Visual Arts During the Festival

The following visual arts programs are happening in the community but are not connected to a specific event during the Festival

IF NOT FOR DREAMS The 9th Annual Oppenheimer Park Community Art Show
Until October 23
Gallery Gachet, 88 E. Cordova
Oppenheimer Park and Gallery Gachet are pleased to present IF NOT FOR DREAMS an Oppenheimer Park community exhibition featuring painting, drawing, print-making, sculpture, carving, textile, mixed media and video works focusing on dreams with a variety of interpretations. More than thirty-five participants shared their dreams through a community meeting at the HomeGround Festival and online. Also check out IT HAPPENED IN THE PARK, featuring works created by the Oppen-Arts program, Inside Outside Eastside! Kids Program, the Ladies Tea Party, the beading program, and the HomeGround Festival in The Salon Shop- a micro-exhibition space- Gallery Gachet.

The Oppenheimer Park Community Art Show began in 2008 in anticipation of the changes, challenges and loss in a pre–Olympic city; Oppenheimer Park artists represent a resolute community upholding a vision of the Downtown Eastside as a place for art, education, recreation, health and healing. More info:

Public Art Project
Saturdays and Sundays until October 30, 1pm – 5pm
former Park Lock Restaurant, 2nd floor 544 Main
The Contemporary Art Gallery welcomes Australian artist Keg de Souzato to present a public project exploring food culture as a metaphor for urban displacement. Based in the once popular Park Lock Dim Sum/Seafood Restaurant, Keg invites people to participate in workshops to map the local area, with a focus on food cultures. Participants are invited to add their local knowledge onto a large canvas map of the area tracing various aspects of food culture – through past and existing restaurants, urban farms, food services and to contribute items that represent the changing urban fabric of the Chinatown/DTES area through its food culture. For more info,

Digital Slideshow
October 26 to November 6
Woodward’ s Atrium, 111 W. Hastings
Share in the photographs and stories collected as part of From Plate to Policy: A Photojourney of the Plates in the DTES. Throughout the festival, the words and portraits of DTES community residents will be displayed on the digital screens in the Woodward’ s Atrium, each speaking to their personal experiences of food (in)security. This project is part of an ongoing dialogue involving DTES food & service providers, policy makers and funders, with a focus on the voices of residents and their experiences with the food system. Developed in partnership with the community by DTES Kitchen Tables, a program of Potluck Café Society.

October 20 to November 10
Woodward’s Atrium, 111 W. Hastings
The Koinobori was an interactive installation inspired by traditional carp streamers unveiled this summer during the 40th Annual Powell Street Festival. Situated in Oppenheimer Park, the large scale project was developed over the course of the weekend with scales decorated and written on by members of our community. Designed by Melody Giang, Emily Huser and Steven Schmidt of BCIT’s Architectural Technology 3 class, along with German exchange students Kai Kattge and Sebastian Saure, The Koinobori was the winner of the Powell Street Festival Design Competition in partnership with Bing Thom Architects and Abaton Projects. The Heart of the City Festival is delighted that the Powell Street Festival and Kokoro Dance have come together to hang the scales for viewing in the Woodward’ s Atrium.

November 2 to 13
Gallery Gachet, 88 E. Cordova
Open Wednesday to Sunday from 12pm – 6pm.
Still Here is a collection of photographs and art created by gay and bisexual men affected by suicide who, through their experiences and willingness to tell their stories, have sought to raise awareness about depression and suicide in the gay and bisexual male community. This powerful exhibit starts this conversation about suicide as a means of lobbying for targeted suicide prevention programs for gay and bisexual men in British Columbia. The exhibit is a project of the Men’ s Health Research program at the University of British Columbia with financial support from Movember and the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia. For more info:

Until November 30
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 578 Carrall
Included in garden admission
The Miao Folk Art Exhibition features vintage and antique dress, embroidery, batik pieces, religious masks and jewelry; with photographs of Guizhou by anthropologist Evelyn Nodwell and refashioned embroidery designs by Crystal Zhang. This folk art is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of the talent and expertise of minority cultures in China. The exhibit shows China’ s diverse cultural histories and the integration of ancient traditions into the modern world. Jointly organized by Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Asia Pacific International Artist Foundation, Miao villages in Guizhou Province, and City of Burnaby. Hours: Monday to Sunday, 10am – 4:30pm; after Nov 1, closed Mondays. For more info:

4D Eileen Clabburn
October 24, 2016 to January 15, 2017
The Cheeky Proletariat Art Gallery, 320 Carrall
Eileen Clabburn, ‘4D’, is an award-winning “core artist” with the DTES Small Arts Grant Program and a “Mad Arts’” Mental Health Advocate with the Canada Council. Eileen shares studio space in the DTES with nine artists from the community as a member of the Phoenix Artist Collective. Eileen’s work combines assemblage materials into a mosaic kaleidoscope of mixed media which results in a suspended-state of static animation. Check out the new sidewalk window gallery as a stroll by in our neighbourhood.

JUDY CHARTRAND: What a Wonderful World
LAYERS OF LOVE: The Wearable Arts of Clarissa Rizal and Sho Sho Esquiro
October 19, 2016 to February 19, 2017
Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, 639 Hornby
Gallery Tour Thursday Nov 3, 3pm – pay what you can
Judy Chartrand: What a Wonderful World features the remarkable ceramics of Judy Chartrand. Her beautiful and provocative work presents her own personal history and insights into life in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, and comments on racism and post–colonial relations between Indigenous and non–Indigenous cultures. Layers of Love presents exquisite one-of-a-kind pieces of hand-crafted visual art in the form of couture fashion, clothing and ceremonial/dance regalia created by artists Sho Sho Esquiro (Kaska Dene/Cree) and Clarissa Rizal (Tlingit). This exhibition is guest curated by Miranda Belarde–Lewis (Tlingit/Zuni) from Washington State.
Adults $10, Students/Seniors $7, Youth $5, Children under 12 Free, Families $25
For more info:
Winter hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 11am – 5pm.

Visual Arts connected to a Festival event

REALMS OF REFUGE Interactive Exhibit
October 19 to 29
InterUrban Gallery, 1 E. Hastings, entrance on Carrall St.
See Realms of Refuge for more details

Until October 30
Carnegie 3rd Floor Gallery, 401 Main
See Wednesday Oct 26, reception

November 1 to 30
Carnegie 3rd Floor Gallery, 401 Main
See Tuesday Nov 1, opening reception

November 2 to 12
InterUrban Gallery, 1 E. Hastings, entrance on Carrall
See Post Festival, gala and auction

November 4 to 26
Gam Gallery, 110 E. Hastings
See Friday Nov 4, opening reception

November 5 to December 17
Unit/Pitt Projects, 236 E. Pender
See Friday Nov 4, opening reception