Kids Take Over

  • April 15, 2022 - September 11, 2022
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: April 15, 2022 to September 11, 2022
  • Location: Vancouver Art Gallery
  • Address:
  • 750 Hornby Street
  • Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7
  • Admission: Adult $24, Seniors $20, Child $6.50, Child age 5 & under free

Showcasing a rich selection of works in a range of media from the Gallery’s collection, Kids Take Over aims to engage kids of all ages as well as adults. The exhibition vividly captures the perspectives and creative expression of elementary and high school students from Metro Vancouver, who were asked to respond in various ways to paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures produced from the 1960s up to the present. Highlighting young voices—and a future generation of art lovers—Kids Take Over foregrounds their fresh and often unexpected responses to artworks by local, national and international artists.

Over a period of two months, Susan Rome, the Gallery’s Program Coordinator for Schools and Youth, made weekly visits to a Grade 1/2 class at Champlain Heights Elementary School, Vancouver; a Grade 4/5 class at Queen Victoria Annex, Vancouver; and a Grade 11/12 at Carson Graham Secondary School, North Vancouver. Presenting them with photographs of an assortment of artworks, Rome asked students to reflect on such questions as: “What do you see?,” “What would you ask the artist?” and “What do you think the artist wants us to think about?” She then invited students to write down their thoughts, create their own drawings and collectively move their bodies, using the artworks as inspiration. Students also had the opportunity to directly engage with two of the exhibition’s featured artists, Evan Lee and Brendan Lee Satish Tang, who gave presentations to the classes.

Spirited, curious, thoughtful, whimsical and funny, the results of these workshops are scattered throughout the exhibition alongside delightful photographs of the students taken by local documentary photographer Anita Bonnarens. The exhibition will also include welcoming, interactive spaces for children in the Gallery’s rotunda and alcoves.

Featured artists include Pitseolak Ashoona, Eric Cameron, Guud San Glans Robert Davidson, Audrey Capel Doray, Gathie Falk, Chantal Gibson, Thomas Kakinuma, Kimsooja, Devon Knowles, Evan Lee, Ken Lum, John MacGregor, Michael Morris, Annie Pootoogook, Lucy Qinnuayuak, Robert Rauschenberg, Simon Ripoll-Hurier, Evelyn Roth, Laurie Simmons and Allan McCollum, Koki Tanaka, Brendan Lee Satish Tang, Claude Tousignant, Norman White, Joyce Wieland, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun and Zhang O.

This exhibition is affiliated with the international Takeover Day initiative, organized by Kids in Museums, whose mission is to make museums more accessible to children, youth and families.


Vancouver Art Gallery
April 15, 2022 to September 11, 2022

Kids Take Over
750 Hornby Street