Arts and culture are integral to a city’s distinct personality and flair, which is why we're committed to connecting locals with their civic spaces through programming, events and partnerships.

Vancouver Civic Theatres looks to use its venues as gallery space to provide an opportunity for local visual artists and arts organizations to exhibit their work. These artists are selected through a call and jury process which occurs annually. The artists range from emerging and mid-career to more established artists. Our intention is for both artists and visitors to experience and share in the work, using art as a catalyst for individual and community engagement.

Exhibitions will be available for viewing during show times for ticket holders. There will also be opportunities to view the exhibitions without a ticket through our seasonal Visual Arts Open House.

Check back in spring of 2025 for next year's Call for Artists. Follow us on social media for announcements.

 

Spring Exhibition in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Lobbies

April 2024 to June 2024 

sharai mustatia - KEEP GOING

sharai mustatia photo art

From the artist:

I am a Métis / Romanian person coming to terms with intergenerational trauma.

With intentional experimentation and analogue cameras and techniques, my work is an exploration of survival as a Métis mother who was coerced into giving their two children up for adoption.

The focus of my photography is about learning to create belonging and connection. As I learn more about where I come from ancestrally, new understanding informs how I move forward. The art I make helps me discover ways to thrive, create self-forgiveness, and learn to express art that heals the heart. This work is my message to anyone who resonates with it that, you are not alone.

Through collage, analogue photography and in-camera editing, I create images filled with layers of meaning, emotion and one person’s journey of transformational healing. Identity, place and belonging are major themes of my work, where healthy self-discovery and expression are the result.

 

Biliana Velkova - The Language of Beasts

Painting by Biliana Velkova

Fragmented bodies, protean spaces and mercurial atmospheres, The Language of Beasts is a quicksilver suite of paintings that elicits lucid dream states and conjures infinite transformation.

The beasts featured in Biliana Velkova’s paintings are fantastical renderings of familiar animals that often have chimeric elements to them. Dogfish-entrail hybrids, alligators morphing into worms, wolves who breathe fire. None of these characters are concerned with us voyeuristic humans who have been drawn into their mystical world. No character looks back at us, as was Velkova’s intention – to create a world of possibility and potential, one without humans and anthropocentric dominance. She invites us to ponder what would life look like without us? 

The Language of Beasts presents visitors with an opportunity to sense and to dream, to immerse into a world in flux. We encounter a fluidity of states, of beings and of relationships, which opens up the potential for us to reflect on our own personal place and humanity’s place on earth. As observers, we are invited to decipher if the artist is presenting these beasts as harbingers of our demise, or as a subversive reminder that we are all bound to each other, and the planet.

 

Summer Exhibition in the ANNEX 

May 2024 to Aug 2024

Alini Garcia - Urban Glow

Alini Garica painting

As an abstract artist, Alini Garcia explores the concept of motion and colorfulness. Her artwork serves as a medium for expressing her personal stories and emotions, giving rise to vibrant compositions that forge deep emotional connections with viewers. Through the interplay of vibrant compositions and diverse techniques, her goal is to transcend cultural and language barriers. She aims to utilize art as a catalyst for empathy and introspection. With each brushstroke and color choice, Garcia embarks on a profound journey of self-exploration, inviting viewers to join her on this transformative path. She creates art that resonates with viewers, leaving a lasting impact and empowering them to delve into their own narratives and emotions in a profound and meaningful way.

 

Vancouver Community College - Jewellery Art and Design Graduates exhibit

Queen Elizabeth Theatre - Balcony Lobby

VCC Jewellery students

VCT’s creative spaces showcase and empower local artists and artist collectives by providing accessible and high impact gallery spaces. VCT’s partnership with the Vancouver Community College allows graduates of the Jewellery Art and Design program to display their award-winning work on the balcony level of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre lobby.

The current exhibition features work from Alessandra Mei, Wendy Joy, Noa Capelle and Braden McGraw. 

 

Arts Umbrella - Gallery for Young Artists

Vancouver Playhouse Lobby

Art Umbrella student art

VCT proudly celebrates the work of young artists enrolled in the Arts Umbrella Foundation Program. The Foundation Program provides a multi-disciplinary experience for students aged 7-12 with an emerging interest in Art and Design. The students are exposed to many creative disciplines throughout the yearlong program, where they are able to experiment with new forms of working.

VCT’s partnership with Arts Umbrella brings local young artists to the forefront of the artistic community by displaying the students’ year-end pieces in the lively lobbies of the Vancouver Playhouse.

Arts Umbrella’s Foundation Program is generously supported by the Poseley Family.

Program Website

Platforms

Over the course of two years, Platforms: Nine Places for Seeing will be showcased on multiple public platforms throughout the city and will present new works regularly.

It will feature newly commissioned works by 21 local xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and urban Indigenous artists.

We are proud to host three of the artists, Olivia George on the Queen Elizabeth Theatre windows, Atheana Picha on the Vancouver Playhouse windows and Aaron Nelson-Moody on the šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn lightbox.

For more info go to: Nine Places for Seeing