Sunday, March 8, 2015


We have had a busy couple of months, and there's no slowing down! Spring is in full blossom, so is the CASV!

If you missed out on the last few events, do not worry, we have some great tours, talks, and events coming up in the next few weeks.

Here is what we got up to at the start of 2015

We started the year off with a tour of Tom Burrow's exhibition at the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery.

The exhibition by Vancouver/Hornby Island artist Tom Burrows presents work by the artist from his early career to the present. The exhibition is a timely refocusing of attention on an artist who has made an immense contribution to the development of art in Vancouver, not only as an artist but as an educator and activist as well—in 1975 he received a United Nations commission to document squatters communities in Europe, Africa and Asia, a work that is now in the Belkin’s collection.  If you missed the tour, the exhibition is on until April 12, 2015, we recommend it!

Tom Burrows talking about his exhibition at the Belkin.

The CASV was lucky to have an Artist talk with Tiziana La Melia, winner of the 2014 RBC Painting Prize.

Images courtesy of CASV

In February, the CASV China Town Tour was a huge success. The group visited four galleries: Gam Gallery, Unit/Pitt Projects, Gallery Gachet, and The Apartment.  At each space the directors/curators gave a brief talk on the mandate of the organisation, a selection of artists were also on hand to discuss their work in the respective exhibitions that their work was featured in.

Images Courtesy of Sunshine Frere & the Gam Gallery

Also in February, we joined Kim Kennedy Austin at her exhibition at the West Vancouver MuseumAccenting this first survey exhibition of Austin’s practice is a new body of work produced for the West Vancouver Museum. This work emerges out of Austin’s interest and research into the iron bridges that connect the North Shore not only to other land masses, but to other histories as well. CASV member Sunshine Frere wrote a great article on Kim Kennedy Austin for Vancouver Is Awesome

Images courtesy of the artist and Scott Massy – SITE Photography

Yet another event in February, we had a wonderful studio visit with artist Ben Skinner at this studio this past month. Skinner is a very prolific artist, you have probably seen his work and not known, he is everywhere!

Images courtesy of CASV

The very next day after the Skinner Studio visit, Emily Carr University of Art + Design hosted with the CASV an artist talk with Peter Von Tiesenhausen.

An artist who has exhibited and lectured widely across Canada as well as in Europe Von Tiesenhausen has had over 50 solo and many group exhibitions, which have been widely reviewed and the subject of 3 national television documentaries including a one hour award winning film “Elemental” produced in 2000 for “Adrienne Clarkson Presents." Thank you Peter, and Emily Carr University of Art + Design for partnering with us!

Images courtesy of Peter Von Tiesenhausen

The month of March was kicked off with a great tour of the VANCOUVER HOSPITAL COLLECTION, with a wonderful talk with Allan Switzer. 

The collection houses than 1,200 pieces by notable artists grace the walls of our hospitals, all donated by local artists and collectors. Notable artists in the collection include Jack Shadbolt, Martha Sturdy, Gordon Smith, Sylvia Tait, Gathie Falk, Scot McFarland, Stephen Waddel, Christos Dikeakos, Jock Macdonald and Richard Heikkila-Sawan.

Thank you to Laura Busby, Katharine Knowles, and Pennylane Shen for a great tour, and thanks to the UBC and VGH Foundation for partnering with us on this tour and reception. 

Upcoming members can look forward to an art tour in North Vancouver as well as a tour of the Fairmont Pacific Rim's art collection among many other events.  Join us and be sure to check our website for programming updates.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


Join us for an afternoon tour of four Chinatown art spaces on Saturday January 24th.

The tour starts at 1pm, and will last approximately 3-3.5 hours. 
Below are the spaces that we will be visiting, as well as a bit of exhibition info. 
The tour will start at Unit/Pitt Projects at 1:00pm.

See you there!


The tour will take in four galleries: Gam Gallery, Unit/Pitt Projects, Gallery Gachet, and The Apartment. At each space the directors/curators will give a brief talk on the mandate of the organisation, a selection of artists will also be on hand to discuss their work in the respective exhibitions that their work is featured in.

Gam Gallery is located within and fronts ACME Studios in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Reflecting the artistic community in which it is located, the Gam operates as a gallery, studio space, small boutique and venue. Since its inception in December 2009, Gam Gallery has strove to foster a social environment where emerging artists can exhibit, create and make lasting relationships. Programming includes a monthly schedule of exhibitions and games nights in the gallery as well as theatre and music events, model drawing, film screenings and community markets. The Gam was founded by Jasmine Colette, Tarah Hogue, Julia Kreutz and Jamie Reid. 

On Exhibit at Gam: Trevor Van den Eijnden will have a solo exhibition. Van den Eijnden is an MFA candidate in his second year at Emily Carr. He is a Canadian visual artist, writer, and designer. Van den Eijnden’s work assembles referents of the Anthropocene into visual iterations focused on the constructs of space versus place, where the first is a one-dimensional physical location, and the later is the overlapping subjective terrain. His current work centers on collecting, and comparing naturalist wallpapers for their romanticized illusions of nature as well as grappling with the effects of global climate change in the extremes of dystopic and utopic plausible futures. 

Image taken by @crompsy

Unit/Pitt Projects has been a mainstay in Chinatown for years. Formerly the Helen Pitt Gallery, Unit/Pitt is a non-profit artist-run centre dedicated to the promotion of experimental contemporary art that addresses social, political, cultural, and critical issues. Based in visual art practice, Unit/Pitt’s programming goes beyond the presentation of exhibitions, branching out into media, telecommunications, public actions, publishing, music and performance. We support and assist in the development of artists’ curatorial projects, concentrating on a limited set of projects each year. 

On exhibit at Unit/Pitt, a group exhibition entitled The Facility for Consideration, featuring work by Derek Coulombe, Tom Hsu, Kary Kleinmann, and Lida Pawliuk.

Gallery Gachet an artist-run centre committed to demystifying and challenging issues related to mental health and social marginalization in order to educate the public and promote social and economic justice through artistic means. Our gallery and studio space, precariously balanced in a neighbourhood undergoing advanced gentrification, has emerged as a symbol of creative refuge and artist-driven authenticity. 

On exhibit at Gallery Gachet: Oddities – a group show featuring the work the gallery’s members: Afuwa, d.June Conley, Rebecca Chunn, Cherise Clarke, Lara Fitzgerald, Edzy Edzed, Murray Huehn, Kara Lee, Pierre Leichner, Peter Lojewski, Laurie Marshall, Carmen Ostrander, Mary O’Toole, Bruce Ray, Karen Ward, and Ilir Xhediku.

The Apartment was founded in 2006 in a modernist one bedroom apartment situated in the bucolic landscape of Vancouver BC. Embracing the modernist aspiration of integrating art and daily life, our program was grounded in an active interest in the history of modernism and its dialogue with the contemporary.  After 7 years in a domestic setting, the gallery has expanded to a store front in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown to continue its program of international projects as well as its work with a roster of artists who reflect our interest in the dissenting conceptualist avant garde of the 60s and 70s and its impact on current practice and dialogues. The Apartment exhibits work internationally at LA Paris Photo, Art Los Angeles Contemporary and NADA Miami. 

On exhibit at The Apartment: Vikky Alexander’s The Temptation of St. Anthony.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


We wanted to wish you all the best for 2015, and to give you a sneak preview of what will be coming up for 2015. 

In 2015, we will be kicking January off with three exciting events: an exhibition tour of Tom Burrows' exhibition at the Belkin Gallery, a visit to the studio of Tiziana La Melia, 2014 winner of the RBC Painting Prize and a Tour of three art spaces and exhibitions in Chinatown. We have a great couple of collection tours planned for the early spring, one collection has over 1,200 pieces, very impressive! The CASV and its members will also be going a bit further afield, visiting some inspiring spaces and collections in North Vancouver. It is going to a spring of cherry blossoms and well, ART! 

2014 was a very busy year for the CASV.   
If you ever needed reasons to convince a friend or art lover to Join the CASV just show them this list of great programming events we hosted in 2014. Proof positive that the membership is well worth the investment!

Here is a 2014 recap on what our members got up to...

The CASV successfully completed the second iteration of the CASV Emerging Artis Prize Award and Exhibition at Access Gallery. Special thanks again to CASV EAP Committee for growing the Award, and the awareness. Thanks to several fundraising initiatives, this year we were able to gift a larger amount towards supporting the winner Joseph Staples and the nominated artists: Laura Piasta, Erdem Tasdelen, Derya Akay, Byron Peters. Thanks to the jury members again as well: Grant Arnold (Audain Curator of British Columbia Art, Vancouver Art Gallery); Vanessa Kwan, artist and programmer; Sarah Macaulay (Macaulay Fine Art); Kimberly Phillips (Director/Curator of Access Gallery), and Reid Shier (Director of Presentation House Gallery).

We completed artist studio visits with: 

We hosted several artist talks with: 

We also completed some amazing tours and talks:
Phew! Busy year indeed. Here is to another exciting year of 'Arting'. 

Happy Holidays and see you all in January!

We hope you enjoyed this year's programming and from all members of the CASV Board, we wish you all the best in 2015!

Sunday, November 9, 2014


We had a very busy start to the fall season this year with several events in September and October. We started things off with an Art Tour to the Mount Pleasant Area visiting some new spaces and fresh faces.

Field Founder Daniel Jeffries skyped in one of the LA based artists to discuss the work on exhibit.

The tour stopped at the Burrard Arts Foundation, Field Contemporary and Fazakas Gallery. Three spaces that are doing interesting things within the realms of public art, artist residencies, collaborations with international galleries, and trips to national and international art fairs. Do your own tour of the area, everything is within a 10 minute walking reach.

The second event in September was a studio visit to Joseph Staples studio. Joseph told us about an exhibit he had up at Malaspina Printmakers as well as the studio sale he was planning in order to fund him to go on an art making trip in the US.

Joseph Staples discussing his work.

Following this, the CASV visited the Surrey Art Gallery for a Tour with The National Gallery Curator of Photography Ann Thomas. Flora and Fauna: 400 Years of Artists Inspired by Nature, is an impressive exhibition featuring the work of many great Canadian and international artists, including Shary Boyle, Jim Breukleman, Aganetha and Richard Dyck, Frederick Evans, Lucian Freud, Lorraine Gilbert, Geoffrey James and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Thanks to Jordan Strom at the Surrey Art Gallery for coordinating this special tour with Ann, and of course, thanks to Ann for giving such an insightful tour.

Curator Ann Thomas - leading a tour at the Surrey Art Gallery

of many great Canadian and international artists, including Shary Boyle, Jim Breukelman, Aganetha and Richard Dyck, Frederick Evans, Lucian Freud, Lorraine Gilbert, Geoffrey James, and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. - See more at:
October our members had the opportunity to visit the studios of artist Carol Sawyer and Derya Akay. Special thanks to both artists for hosting us.

Carol Sawyer (left) contemplating a question by one of our members.

In addition to studio visits, some members of the CASV also took off across the country to Toronto to take in Feature Art Fair and Art Toronto. We hope to post up some images from the visits to the fairs and also the extra events soon. Stay posted.

The view into Feature 2014
For the members who weren't completely exhausted by everything thus far, we closed the month with a great talk by Sarah Thornton in conjunction with the Canadian Art Foundation. Thornton was on a bit of a book tour promoting her new book entitled 33 Artists in 3 Acts. It was a great talk, and was very well attended.  Pick up the book, you won't regret it!

Friday, September 26, 2014


Thanks to everyone who came out to the tour at Surrey Art Gallery. We were lucky to have Ann Thomas give us a tour of the exhibition Flora and Fauna: 400 Years of Artists Inspired by Nature. Special thanks to Jordan Strom and the team at the Surrey Art Gallery for making us feel so welcome and for the beautiful reception post-tour. We just thought we'd share some photos of the exhibition as well as more information on all of the artists who are part of this fantastic show.

Flora and Fauna: 400 Years of artists Inspired by Nature, a touring exhibition organized by the National Gallery includes 74 extraordinary artworks from the 16th through 20th centuries, including strong representation from Great Britain with works by Lucian Freud, Charles Rennie McIntosh, William de Morgan. Postwar American photography by the likes of Lee Friedlander, Stephen Shore, and Joel Sternfeld; Extraordinary contemporary works by Canadians Aganetha and Richard Dyck, Shary Boyle, Lorraine Gilbert and Michel Campeau. Some wonderful 19th century photography from France Hippolyte Bayard, Eugène Atget, and Jean-Gabriel Eynard. And lovely 16th century Indian watercolour and German insect prints from the 17th century, among many other offerings.

Also on concurrently at the Surrey Art Gallery, Cascadia: A Juried Exhibition of West Coast Flora and Fauna. Cascadia showcases the art of more than thirty artists from Surrey and the surrounding region who are exploring the biological diversity and ecology of the West Coast. Organised by the Arts Council of Surrey, view the Cascadia Brochure here: Cascadia.

Aganetha Dyck and Richard Dyck, Hive Scan 14 (2001-2003) photograph.
Courtesy of the National Gallery of Canada and the artists.

Shari Boyle, Untitled (the Porcelain Fantasy series).
Courtesy of the National Gallery of Canada and the artist.

Photograph by Brian Giebelhaus

Photograph by Brian Giebelhaus

Photograph by Brian Giebelhaus

Photograph by Brian Giebelhaus

Cascadia showcases the art of more than thirty artists from Surrey and the surrounding region who are exploring the biological diversity and ecology of the West Coast. - See more at:
Cascadia showcases the art of more than thirty artists from Surrey and the surrounding region who are exploring the biological diversity and ecology of the West Coast.
Organized by the Arts Council of Surrey and presented in conjunction with the upcoming National Gallery exhibition Flora and Fauna: 400 Years of Artists.
- See more at:
Cascadia: a Juried Exhibition of West Coast Flora and Fauna - See more at:
Cascadia: a Juried Exhibition of West Coast Flora and Fauna - See more at:
Cascadia: a Juried Exhibition of West Coast Flora and Fauna - See more at:
Cascadia: a Juried Exhibition of West Coast Flora and Fauna - See more at:
Cascadia: a Juried Exhibition of West Coast Flora and Fauna - See more at:

Sunday, September 7, 2014


Join us for an afternoon tour of three Mount Pleasant art spaces on Sunday September 14th. Non-CASV members are also invited on this tour. 

The tour starts at 1pm, and will last approximately 3 hours. Below are the three spaces that we will be visiting. Meet us at the Burrard Arts Foundation on Broadway for 1pm. 

See you there!


BAF Studio was opened in April 2014 in conjunction with the launch of the Burrard Arts Foundation.  The gallery exists to promote and exhibit innovative and engaging contemporary art in an environment that is open and accessible to all.  BAF Studio has a special focus on providing assistance to promising and qualified emerging artists through professional support and development opportunities, providing resources that may not have existed otherwise.  

Along with our formal exhibition schedule, BAF Studio also hosts public programming and events, making it a great venue for the community to come together and share in the Arts.

In 1999, LaTiesha specialized in Northwest Coast Native Art while completing her Bachelor of Western Art History at the University of British Columbia. During this time she became an Art Dealer specializing in Northwest Coast Art. It is this combination of experience that influenced the genesis of the Fazakas Gallery. A gallery that embraces cross cultural contemporary works. 

Field Contemporary was founded by Daniel Jefferies in October of 2013. Situated at 17 West Broadway, the gallery was conceived as a space to promote critical artistic thinking and understanding and where local contemporary artists are able to correspond with international artists. Committed to furthering Vancouver’s visual cultural identity, Field wishes to lend the opportunity for success to emerging artists and curators. The first exhibition 
Outside A Marble Palace took place from April 25th — May 24th, 2014 and featured new work by Vancouver based artists Vanessa Brown & Deirdre McAdams. This is now the gallery's fourth exhibition, featuring work from San Francisco artists David Bayus and Evan Reiser and Los Angeles artist Ben Sanders.