february, 2020

19feb8:11 pm8:11 pmSpring Break at the Vancouver Art GalleryRecommended Ages:5 to 8 - Primary,9 to 12 - Intermediate,Over 13 - Teens


Event Details

From 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm daily, families can experience, experiment and unleash their imaginations during Spring Break at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Sparked by Shuvinai Ashoona’s contemporary Inuit artworks that blur the boundaries between reality and fantasy presented in the exhibition Shuvinai Ashoona: Mapping Worlds, families will experiment with different materials ranging from pencil crayons, pastels to graphite and watercolour crayons to create drawings inspired by imaginary creatures and the natural world in the Making Place held in the Gallery Forecourt.

Inspired by Brian Jungen’s Cetology (2002), families will be invited to add their found plastic sculptures of sea creatures to an accumulative installation that will be installed in the Gallery Rotunda during the week of March 23 to March 27, 2020. The Gallery’s team of Art Agents will offer interactive activities designed for the whole family based on the exhibitions Shuvinai Ashoona: Mapping Worlds and lineages and land bases.

Collaborating with local artists in the community is one of the most unique features about spending Spring Break at the Gallery. Interactive artist workshops are designed for ages seven and up, however all ages and abilities are welcome.


March 23 | Chrystal Sparrow
Learn about the role of cedar within Coast Salish culture with xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) carver Chrystal Sparrow. Discover and experiment with design processes involved in her work and use your senses to experience her cedar weavings and carvings for yourself.

March 24 | Cole Pauls
Writer, printmaker and illustrator Cole Pauls uses comic art as a way to shine a light on his Tahltan First Nation community. Work with Cole to use illustration and text as a way of storytelling from your real life as well as your imagination.

March 25 | Landon Mackenzie
Consider mapping worlds as we co-create with Governor General Award-winning artist Landon Mackenzie. Create your own multimedia work inspired by her large scale paintings in the exhibition lineages and land bases.

March 26  | Roxanne Charles
Collaborate with Semiahmoo artist and activist Roxanne Charles to transform your experience of Brian Jungen’s installation Cetology (2002) , a colossal installation resembling the skeleton of an bowhead whale made up of mass produced, non-biodegradable plastic lawn chairs.

March 27 | Jessica Silvey
Coast Salish weaver and fibre artist Jessica Silvey will be sharing her knowledge of yellow cedar harvesting as she leads us in a cedar weaving workshop to create band bracelets, mats or small baskets.

Registration for each workshop will be available each day at the Information Desk at the Gallery Lobby. We will do our best to accommodate all interested participants however capacity is limited.

Hungry from all the action? 1931 Gallery Bistro is open all week with menu options for kids and the entire family. The Gallery Store will also be open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. for artful gift ideas, children’s books, unique toys and a broad range of contemporary art books and posters.

For the latest updates about Spring Break at the Gallery, please visit:  http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/events


(Wednesday) 8:11 pm - 8:11 pm

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