With cooler days coming in Fall, it is one of the best times for visitors to sink into some arty exploration around the city. For the first time, National Geographic’s Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience will take over the Vancouver Convention Centre from October 27th to January 8th, 2023. The exhibition celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb and connects the journey to modern-day Egypt through nine distinct galleries and includes a narrated VR Experience of the tomb. A story 3000 years in the making comes to life in this unique exhibition.
Another Vancouver gallery to experience is The Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG). Awarded an AIBC Architectural Award of Excellence, Lieutenant Governor Medal in 2002, the building is centrally located in downtown Vancouver. The gallery offers curatorial tours, open studio times with varying artists, and discussions and workshops. The gallery represents the best in contemporary art from Vancouver, Canada and abroad.
Located in the historic Gastown neighbourhood, The Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery curates authentic First Nations art that is ‘local, diverse, and expresses a vital cultural heritage that has been thousands of years in the making’. Offering insight into the art and diversity of Canada’s First Nations, Plains and Inuit peoples, the gallery also supports the artists’ families and communities and helps them thrive while helping to maintain the culture alive.
The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art houses the Simon Fraser University Bill Reid Collection and a variety of exhibitions of contemporary Indigenous Art of the Northwest Coast of North America. True to Place: stímetstexw tel xéltel is the latest exhibit to be featured and examines the artistic practice of 10 Indigenous painters who are inspired by place-based stories and contemporary themes. Also currently on exhibit until October 23rd, Beaded Nostalgia explores how contemporary beadwork is a way of keeping connection to the past. Four artists are featured using innovative beadwork ‘to express feelings of nostalgia and connections to their own experiences’.