Creative City Summit 2024: Study Tour Sneak Peek (Part 1)

Ready to hit the road and see Vancouver like you’ve never seen it before? Check out this (partial) list of study tours being planned by our partners at the City of Vancouver!

Study tours will take place on Tuesday, October 1 and Wednesday, October 2, 2024. Delegates can choose which tour to take each day – but don’t hesitate to RSVP on the app to secure your spot!

Images (left to right): ST 01 Bus Tour: Monument for East Vancouver, Ken Lum, 2010, City of Vancouver Public Art Program; Photo by Robert Keziere. ST 02 Bike Tour: Time Top, Jerry Pethick, 2006, City of Vancouver Public Art Program; Photo by Trevor Mills.

ST 01: Bus Tour of Vancouver’s Iconic Public Artworks

In this three-hour bus tour—with drive-by and hop on and off stops—you will visit iconic pieces in the City’s public art collection. Along the way, you will get a behind-the-scenes look at issues related to the maintenance, installation, public reception, local politics, and process to decolonize the public art landscape in Vancouver. The tour will end with a reception at the public art warehouse that includes a talk on the conservation of the Mungo Martin Centennial Totem Pole and the recently-toppled statue of Len Deighton, aka Gassy Jack.

ST 02: Rolling Through Art: A Public Art Bike Tour

In this 10 kilometre guided bike tour, pedal along Vancouver’s separated bike lanes and seawall to destinations around Vancouver’s West End. Visit many public artworks that were commissioned by the City’s private sector and civic programs along the way. You’ll see the brand-new secondary street signage for Komagata Maru Place along with the iconic 1986 Inukshuk. Learn about the City’s developing framework for Commemoration and placemaking, developed to better reflect the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations’ visibility on their own unceded lands.

Images (left to right): ST 04 Making Space Walking Tour: 825 Pacific Street; Photo by Ryan Snikvalds. ST 06 Stanley Park Tour; Photo by Cease Wyss.

ST 04: Making Space for Arts and Culture: Downtown South

In this two kilometre walking tour, visit several cultural spaces including two new cultural hubs: 825 Studios and the Howe Street Studios. Vancouver’s Cultural Spaces staff will share how we secure spaces through development processes and non-profit arts operators will share how they run, maintain, and renovate City-owned facilities. We are excited to share our common challenges and successes as we work together to advance our Making Space for Arts and Culture plan.

ST 06: Stanley Park: A Walk with Indigenous Ethno-botanist and artist T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss

A bus will take you to meet our host, artist and ethno-botanist T’uy’t’tanat-Cease Wyss (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Sto:lo, Hawaiian, Swiss), the current artist in a Vancouver Park Board cultural residency supporting a community member from the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), or səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Wyss will have you eating out of their hand (literally!) on a 2.5-hour walk and talk about cultural practice on the land in a part of their unceded territory that has recently become known as Stanley Park.

And that’s just a hint of what’s being planned! More tours and details are on their way – or check out Summit details here if you can’t wait!

Study Tour Details Subject to Change. More tours are still to come! Part 2 coming soon.

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