Window Sill Sculptures
Saturday, October 28, 12-3pm

Inspired by Andrew Dadson’s House Plants, create your own fantastical plant sculpture.




Family Day | Window Sill Sculptures


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