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The Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG) is concerned essentially with the encouragement of a greater appreciation of contemporary art. Through a wide range of learning programs celebrating the importance of personal experience, we are actively involved in creating opportunities for people to enjoy and benefit from working with visual art, engaging diverse audiences of all ages through talks, school programs, outreach projects, guided exhibition tours and workshops. In addition, various interpretative prompts—curatorial texts, guides, participatory activity, artists’ writings and filmed interviews—encourage imaginative audience engagement and provide accessible entry points to our programming.

We acknowledge generous support from the founding sponsor of our education, learning and outreach programs: Connor, Clark & Lunn Investment Management Ltd.




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‘The Madam’, was created as part of the ‘Skins’ workshop. In collaboration with the Museum of Anthropology, Emily Carr University of Art + Design and the Initiative for Indigenous Futures (IIF), a branch of Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC), Skawennati led an intensive workshop called ‘Skins’ participating in MOA’s Native Youth Program. Supported by the British Columbia Arts Council Youth Engagement program.

‘Skins’ involved six Indigenous youth currently participating in the Native Youth Program, part of an ongoing relationship between CAG and MOA. Hosted at ECUAD, the workshop began with an exploration of storytelling as oral tradition folding into how stories can be told in new ways through ‘machinima’ (a portmanteau of “machine” and “cinema”).

Calvin Charlie-Dawson – Squamish, Stó:lō, Kwakwaka’wakw
Dusty Carpenter – Heiltsuk
Latisha Wadhams – Kwakwaka’wakw
Karoleena Medina – Heiltsuk
Jennifer Pahl – Tsimshian, Nisga’a , Gitxsan
Isaiah Wadhams – Squamish, Stó:lō, Kwakwaka’wakw

Montreal based, Kanien’keha:ka artist Skawennati’s project with CAG, ‘machinima’ workshops that use new technologies, virtual environments and video games to empower Indigenous youth to tell stories in a new way.

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Video | The Madam - Skins workshop


‘Thowxeya’ was created as part of the ‘Skins’ workshop. In collaboration with the Museum of Anthropology, Emily Carr University of Art + Design and the Initiative for Indigenous Futures (IIF), a branch of Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC), Skawennati led an intensive workshop called ‘Skins’ participating in MOA’s Native Youth Program. Supported by the British Columbia Arts Council Youth Engagement program.

‘Skins’ involved six Indigenous youth currently participating in the Native Youth Program, part of an ongoing relationship between CAG and MOA. Hosted at ECUAD, the workshop began with an exploration of storytelling as oral tradition folding into how stories can be told in new ways through ‘machinima’ (a portmanteau of “machine” and “cinema”).

Calvin Charlie-Dawson – Squamish, Stó:lō, Kwakwaka’wakw
Dusty Carpenter – Heiltsuk
Latisha Wadhams – Kwakwaka’wakw
Karoleena Medina – Heiltsuk
Jennifer Pahl – Tsimshian, Nisga’a , Gitxsan
Isaiah Wadhams – Squamish, Stó:lō, Kwakwaka’wakw

Montreal based, Kanien’keha:ka artist Skawennati’s project with CAG, ‘machinima’ workshops that use new technologies, virtual environments and video games to empower Indigenous youth to tell stories in a new way.

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Video | Thowxeya - Skins workshop


View the catalogue for the 28th Annual Gala & Art Auction.

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28th Annual Gala & Art Auction - Catalogue


The Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG) is searching for a Curator

The Contemporary Art Gallery is seeking to appoint a new Curator to take up post as soon as possible in 2017.

Job Summary
Working as part of the team, the Curator initiates, develops and implements gallery exhibitions, off-site projects, residencies and publications in consultation with the Executive Director. The Curator oversees all aspects of program delivery, exhibition coordination and preparation, installation planning, monitors certain budgets and contributes to development and public programming initiatives. The Curator represents CAG in the community to enhance the profile and reputation of the gallery. Evening and weekend work is required.

The successful applicant will be appointed within the salary band $42,000-$50,000/annum subject to qualifications and experience. This is a permanent full-time position (minimum 40 hours per week) that includes extended health and dental benefits after successful completion of a probation period.  Successful applicants must be eligible to work in Canada.

Read the full description and how to apply.

The Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG) is searching for an Operations Administrator (Part time)

The Contemporary Art Gallery is seeking to appoint a new Operations Administrator to take up post in 2017. The position is offered on a 3 days/ 24 hours per week basis.

Job Summary

Reporting to and providing administrative support for the Executive Director, the Operations Administrator is responsible for the efficient management of CAG’s operations in relation to office effectiveness, facilities management, Society administration and IT, to best support the organization’s mission and strategic goals.

This is a permanent part-time position, 3 days/ 24 hours per week. The successful applicant will be appointed pro rata within the salary band $40,000-$45,000/annum subject to qualifications and experience plus be eligible to receive extended health and dental benefits after successful completion of a probation period.

Read the full description and how to apply.

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CAG Employment Opportunities: 2016-2017


On the last Saturday of each month, CAG invites all ages to drop-in for short family friendly exhibition tours and free art making activities that respond to our current exhibitions. Activities differ in response to the specifics of work on display but always involve hands-on creative activity with a range of materials and processes. These activities are designed to engage, challenge and inspire young, enquiring minds in ways that are imaginative and fun.

Upcoming CAG Family Days:

Saturday, April 29, 12-3pm
Moving Images
Inspired by Kelly Jazvac’s work create an installation by cutting and arranging strips of colourful vinyl.

Saturday, May 27, 12-3pm
Through the Window
Inspired by the work of Niamh O’Malley’s Glasshouse, take photographs through a variety of textured windows to create different light, colour and texture effects.

We acknowledge the generous support of the Peter Szeto Investment Group for our Family Day program.
Presented in collaboration with ArtStarts on Saturdays. For more details visit: www.artstarts.com/weekend

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Family Day Program


<h2><strong>Youth Programs</strong></h2>

CAG programming for young people involves a series of differing projects annually. They provide stimulating and challenging experiences for young artists committed to experimentation and pushing the boundaries of their own art making in a supportive studio environment.

Through these projects, youth have the opportunity to work with leading artists, curators and educators in Vancouver as they explore a range of contemporary art practices and exhibition making alongside production of work such as context-specific installation, large-scale collaborative sculptures and performances. Participants engage in critiques and discussions concerning idea development, working with materials and processes, and viewing works of art.

<h2>Previous youth projects include:</h2>

  • A Summer Intensive with artists Brendan Fernandes, Justine Chambers, Daelik and Delia Brett that had young artists exploring the intersection between dance, choreography and visual art, culminating in an ambitious collaborative performance.
  • City in Motion was a four month lens-based youth project offered in collaboration with Cineworks. Artists Josh Hite and Brian Lye mentored young participants to create a permanent, multi-media commission for the TELUS Garden building using smart phones, social media and surveillance recordings.
  • The Exchange visual art intensive was conceived by designer Lisa Novak and facilitated by artists, Keg de Souza and Walter K. Scott. Working in studios at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, participants took up the creative problem of working in collaboration to create an installation that considered the unique site and context of Granville Island.

Inside Out: Studio, Gallery, Street
Open call: Visual Art Summer Intensive

Arts Umbrella, Contemporary Art Gallery and SFU collaboration
August 8 to 26, 2016

Inside Out: Studio, Gallery, Street is a three week visual arts intensive specifically designed for youth between the age of 14 and 19 interested in developing their visual art practice.

The program will culminate in a one-day exhibition at CAG.

Application deadline: Monday, June 6, 2016.

Space is limited. Fee for the intensive is $480.00. Application forms are available at www.artsumbrella.com/vasi

For more information about the program, please contact:

Holly Schmidt, at [email protected]

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Youth Programs


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