Tours & Group Visits

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Following government guidelines, new protocols are in place to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable visit. Please read Richmond Art Gallery has Reopened, before your visit. All tours are free of charge and led by our knowledgeable staff. NEW! On-site Tours for Small Groups Saturdays: 12:30 PM, 1:30 … Continue reading

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Inaction

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Inaction is a new sculptural and performance-based installation by Brendan Fernandes. The exhibition consists of sculptural elements, platforms, and a double channel video projection, Free Fall: For Camera. Working in collaboration with the architecture and design firm Norman Kelley, he designed mobile dance supports and platforms for activation by the … Continue reading

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pseudo-here

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Hoaxes, falsehoods and fictions are at play in Scott Billings’ new body of work, pseudo-here. The Vancouver-based artist draws from a seemingly fathomless pool of mathematics, physics, art, and popular culture to fake and make meticulously constructed objects embedded with intriguing histories and questionable truths. History abounds with charlatans duping … Continue reading

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The Gallery is closed for installation

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NOTICE: The Gallery is closed as we are installing our next exhibition.  We will reopen December 11 for Scott Billings: pseudo-here

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Flowers

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Special Exhibition and Fundraiser 32 works are available for $450.00 each Flowers, 2020, enamel on poster board, 25.0 x 37.0 inches (framed) How to Buy For the first-time senior Richmond artist, Pierre Vassura, is offering a series of original hand-painted works for sale. All proceeds from sales will go towards … Continue reading

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Selected Stories: 1980 – 2020

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Featuring artists: Diyan Achjadi, Gabriele Ailey, Yasuo Araki, Michael Batty, Betty Jean  Drummond, Greg Girard, Pnina Granirer, Brian Grison, Shirley Inouye, Evan  Lee, Wayne Ngan, Toni Onley, Larry Osland, Susan Point , Arthur Renwick, Jack  Shadbolt, Kinichi Shigeno, Arnold Shives, Anna Wong, Alan Wood, Gu Xiong. Curated by: Sofia Stalner … Continue reading

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ECUAD & RAG Youth Art + Culture Lab

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ART PROGRAM FOR AGES 12- 15 Alternating Sundays, October 2020 – April 2021 1:00 – 4:00 pm REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS SESSION Youth Art + Culture Lab is an exciting partnership between Emily Carr University and Richmond Art Gallery, providing youth aged 12–15 an opportunity to build confidence … Continue reading

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Shirley Zhang

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Through photography, my artwork explores humanities’ relationship to nature. Do we shape the environment, or does it in turn shape us instead? Is there a “correct” method to interact with the natural world? Intending to provoke such thought, enjoy!   Click on images below to enlarge.  

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Julienne Zhao

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I chose to capture this scenery for my project because it has both natural and human elements and I wanted to show how they work well together. This place has significant meaning to me because it’s the backyard that I have been growing up with. My dad has always loved … Continue reading

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Emily Yuan

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This location is filled with elephant paths, some more well-worn than others. Nonetheless, they bear the traces of humans. Our individual steps seem to have little effect but as a group we can carve a path to wherever we please.   Click on images below to enlarge.  

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Gabby Yan

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This is a place where man-made structures and nature coexist to produce a tranquil environment, free from disturbance. The wooden dock provides a raised platform, assisting one to get a better view of the vast landscape before them. This picture embraces the idea of man-made and natural elements working in … Continue reading

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Nicole Villalon

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Minoru Track, Richmond Beneath the grassy shade of a statue, I wait. Cleats half-tied, empty water bottle in hand, warm sweat trickling down my forehead, what little shade the statue provides feels blissful, even luxurious. Two hours of soccer drills in the ever-beating sun may be fun, but take their … Continue reading

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Rachel Marliss

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The location I chose to represent the connection between the man-made and the natural world was the Japanese garden in Garry Point Park Richmond, B.C. I have grown up in Steveston and have been to this park with friends, family, and now to grow my artistic skills in the way … Continue reading

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Samantha Lu

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This photosphere was taken by Dyke Road, Richmond BC that is overlooking the Fraser River. This particular beach holds a special place in my heart as I used to come here all the time with my mother while my siblings were taking music lessons at a nearby music school I … Continue reading

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Ethan Liu

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The Tree’s Story: Ancient trees stand upon the lands that were once pristine. Perhaps it was a forest? Or maybe even a lake? The trees witnessed human innovation: infrastructures built; concrete paths laid out; artificial grass replacing real grass marked by clear boundaries, such as the fence of the soccer … Continue reading

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Byron Huang

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I chose to photograph this scene near my home, an area that I have travelled many times. That place is where I biked and ran in the past years I’ve spent living here. Seeing such a nice forested area coming right out of a bare open neighbourhood is quite refreshing. … Continue reading

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Richmond Art Gallery is Open!

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NEW HOURS Wednesday – Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM HOW TO VISIT US There are two options to visiting the gallery: Enter through the Cultural Centre front doors (7700 Minoru Gate), and staff will direct you to the Art Gallery check-in. and/or Book … Continue reading

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Press Release: Prairie Invasions: A Lullaby

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Prairie Invasions: A Lullaby

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Prairie Invasions: A Lullaby is a solo exhibition of photographs and sculptures culminating from Emily Neufeld’s exploration of abandoned farmhouses dotting the Canadian Prairies. Searching through remnants of the selected  sites, she probes for traces of the lives and histories of those who have resided there. Neufeld’s actions underpin her … Continue reading

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A Dissonant Lullaby

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Settler colonialism is a way of thinking about power and migration that allows us to better understand the nature of contemporary Canadian society[i]. Emily Neufeld has been performing interventions in houses slated for demolition in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia and in abandoned farmhouses across the Canadian Prairies since … Continue reading

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Annual General Meeting of RAGA

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This event will be hosted remotely via zoom. Please register here. Over the past few months everything has shifted. Join us as we celebrate the successes of 2019 and consider the opportunities and challenges of the months to come at the Richmond Art Gallery! Join us as the Richmond Art … Continue reading

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God In Reverse: When Wisdom Defies Capture

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We must get the measure/beyond-measure of the prophetic vision of the past and of the imagination of Relation – with its treatment of initial conditions, traces of initial conditions its unpredictability, and with the new fabric we must create, no longer the reflection of the essence but the network of … Continue reading

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Video Art Lesson: Wearable Artwork

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In this second video art lesson, students will be introduced to the artwork of Canadian artist Karin Jones, currently on display at the Richmond Art Gallery. Gallery educator Melanie Devoy then demonstrates the technique of making wearable artwork through the technique of making paper beads.  To see more of Karin’s … Continue reading

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Video Art Lesson: Métis Beadwork

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In this first video art lesson, students will be introduced to the history of Métis beadwork, and the artwork of Métis artist Amy Malbeuf, currently on display at the Richmond Art Gallery. Gallery educator Melanie Devoy then demonstrates the technique of pointillism and guides students to make an artwork inspired … Continue reading

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Public Art Installation at Minoru Park

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Off-site: September 26 – October 25, 2020 During the summer of 2020, nine Richmond youth were selected to take part in a 3-week art intensive held online and in local parks. Participants worked with lead artist facilitator Emily Neufeld, guest artists Holly Schmidt and Laara Cerman, and herbalist Lori Snyder … Continue reading

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Self portrait with mended flesh

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In partnership with Richmond Public Art, Capture Photography Festival, and InTransit BC Self portrait with mended flesh by two-spirit artist Manuel Axel Strain is a diptych depicting the artist’s connection to their Grandmother. The work is born out of the artist’s internalized struggle to accept their own identity. Wrapped in … Continue reading

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Schilling’s House

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In partnership with Richmond Public Art, Capture Photography Festival, and InTransit BC Growing up on the Canadian Prairies, a descendant of Mennonites, Emily Neufeld’s interest lies in the relationships between the environment and the people who inhabit it. Over the last two years Neufeld has visited and photographed a dozen … Continue reading

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Antediluvian

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Artist’s Statement For the past few years, I have been exploring the outer reaches of Richmond. Investigating its past—the time before the flood of development, the flood of people, and it seems, inevitably, the rising tides that may flood out the very areas at the outer edges of Richmond. As … Continue reading

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Labour’s trace

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Karin Jones and Amy Malbeuf bring to prominence cultural identities and histories through the objects they make by leveraging materials and concepts within a contemporary context. Jones, an artist of African descent living in Vancouver, and Malbeuf, a Métis artist based in Nova Scotia, work with traditional and contemporary materials … Continue reading

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Adad Hannah Book Launch Celebration

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Join us for the launch party of the publication, Adad Hannah, The Decameron Retold. The 144-page colour publication takes you behind the scenes of Hannah’s 2019 community project and exhibition of the same name at Richmond Art Gallery. In addition to dozens of images documenting its production, the publication includes … Continue reading

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Black History Month Artist Call Out

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The City has partnered with Black History Month and is accepting submissions from artists of African/Black descent. Applicants from Richmond are given priority but artists’ applications from other British Columbia localities will also be considered. There will also be an opportunity for artists to talk to the public about their … Continue reading

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ArtRich 2019

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Richmond Art Gallery is delighted to once again partner with the Richmond Arts Coalition for ArtRich 2019, our third bi-annual, juried exhibition. The exhibition will take place Saturday, December 7 to Tuesday, December 31, 2019. The exhibition provides an opportunity for emerging and established artists from Richmond and nearby communities … Continue reading

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Savour: High Tea and Art Auction

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Auction preview and cocktails: 1:00 pm Tea Service: 2:00 pm Location: Richmond Art Gallery, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond Join us for an exquisite afternoon tea with delicious snacks by Ms. Tiffin, a tantalizing performance by Sienna Blaze, handmade cocktails, and a silent art auction representing the Gallery’s past, present, and … Continue reading

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dig as deep as the darkness

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A plant is talking to itself, to its own branches, pulsing, and clicking. Ferns stand on guard. Roots stir and move to alert the others. Blueberries to cranberries to bears: clicking, buzzing, vibrating chatter. Excavators dig and bore thousands and thousands of holes into the ground. Tensions build, plants and … Continue reading

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Education Programs Assistant

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An engaging eight week entry level position (June – August, 2019) within the education department of the Richmond Art Gallery. The Assistant will support RAG’s outreach and education programs and events, working directly with the Public Programs Coordinator, School Programs Coordinator and other Gallery staff to help facilitate, plan and … Continue reading

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Curatorial Assistant

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An eight week entry level contract position (July – August, 2019) within the programming department of the Richmond Art Gallery. The Assistant will work directly with the Curator and other Gallery staff on key exhibitions and programs while also developing skills in collection management.  For more details – download the … Continue reading

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With wings like clouds hung from the sky

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This spring, Richmond Art Gallery presents With wings like clouds hung from the sky, an installation by Montreal-based artist Karen Tam. Since 2014, Tam has researched artist Lee Nam: a Chinese immigrant to British Columbia in the early 20th century, and a friend and colleague of Canadian painter Emily Carr. … Continue reading

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The Decameron Retold

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Adad Hannah’s The Decameron Retold is a newly commissioned work by the Richmond Art Gallery. It is based on Giovanni Boccaccio’s 14th century work, The Decameron, a collection of novellas comprised of one hundred tales told by ten young women and men sequestered in a villa outside of Florence to escape the … Continue reading

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Artist Tour: Origo Club Gallery

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Richmond Art Gallery Association in partnership with Origo Club invites you to a tour at the brand new Origo Club Art Gallery in Richmond. Introducing Origo Club’s new Gallery and its current exhibition, this event provides an opportunity to connect the Origo Club Art Gallery with the local arts community. … Continue reading

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New Work 1983 – 2018

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The Richmond Art Gallery is proud to present the first solo exhibition by Richmond artist Pierre Vassura. Over forty years in the making, the exhibition will showcase a range of sculptures, paintings and drawings, highlighting a strong graphic style and vibrant use of colour. Many of Vassura’s paintings are in … Continue reading

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Savour: RAGA’s High Tea and Auction

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Tea Service: 3:30 pm – High Tea – Sold Out – Those interested are welcome to join (free of charge) after tea service is complete at 4:30pm for cocktails and the remainder of the auction.  Location: Richmond Art Gallery, 7700 Minoru Gate Auction Preview  Schedule of events: 3:30pm – Welcome 3:40pm … Continue reading

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Thank you

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We will see you at Savour, Saturday, November 17. We will be in touch shortly with your ticket and more information. Retain the email received from Paypal as proof of payment. Contact: gallery@richmond.ca with any questions.

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In Suspended Silence

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Artist Talk and Tour: September 13, 6:00 – 7:00 pm Opening reception: September 13, 7:00 – 9:00 pm In this meditative installation, Ontario artist, Xiaojing Yan, navigates natural and cultural realms deeply grounded in Chinese philosophies, myths and folklore. Combining two bodies of work that derive from classical Chinese ink … Continue reading

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To My Unborn Child

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Talk and Tour with Curator Tyler Russell: September 13, 6:00 – 7:00 pm Opening reception: September 13, 7:00 – 9:00 pm To My Unborn Child is a new installation including various modes of image making by Taiwanese artist Wen-Li Chen, an artist contending with her inheritance of Kavalan and Sakilaya … Continue reading

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Reception: Wen-Li Chen & Xiaojing Yan

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Taiwanese artist Wen-Li Chen’s work considers personal identity and the future of Indigenous Taiwanese peoples in a social and geographic environment in constant flux. Curated by Centre A, International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art…. More info In this meditative installation, Ontario artist, Xiaojing Yan, navigates natural and cultural realms deeply grounded … Continue reading

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Home Made Home

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Home Made Home: LuluLiving will be open to the public on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 12:00 – 4:00 pm, or by appointment Vancouver artist Germaine Koh contributes to the current housing discourse through her exploration of small-scale dwellings and “social sculptures” in her solo exhibition Home Made Home. An advocate … Continue reading

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Symposium: Resistance Begins at Home

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Register for FREE Tickets here. LOCATION: Richmond Cultural Centre Performance Hall, 7700 Minoru Gate In conjunction with the exhibition Germaine Koh: Home Made Home, learn, discuss and share information on small house living with local artists, planners, historians and activists. The overall symposium highlights creative approaches to housing alternatives and ways cities may … Continue reading

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Reception: Home Made Home

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Opening Reception: Saturday, June 16, 7:00 – 9:00 pm Vancouver artist Germaine Koh contributes to the current housing discourse through her exploration of small-scale dwellings and “social sculptures” in her solo exhibition Home Made Home. An advocate of creative space design, accessibility, sustainability, and self-sufficiency, Koh’s compact structures probe many … Continue reading

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Annual General Meeting of RAGA

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Followed by a Curatorial Tour of our new exhibitions by Ho Tam and Karilynn Ming Ho Location: Richmond Art Gallery, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC  NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the annual general meeting of members of the Society will be held at the Richmond Art Gallery, at 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, … Continue reading

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Cover to Cover

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Acclaimed Canadian artist Ho Tam interrogates the mediated construction of public persona, revealing diverse facets of the self through a selection of photo, video, artist books and magazines spanning his career.  The exhibition deconstructs his recent book works displaying selected pages and images on the gallery walls connecting with earlier … Continue reading

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For The Left Hand Alone

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Vancouver-based artist Karilynn Ming Ho uses the metaphor of phantom limb syndrome to explore themes of fragmented realities in a time when bombardment by digital information leaves many people feeling physically and mentally disconnected and disenchanted with reality. Set to the musical commissions of Paul Wittgenstein (a one-handed pianist), For … Continue reading

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Mirror Flower, Water Moon

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Karilynn Ming Ho’s alluring installation Mirror Flower, Water Moon utilizes deceptive technologies. The work is derived from universal adversarial perturbations (UAPs), textures and algorithmic vectors meant to disarm, confuse, and deceive artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence (AI) from self-driving cars to robot cashiers is predicated on being intelligent enough to identify, … Continue reading

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Soon

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Richmond-based artist Marisa K. Holmes is interested in the culturally inherited power structures within images and their resulting modes of representation. Her artistic practice attempts to highlight the signs and symbols embedded within media. Working with found images as her referents, Holmes’s practice implicates a public’s subjective reception of signifiers … Continue reading

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Barbershops

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In 2013, Ho Tam initiated a series of self-published artist books, entitled HOTAM, that explores the intersection of the personal and political. Using the magazine format, HOTAM was published until 2017 as a quarterly artist’s journal to explore a wide frame of thematics from queer Asian identity to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Barbershops is a … Continue reading

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Perimeter

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In the spring of 2013, David Semeniuk and Alice Campbell embarked upon a series of long walks, tracing the boundaries of the contemporary City of Vancouver. The photographs of Perimeter document a process that shares a methodology with Aristotle’s Peripatetic school, the informal Athenian institution where members conducted philosophical and scientific inquiries … Continue reading

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Guys at the Fair

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Beginning in 2013, acclaimed Canadian artist Ho Tam initiated a series of self-published artist books entitled Poser (2013–16). Using the magazine format, Poser is a book series of snapshots taken in public at specific locations. Each issue focuses on a site and a grouping of people found there. Using a simple snap-and-shoot camera, Tam will approach … Continue reading

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Workshop and Talk with Selena Savic

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Unpleasant Design Workshop and Talk with Selena Savic Event Location: Or Gallery – 555 Hamilton St., Vancouver Workshop: Wednesday February 28, 2 – 5 pm Space limited to 12 participants. RSVP to sdacey@richmond.ca. Meet at Or Gallery, 555 Hamilton St., Vancouver Public Talk: Wednesday February 28, 6 – 7 pm … Continue reading

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What Are Our Supports?

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Offsite Installation  February – June, 2018 Cathedral Square Park, Vancouver (Dunsmuir and Richards Streets) Curated by Joni Low What Are Our Supports? is a series of artists’ projects in public space exploring the supports that bear, create and sustain contexts for artistic production, communities, and collective space. Situated within Home … Continue reading

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Transference

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Transference incorporates the works of five artists – Aimée Henny Brown, Saskia Jetten, Ross Kelly, Colin Lyons and Kathleen Ritter. The exhibition investigates the aesthetic and formal criteria specific to contemporary print media, while highlighting challenges and opportunities digital technology presents to the function and process of the medium and … Continue reading

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ArtRich 2017

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The Gallery will host a juried exhibition organized by the Richmond Arts Coalition (RAC). ArtRich 2017 will feature artworks by local and regional visual artists from the Lower Mainland. The exhibition provides an opportunity for emerging and established artists from Richmond and nearby communities to exhibit together and celebrate local … Continue reading

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Opening Reception: ArtRich 2017

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The Gallery will host a juried exhibition organized by the Richmond Arts Coalition (RAC). ArtRich 2017 will feature artworks by local and regional visual artists from the Lower Mainland. The exhibition provides an opportunity for emerging and established artists from Richmond and nearby communities to exhibit together and celebrate local … Continue reading

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Eternal Return

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In partnership with the Richmond Museum, the Richmond Art Gallery presents Eternal Return, an ambitious exhibition guest curated by Sunshine Frère presenting new works by five Vancouver-based artists: Barb Choit, Kevin Day, Lucien Durey, Alanna Ho and Anchi Lin. Each artist has selected artefacts from the Museum’s Migration Collection and developed works … Continue reading

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Summer Studio Classes, July 24 – 28

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Session 3: July 24 – 28, Monday – Friday Join us at the Richmond Art Gallery for the ONLY gallery-based art classes in Richmond! The exhibition Beyond the Horizon will be the inspiration for a wide variety of landscape and nature themed art.  Get creative with hands-on studio activities to make a new artwork … Continue reading

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Summer Studio Classes, July 17 – 21

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Session 2: July 17 – 21, Monday – Friday Join us at the Richmond Art Gallery for the ONLY gallery-based art classes in Richmond! The exhibition Beyond the Horizon will be the inspiration for a wide variety of landscape and nature themed art.  Get creative with hands-on studio activities to make a new artwork … Continue reading

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Summer Studio Classes, July 10 – 14

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CANCELLED Session 1: July 10 – 14, Monday – Friday Join us at the Richmond Art Gallery for the ONLY gallery-based art classes in Richmond! The exhibition Beyond the Horizon will be the inspiration for a wide variety of landscape and nature themed art.  Get creative with hands-on studio activities to make a … Continue reading

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Beyond the Horizon

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Beyond the Horizon is a unique exhibition showcasing selected landscapes from the Richmond Art Gallery’s Collection and a series of new works developed in response by students from the Richmond Art Gallery’s Youth Mentorship Program. Works from the collection, including those by Irene Hoffar Reid, William P. Weston, Alan Wood, … Continue reading

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Curatorial Assistant

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DEADLINE: Jun. 25, 2017 ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION: Imagine a career with the City of Richmond, a dynamic environment for growth and continuous improvement, fostered by our collective strengths and creativity. We are a vibrant, diverse cosmopolitan city, supported by a strong economy and recognized as leaders in innovation and service delivery … Continue reading

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Holly Schmidt: Vanitas

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On the occasion of the City of Richmond’s Our Home and Native Bloom installation at Richmond City Hall, Richmond Art Gallery offers a unique workshop with Vancouver artist Holly Schmidt. Location: Richmond Art Gallery, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC Cost: FREE – SOLD OUT – Please sign up for waitlist via … Continue reading

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Curatorial Assistant: Summer Contract position

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The Curatorial Assistant is a ten week entry level contract position (June – August, 2017) within the programming department of the Richmond Art Gallery. The Assistant will work directly with the Curator and other Gallery staff on two key exhibitions in our 2017 schedule: Beyond the Horizon, a unique major collection … Continue reading

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Annual General Meeting of RAGA

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Members of RAGA are cordially invited and encouraged to attend the Association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on April 11, at 7:00 pm. This is your opportunity to participate in our governance process, get updated on our progress and finances from the past year and elect* incoming board members. *All are welcome … Continue reading

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The Fraser, Living River

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Artist Talk:  April 7,  7:00 pm at the Art About Finn Slough exhibition in the Performance Hall located in the Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate. Michael Bednar’s photographic work, The Fraser, Living River explores the historical and ecological significance of British Columbia’s longest river. Commencing its documentation of the headwaters at … Continue reading

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Omnis Temporalis

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Artists’ Talk: Mark Haney and Seth Saturday, April 8, 2017, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Opening Night Performance: Saturday, April 8, 2017, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM OMNIS TEMPORALIS PERFORMANCES DURING THE EXHIBITION: Free performances will take place in the Gallery space.  Full program running time is 60 minutes, short is … Continue reading

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Artist talk with Michael Bednar

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Bednar will give an Artist Talk at the Art About Finn Slough exhibition on Friday, April 7 at 7:00 pm.  The talk will take place in the Performance Hall (located in the Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate) during the Opening Celebrations. Art About Finn Slough Show is presented by … Continue reading

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Reception for Meryl McMaster: Confluence

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Artist Talk: Saturday, January 14, 2017, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Meryl McMaster’s colour photographs explore the fluid domain of identity, and the possibilities of examining and revisioning the self and its representation. Placing her body centrally in front of the camera, she transforms her appearance, whether by layering photographic … Continue reading

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Confluence

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Produced by Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa Artist Talk: Saturday, January 14, 2017, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Meryl McMaster’s colour photographs explore the fluid domain of identity, and the possibilities of examining and revisioning the self and its representation. Placing her body centrally in front of the camera, she … Continue reading

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Meryl McMaster’s Dreamscape

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Family Sunday

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HYBRID CREATURES: Artists often use symbols to tell a visual story without words. View the works of Diyan Achjadi and Shawn Hunt to explore the world of symbols and create your own 3D sculptures that tell a story. Free, fun, fabulous!  Family Sunday is a free drop-in art program for … Continue reading

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ART SEEN: Richmond Art Gallery director leaves to return to U.S.

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Visual resistance: Shawn Hunt and Diyan Achjadi make colonialism visible at Richmond Art Gallery

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Shawn Hunt at the Richmond Art Gallery

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Family Sunday

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ANIMAL PRINTS: What is your favourite story featuring an animal or mythical beast?  Families will combine drawing and printmaking to develop colourful images based on old myths or fairy tales, inspired by the works of Diyan Achjadi and Shawn Hunt. Free, fun, fabulous!  Family Sunday is a free drop-in art … Continue reading

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Cultural Conflation

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Vancouver artists Diyan Achjadi and Shawn Hunt explore art forms that have been appropriated from other cultures, often resulting in a conflation of sources. Achjadi examines colonial histories and migration through her prints and drawings derived from a multitude of references that include 18th- and 19th-century porcelain paintings, textile designs, … Continue reading

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Reception for Cultural Conflation

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Vancouver artists Diyan Achjadi and Shawn Hunt explore art forms that have been appropriated from other cultures, often resulting in a conflation of sources. Achjadi examines colonial histories and migration through her prints and drawings derived from a multitude of references that include 18th- and 19th-century porcelain paintings, textile designs, … Continue reading

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Must-Sees this Week: October 13 to 19, 2016

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Richmond Art Gallery Announces New Director

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The City of Richmond and the Board of Directors for the Richmond Art Gallery Association are pleased to announce Shaun Dacey as the new director of the Richmond Art Gallery, effective October 24, 2016. Dacey is leaving his position as curator at the Contemporary Art Gallery of Vancouver where he … Continue reading

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Family Sunday

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FANTASTICAL FORESTS: Families can draw and colour their own fantasy forest, inspired by the work of Rick Leong. Learn how to use a variety of drawing and painting materials to develop mixed media works on paper. Free, fun, fabulous!  Family Sunday is a free drop-in art program for families to … Continue reading

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Fall Arts Preview: Local art works part of global and historical conversation

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New School Program Brochure Available

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The 2016 – 2017 brochure for the Richmond Art Gallery School Art Program is now available.  Please use the link below to download the PDF.  For more information, check out our Schools page.

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A visual conversation with an Eastern flavour

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Family Sunday

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MARK-MAKING MASTERPIECES Learn to “go with the flow” when using ink.  The Family Sunday Crew will demonstrate how to use various drawing and painting tools to create a variety of effects using ink and water as your art medium. PLUS MUSIC WITH  GUEST DJ ZASZ Groove to the beats provided … Continue reading

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Group of artists combine for cohesive show

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Sold Out

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Diyan Achjadi Benefit Print Edition

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The Richmond Art Gallery is delighted to announce that artist Diyan Achjadi has produced a limited edition print to benefit the Gallery. Achjadi’s artwork will be exhibited in the exhibition Diyan Achjadi and Shawn Hunt: Cultural Conflation, from October 15 – December 31, 2016. The exhibition, organized by curator Nan … Continue reading

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Family Sunday

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NATURE IN WATERCOLOUR PLUS GUEST ARTIST WORKSHOP WITH RHONDA WEPPLER View the drawings and paintings in The Transformation of Things as studies in nature, then develop your own watercolour paintings inspired by the British Columbia landscape. Join artist Rhonda Weppler in a hands-on workshop that is part of the Minoru Complex … Continue reading

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The Transformation of Things

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Victoria-based artist, Rick Leong, explores and synthesizes traditional imagery and symbols found in classical Chinese painting with his experience of the Canadian landscape. Leong, Canadian-born, third generation Chinese, blends his distinctive style with traditional Chinese painting techniques to create works depicting natural and mythical worlds of forests, mountains, night skies, … Continue reading

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Opening Reception: The Transformation of Things

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Victoria-based artist, Rick Leong, explores and synthesizes traditional imagery and symbols found in classical Chinese painting with his experience of the Canadian landscape. Leong, Canadian-born, third generation Chinese, blends his distinctive style with traditional Chinese painting techniques to create works depicting natural and mythical worlds of forests, mountains, night skies, … Continue reading

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Family Sunday

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PATTERN PARTY: Working with patterns helps children recognize repetition in numbers, sounds, shapes and colours.  June’s art project includes cutting and pasting patterns from paper and fabric to develop compositions inspired by the works of Lyse Lemieux. It’s a party of repeating colours, shapes, textures that will be fun for … Continue reading

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Mixed Media Collage with Lyse Lemieux

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Explore the art of mixed media collage by creating text and image works using all kinds of materials.  View the gallery exhibition by Lyse Lemieux, then join the artist for some “cut and paste” fun.  All materials provided, all levels of art skills welcome.  Recommended for ages 16+.  Admission is … Continue reading

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Upcoming Workshops for Adults:  Mixed Media Collage With Lyse Lemieux

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Explore the art of mixed media collage by creating text and image works using all kinds of materials.  View the gallery exhibition by Lyse Lemieux, then join the artist for some “cut and paste” fun.  All materials provided, all levels of art skills welcome.  Recommended for ages 16+.  Admission is … Continue reading

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Must-Sees This Week: July 14 to 20, 2016

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Photographer captures the calm of the Fraser River

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Bus Tour for Artists: DIY Art Spaces in Vancouver

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Visit several “do-it-yourself” artist-run spaces in Vancouver for inspiration and networking on how to develop an arts community for exhibition and studio opportunities.  Fee includes bus transportation from Richmond to four different art spaces in Vancouver, and back. Tour led by RAG and CARFAC BC staff includes visits to Arts … Continue reading

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Lyse Lemieux turns black felt into leaning bodies at Richmond Art Gallery

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Doors Open (Day 2)

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12:00 – 3:00 PM TOURS IN MANDARIN or ENGLISH  画廊旅游的普通话和英语 Learn more about the exhibition Lyse Lemieux: A GIRL’S GOTTA DO WHAT A GIRL’S GOTTA DO at our free tours, available in English or Mandarin.  Tours take place every 30 minutes, starting at 12:00 pm.

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Doors Open (Day 1)

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The 9th annual Doors Open Richmond is a free weekend-long, city-wide public celebration of heritage, culture and arts.  This year the RAG  has events both in the gallery and off-site, providing free activities for all ages. Off-Site: Bridgeport Industrial Park 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM POLLINATOR PASTURE PICNIC The Richmond Art … Continue reading

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Family Sunday

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LINES ABSTRACTED: Inspired by the large abstract wall-works of Lyse Lemieux, families will create abstract artworks using simple lines and shapes.  Learn more about abstract art by experimenting with a variety of art techniques including drawing, collage and textile art. Free, fun, fabulous!  Family Sunday is a free drop-in art program for … Continue reading

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Navigating the Canadian Gallery System

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Galleries operate very differently depending on what country you are in.  Learn about the structure and protocol of the Canadian Art Gallery system to save time, effort and money when searching for exhibition opportunities.  Presenter Debra Zhou will discuss the differences between different types of galleries and opportunities for visual … Continue reading

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Lyse Lemieux: A Girl’s Gotta Do What a Girl’s Gotta Do shapes new meaning from the ovoid

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Marketing Your Artwork with Bryce Evans

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Receive advice and tips from artist and marketing consultant, Bryce Evans, on making the most of digital media, social media and other promotional tools to get your work noticed. $20 RAGA or CARFAC Members / $30 Non-Members Bryce Evans is an artist, marketing consultant and Founder of The One Project. … Continue reading

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Family Sunday

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FIGURATIVE GESTURE DRAWINGS:   Strike a pose!  Inspired by the large abstract works of Lyse Lemieux, families will learn how to draw the figure very quickly, creating “gesture drawings”.  Combine charcoal drawing with collage to develop art that emphasizes movement and form. Free, fun, fabulous!  Family Sunday is a free … Continue reading

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A GIRL’S GOTTA DO WHAT A GIRL’S GOTTA DO

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For over two decades the work of Vancouver artist Lyse Lemieux has balanced between representation and abstraction while still maintaining a relationship to the human figure. Body references often emerge through her use of fabric such as cloth swatches that combine in her drawings with ink. The pleated school uniform … Continue reading

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Bus Tour: Aspell at West Vancouver Museum

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$20 per person Tour two Aspell exhibitions in one day with curators Rachel Rosenfield Lafo and Darrin Morrison on guided tours of the Richmond Art Gallery and West Vancouver Museum. Limited spaces, pre-registration required.  Light refreshments provided. Register online, by phone at 604-276-4300, or in person at 7700 Minoru Gate … Continue reading

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Annual Report 2015

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Richmond Art Gallery’s 2015 annual report is available for download.  Please see the link on the right to obtain a copy.

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Documenting Your Artwork

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Learn to document your artworks with professional photographer Andrea Sirois, who will show you the basics of lighting and proper camera set-up so you can have images for exhibition, public art or residency proposals, for website use, and promotional materials.  Andrea will also offer tips on what to look for when … Continue reading

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Conversation With Kevin Griffin

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Join Rachel Rosenfield Lafo, RAG Director and curator of the Aspell exhibition, and Kevin Griffin, arts writer online and in the newspaper for The Vancouver Sun, for a conversation about Peter Aspell‘s art.

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Art – Away from the Mainstream

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Article about the exhibition, Peter Aspell: The Mad Alchemist.

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Family Sunday

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COLOUR EXPLORATIONS IN PAINT:   Learn about colour mixing, complimentary colours, and the various effects you can create just by mixing paint.  Inspired by the large, colourful canvases of Peter Aspell, create your own colourful paintings on canvas and paper. Free, fun, fabulous!  Family Sunday is a free drop-in art … Continue reading

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Illustrated Talk:
History of Portraiture

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Discover how the art of portraiture has changed and how art historical portraits influenced Peter Aspell.  This evening talk by the RAG’s Curatorial Assistant, Dr. Hilary Letwin, will cover the history of portraiture in art from the Renaissance period up until the 20th century.  A lively discussion will be encouraged … Continue reading

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History of Portraiture

Symposium: Kickstart Your Art Career

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Get inspired at this full day of panel discussions, small group break-out sessions, and a networking reception where working artists and curators provide tips on professional practices for visual artists. $50 RAGA or CARFAC Members / $75 Non-Members As part of the Art at Work Series, CARFAC BC, City of … Continue reading

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Call for Richmond Artists

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Richmond Art Gallery is organizing an exhibition of works by Victoria-based artist, Rick Leong and local Richmond artists. Leong is a Canadian-born, third-generation Chinese immigrant whose distinctive paintings blend traditional Chinese calligraphic and painting techniques with imagery informed by the Canadian landscape.  The exhibition explores how imagery or iconography conveys … Continue reading

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Family Sunday

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  Join us in January for some painting projects inspired by the work of Peter Aspell.  Create your own Human / Machine Hybrid Portraits using oil pastels and paints.  All ages welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult. Activities include: Painting projects Story time Gallery Tours Musical Performance by … Continue reading

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The Mad Alchemist

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The Richmond Art Gallery and the West Vancouver Museum are collaborating on two concurrent exhibitions celebrating the artwork of painter Peter Aspell (1918-2004), who was among a core group of influential artists to gain early recognition in post-war Vancouver. Unlike many of his contemporaries who were involved in nature based … Continue reading

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The Georgia Straight: Gallery Surf

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Peter Aspell: The Mad Alchemist This exhibition featuring the work of B.C. painter Peter Aspell (1918-2004) comes from a private collection. Aspell, who experimented with abstraction, gained recognition for his work in post-war Vancouver. While many of Aspell’s contemporaries focused on landscape, his focus was on figuration. Aspell’s wide-ranging interests in … Continue reading

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RBC Foundation Donation

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The Richmond Art Gallery is pleased to announce a donation from RBC Foundation  for continued support of the Family Sunday Program in 2016. Thanks to RBC Foundation’s ongoing generosity, over 19,000 parents and children in our community have enjoyed the Family Sunday program since its beginning in 2003.

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Canada Council Grants

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The Richmond Art Gallery is delighted to announce two recent project grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, to fund the upcoming 2016 exhibitions Lyse Lemieux: A GIRL’S GOTTA DO WHAT A GIRL’S GOTTA DO, and Rick Leong: The Transformation of Things.

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Galleries West Preview: Peter Aspell at the Richmond Art Gallery

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Spring 2016 Peter Aspell was among a core group of influential artists who challenged convention in post-war Vancouver. Unlike many of his contemporaries, who were involved in nature-based abstraction, Aspell chose the figure as his main subject. A strong colourist, he honed a distinct palette using oil paint applied with … Continue reading

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Drop in Drawing for Adults: Jasna guy – Mark-making

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6:00 – 9:00 pm Draw from original works of art! Explore the gallery artworks more closely, experiment with the process of drawing, create something of your own, and share the experience with other art lovers.  This drop-in program is for artists of all skill levels to socialize and engage with … Continue reading

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Free Film Screening & Discussion: More Than Honey

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Sunday, September 27, 2:00 – 4:30 pm Richmond Public Library, Brighouse Branch : Community Place (2nd floor) In partnership with the Richmond Public Library (Brighouse Branch), the Richmond Art Gallery and Cinevolution Media Arts Society present a free screening of this Oscar-nominated film and a post-screening discussion with Richmond’s own master … Continue reading

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FREE Garden Workshop Bee-Loved Edible Flowers and Herbs

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Sunday, September 27, 12:00 – 1:00 pm  OR 1:30 – 2:30 pm Madame Beespeaker will give an eclectic presentation on the cultural traditions of bee gardening, beekeeping, and the role of bees in mythology in art. She will also demonstrate some easy ways to incorporate more bee-loved flowers and herbs … Continue reading

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What’s the Buzz? : How You Can Help the Birds and the Bees

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Saturday, September 26, 2:00 – 3:00 pm OR 3:30 – 4:30 pm Join Lori Weidenhammer, aka Madame Beespeaker, as she shares tips on making your balcony or yard more attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. Don’t have a garden? Learn how the choices you make as a consumer have a … Continue reading

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Tour and Talk with Cameron Cartiere and jasna guy

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Saturday, September 26, 1:00 – 2:00 pm Learn about the artworks in the Gallery and meet the artists!  Cartiere and guy lead an informal tour through the Richmond Art Gallery, talking about their exhibitions and artistic process.

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Culture Days

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Papermaking Workshop with Cameron Cartiere & the chART collective Saturday, September 26, 2:00 –  4:30 pm Learn how to make handmade seed-paper with natural and recycled materials.  All supplies are provided for some hands-on fun.  No special skills required, all ages welcome.  Held in the Cultural Centre Atrium. Pollen:  Art … Continue reading

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Game On! Board Game Night for Adults

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Last Thursdays of the Month 6:45 – 8:45 pm  There’s more to board games than Monopoly.  Learn a new game, play an old favourite and meet new people.  Bring your own game or play one of ours.  Join us in the Gallery the last Thursday of each month, except December.  … Continue reading

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not by chance alone

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jasna guy is a visual artist who works primarily with drawing, often incorporating photography, text, and collage as intrinsic parts of image-making process. Alarmed by collapsing bee colonies and the subsequent impact on a broad variety of ecosystems, jasna guy’s recent body of work, not by chance alone, explores the subjects … Continue reading

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For All Is For Yourself

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Public Art Facilitator Cameron Cartiere’s and the chART Collective: For All Is For Yourself explore increasing sustainable habitats for bees that counter recent decreasing bee numbers largely due to disease, parasites, pesticide use and loss of habitat. Cartiere’s social practice includes her working with various Richmond communities to produce handmade seed paper … Continue reading

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Evan Lee Benefit Print Edition

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SOLD OUT The Richmond Art Gallery is delighted to announce that Canadian artist Evan Lee has produced a limited edition archival pigment print to benefit the Gallery. Lee’s work will be the subject of a solo exhibition, Evan Lee: Elders and Roots, at the Gallery from April 26 – June … Continue reading

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Greg Girard Benefit Print Edition

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The Richmond Art Gallery is delighted to announce that artist Greg Girard has produced a limited edition archival pigment print to benefit the Gallery. Girard’s work will be the subject of a solo exhibition, Greg Girard: Richmond/Kowloon, at the Gallery from April 18 – June 28, 2015. Organized by Curator, Nan … Continue reading

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Family Sunday

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ArtRich 2015

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ArtRich 2015: Exhibition to Showcase Local Artists The Gallery will host a juried exhibition this summer organized by the Richmond Arts Coalition (RAC). ArtRich 2015 will feature artworks by local and regional visual artists from the Lower Mainland. The exhibition provides an opportunity for emerging and established artists from Richmond … Continue reading

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Richmond / Kowloon

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Vancouver-based Greg Girard spent three decades working and living in Asia examining the social and physical transformations of some of its largest cities through his photographic work. Richmond/Kowloon includes photographs documenting Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong as well as a new body of photographic images of Richmond, BC and … Continue reading

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Take a Tour of the Gallery

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Produced by the City of Richmond, this two minute video provides an overview of the gallery. Watch the video on the City of Richmond’s YouTube Channel.

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Richmond Arts Centre Podcast: Notes From A Building

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Presented by Neworld Theatre and City of Richmond

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Close Listening

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Close Listening brings together the works of four painters who are reconsidering the possibilities of abstraction through inventive approaches to paint. Collectively, they explore painting by means of non-traditional techniques, including assemblage, sculpture, video and installation, while challenging the definition of the act of painting. The exhibition was organized and circulated … Continue reading

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What’s On: Steven Wright, Heathers the Musical, Fred Herzog and more

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Peter Aspell: Saints and Sinners, Mystics and Madness Vancouver artist Peter Aspell (1918-2004) explored many painting styles, from pure abstraction to pictographic. His extensive body of work, marked by literary references and homages to artists like Léger and Picasso, distils the joy and despair of the human condition. This long-due … Continue reading

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Interweavings

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The exhibition highlights the significance of mentoring relationships in First Nations culture, while foregrounding a grow­ing and strengthening generation of emerging First Nations art­ists whose works are continuing and challenging traditions. In ad­dition to the knowledge and skills the younger artists gain from their mentors and communities, they are also … Continue reading

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City as Site: Public Art in Richmond

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City as Site: Public Art in Richmond is the first exhibition to highlight the City of Richmond’s Public Art Program, initiated in 1997 “to create a public art collection of the highest quality through a fair and open selection process advised by independent arms-length panels of art and design professionals and … Continue reading

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Attachments

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Storytelling through drawing is fundamental to the works in this exhibition by Lucie Chan and Marigold Santos. Creating surreal worlds of elaborate detail, their drawings and paintings explore notions of identity and place, cultural attachment and loss through the seemingly ordinary and fleeting to the supernatural. Lucie Chan is a … Continue reading

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Elders and Roots

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Vancouver artist Evan Lee’s scanned images of ginseng roots and drawings of elderly Chinese women, and the cultural affinities between them, are the subject of this exhibition organized by guest curator Bill Jeffries. The exhibition consists of three bodies of work;  thirty-six photographs of ginseng roots, the video work  Manual Labour  … Continue reading

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Theatre of the Exploding Sun

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Theatre of the Exploding Sun is a multi-faceted project by Vancouver-based artist, Keith Langergraber, produced by the Kelowna Art Gallery in partnership with the Southern Alberta Art Gallery in Lethbridge. It focuses on a three-part film, Time Traveller Trilogy, completed in 2013, and also includes seven sculptures and two suites of drawings.  … Continue reading

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Artist Talk with Margaret Dragu

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In the gallery, 3:30 pm.

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Memory: International Mail Art Exhibition and Swap

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The Richmond Art Gallery hosted an International Mail Art Exhibition & Swap from November 17, 2013 – January 12, 2014.  The exhibition was an “open call,” inviting artists from around the world to send in up to three artworks in any medium measuring 4” x 6” (10 x 15cm), responding to the theme … Continue reading

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VERB WOMAN: the wall is in my head/ a dance of forgetting

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Governor-General Award Winner Margaret Dragu presents her first Gallery-based solo exhibition. VERB WOMAN: the wall is in my head/ a dance of forgetting includes a new video work as well as performance videos and interactive props. Exploring conflict and forgetting within public and private contexts, Dragu’s lens focuses on footage from Berlin … Continue reading

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Landed

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The exhibition, Landed will feature two video-based installations: I am Turkish, I am Honest, I am Diligent… (2002) and Passengers (2009).  Her exploration of social behavior and underlying determinants has been the focus of her photographic, video and installation work for over a decade.  This will be Esra Ersen’s first solo exhibition in Canada. I am … Continue reading

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Fictive Realities

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Fictive Realities presents new work by five artists (Michelle Gay, Doug Jarvis, Peter Morin, Steve Lyons, Lee Henderson) working in such technologies as interactive digital projection, artware (artist made software), video mediated sculptural installation, as well as good old fashioned storytelling, in an exhibition that literally and figuratively projects alternate … Continue reading

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Materially Speaking

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Materiality and craft methodologies feature prominently in the object-based works of the four artists comprising Materially speaking. Ranging from emerging to senior practitioners, the artists employ traditional and non-traditional craft methodologies while working in clay, paper, textiles (including non-woven vinyl), bronze and glass. Their works foreground questions of labour, craft, skill … Continue reading

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Andante (a walking pace)

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Integral and common to the artworks in this group exhibition is the seemingly ordinary activity of walking. The title, Andante, draws from this tempo marking to mean – “at a walking pace” – a moderately slow pace that enables us to be attentive to our surroundings, literally and imaginatively. The works … Continue reading

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Temporary Assignment

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This short exhibition is the result of a call out to artists in BC to submit proposals for temporary works that involve working on/with or against the gallery walls. The Richmond Art Gallery is tearing down the walls after twenty years of repainting every six to eight weeks. All artworks … Continue reading

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Open Conversations: The Art Practice of Carole Condé & Karl Beveridge

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Open Conversations explores the collaborative art practice of Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge. For over three decades, Condé and Beveridge have defined their photo-based art practice around the facilitation of dialogue among diverse communities and networks, exploring the concept of dialogue as a form of socially engaged art practice. This exhibition … Continue reading

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close your eyes

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close your eyes covers a span of four years and consists of three body of works by Montreal artist Sophie Jodoin: Small Dramas & Little Nothings, Charred and Vigils. Materially, it includes black and white drawings, collages, video, a sculptural piece and tables with artifacts. Jodoin’s work has the capacity to draw the viewer in … Continue reading

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My Big Family

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Emerging artist Hua Jin explores issued relating to China’s one-child-per-family policy and economics. Employing photography and video, Jin documents and reflects on her personal experience as the first generation of ‘only’ child families and explores how this policy affects families, communities and the country. An accompanying community project component invites … Continue reading

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Fantasy Gardens

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This exhibition by Stuart McCall and Neil Wedman is comprised of two separate bodies of work—drawings and photographs. The artworks were made years apart but are linked by an indelible local history in the subject of Bill Vander Zalm’s Fantasy Garden World. Wedman attended the proceedings of the Vander Zalm … Continue reading

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The lights constellating one’s internal sky

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In this collaborative multi-media project,Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens examine linguistic and pictorial representations commonly associated with economic discourse and question what is at stake in the very forms and methods used to think through and communicate socio-economic policies. In light of the current state of global economics. The lights constellating … Continue reading

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International Mail Art Exhibition & Swap

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Artists from all over the world have contributed their work for the Richmond Art Gallery’s International Mail Art Exhibition and Swap. This exhibition is intended to be a cultural exchange, where artists exhibit their works and receive new works as part of a swap. This shared enterprise is free from the … Continue reading

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Crossing Over, Why Cloud the Whites

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The exhibition brings together several large format canvases by Landon Mackenzie from two recent series called Neurocity and The Structures. Mackenzie’s paintings over the past decade involve her interests in the intersecting territories of cities, maps, waterways and dark space as nervous systems and the ongoing possibilities of using conventions of both landscape … Continue reading

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Fibred Optics

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Frances Dorsey, Jérôme Havre, Ed Pien and Michèle Provost incorporate natural and synthetic fibres, old and new technologies, as well as ideas and methods from the world of craft and contemporary art. Each artist uses fibre to produce and transmit individual and collective narratives that are at once coherent and … Continue reading

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Homage to the Heart

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Brenda Joy Lem’s  exhibition addresses themes of memory, oral history, spirituality, and “the enduring heart,” as the artist explores her family history and the threads that connect generations.  Lem recounts fragments from the history of her family’s immigration from China and the hand-laundry business they operated in the 1930s, layered … Continue reading

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Last Riot

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In collaboration with the Vancouver Biennale, the Richmond Art Gallery will present a video installation by the Russian artist collective, AES+F, Last Riot and a series of video stills.  Last Riot, the most celebrated presentation at the 2007 Venice Biennale, is a three-channel video work based on the aesthetic of computer gaming, where violence is … Continue reading

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5th Annual Exhibition of Artist Trading Cards

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Deadline for ATC Submission: November 1, 2010 Closing Celebration and Trading Session: Saturday, January 22, 2011 The Richmond Art Gallery’s 5th Annual Artist Trading Card Exhibition was a display of Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) from over 400 local, national, and international participants. Artist Trading Cards are miniature works of original … Continue reading

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More Often than Always/Less Often than Never

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Commencing from Alfred Jarry’s invention of “pataphysics” (the science of imaginary solutions), Victoria-based Curatorial Collective, Noxious Sector (Doug Jarvis and Ted Hiebert), will undertake More Often Than Always / Less Often Than Never. Artists from around the world will propose imaginary solutions to real questions, according to their own notions of … Continue reading

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Waterscapes

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Since the mid-19th century the Fraser and Yangtze rivers have connected migrants from around the world as China and Canada both became enmeshed in an emerging global economy. Starting with the migration of Chinese labourers to the Fraser River for the gold rush of 1858 and the late 19th century … Continue reading

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Home: Youth Mentorship Program

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Strange Nature

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Humans are natural creatures, yet we set ourselves apart from nature through the cultural systems and objects we’ve created. The artists inStrange Nature work with natural materials to explore the ways we think about, interact with, and alter nature. Jennifer Angus wants us to think about the essential role played by … Continue reading

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In Transition: New Art from India

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In collaboration with the Vancouver Biennale the Richmond Art Gallery will present In Transition:  New Art from India.  India is experiencing a period of remarkable growth and transformation and its artists (like contemporary artists everywhere) are responding to these changes.  With an eye on its past and a view to the … Continue reading

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Mask

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2010 at the Richmond Art Gallery begins with an exhibition of photographic work by First Nations artist, Arthur Renwick. Originally from Kitimat and now based in Toronto, Renwick’s recent work has been garnering a lot of attention nationally and internationally. Mask is a group of portraits of First Nations artist … Continue reading

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Face to Face

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Recognized for her landscapes, Koop’s solo exhibition at the Richmond Art Gallery will present a little-known aspect of Koop’s production: portraits and figures spanning nearly 25 years. Beginning with large-scale paintings of Chinese opera characters, the exhibition will include works developed from extensive notes and sketches recorded on Koop’s first … Continue reading

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Black Hole is Also Supernova

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This exhibition features the work of Colleen Brown, Paul Kajander and Kara Uzelman. These artists produce sculpture in a variety of media: video, photography, sculpture, found materials, and text. Their treatment of objects and thematics are loosely oriented around the trajectory that the title implies: a treatment of objects and … Continue reading

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Migration / Immigrant Stories

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Migration/ Immigrant Stories is a research project involving the gathering of stories of new and settled Richmond immigrants. Vancouver Island-based Russell will explore the first encounter and challenges of new Canadian beginnings. The creativity that often comes from having nothing and beginning again will be the focus of her drawings and … Continue reading

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4th Annual Artist Trading

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The Ruby Glass

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Project Rainbow are Jesse Birch, Jade Boyd, Sydney Vermont, and Heidi Nutley, a group of Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artists who collaborate to explore the study of colour through photography, film, video, and movement. Their projects are research based and often derive from literature, dance, film, and art history and have included … Continue reading

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Mary’s Room (Conditions for Qualia)

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Imagine Mary; brought up (from birth) in a black and white room. Throughout her life in this colourless environment, Mary reads many black and white books and learns all the laws of physics. Mary becomes an expert in the functional roles that the brain plays in the process of colour … Continue reading

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Hidden Sites

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Hidden Sites links two BC sites that are significant yet “hidden” to most British Columbians, Cache Creek and the Broughton Archipelago. Barbara Ziegler’s video installation and photographs link the migration of BC salmon with the journey a garbage truck makes from Vancouver to the Cache Creek Landfill, and then follows the … Continue reading

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The Further Adventures of Girl

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The Further Adventures of Girl addresses the complexity of negotiating the current socio-political climate through the simplistic visual language of children’s media. Diyan Achjadi’s print series portray a single character, “Girl”, as she navigates perilous dystopic landscapes informed by news events and popular culture images in cartoon-like visual narratives. Diyan Achjadi received … Continue reading

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Observation of Wonder

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Brenna Maag and Ingrid Koenig investigate scientific theories, naming and classification to view the formal aspects of daily existence and the poetics of nature’s diversity.  Maag constructs a large dome or “conservatory” of fabric doilies along with a collection of cyanotype prints documenting different doilies as “specimens” akin to snowflake … Continue reading

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Navigating the Uncertainty Principle

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Brenna Maag and Ingrid Koenig investigate scientific theories, naming and classification to view the formal aspects of daily existence and the poetics of nature’s diversity. Maag constructs a large dome or “conservatory” of fabric doilies along with a collection of cyanotype prints documenting different doilies as “specimens” akin to snowflake … Continue reading

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Guise

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Each artist creates idiosyncratic delineations between what is visible and what is hidden and considers the possibilities of potential or imagined lives and experiences. The craft-based, tactile aspects of their practices evoke human elements absent from many generically manufactured experiences in contemporary life. Nagtegaal knits a rainbow of facial hairpieces, … Continue reading

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Change Without Notice

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Film and video technology are often utilized to promote conventional fantasies of sexual, economic and social achievement. Through a set of overlapping video projections, Stewart and Seaton will explore new modes of thought in relation to durational visual media, projecting alternative futures – alternative fantasies – in response to current … Continue reading

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3rd Annual Artist Trading Cards Exhibition

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La Dragu

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A look at Canadian performance artist Margaret Dragu’s lifework, including essays, a 16-page photo insert and a 2-film DVD, edited by Paul Couillard.

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Marginalia: Getting Out of the House

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This coast-to-coast correspondence project between Pam Hall (St. John’s, Nfld) and Margaret Dragu (Richmond, BC) is a collaboration investigating connection, community, sexuality, aging, and domestic life. MARGINALIA is a virtual, physical, and daily engagement with distance and intentional relation. Since February 2004, Hall/Dragu have made and exchanged over 4500 squares/carrés and daily … Continue reading

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The Patron Saint of Waterskiers and Other Entities

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This exhibition is accompanied by a RAG publication This installation takes the form of a garden comprised of four inter-related installations. Each combines aspects of landscape, architecture, installation, video and furniture and is dedicated to a fictional character. These characters are representative of particular ideas connected to “holding together” social … Continue reading

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3rd Annual Artist Trading Cards Exhibition

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Closing Celebration & Trading Session: Friday 14 November 2008 7:00 – 8:30pm The RAG’s 3rd Annual ATC Exhibition is a display of Artist Trading Cards from local, national, and international participants. This year the exhibition included workshops, trading sessions, artist talks, and a closing celebration/trading session. All contributors received a copy of … Continue reading

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Archive City: Portraits of Lulu Island

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Richmond Art Gallery is pleased to host a project by Archive City, “a memory collection agency” composed of three Vancouver based artists, Lois Klassen, Cindy Mochizuki and Jaimie Robson. For their project Portraits of Lulu Island, Archive City members have researched and collected various facts and myths about Lulu Island, where the city of Richmond … Continue reading

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Donated Organ

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Amy Chang presents new works that consider global citizenship and the value of human life. Chang’s ceramic works directly evoke the international organ market. The gangs or groupings of individual pieces are at once attractive and repulsive, playful and unsettling. Amy Chang received a Bachelor of Business degree in Taiwan in … Continue reading

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Water, Rice and Bowl

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Tomoyo Ihaya presents new works that consider global citizenship and the value of human life. Ihaya’s mixed media installation presents an assemblage of drawings, stuffed paper figures and found objects developed through the artist’s travels to India and Mexico and her immersion in those cultures. She examines her relationship to … Continue reading

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Missing/Las Desaparecidas

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Missing/Las Desaparecidas is the culmination of three years of work by Deborah Koenker in collaboration with residents of the small town of Tapalpa, Jalisco, Mexico, who participated in creating a long textile piece with their embroidered fingerprints. Together with digital photos of these participants and the names or photos of victims, … Continue reading

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Malcolm X / J.D. Salinger

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Emerging artist Dan Starling debuts a new body of work entitled Malcolm X/J.D. Salinger at the RAG — his first solo exhibition. This project focuses on two contemporaneous figures from the Civil Rights era, J.D. Salinger and Malcolm X.  Both men stopped speaking and publishing during the same historical moment in 1965. Photographs, a travelogue … Continue reading

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Brown Skin Before Red

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Brown Skin Before Red presents two bodies of work. In Sleepwalking, items often sold as metonymic simulations (souvenirs) of First Nations culture are recontextualized. Vickers recreates moccasins and blankets with materials that point to current social and cultural conditions in urban First Nations life and combines them with personal artefacts. Her painting series Supernatural Indianreinterprets … Continue reading

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Between Hope and Politics: Photographs of the PacifiCat Project

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The Richmond Art Gallery is pleased to debut a new body of work by senior BC photographer Jim Breukelman. Many large scale prints will be shown from a vast photo essay documenting the construction of the aborted fast ferries built in British Columbia for the BC Ferry Corporation. The detail, … Continue reading

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reasonable & senseless

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Both Donna Szoke’s reasonable & senseless and Ricarda McDonald’s Spatial Nebulosity utilize play and humour in considering contemporary societal relationships to technology. Donna Szoke’s 20-channel video installation questions notions of progress with appropriated film clips amassed from the Prelinger Archive. Scenes of human/machine disasters serve as backdrops for letters formed from clouds of smoke … Continue reading

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Spatial Nebulosity

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Both Donna Szoke’s reasonable & senseless and Ricarda McDonald’s Spatial Nebulosity utilize play and humour in considering contemporary societal relationships to technology. Ricarda McDonald presents a rich series of collage-like digital images exploring cell phone culture and public space, revealing the ironies of a technology invented to connect while often doing the opposite. Ricarda … Continue reading

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Proscenium Home: Erica Stocking

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Emerging Vancouver-based artist Erica Stocking creates a new site-specific installation consisting of a bachelor apartment visible from both inside and outside Gallery Two. The contents of the apartment will be on loan from the Sears Department Store directly across the street. Minimal aesthetic and phenomenological relationships with viewers will be … Continue reading

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Highlife

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Michelle Allard installs a new work informed by irregular and complex patterns found in inorganic structures and speleogy (cave sciences, stalagmites, etc)– formations that arise from pre-existing conditions. Made entirely of thousands of sheets of rolled highlighter coloured office papers and cardboard boxes, Highlife makes more out of less while considering processes … Continue reading

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Mirror Mirror: Little Landscapes and Miniature Worlds

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The Richmond Art Gallery’s major fundraiser returns this year with the format of the Members Group Exhibition and Silent Auction but with a new thematic focus: Little Landscapes and Miniature Worlds.  No specifications will be made concerning size or medium in order to discover how each contributor interprets the theme. The … Continue reading

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Of Landscape and Light

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Of Landscape and Light brings together the landscape photographs from several bodies of work by Toronto artist Sara Angelucci. The artist explores place, time and light in photography both technically and in association with meaning and memory. Angelucci has mastered the technique of leaking light into the camera to make highly … Continue reading

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Inside Out

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This exhibition is accompanied by a RAG publication The division between interior and exterior spaces is explored in the paintings of Gwenessa Lam and Janet Wang. Their work examines the play of light as it flows through windows and into living spaces, providing minimal information as to what may be outside … Continue reading

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Shift: Working Through Repetition and Difference

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Are our internal and external worlds constantly in flux—always transforming? In this exhibition five artists explore conceptions of change, repetition and perpetual production. The works present both serial and meticulous activities involving an eclectic diversity of means. While all of the artists in Shift explore transformation over time, each examines individual concerns … Continue reading

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Artist Trading Cards (ATC) Exhibition 2007

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The Richmond Art Gallery is pleased to be presenting its second annual Artist Trading Card (ATC) Exhibition July 13 – September 7!  We have invited artists and non-artists to submit their ATCs for this exhibition and our call has been answered from ATC enthusiasts from across Canada and internationally. ATCs are tiny … Continue reading

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RICHmond ARTS Juried Artists

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Live music to be provided by The Dusty Hillbilly’s. Light refreshments will be served. Art Market Day:  Saturday, June 23, 10am – 4pm Cultural Centre Lecture Hall Exhibiting Artists will offer a wide variety of items for sale. Open Studio Event:  Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8, 12 – … Continue reading

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Flash: Richmond

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Flash: Richmond speaks of the demographic layers of Chinese immigrants who have lived in Canada since the 19th century, and who have integrated into all aspects of the Canadian cultural identity. Well-known master works from important periods in Chinese history (ranging from 1850 to contemporary works) are the source of Kim … Continue reading

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Wreath/Wreathe

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The title of the exhibition, Wreath/Wreathe, references the cycle of life; “wreath” alludes to a ring of flowers or foliage, whereas the word “wreathe” refers to the act of coiling, curving around or encircling an object. The wreath is a universal symbol encompassing concepts of fertility, life, regeneration, death and mourning. Eliza … Continue reading

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The Finn Slough Project

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Ingrid Koivukangas, a first generation Finnish-Canadian environmental artist, works in response to natural sites—wilderness, rural and urban—creating gallery installations and site-specific ephemeral works that are unique to each area. In Richmond she will be working at Finn Slough; a heritage area that has undergone very little ecological change over the … Continue reading

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Biophilia: If Trees had Tears

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Reflecting on the question “If trees had tears, what would they look like?” Vancouver based artist Craig Sibley fabricates sculptural forms from the stained  wood of the Mountain Pine tree. The work addresses Sibley’s concern with the Pine Beetle Epidemic currently ravaging BC’s Central and Northern Interior forests. This body of work is … Continue reading

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Selfish

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Selfish brings together diverse “self-portraits” by Toronto artist Barbara McGill Balfour that humorously reflect upon the enigma of identity. Representations of the artist in the guise of her favourite television characters, in action figures created in her own likeness, in Silly Putty body impressions and in a fingerprint installation point to … Continue reading

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Tangible Shadows: Intersections

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Tangible Shadows: Intersections, is a series of sculptural ceramic vessels. The pieces reference Milagros, votive offerings generally shaped as body parts found in Hispanic folk culture. Using drape moulds to bring together human body parts with man-made components such as automotive and bicycle parts, Johnston produces sensuous organic forms in terracotta … Continue reading

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Mirror Mirror 2006: Self-Portraits

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Mirror Mirror on the wall – who are our members after all? For this fundraising exhibition the Richmond Art Gallery has invited its members to submit a small self-portrait to present a larger view of the creative community that supports the Gallery. The self-portrait has been an important tool for … Continue reading

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Artist Trading Cards (ATC) Exhibition 2006

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The Richmond Art Gallery through Art Access is hosting an Artist Trading Card (ATC) Exhibition and Trading Event, September 9 – October 25, 2006. ATC’s are tiny works of art (2 1/2″ X 3 1/2″) that are made to trade. The exhibition features 9 cards from each of the over 40 … Continue reading

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Boundless I and II

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Charlotte Wall’s work in this exhibition questions the nature of structural limits. The artist presents two pieces which test and examine the nature of boundaries. The viewer’s participation in the work is essential for the artist, completing the work through their presence in the space. In the gallery space, her … Continue reading

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Illuminations

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Shima Iuchi combines her respect for and knowledge of Japanese traditions such as papermaking with the social and geographical landscape of her adopted country, Canada. She is interested in the history of people of Japanese heritage in Canada with an emphasis on British Columbia. Iuchi has researched the Japanese-Canadian community … Continue reading

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Even birds choose trees to perch

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For the exhibition Even birds choose trees to perch, Vancouver-based artist June Yun uses hand-made paper formed on wood and an internal illumination. Yun covers the surface with drawings and ancient Chinese calligraphy to create a narrative with water and mountains as the central imagery. She uses symbolic poetry to tell … Continue reading

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Thrive By

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“If one of art’s many purposes is to help us to see and understand our selves more clearly, then one of public art’s more important purposes is to help us see and understand our selves as a community of beings in a world of socially shared values and dreams. Such … Continue reading

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Artists Among Us 2006

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Now in its 8th year this community art event highlights the diversity of artists in Richmond. Artwork includes; watercolour, acrylic and oil paintings, Chinese brush painting, pastel, etching, glass, clay, and jewellery. The event includes a two-week exhibition and reception in the Art Gallery and two days of open studio … Continue reading

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An opportunity to explore the meaning of art Su-An Yun

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Richmond-based artist Su-an Yun’s work raises important questions about the function of art in our society and the role artists play within communities. Notions of self-identity that address immigrant experiences of displacement, marginalization and a potential inability to engage in personal expression are also central to her practice. The questions … Continue reading

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Making China in China

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The evolution of Paul Mathieu’s ceramic practice is articulated over the history of its production. He does not simply make ceramic pieces, functional or otherwise, rather the fabrication is a part of his observation and interrogation of the place of ceramics and pottery in the world and in art. He … Continue reading

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Exchange 2006

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Vancouver-based artist Nancy Nisbet will launch her 6-month, North American performance art tour at the Richmond Art Gallery. The performance involves the artist ID tagging (RFID) and organizing all of her possessions into a commercial transport truck which she will be driving across Canada, the United States and Mexico. As … Continue reading

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The Bikini Project

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Heather Passmore reconfigures used and overlooked materials to examine her own concerns about ascribed hierarchies of cultural value. The Bikini Project was instigated when the Vancouver-based artist was given a photo album found floating in Howe Sound. The album contained over 300 snapshots of women at the beach. She has … Continue reading

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Something about Love

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What is the impact of love on our lives?   How do individuals undertake and maintain relation- ships?  What objects do we associate with our feelings of love and longing?  This exhibition offers engaging variations on the subject of love, presenting notions of romantic love, self-love and preservation and pop culture-imposed … Continue reading

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Courtroom Drawings

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Vancouver-based artist, Jane Wolsak, supports herself and her artistic practice as a courtroom illustrator. She is contracted by news media outlets to illustrate courtroom proceedings, including many high-profile trials, such as Air India and the Vancouver Missing Women case. While people are accustomed to viewing trials and courtroom proceedings through … Continue reading

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Architectonics

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Misa Nikolic’s highly realistic acrylic paintings focus on Western Canadian architecture. His depictions of buildings make the height of the structures and the businesses they house unclear. Through his representation of these buildings, the artist shows the variation in the style, scale and states of repair or disrepair that exists … Continue reading

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Arboretum Arborescence

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Arboretum is an installation made of individually selected pine needles hung vertically creating an overwhelming sense of being in a forest. The needles are sorted according to colour: greens, grays, and browns. The colour accents the disintegration of this material, so viewers may reflect on not only the beauty of the … Continue reading

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Once Upon a Time

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Once Upon A Time is comprised of five larger than life size charcoal drawings of trees; one from each continent. The series began with an image of a Eucalyptus tree that Grafton photographed in Australia in 1999. In this photograph, she captured every aspect of the tree, including its internal structure. … Continue reading

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Prophetic Flame

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Kevin McKenzie’s art practice stems from fusing traditional materials in First Nations art such as horsehair, feathers, and felt, with industrial materials, such as chrome, metal, and neon lighting. McKenzie explores the complex relationship corporate American has with the image of the Native American. He has researched the use of … Continue reading

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RAG: 25 Years/25 Artists

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The Richmond Art Gallery celebrates its 25th anniversary! To mark this occasion, an exhibition showcasing works from the Permanent Collection is being organized to trace the development of the Gallery. The Richmond Art Gallery initially began collecting works of all media. An emphasis in collecting ceramic art reflected a strong … Continue reading

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Arts Centre User Groups

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Oriental Arts Club Richmond Gem & Mineral Club Richmond Potters Club Riverside Arts Circle Textile Arts Guild of Richmond (TAGOR) The RAG annually opens the gallery to the User Groups who work at the Richmond Cultural Centre. The exhibition is an opportunity for these artists to make a selection of … Continue reading

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HO

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Toni Hafkenscheid’s photographs appear to present us with an artificial landscape. The illusion is achieved through the use of shallow depth of field and by presenting a part of the image in focus while other parts remain soft and out of focus. Traveling through Western Canada on a summer trip, … Continue reading

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Canada’s Lighthouses

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The idea of making woodblock print images of all the lighthouses in British Columbia came to Graham Scholes while visiting Race Rocks lighthouse, located in the Juan de Fuca straights off Victoria. Having spent 25 years working with transparent watercolours, the traditional Japanese technique of Moka Hanga came naturally to … Continue reading

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Local Landscapes

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In celebration of the land and culture in which we live, Loraine Wellman’s paintings represent scenes of everyday life within the community. As an active member of Richmond’s artistic community, she is well positioned to represent this particular environment. Her work depicts our West Coast surroundings, and evokes the essence … Continue reading

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Artists Among Us

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The preview exhibition for this Open Studio event will be held in the gallery from June 9 to 24, 2005. While touring the exhibition we invite you to pick up a map and tour the many artists studios and homes. This is a great opportunity to visit and talk to … Continue reading

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Place/Displace: Three Generations of Taiwanese Art

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Place/Displace: Three Generations of Taiwanese Art aims to present a survey of contemporary Taiwanese art, showcasing artists who are both from Taiwan and the diasporic communities of Taiwanese living abroad. Featuring more traditional work alongside avant-garde work, guest curator Charles Liu examines the role of politics, economics, communication, and environment in … Continue reading

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Richmond Collects

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Commemorating the Richmond Art Gallery’s 25th year, the RAG will showcase artwork collected by individuals in this community. Artworks collected are of various media, including paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and ceramics. They range from contemporary to historical Canadian and European art to historical Chinese artifacts. A number of artists from … Continue reading

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Lip Service

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Employing twelve rug hookers, women from Southern Ontario—farmers, teachers, and artists—rugs were created to each duplicate a frame from Ann Marie Fleming’s film Lip Service – a mystery. The filmmaker presented each of these women with the same set of still images from the film and they selected one frame to … Continue reading

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Stills

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Michèle Provost’s work juxtaposes the traditional needlework technique of embroidery with current graphic images taken from urban popular culture. In the Victorian era, it was common practice for young women to display their skills by executing a sampler, a finely detailed rendition of the alphabet, sometimes adorned with quaint images: … Continue reading

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Impact Zone

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Keith Langergraber’s art work grows from an interest in evidence of social, cultural and political change found through scrutiny of a selected site. His research allows an understanding of the shifts that have taken place at that location over time. The exhibition then consists of an accumulation, and reconstitution of … Continue reading

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Everything is a Circle

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Connie Watts adapts her art to conform to any space, yet no single niche or category can contain Connie Watts. Her work is both art and design. Her furniture references the fabulous images of her heritage and the traditions of her culture. “Everything is a circle. In school I learned … Continue reading

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Thinking Textile

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There is a marked increase in the use of textile by contemporary artists, many of whom do not work exclusively in textile-based work, but rather incorporate it as required within a larger practice which utilizes a broad range of media and methods. Much of this work is highly inventive, focused … Continue reading

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Illusion of Sky: Shimmering Spectacles

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Art Centre User Groups

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Chinese Calligraphy & Painting Club Creative Jewelers Guild Richmond Artists Guild Richmond Photo Club Richmond Weavers & Spinners The RAG annually opens the gallery to the User Groups who work at the Richmond Cultural Centre. The exhibition is an opportunity for these artists to make a selection of the work … Continue reading

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Work and Play

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The two pieces by Jason Fitzpatrick included in Work and Play result from his background in the construction industry. As he says: The tasks involved in construction are numerous, repetitive and varied, none of them very light. Richard The II reminds us of the labour involved in not only building, but also in art-making, … Continue reading

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The Gift Exchange

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After Holly Newman’s daughter was born, she found it necessary to reinvent her artistic practice. The issues which became central to her work were: labour (hers in particular), the role of beauty (the necessity of appeal), and a desire for social contact (the importance of simple encounters). These concerns have … Continue reading

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Artists Among Us

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This will be the sixth year that the RAG has sponsored the annual open studio event by hosting a preview exhibition of works by each of the participating artists for the week proceeding the open studio weekend. Join us in the celebration of the wealth of artistic talent housed in … Continue reading

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Asian Heritage Month

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EunSook Lee experiments with her materials, scale and the use of space, using light as a sculptural element. Her work consists of florescent threads which have been pressed between translucent polyester film and woven in to sculptural shaps. These shapes are viewed under black light, so the gallery will be … Continue reading

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Doppelganger

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The term doppelganger refers to an apparition or double of a living person; Oxford English Dictionary. This exhibition consists of several series of portraits. Portraits, that is, in the sense that the images are ‘likenesses’ and in that they are asking questions about representation; questions about who we are as we … Continue reading

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Reunion

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Elizabeth MacKenzie’s artistic research has considered representations of maternity, the female body as well as the human face. Reunion continues her investigation into the play of memory on an image of her mother. In this installation, MacKenzie works with a single photograph of her mother, taken when her mother was approximately the … Continue reading

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Undercurrents

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The photo-based series of images in Undercurrents is taken from the artist’s family album. The photographs explore the idea of misplaced narrative and altered contexts. Raymonde Corbeil sees snapshots as banal: capturing objects as images, yet inherently producing an understanding of nothing. This series is not about expanding art into life, but … Continue reading

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Explore

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The artists in this exhibition are using their work to articulate a relationship with the natural world, the built environment, and the social structures which form our contemporary condition. Each artist establishes a space in which they are able to bridge the world of art and another field of understanding. … Continue reading

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Arts Centre User Groups

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Oriental Arts Club Richmond Gem & Mineral Club Richmond Potters Club Riverside Arts Circle Textile Arts Guild of Richmond (TAGOR) The Richmond Arts Centre User Groups exhibition demonstrates some of the many activities taking place within the Centre’s studios: pottery, painting, printmaking, fabric arts, lapidary, silversmithing, photography, and Chinese calligraphy. … Continue reading

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The Grass Project

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I grew up in the 1960’s in a Richmond subdivision called Richmond Gardens, a utopian enclave of cul-de-sacs and crescents. For my family and other first-generation Canadians there, the site and the era exuded an optimism about social progress and excitement about Canada as a nation. The subdivision’s continuous winding … Continue reading

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Salmon Stock

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The RAG will partner with the Gulf of Georgia Cannery to present Salmon Stock, a site specific installation by Judy Williams. This work was previously installed at the Goose Bay Cannery in Rivers Inlet and is being reconfigured for the Boiler House Theatre at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery. These … Continue reading

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Inundation

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Much of my work deals with narrative through serial imagery. With the fibre images in Inundation, I am contemplating the projected results of global warming. I subject a small house to flooding, dislocation, and possible adaptation to a new life underwater. The work contrasts the ideal notion of home as … Continue reading

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Incarnation

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Incarnation is a photographic project which places birds in a fabricated reality where they occupy a theatrical setting that is far removed from their natural environment. My choice of birds as subject is not to observe them but to use them to convey meaning. They operate both as the subject of … Continue reading

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Songbird

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Living around the sound of the saw being played as a musical instrument by Robert Minden; seeing several old timers marketing their worn out saws, meticulously oil painted with farm landscapes on them; having lots of glass seed beads and ‘borrowing’ our household saw… I began this growing collection of … Continue reading

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Artists Among Us

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This will be the fifth year that the RAG has sponsored Richmond’s annual artists’ open studio weekend, Artists Among Us, and hosted a preview exhibition of artworks by each of the participating artists. Join the Richmond artists who invite visitors into their studios forArtists Among Us. Join the RAG for this … Continue reading

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Asian Heritage Month

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Shirley Inouye – Changes/New Beginnings In the spring of 1996 my sister and I, with my mother as a perfect guide, visited our parents’ homeland, Mio Village, Wakayama Ken, Japan, sister city of Richmond. Staying in the ancient home where my deceased father was born and raised was a wonderful … Continue reading

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Childhood

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Althea Thauberger will be seeking a girl (aged approximately 12-13) from the Richmond area to collaborate with her in developing a large photo-mural for the Minoru window area of the Gallery. Together, the artist and the girl will plan and execute a number of photo-shoots in which the girl will … Continue reading

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Swoon

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It is a hot, still, bright day on the Hearts of Yearning River. You cannot hear a bird sing or a tree rustle. Angeline cannot get her baby to wake. Baby Louisa just sleeps like a listless thing. She sleeps now, but she might wake up someday. —Sandra Meigs from Swoon … Continue reading

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Blue Field II

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Blue Field II is a site related installation built on location, in this case, a column in the middle of the gallery spanning from floor to ceiling. The format and structure of Blue Field changes depending on where it is located. The work attempts to break away from the idea of … Continue reading

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Unexpected Encounter

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Artists, selected by the curator, are included from locations where Unexpected Encounter has been exhibited: Cyndra MacDowall, Toronto, Helene Dyck, Winnipeg, Monika Napier, Saskatoon and Grace Tsurumaru from the Lower Mainland of British Columbia Unexpected Encounter includes a local artist from each city where it is exhibited. This furthers the curatorial interest in the response to ruptures … Continue reading

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Beyond the Expected Face

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While immersed in a body of representational-based art work, the artist came upon the seemingly ordinary idea of executing a series of what  appear to be straight-ahead portraits. On the surface, these conventionally executed pieces suggest traditional interaction between artist and subject. Beyond the obvious there is a more conceptual … Continue reading

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Trophy Hunting

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This series of paintings addresses my concern about hunting. In my seven years spent living and painting in France, I developed an obsession with formal gardens and animal trophies. It is not uncommon to proceed through a formal French garden, enter a chateau and find oneself confronted by a trophy … Continue reading

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Champions of Entropy, Object # 1

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As a sculptor, I am interested in objects that act as catalyst for an anti-environment – a mindset or space that is not defined, and therefore, infinite in possibilities. The human tendency towards ordering has become an extension of ownership – to understand opens up the possibility of manipulation. Sculpture … Continue reading

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MIYOSHI: A Taste that Lingers Unfinished in the Mouth

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I have been trying to understand this complex space where water meets land meets water meets land meets water . . . When I made the move to British Columbia in the summer of 1995, it was to be closer to Steveston – this place where my maternal grandparents lived … Continue reading

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The Underwater Pinhole Photography Project

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The Underwater Pinhole Photography Project represents a coming together of my interests in kayaking and such alternative image making processes as pinhole photography. I have designed and constructed a number of pinhole cameras that are lowered into the water and operated by a system of ropes and pulleys. In addition, I have … Continue reading

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Capsules of Time

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Hundreds of sheets of my paper will cover the gallery walls. Each section of a row will reflect a period of time on a particular day natural plant material is gathered and paper is made. My work is a collaboration with nature. A relationship that has no scientific delineation or … Continue reading

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American Tapestry Biennial IV, an International Exhibition

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Colour, texture, design and tradition meld in the making of a tapestry. Contemporary artists continue to use this medium to communicate their personal narratives and to comment on social and political issues and the physical environment. This international exhibition of tapestry is sponsored by the American Tapestry Alliance in connection … Continue reading

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Asian Heritage Month

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Brenda Joy Lem, Ngukkei: Family House Home My ancestral culture includes both village culture from Toisan China and three generations of Chinese-Canadian culture. In Ngukkei: Family House Home, I document oral histories as told to me by various family members in eight silkscreen banners and two artist books. My father’s family … Continue reading

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UNIFORMED: Urban Heroes to McJobs

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UNIFORMED: Urban Heroes to McJobs is the summation of my exploration over a number of years into various manifestations of the uniform. During this time I have produced a number of bodies of work presenting the uniformed figure as an emblem of a certain type of popular culture and national identity … Continue reading

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Red TEXT Black

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The Red TEXT Black series began a few years ago as an exploration of the original Surrealist game known as Le Cadavre Exquis (exquisite corpse). The purpose of the game was in keeping with the Surrealist manifesto of bringing together disparate objects. My exploration began by collecting words and phrases … Continue reading

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Digital Files

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CMYK  The series’ title refers to the colours cyan, magenta, yellow and black which are used in an additive manner to create printed process colours. Each work in the series consists of two adjacent squares of monochrome process colour. The minimalist CMYK prints are entirely drawn by hand on a … Continue reading

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Charm

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In Charm, Michael Dowad and penny eisenberg’s paintings explore the possibility of expression and representation in a small format. Since attending Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design at the same time and graduating together in 1995 both have maintained separate studio practices, meeting occasionally to share ideas and critique each … Continue reading

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Epogan

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For me art is a love affair between artist and a non-tangible concept. The affair begins with the artist catching glimpses of exciting, disturbing or sensuous images that originate from the finite physical world or the infinite mental world. They respond to each other, and when their emotions heave and … Continue reading

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pinheads

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My artistic concern is to create pieces that are well-designed and provocative views of what is on people’s minds/faces/heads. As a recent émigré to British Columbia, I have been inspired to create pinheads in an attempt to capture the uniqueness of my new surroundings.

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Replicants

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As a sculptor/mosaicist, I want my work to have an immediate impact. My aim is to celebrate life and death, which are two sides of the same coin. I wish to mimic life’s powerful forces in hopes of evoking emotions in others. With vibrant colours and swirls of tesserae, I … Continue reading

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Unconventional Means

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Jane Fawkes When I became frustrated with photographs of my vegetable garden which looked like a green blurr, I went into the garden with my camera and started taking pictures of the things I really loved; the details of cabbages, leeks and tomatoes. Then, wondering how I was going to … Continue reading

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Selections from the Permanent Collection

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Over the past year and a half, the Richmond Art Gallery has been involved in a process of assessment of the storage facilities and the objects in the Permanent Collection. We have also been involved in evaluating the Gallery’s needs and future plans for the Collection. We have established a Didactic Collection … Continue reading

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Visionary Domains

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Diana Dean  My work is fairly representational with a strong emphasis on composition and colour worked in a traditional manner with light and colour producing a tangible space around the figures. My main interest has been in developing a deeper space, psychologically as well as in the structure of the … Continue reading

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Everyday Mythic Men

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What is a man? Warrior, patriarch, explorer, inventor, gallant, shaman, and hero, such are the images of manhood embedded in our cultural mythology. Each stereotyped image invokes a corresponding romantic notion. Implicit within the romance is the idea of an individual’s struggle and eventual triumph over obstacles found on the … Continue reading

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Self Portraits

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This female body is a vast continent that contains a rich and vibrant story. If my body is an isolated landscape, I want it to be viewed as a dark territory. This series of images are photographs of my naked body concentrating on form and posture. My face has been … Continue reading

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Painted Landscapes

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Shyh-Chrang Lo  I have always attempted to express my mood in my landscape paintings. The details of the landscapes are much less important than the feeling itself. I started to learn lithography at the Open Studio in Toronto in 1984. Since then, I have fallen in love with this medium … Continue reading

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Images from the Heart

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My paintings are influenced by my Ojibwe heritage and modernist painting. These works will remind the viewer of the significance of First Nations’ historical and contemporary achievement through an Aboriginal perspective. History or tradition is what is remembered, passed on orally, through objects in museums or the pictographs that have … Continue reading

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Arts Centre User Groups

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The Richmond Art Gallery is delighted to once again be able to present the artworks and fine craft produced by the Richmond Arts Centre User Groups. The Arts Centre houses nine studios: pottery, painting, printmaking, fabric arts, lapidary, silversmithing, multipurpose, dance, and photography; and there are fourteen visual arts groups and … Continue reading

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Asian Heritage Month

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Simon Ho  I use the philosophy of Daoism to make my artwork and I use my artwork to express Daoism. Initially my goal was to use my ceramic work to express the idea of Daoism. I knew that there was a wide range of things that clay, glaze and firing … Continue reading

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The Portrait Show

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David Ip, The Life of a Janitor The right model is hard to find. But in recent years, this has all changed. I have found my perfect model: my colleagues. For nearly 20 years, I have worked as a custodian at an educational institution. Between the day, evening and night shifts, … Continue reading

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Public Art: Concept to Courtyard

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Elizabeth Roy My work has branched in two directions, an involvement in making public artwork and my ongoing studio practice. SPAN, my most recent public artwork was commissioned by the City of Richmond for the City Hall. The five free-standing sculptural elements are fabricated from laser cut stainless steel and corten … Continue reading

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Pretty Pictures – Still Lives

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Margaret Kovacs, Pretty Pictures  My goal is to touch the viewer by stimulating memory, allowing them to understand the moods and stories of my paintings. I paint about my life and hope to touch another person with my work. If the viewer can find my message, and feel my story, then … Continue reading

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Drowning

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My family and I returned to China in the summer of 1998 for the first time after nine years of living in Vancouver. My hometown Chongqing is one of China’s largest cities, the population is 32 million. It was the country’s capital during the Japanese occupation earlier this century. Chongqing … Continue reading

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The Ringing Earth

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The Ringing Earth is a new body of work made of welded steel and mixed materials. It is installed as a sculptural piece of music composed in three “movements”. Entering the gallery space, one experiences the first movement: a series of organically shaped ground works. Each piece has its own … Continue reading

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Ray Gunz and other Cool Stuff

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Jeff Burnette, an award-winning glass blower and a founding member of the Vancouver artists’ cooperative, V6, has created a stunning series of blown glass ray guns to inspire the kid in all of us. “Growing up in the early 60’s,” says Burnette, “I was entranced by the science fiction serials … Continue reading

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Boys Keep Swinging

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Boys Keep Swinging or Tom Corbett and the Cosmic Vision Helmet. History shows us that the lessons learned on the playing fields of our youth are perpetuated in one form or another with almost mathematical predictability. As boys we fired our imaginations with the heroes and villains of childhood fantasy. … Continue reading

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BioGraphics: Staged Practices

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The Script: She sat at the computer, trying to think of how the keyboard could be used to translate the frustration, the fury, the disappointment, and the loneliness that still constricted her work after all these years. The autobiography, the ironic self-portrait as a famous artist, that once seemed so … Continue reading

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All Our Children

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This audio-visual installation documents a moment in the transition from youth to adult as seen in the life-size painted (oil on canvas) representations of 40 girls between the ages of 13 and 17. The paintings are accompanied by audio recordings of monologues from interviews with the girls prepared by Elizabeth … Continue reading

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Paintings

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Birds and flowers are her main objects, though her occasional landscape paintings are powerful. Looming throughout her words is the theme of a “free mind”.   Being free-minded is being free of the desire for possessions and begets no greed. In her artistic creations, using her own way of artistic … Continue reading

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Trace

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Celebrating the Source

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My medium is as old as the earth; it is the earth itself. My clay vessels are made with the same materials and process a potter ten thousand years ago would have used: ten fingers and a rock. Employing primal ingredients imbues the artwork with something unique to the ceramic … Continue reading

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Illumination

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My work is concerned with the history and memory of my cultural identity. This work is essentially about a sense of cultural displacement and feelings of loss and nostalgia for a homeland. Using objects such as the traditional Korean dress as a metaphor for relocation, I recreate and re-represent them … Continue reading

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Trees

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Spring Wind Travels Ten Thousand Miles

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Nectarine River

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Nectarine River: Asian Pacific Children’s fable “A new born baby’s eyes open to a crowd of relatives. The mother’s side is Japanese and the father’s Jewish. It makes no difference to baby but everyone wants to know how this mixed-race offspring will fit into the world. The cousins sing to … Continue reading

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Contemporary Art from Korea

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The Richmond Art Gallery is pleased to be receiving the exhibition of Contemporary Art from Korea, an exhibition of sixty-one paintings by thirty-one of Korea’s leading painters, brought to us by the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea. The Korean Painters Association in Seoul selected the work which has been … Continue reading

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Adrift: a sculptural installation

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During the experience of a chronic, debilitating and largely invisible illness, I planned this installation, without knowing if I would ever be well enough to realize it. The sculptural structure of the work is an overturned boat hull and a 10′ high by 170′ long translucent “wall” which undulates through … Continue reading

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Once Upon a Time…

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A recent brain injury offered me many things. Among the offerings were a new perspective and an opportunity to develop a new art process. Previously, much of my process involved thinking it through. Now, with my brain under repair, I had to bring much more fing and experimentation into my … Continue reading

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Four circles – Soaring visions

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Embrace the Visionaries

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Statements and images from the 15 Salish artists. The exhibition was sponsored by the RAG and held at the Richmond Museum. Exhibiting artists: Esther Bob Bradley Dick Charles Elliot John Elliot Joel Green Rita George Green Mark Guerin Floyd Joseph Rita Louis Barbara Marchand Kevin Paul Rose Spahan Christopher Sparrow … Continue reading

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International Indigenous Art Exhibition, Four Circles

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An international collboration between Australian Aboriginal artists Max Mansell and Heather Kemarre Shearer, and First Nations artists of Canada, George Littlechild and Faith Louise-Adams. Curated by Amir Ali Alibhai and Doreen Mello. 15 page catalogue, published in 1998.

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Canadian Contemporary Quilts

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Silence and Solitude: The Art of W.P. Weston

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William Percival (W.P.) Weston (1879 – 1967) is best known for his landscape paintings of British Columbia. Born in London, he trained as a teacher at the Battersea Pupil-Teacher Centre and the Borough Teacher Training College in London, and as an artist at the Putney School of Art in London. … Continue reading

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RAG Inaugural Exhibition

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RAG Inaugural Exhibition

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RAG Inaugural Exhibition

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Inaugural Exhibition

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