Credit: Tourism Vancouver/ Tanya Goehring 


Escape the heat and cool off inside of an air-conditioned gallery and enjoy some of Vancouver’s art exhibitions on display this summer! 

Shadows, Strings, and Other Things
The Enchanting Theatre of Puppets
Museum of Anthropology
May 16, 2019-October 14,2019

Over 250 puppets, old and new, from 15 countries, are illuminated in MOA’s dramatic new exhibition. These exquisite puppets—sometimes charming, sometimes a little bit scary, and always entertaining—come together and reveal our enduring fascination with storytelling.

Indigenous Summer Arts Studio
Royal BC Museum
July 2, 2019- mid September, 2019

The studio—located next to Wawadiťła (Mungo Martin House) in Thunderbird Park—is a place where Indigenous artists will be able to create, share, learn, network with peers and meet guests from around the world. The Indigenous Summer Arts Studio program is the result of discussions with Indigenous artists during consultations on the renewal of the Thunderbird Park Carving Studio. The studio will include both mentoring and emerging Indigenous artists. 

Dog Days
Polygon Gallery
June 25, 2019- September 1, 2019

Dog Days is a survey of the camera’s interactions with our canine companions. This exhibition features contemporary works, classic images, and vintage photographs from several local archives and collections, considering how dogs have shaped, and are shaped by, human society.  Dogs on leashes are welcome in the exhibition

Christian Marclay: The Clock
Polygon Gallery
July 5, 2019 – September 15, 2019

This summer, the gallery space will be transformed into a custom-built cinema, showing a film that runs for 24-hours which also functions as a real timepiece. We are thrilled to be featuring an iconic work by Christian Marclay that has been called “a masterpiece of our times” and “sublime.” The Clock montages film and television footage from the last 70 years, intricately edited in both its visuals and sound. Thousands of film fragments come together collaged into a full day of modern life, mirroring the experiences of our lives and unraveling a narrative that feels as if it will continue on forever. In 2011, Christian Marclay won the coveted Gold Lion Award at the Venice Biennale for this now-famous artwork, recently presented at the Tate Modern, London.

Harmony Arts Festival
District of West Vancouver
August 2, 2019 - August 11, 2019

The District of West Vancouver’s 29th annual Harmony Arts Festival, presented by Odlum Brown Limited, launches August 2, 2019. It features 10 days of events and activities designed to showcase arts and culture and celebrate summer on the North Shore. An extensive array of programming includes more than 50 free live musical performances and concerts on two stages, art markets, al fresco culinary experiences on the waterfront, art demonstrations, talks, and exhibits, outdoor cinema nights in the park, fun activities and interactive art experiences for kids.