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Art in Vancouver on a student budget

Most students have a limited budget especially at the end of the school year. Though it may feel like there is no way to leave home without spending you last dime there are still a few great ways to get out of the house and get cultured for free (or close to it).

The Vancouver Art Gallery


Every Tuesday evening from 5-9 p.m. is pay what you can at the Vancouver Art Gallery, so everyone can afford to go. I have see people pay triple the regular fee or just waltz in after paying mere pennies. It is up to you. Needless to say, these evenings are usually very busy but still a lot of fun.

To avoid the crowds without breaking the bank I opted for a student membership, which is just $45. It gives me unlimited access to the gallery for a year, invitations to show openings and two free tickets to bring friends with you. I like to go back to shows more than once and the gallery often has quiet places to sit and chat or just reflect. Current exhibitions include WE: Vancouver, Ken Lum, and Unreal.

The Equinox Gallery on South Granville Street

Looking is free

South Granville Street is loaded with galleries that range from cozy and quaint to so snooty you have to be buzzed in. Either way they are a great adventure. The art sold in these galleries goes for more money than I can imagine. But it’s fun to look and there is no temptation to buy like there might be at the nearby Granville Island.

Equinox Gallery is one of my favourite stops along South Granville. The artists shown here are usually quite prolific. A collection of works by abstract painter Jack Shadbolt will be showing at the Equinox Gallery from March 11 to April 9.


Art around us

Sure, Vancouverites love to walk the seawall, but why not do a self-guided tour of the art that peppers the shoreline as you walk. The City of Vancouver has put together a printable map of public art in the city including architectural, historic, and cultural landmarks. What a great excuse to get out and explore!

One of Myfanwy MacLeod’s birds; public art at the Olympic Village.


Vancouver Art Gallery opens WE: Vancouver


It is great to go to galleries to see familiar works of art, but the works in the new exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery are literally in your own backyard.

WE: Vancouver opened on Friday night and shows the work of over 40 new or recently exhibited projects by Vancouverites for Vancouverites.

From the seemingly banal components of Vancouver — like Kingsway or the Vancouver Special — to architecture, activism, and archiving; the exhibit asks us to stop looking outwards at Vancouver’s magnificent views and focus on what is in the city around us.

WE: Occupy, Carrall Street by Althea Thauberger

It is designed around Twelve Manifestos named for verbs. These action words suggest different ways of being in and thinking about the city.

Exhibition designer, Christian Kliegel, wanted people to think of the city and the gallery differently so he made some changes to the space itself. “Moving the walls was a way to change the way people move around the gallery and make the space more exciting,” Kliegel said, “It makes you look at the whole space differently… and the kids get pretty excited about it.”

Kliegel worked with exhibit curators Bruce Grenville and Kathleen Ritter to bring together cross-disciplinary practitioners who are interested in the city. “The kind of people who use the city as a way to produce work by thinking critically about what they are working on,” said Kliegel.

These practitioners produced a cocktail of spatial, visual, and auditory experiences. “I could tell you more” Kliegel said, “But the best thing is to just go and experience it for yourself.”

WE: Use, Mycologic Chandelier by Propellor Design

Take a peek at more of the contributors and their work  here.

WE: Vancouver is on now until May 1.