5th Annual Capture Photography Festival captures April

This week, the 5th Annual Capture Photography Festival opens another month-long celebration of photography and lens-based art forms.  Until April 30th, a hundred-plus free and ticketed exhibits cover the city like the spring blossoms, bringing colour, and sometimes black & white, images to public spaces and galleries.

Capture Photography Festival is devoted to exhibiting challenging and thought-provoking photography from local and international artists.  Since 2013, the not-for-profit Festival nurtures emerging artists and engages the public with tours, films, talks, events and exhibitions at dozens of galleries and community spaces throughout Greater Vancouver as part of the Festival’s Selected and Open Exhibition Programs.

Festival Opening

Some of the public installations have been popping up at Transit stations already, but the official kick-off, takes place this Thursday, April 5th with the festival launch and Featured Exhibition, The Blue Hour, opening at Contemporary Art Gallery, 555 Nelson Street.  In addition to the Metro Vancouver based installations, Capture Photography Festival also reaches throughout BC with three television features on Knowledge Network; Jeff Wall: In Order to Make a Picture, and The Salt of the Earth on Tuesday April 3rd, and Annie Leibowitz: Life Through a Lens on April 5th.

I Was a Teenage Skateboarder in the 90s

Capture Photography Festival runs throughout the month of April 2018, for the full calendar of events visit capturephotofest.com


MOV debuts “City On Edge – A Century of Activism”

MOVVancouver has a long history of protest and activism, this month the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) examines this legacy with the new exhibition; City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism.

The new photo-based exhibition will be on display at MOV from September 28, 2017 to February 18, 2018. The multi-media collection features 650 photographs of demonstrations, occupations, riots, blockades, and strikes from the early 1900s to the present day. Events like the race riots of 1907 to the recent Kinder Morgan protests.  In addition, visitors will find large digital projections, short films, and animated sounds of protest rallies and choirs, inviting the public to engage with and think about the impact of grassroots activism in their lives and the times when the city showed up, stood up, and rallied for change, or exploded in anger.  

Haney Students
1930s Haney Students Strike
credit: Stan Williams – Vancouver Sun

“Images of street demonstrations are uniquely gripping and beautiful. They highlight the agency of people in challenging the status quo and effecting social change,” explains Viviane Gosselin, City on Edge Co-Curator and Director of Collections & Exhibitions at MOV. “Several events depicted in the exhibition remind us that laws and policies that we often overlook today are the result of citizens taking their concerns to the street.”

credit: Ralph Bower – Vancouver Sun

“The photographs reveal a wide range of social and political issues throughout Vancouver’s history,” adds Kate Bird, Co-Curator of City on Edge. “Some protests, especially those regarding affordable housing, urban development and heritage protection are hyper-local, while the peace and environmental movements reflect a more global activism. The powerful act of marching together with a shared purpose gives people a sense of community engagement with their city, province, country, and the world.”

Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is located at 1100 Chestnut St, at Vanier Park. City On Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism runs September 28, 2017 until February 18, 2018. Permanent exhibits run continuously throughout the year.

4th Annual Capture Photography Festival Returns

The Capture Photography Festival returns to Metro Vancouver April 1 – 28, 2017 for the fourth year.  Celebrating photography and lens-based art Capture Festival features over 100 free exhibitions, public art projects and events throughout the lower mainland. All events are open to the public with an aim of increasing awareness of the cultural importance of photography in all of its forms.

The non-profit, Capture Photography Festival, is the largest in Western Canada and the first of its kind in British Columbia.

This year’s Feature Exhibition, opening Capture on April 1st, Song of an Open Road, is presented in partnership with Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG) running at the CAG until May 15). Taking its title from a poem by Walt Whitman, the group exhibition is presented across multiple platforms, both inside and outside of the gallery.

Robert Arndt, Pursuit, Plunder & Fleece, 2015, Courtesy of the artist and Macaulay & Co. Fine Art, Vancouver.

Capture also presents major public art projects again this year. Works include a large scale, site-­specific piece installed on the facade of the BC Hydro Dal Grauer Substation by artist Alex Morrison.

Capture Canada Line Project – 2016

The Capture Canada Line Project, in partnership with Canada Line InTransit BC, will show photo-­based artworks from multiple artists on the theme On and Off the Road installed on the exteriors of seven Canada Line stations, from Waterfront to Marine Drive.

The Capture Billboard Project, presented in partnership with Pattison Outdoor, is a series of large-scale public art installations by Barb Choit, Anne Collier, Annette Kelm, and Evan Lee placed on 17 billboards throughout Vancouver.

If the public art projects and Feature Exhibition aren’t enough, Capture Photography Festival also presents photography at 70+ venues throughout the city, including over 100 different exhibitions, tours, films.  Other events include the inaugural Vancouver Photo Book Fair (in partnership with Vancouver Art Book Fair), a weekly Speaker Series with artist talks and panel discussions each Tuesday in April at Inform Interiors, as well 2017 Capture also introduces the new Open Program, an unjuried, open-call opportunity for photographers and lens-based artists to exhibit in the Festival in venues throughout the community

Capture Photography Festival runs April 1 – 28, 2017, visit capturephotofest.com to plan your itinerary and see what’s on during the Festival.

Capture Photo Festival Launch & Inaugural Lind Prize

capturephotofestFriday evening the 3rd Annual Capture Photography Festival got underway with an opening exhibition at the Roundhouse Exhibition Hall. The show featured the finalists for the inaugural Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Prize, presented by Presentation House Gallery.

The Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Prize is a new award, supported by Rogers Communications to recognize Mr Lind’s retirement after 45 years of service with the company as well as his passion for Vancouver’s art scene.  The call was put out to local post-secondary institutions to invite instructors to nominate students in their visual arts programs for the Lind Prize.  Of the 20+ nominees, a short list of 8 students were selected by the jury, with each of them presenting their works at the Capture Festival Opening event.

The shortlisted students are Kerri Flannigan, Emily Geen, Anna Shkuratoff, Brandon Poole of UVIC, Polina Lasenko of Emily Carr University, and Curtis Grahauer, Vilhelm Sundin and Lauren Tsuyuki of Simon Fraser University.

Photo 2016-04-01, 18 39 40The Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist of 2016 is Vilhelm Sundin (photo, right), who receives $5000 towards the production of a new work to be shown in 2017 at the future Polygon Gallery in North Vancouver

The Lind Prize nominees show runs at the Roundhouse Exhibition Hall until Friday April 8th.

10th Annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Photo 2014-03-24, 17 16 55

If you’ve walked around the city lately, you’ll surely have noticed the abundant blossoms turning the streets pink just in time for the 2016 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.  The 10th Anniversary Festival gets underway on Thursday, March 24th with a free lunch time Cherry Jam concert at Burrard Station concourse.  Throughout the festival look for free community events, painting sessions, tree plantings, neighbourhood tree talks & walks and special Sakura menus in restaurants around town.   Midway through the Festival take in, Sakura Days Japan Fair, April 9-10 at VanDusen Botanical Gardens which fills the garden with entertainment and activities.

Once again, All Nippon Airways and the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival are offering a change to win a roundtrip for two to Japan, with the BC Blossom Watch Photo Contest by submitting photos, of blossoms or people enjoying the blossom festival, online, via email, on Twitter or on Instagram with hashtag #VCBF2016 & #AllNipponAirways for a chances to win.

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival runs all over the city from March 24th to 17th, visit the websites for the full line-up of activities during the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival and Sakura Days Japan Fair.  Follow the Festival on Twitter @OfficiaVCBF, on Instagram @cherryblossomfestyvr and on Facebook.com/VancouverCherryBlossomFestival

Pucker Up At Metropolis at Metrotown

The Lipstick Project is a local society that helps brighten their spirit  of women, men and children living with  serious health challenges by providing free professional spa services.

Starting tomorrow Metropolis at Metrotown, BC’s largest shopping centre, teams up with The Lipstick Project’s A Kiss For A Cause.  Guests who visit the “Kiss Wall” in the Metropolis at Metrotown Atrium Court, between October 8 – 13, will receive a free “Kiss” card to apply to the Kiss Wall. For every “kiss” applied to the wall, Metropolis at Metrotown will donate $1 to The Lipstick Project. The shopping centre will also donate $1 for every kiss posted on Instagram or Twitter mentioning @MetropolistAtMet and using the hashtag #AKissForACause.

Additionally, on October 11, 12, & 13 make-up artists will be on hand providing free lipstick applications to get guests ready for their close-up, a professional black and white glamour photo, for a $5 donation.  Photo sessions will run from 12pm-3pm and 4pm-6pm, pre-booking is available starting at 10am on October 8th.

For more information on A Kiss For A Cause visit Metropolis at Metrotown online.