Façade Festival to Illuminate Vancouver Art Gallery in September

Burrard Arts Foundation in partnership with the Vancouver Art Gallery presents Façade Festival 2019, a free, outdoor public art and cultural event featuring commissioned works by contemporary artists, both established and emerging, taking place from sunset to midnight each night September 8th to 14th, 2019.

Every evening during the festival, bold artworks will be projected over the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Georgia Street façade, covering the building with dynamic, site specific art. This immersive art installation utilizes the innovative format of projection mapping to create a highly engaging, spatial experience for the public. It also provides an opportunity for the community to gather and enjoy art in a communal, accessible format reminiscent of an outdoor movie screening.

This year, a selection of BC contemporary artists have been commissioned to create ten new works of art specifically for this festival. The works were chosen by a committee made up of diverse arts community professionals, each working in a wide range of mediums at different stages of their careers. Burrard Arts Foundation has partnered with projection-mapping specialists Go2 Productions to help the artists use this technology to create artistic projections mapped to the Vancouver Art Gallery’s iconic architecture.

About Projection Mapping
Projection Mapping is a cutting-edge technology and art form that turns any three-dimensional object into a dynamic projection surface, or “canvas”. The scale and versatility of this new medium is still being explored, but what’s clear is the format’s ability to present unprecedented displays of bold creativity. This technology allows the artists to isolate each architectural element with their own captivating artistic expression to visually transform the Vancouver Art Gallery.

With components of art, architecture, film, and multimedia, the broad appeal of Projection Mapping is immense. With similar events around the world drawing crowds that number in the millions, global public interest in this burgeoning technology and art form is undeniable, and the boundaries of the creative practice are being pushed in more and more innovative and exciting directions with each progressing year.

Schedule and Presenting Artists

When: September 8th–14th, 2019, 7:30 PM –12:00 AM each evening
Where: Georgia Street side of the Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street


Sunday, September 8th

Dana Claxton – Critically acclaimed exhibiting artist and film/video maker. Dana’s practice investigates beauty, the body, the socio-political and the spiritual. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and held in public and private collections.

Khan Lee – Through sculptural and media practices, Khan’s work attempts to exhibit results of experimentation with form and process in order to express inherent relationships between material and immaterial content.


Monday, September 9th

Drew Young – An internationally exhibited painter with shows and projects in LA, SF,  Denver, Tokyo, London, NYC, Bogota, and featured by Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose, Booooooom.com, Supersonic Electronic and BlueCanvas.

Sandeep Johal – Visual artist whose colourful geometric forms and intricate black- and-white line work is aesthetically and conceptually inspired by South Asian heritage and is an expression of social and cultural concerns, particularly gender justice.


Tuesday, September 10th

Lindsay McIntyre  – Film artist from Edmonton of Inuk and Settler descent. Lindsay’s process-based practice is largely analog in nature and deals with themes of portraiture, place, form and personal histories.

Howie Tsui – Born in Hong Kong and raised in Lagos, Nigeria and Thunder Bay. Howie works in a variety of media to construct tense, fictive environments that subvert canonized art forms and narrative genres, often from the traditional Chinese literati class.


Wednesday, September 11th

Bracken Hanuse Corlett – Interdisciplinary artist hailing from the Wuikinuxv and Klahoose Nations. Bracken began working in theatre and performance and eventually transitioned towards a practice that fuses painting and drawing with digital-media, audio-visual performance, animation and narrative.

Justine Chambers & Josh Hite – Justine is a dance artist whom works with her body as an imperfect recording device to develop a cumulative embodied archive. Josh works with video, animation, sound, performance and photography, often creating reorganized archives of particular spaces, objects or behaviours.


Thursday, September 12th

Natalie Purschwitz – Working to seek out spaces between art, design, performance and daily life. Natalie considers how materials connect with ideological production and quotidian experiences and in this way, her research lies at the intersection anthropology, mythology, materiality and form.

Hyung-Min Yoon – A visual artist working between Vancouver, Canada and Seoul, Korea. Her research and text-based art practice draw inspiration from literature and early art history.


Friday, September 13th

Encore of all artists’ works.


Saturday, September 14th

3:00pm – Façade Festival Artist Panel –  The talk, led by several of this year’s artists, will be a moderated dialogue centered around how concerns of space and time play into the festival’s unique format. 3:00 PM at the Vancouver Art Gallery, free and open to the public, with limited seating available. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early.

7:30pm – Go2 Productions – Special projection mapping experience by Go2 Productions and an encore of all artists’ works.

For more information, please visit facadefest.com | #FacadeFest

Facade Festival 2019 is a partnership with the Vancouver Art Gallery and technical partner Go2 Productions, generously supported by the City of Vancouver, the Department of Canadian Heritage, Tourism Vancouver, QuadReal Property Group, the Downtown Business Improvement Association, Can-Design, Savoury City, and Viva Vancouver.

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