Art Vancouver 2024

Photo: Pablo Galiacho

Art Vancouver Contemporary Art Fair – Spirit of the North: A cultural showcase featuring Indigenous and International Art

Art Vancouver Contemporary Art Fair is set to return for its highly anticipated 8th edition, April 11 to 14, 2024, at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Since its inception in 2015, the show has emerged as a global platform for artistic expression, showcasing the work of galleries and artists from across Canada and around the world.

Over the years, Art Vancouver has transcended geographical boundaries, serving as a cultural exchange and artistic collaboration destination. With a carefully curated selection of exhibitors, the fair has become a beacon of diversity and inclusivity in the art world.

​What sets Art Vancouver apart is its commitment to creating a dynamic space for creatives to network and connect with artists through its extensive show programming, surpassing the conventional role of art fairs. The ‘Face of Art’ Runway provides artists and galleries with a unique opportunity to connect attendees with the individual artists behind each masterpiece. As artists walk the runway with their creations, attendees witness the art itself and connect the vibrant personalities to the artists. Space for talks, live demonstrations, and on-site painting, attendees get to immerse themselves in the artistic process and gain insights into the techniques and inspiration that drive each piece.

Photo: Asli Ferhatoglu

Panelists will share their stories, revealing pivotal moments of resistance and resilience in the ‘Censorship in Indigenous Art: Unveiling Challenges in Public and Media Spaces’ Art Talk. From recounting experiences of censorship to reflecting on lessons learned and successful resolutions, the panelists will offer their perspectives on reclaiming Indigenous artistic expression.

Audiences will get to experience a candid dialog of the challenges surrounding Indigenous art censorship, gaining insights into the forms censorship takes in Indigenous creativity. They will leave with a deeper understanding and appreciation for Indigenous creativity and cultural landscape, supporting respectful dialog and exposure.

From seasoned collectors to first-time buyers, Art Vancouver offers something for everyone.

Featured galleries and artists include Perve Galeria, PHJ Gallery, Gallery UG, Art in Dongsan, Sori Choi, James Darin Corbiere – Waab Makoohns (Little White Bear), Joshua Watts, and the Native Art Renaissance Foundation showcasing diverse mediums, stories, and styles.

From the heart of Lisbon, Perve Galeria showcases modern and contemporary art with a diverse blend of artistic voices spanning across the arts. The gallery boasts a prestigious presence in renowned art fairs, a rich collection from Portuguese-speaking countries, “Lusofonias / Lusophonies,” and a commitment to accessibility and cultural understanding.

Art in Dongsan featuring Sori Choi

Established in Korea in 2017, both PHJ Gallery and Art in Dongsan have made significant marks in the global art scene. PHJ Gallery is renowned for showcasing diverse artistic talents to global audiences. The gallery serves as a dynamic force, contributing through diverse exhibitions and a commitment to contemporary artistic expression. Similarly, under the artistic leadership of Eunhas Chung, Art in Dongsan was established to enhance aesthetic and creative thinking within the realm of art. The gallery fosters an environment for artists of all backgrounds, evident through initiatives such as its residency program and the exhibition ‘Choi Sori: Visible Sound,’ which has been selected as a part of a wider project by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism.

This year’s featured artists encompass a range of backgrounds and styles. Among them are Corbiere and Watts, whose contributions to the exhibition highlight their heritage and artistic talents. Corbiere, currently based in Prince George, is an Anishinaabe teacher from Northern Ontario. Formerly a police officer for the City of Greater Sudbury and an Indigenous Language Teacher residing on the Algoma District School Board, Corbiere’s artwork, characterized by ink on White Ash embellished with elements of copper, reflects his diverse experiences and cultural heritage.

Watts, a two-time recipient of the YVR Art Foundation Artist Scholarship award, brings his expertise as a Nuu-CHah-Nulth and adopted Sḵwx̱wú7mesh First Nations professional artist and Cultural Carrier. Mentored by esteemed artists, including the late chief and master carver Beau Dick, Watts’ commitment to cultural revitalization is evident in his artwork and scholarly pursuits, rooted in his upbringing in Squamish.

Kingfisher by Joshua Watts

The Native Art Renaissance Foundation, founded by James Groening – Blue Sky, a Burnaby-based Cree artist, is dedicated to providing equal opportunities for Indigenous artists across Turtle Island (North America). Groening’s artistic journey, documented through his artwork, reflects his healing and growth as he seeks to revitalize his cultural identity through art-making and teaching. Through their respective endeavors, these artists and foundations contribute to the global art landscape while promoting cultural understanding and appreciation.

Art Vancouver is proudly presented by the Vancouver Visual Art Foundation (VVAF), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting artistic excellence and cultural exchange.

Ticket options vary, with VIP ticket holders enjoying exclusive early access, and a private guided tour, where they can view the finest works from cutting-edge, modern art movements 1-hour before the event opens. With full-day passes all weekend long. Opening Night tickets and general admission grant access to the full weekend of programming.

Proceeds from ticket sales support the VVAF’s year-round programming, which includes outdoor summer events and specialized art classes aimed at nurturing artistic talent and fostering community engagement for youth.

Join us this April for a celebration of creativity at the Art Vancouver Contemporary Art Fair.

Early Access – Exclusive Preview:
Thursday, April 11 | 6 pm – 7 pm (PST)

Show Hours:
Thursday, April 11 | 7 pm – 10 pm (PST)
Friday, April 12 | 1 pm – 9 pm (PST)
Saturday, April 13 | 12 pm – 9 pm (PST)
Sunday, April 14 | 11 am – 5 pm (PST)

Vancouver Convention Centre East – Hall B

Tickets: Average $25 – $125
Tickets are available for purchase here.

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Art Vancouver is committed to accessibility, the Vancouver Convention Centre East provides facilities and services to accommodate individuals with diverse needs.