Tour Vancouver’s Art Scene at the Eastside Culture Crawl

Georgia Art Studios, Photo: Joshua Wright/Eastside Culture Crawl

Discover new art and artists during the 27th annual Eastside Culture Crawl from November 16 to 19 (with events and exhibitions starting in late October). The festival invites audiences to explore artistic offerings from nearly 450 participating artists across four days, many different studios, and a variety of events to make visual art, design, and crafts more accessible to the public.

Rediscover the excitement of exploring the Eastside Arts District‘s many talented artists and creative spaces. Featuring more than 60 new artists involved for the first time, visitors will uncover a wealth of new art on display throughout the Crawl’s full slate of activities, including a multi-gallery, juried preview exhibition, artist talks, demos, workshops, and open studio visits.

Parker Street Studios, Photo: Joshua Wright/Eastside Culture Crawl

Open Studio Spaces

One of the biggest cultural events of the fall season, the Eastside Culture Crawl’s open artist studio events attract and inspire tens of thousands of visitors every year. Encompassing the region bounded by Columbia Street, 1st Avenue, Victoria Drive, and the Waterfront, the Eastside Arts District is the most concentrated area of artists, designers, performers, craftspeople, and culture producers in Vancouver and is known nationally as an area rich with creativity and inspiration.

The Crawl offers visitors a link into the artistic practices of artists living and working in Vancouver’s Eastside Arts District, representing creators of varied disciplines like painters, jewellers, sculptors, furniture makers, weavers, potters, printmakers, photographers, and glassblowers, from emerging artists to those internationally established.

Mergatroid Studios, Photo: Joshua Wright/Eastside Culture Crawl

Preview Exhibition

Festival goers are also encouraged to interact with artists and their work through a plethora of featured presentations and preview exhibitions from October 24 to November 26 (dates vary depending on venue).

  • Pendulum Gallery – 885 W Georgia St
  • Alternative Creations Gallery – 1659 Venables St
  • The Cultch – 1895 Venables St
  • Charles Clark Gallery – Strange Fellows Brewing, 1345 Clark Dr


This year’s multi-venue preview exhibition is informed by the theme “Out of Control,” which explores the notion of breaking rules, being reckless, wild, and unrestricted. The exhibition represents a broad and diverse range of mediums from 80 Eastside Arts District visual artists selected by a jury at four galleries and venues.

Jackie Talmey Lennon, Photo: Joshua Wright/Eastside Culture Crawl

Special Events

Take Flight Fundraiser @ Georgia Art Studios – Oct. 26-Nov. 4

This year’s silent auction features an array of intriguing items and experiences to bid on, while the Art Roulette fundraiser includes in-person viewings. Come by and have a glass of wine while seeing this year’s art roulette offerings. Each ticket holder has the chance to go home with one of 30 original pieces of artwork donated by Eastside artists.

Moving Art @ West End Community Centre – Nov. 2-5

The 10th annual film and video exhibition, Transmission: Message and Metamorphosis, will be projected outdoors in partnership with Lumière daily from dark until 10pm. Nine short films have been selected and curated to be screened.

Talking Art (online) – Nov. 6-8

This year’s series of virtual panels unveils the artistic expression and emotional connections behind the work of ten very different artists. Through medium and message, trial and error, and visible and invisible constraints, artists share the stories that shape their work across three distinct mediums.

Parker Street Studios, Photo: Joshua Wright/Eastside Culture Crawl

The Eastside Arts Society is dedicated to connecting the public with the visual and performing arts and artists on Vancouver’s Eastside by opening their studios to the public. Since 2021, the organization has started pioneering the development of an Eastside Arts District to transform the arts and cultural assets in the Eastside from an informal and grassroots network of stakeholders into a formalized organization with stable funding and secure, long-term facilities for artists and cultural venues.

To explore the full lineup of events, artists, talks, and locations, visit Eastside Culture Crawl’s website.

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