Free Culture Days events all weekend
Saturday & Sunday, September 29-30, 2018
Richmond Art Gallery is the place to be during Culture Days, a national celebration. Join us for the activities listed below.
Multilingual Tours of the Exhibitions: 11:00am - 3:00pm
View our current exhibitions by Xiaojing Yan and Wen-Li Chen with a tour guide in presented in both English or Mandarin on both days. Multilingual tours begin on the hour at 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm.
Still Life Drawing in the Art Lounge: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Drop in anytime during the day to practice your drawing skills in the Gallery's sketchbooks of a still life set-up inspired by the current exhibitions.
Learn About Local Mushrooms: Saturday, Sept 29, 3:00pm
Mr. Hung Shui Yu, Founder of Yu’s Farm, will share his knowledge on the cultivation and uses of local mushrooms. Please note, this program will be presented in Mandarin only.
Youth Art and Culture Lab
October 14, 2018 - April 28, 2019
Youth Art + Culture Lab is an exciting new partnership between Emily Carr University and Richmond Art Gallery providing youth aged 12 – 15 an opportunity to build confidence and develop diverse creative skills; through behind the scenes, hands-on and interactive sessions with local and international artists, art gallery professionals and Emily Carr University instructors.
Program Details: Youth Art + Culture Lab meets regularly on the second and fourth Sunday of each month at Emily Carr University and the Richmond Art Gallery from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, October 2018 until April 2019, with breaks for holidays and closures. A detailed schedule will be made available online at the start of the program. Regular attendance is required. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis and will open on July 1, 2018. For more details and to register for this program, visit the Emily Carr University website. Emily Carr University
Workshop: Grow Your Own Mushroom Sculpture
Saturday, November 3, 2018 1:00 - 3:00pm
In conjunction with the exhibition Xiaojing Yan: In Suspended Silence, we are hosting a guest artist workshop to learn more about mushrooms and their potential uses in an artwork. Working with our hands, we will grow oyster mushroom mycelium (fungus body) in the form of hands. Developing skills for home-scale mushroom growing while thinking about form, aesthetics and meaning, this workshop bridges the practices of art and science and is appropriate for adults and children (small children should be accompanied by an adult). The facilitator will explain the life cycle and cultivation process of the mushrooms, to foster an understanding of the how and why of the process. Each participant will make and bring home a mycelial hand, the framework for a fruiting tent and an info sheet. The sculptures should produce a beautiful cluster of oyster mushrooms within a few weeks. Limited spaces, register early to reserve your spot.
Willoughby Arevalo is a mycologist, artist, writer and educator who has been teaching locally and internationally on mushroom cultivation, ecology, identification, foraging, and cooking for the last decade. He makes art in relation with fungi and is currently working on a series of living mycelial sculptures in Renfrew Ravine in collaboration with Carmen Rosen and Still Moon Arts Society.
Registration Fee: $10.00 per person, includes all materials. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult registered for the class.
Family Sunday – Book Arts and Sculptures
Sunday, Dec 2, 1:00 - 4:00pm
Upcoming dates: Feb 18 and Jun 2, 2019
Families are welcome to drop-in for an artist-facilitated studio activity and family-friendly tours based on the art gallery’s current exhibitions by Wen-Li Chen and Xiaojing Yan. Please note this exhibition contains pine needles and may cause a reaction to those with pine allergies. This session will be all about family stories and memories to inspire three-dimensional sculptures and small book-works. Learn about shape and form to sculpt a figure from fairy tales and ancient legends. Guest artist Joni Cheung will lead a photo-based workshop to develop a small book about your family. All materials provided.Everyone welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission by donation. No registration required, just show up!
Artist Salon: Adad Hannah
Thursday, December 6, 7:00 - 9:00pm
Artist Salon is a free monthly program for artists to connect, network and learn from each other. The final 2018 Salon Session features renowned Canadian artist, Adad Hannah, sharing his previous photographic works and discussing his newly commissioned work and upcoming exhibition, The Decameron Retold, opening at Richmond Art Gallery on February 9, 2019. This event will also be an information and sign up session for Artist Salon participants to volunteer for this upcoming project!
Hannah’s photographic art practice includes recreating paintings in art history through tableaux vivants. Tableaux vivants, living pictures, were popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They were static scenes containing actors or models, costumed and carefully staged. In the RAG project, Hannah will construct the props and scenery on site, and photograph and film the volunteer ‘actors’ within the theatrical setting. The images taken by Hannah will appear in the exhibition, the catalogue and potentially disseminated through other means post-exhibition.Hannah is inviting community members to work with him and become part of the project.
Hannah will be inviting community members to work with him and become part of the project. This is a rare opportunity to work with an artist of Hannah’s experience and to see what goes on behind the scenes of the art making process. Volunteers are needed to assist in various aspects of the production, such as contributing personal stories, acting, sewing, cooking and general production. Join us this evening and get involved in an exciting new 2019 project!
Drink and Draw in the Gallery
Special Guests, Drawing Activities & Music
Friday, January 18, 2019 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Calling all art enthusiasts: meet other artists, sketch and draw while you chat, and share a drink at our Drink and Draw social. This free adult event is for artists, illustrators, sketchers and doodlers to gather for a drink while drawing. The evening begins with a live drawing demo by a guest artist, followed by open drawing time to work on solo or collaborative drawings and network with other artists while listening to a local DJ spin some tunes. Short tours of the Pierre Vassura exhibition will be ongoing throughout the night.
Drawing materials provided. Open to doodlers of all skill levels.
For more information about these are other Art Gallery Programs visit www.richmondartgallery.org or call Kathy Tycholis at 604-247-8300.