What to look forward to at Art Vancouver

Art Vancouver is two and a half weeks away! As western Canada’s largest international art fair, Art Vancouver features over 100 exhibitors from across Canada and around the world. The event runs from May 5 to 8 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West Hall A and features a variety of activities for visitors to enjoy.


Opening Night and the Face of Art Runway Show


Art Vancouver’s Opening Night is a must see! Come walk the red carpet and be one the first to see the art. Mingle with exhibitors and art lovers. Don’t miss the Face of Art Runway show where exhibitors will strut their stuff. It’s an opportunity to put a face to the name and the artwork. Don’t forget to dress to EXPRESS!


Art Games


Have you ever wanted to see a game show happen live? Friday night is Art Night Out and will feature two rounds of creative competition sponsored by the Vancouver Lego Club. The first round will feature five corporate teams and the second will be five blind date pairs. When the time is up the audience will vote on the winning sculptures.


Artists stand on stage with their canvases in front of a large crowd.
Artists prepare to compete in Art Masters

Art Masters


On Saturday May 7 come watch exhibitors compete against each other on the clock. OPUS’ Art Masters is a painting competition where artists are given a theme, a mystery box of supplies and one hour to create a piece. Working without their paintbrushes and under pressure, the artists will test their creativity. The winner will be selected by an audience vote.


Six people sit on stage for a panel talk discussion
Panelists on stage for a panel talk

Panel Talks


This year Art Vancouver is offering two panel talks with experts in their fields. On Saturday afternoon, come listen to Artists from the Yukon discuss being a northern artist, moderated by Julie Jia of the Yukon Prize for Visual Art. Later that day, come and hear a selection of artists and gallery owners discuss NFTs and the world of crypto art and blockchain.


Two young girls listen closely to a woman explaining how to paint
Participants following their instructor during an art class

Art Classes


Curious about making art? A selection of exhibitors will be teaching classes throughout the weekend. Join a class and pick up some new techniques, learn a new medium or brush up on your existing skills! All skill levels are welcome.




A woman holds a large palette and paints a portrait following a model image
Art Vancouver exhibitor paints live at their booth

Speaker Series and Live Demonstrations


Throughout the weekend join the conversation and listen to exhibitors discuss their work, inspiration and careers. Each one has their own story to share. Want to learn more about their creative process? Come watch them paint live! Speakers and live painting will be happening throughout the weekend.



Art Vancouver will be taking place at the Vancouver Convention Centre, May 5 to 8 so be sure to get your tickets. See you there!



By Sydney Dunn