Attention, artists and lovers of the arts! The largest contemporary art fair in Western Canada is taking place right here in Vancouver this May, bringing the work of 37 artists from across the country right to our proverbial doorstep. Let’s get into it!

Every year, Art Vancouver’s international art fair hosts new artists and galleries from around the globe, celebrating voices from a diverse cultural breadth. Taking centre stage are Canadian and Indigenous artists, who will have the chance to exhibit their work on a global platform and sell it to an audience of collectors and galleries.

“We are thrilled to have attendees and exhibitors coming to our beautiful city from around the world,” says Lisa Wolfin, Executive Director of Art Vancouver. “Having a global representation of exhibitors at our show is truly a privilege, bringing together diverse groups of voices and perspectives, and giving them a place on the world stage is incredibly rewarding for us. The possibilities are endless when such incredible talent comes together in one place.”

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Lineup of events

The event will kick off on Thursday, May 4th with an Opening Night Premiere Party, complete with art from over 100 galleries and artists, a local DJ, and a runway show.

On Friday, May 5th, the show will commence with Art Night Out, an after-work event where guests can potentially leave with a new piece of artwork.

On Saturday and Sunday, the full lineup begins. From art classes and live painting sessions to an “Art Masters” competition, there’s something for everyone on the roster.

New this year? Art Vancouver’s panel of art professionals will discuss the ever-evolving relationship between the arts and artificial intelligence (AI). So if you’re interested in learning about how technology shifts the paradigm, consider checking out the fair’s Art Talks series!

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Art Vancouver’s international art fair will take place at the Vancouver Convention Centre, West from May 4th to May 7th.

Below are the fair’s operating hours:

  • Thursday, May 4th: 7 pm to 11 pm
  • Friday, May 5th: 1 pm to 9 pm
  • Saturday, May 6th: 12 pm to 9 pm
  • Sunday, May 7th: 11 am to 5 pm

Currently, GA tickets for a one-day pass can be purchased online for $20 per person, with 3-day passes available for $45.62.

Note that children aged 12 and under can enter the art fair for free!

So mark your calendars, Vancouver, and we’ll see you there!

Art Vancouver 2023

When: Thursday, May 4th to Sunday, May 7th
Where: 1055 Canada Place
Cost: $20+