Uninvited: Canadian Women Artists in the Modern Moment

  • June 11, 2022 - January 8, 2023
  • Recurring daily
  • Location: Vancouver Art Gallery
  • Address:
  • 750 Hornby Street
  • Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7

The Vancouver Art Gallery presents Uninvited: Canadian Women Artists in the Modern Moment, a major exhibition gathering more than 200 works of art by a generation of extraordinary painters, photographers, weavers, bead workers and sculptors. Focusing on the 1920s, 30s and 40s, Uninvited foregrounds the production of women artists from across the country, providing a broad and diverse account of female creativity in Canada during this pivotal modern moment a century ago.

In this monumental exhibition, organized by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, audiences will see the work of women from all parts of our nation as they respond to a period of dramatic, and sometimes traumatic, change. Rather than pursuing the calling of landscape painting prevalent among their male peers, settler women artists in this period are notable for tackling such themes as portraiture and human psychology, urbanization, industrialized resource extraction, Indigenous culture and displacement, environment desecration and the immigrant experience.

Uninvited importantly features work by a number of Indigenous women from this period as well, including Attatsiaq of Arviat, Nunavut; Sewinchelwet (Sophie Frank) of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation); Mi’kmaq quill box maker Bridget Ann Sack of Shubenacadie, NS; and Rose Runner of the Tsuut’ina First Nation, near Calgary, Alberta. The contributions of women from immigrant communities are also highlighted, including the work of painters Regina Seiden Goldberg and Paraskeva Clark, as well as that of Canadian expatriates such as avant-garde photographer Margaret Watkins, who left her home in Hamilton, Ontario, for the United States and Scotland.

Vancouver Art Gallery

June 11 to January 23, 2023

Uninvited: Canadian Women Artists in the Modern Moment
750 Hornby Street