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Current Workshops

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Please book your visit at least two weeks in advance using our online form or by contacting our School Art Program Coordinator, Melanie Devoy at

December 1, 2018 – January 20, 2019
Pierre Vassura: New Work 1983-2018

Richmond Art Gallery presents the first solo exhibition by Richmond-based artist Pierre Vassura. The exhibition offers an eclectic mix of sculptures, paintings and drawings highlighting his strong graphic style and vibrant use of colour, spanning more than 40 years of this prolific artist’s career. Curated by Jonathan Middleton and Eli Bornowsky.

Gallery Tour & Art Workshop: Fantastic Fables 
*Please note – this workshop is fully booked*

Pierre Vassura’s artworks portray iconic symbols of Western culture drawn from fables, myths, and morality plays. This hands-on painting workshop guides students through illustrating a character from a fable or fairy tale using colour theory and the technique of geometric abstraction inspired by Vassura’s dynamic compositions.

Curriculum Connections: Art, Applied Design, Skills and Technology, Language Arts, Mathematics


February 10 – April 21, 2019
Adad Hannah: The Decameron Retold

Since 2001, Canadian artist Adad Hannah has reimagined the 19th century practice of tableaux vivants in a series of works that places living participants in recreations of historical artworks, inviting us to reflect on our role as spectators. For the latest in his series, Hannah has come to Richmond and created a new community-based project that engages local artists and volunteers in the creation of a work that responds to the local history of Richmond and our diverse community. Curated by Nan Capogna.

Gallery Tour & Art Workshop: Living Pictures
What was the Mona Lisa really thinking? And what was it like to live through important moments in history? This active tour and workshop asks students to literally put themselves in the picture. Using a mix of digital and traditional media, students will re-imagine an historical event, famous artwork, or scene from a story through the creation of a photo collage tableau in which the students themselves will pose as the characters.

Curriculum Connections: Art, Drama, Applied Design, Skills and Technology, Language Arts


May 4 – June 30, 2019
Karen Tam: With wings like clouds hung from the sky

Lee Nam, an artist and Chinese immigrant to British Columbia at the turn of the 20th century, is known to us today through the journals of Emily Carr, his friend and fellow painter. In this immersive installation, Montreal-based artist Karen Tam re-imagines Lee Nam’s painting studio, on Cormorant Street in Victoria’s Chinatown, to evoke the presence of this unknown artist. Presented in association with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

Gallery Tour & Art Workshop: Lyrical Landscapes
Karen Tam draws on archival research to speculate on artistic influence and exchange between Emily Carr and Lee Nam. Using these artists’ work as a starting point, students will explore the traditions of Chinese brush painting in the creation of an artwork that expresses the lyrical poetry of our Pacific Northwest landscape.

Curriculum Connections: Art, Applied Design, Skills and Technology, Social Studies