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Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG)

The Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG) is an internationally acclaimed venue located at the corner of Nelson and Richards Streets that provides free admission to all, including exhibitions, events, talks, tours, learning and outreach programs. Born in 1971 as an artist society to promote local contemporary art, it has since grown into a renowned public institution, becoming an influential and critical contributor to the local, national and international contemporary art scene.

CAG joined CANZBA as we have maintained an ongoing relationship with New Zealand and Australian artists and organizations, including historic productions by artists Keg De Souza and Gordon Bennett, with further presentations representing both countries scheduled throughout 2019.

Rolande Souliere, installation view of Frequent Stopping IV, 2019, off-site at Yaletown-Roundhouse Station. Image by Site Photography.

The first is by the Michipicoten First Nation artist, Rolande Souliere, who now resides in Sydney, Australia. Receiving her PhD from the Sydney College of the Arts, Souliere works predominantly with local aboriginal communities and artists. Her works, Frequent Stopping IV and V are currently installed on the CAG Façade, off-site at Yaletown-Roundhouse Station and travelling throughout Vancouver on an graphically-wrapped bus in the year-long public presentation, How far do you travel?. Souliere uses caution tape and street barrier patterns throughout her expansive practice to create immersive, muscular installations that consider how colonial infrastructures mark both spaces and the people inhabiting them.

Presented later this year will be New Zealand artist Maddie Leach, who has been visiting Vancouver annually since 2015 participating in CAG’s artist-in-residency program. Lowering Simon Fraser is the culmination of her local research exploring how once celebratory civic monuments can shift in significance and meaning over time, presented though events and a graphic novel illustrated by prominent New Westminster-based illustrator and historian, Michael Kluckner.

Brent Wadden, from the opening of Two Scores, 2018. Image by Four Eyes Portraits.

As CAG is a non-profit public gallery that provides free programming for all, we encourage CANZBA members and friends to visit as participation can sometimes be the first step in understanding the work that we do. Attend a curated tour, engage in the numerous public-art installations, learn from our national and internationally touring exhibitions, or join in an exhibition opening celebration—nothing is stopping you. Visit to learn more about the intrinsic value and benefits of contemporary art and through participation you may learn something new about Vancouver, Canada or even yourself.

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