Need to Know, Need to Go: Sept 7–12

Artsy, local events to check out around the Lower Mainland

Illustration of a blue calendar, with
Arts & Culture events to catch around the city. Image courtesy of Brianna Quan

By: Gurleen Aujla, Peak Associate

North Shore Artisan Market | Sept 10, 5:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. | FREE | Pipe Shop, 115 Victory Ship Way

Check out a variety of handmade goods from dozens of local artists at the North Shore Artisan Market! This pop-up shop features candles, desserts, pottery, craft spirits, and more. While you’re in the area, enjoy the picturesque views at the Shipyard Commons or check out a nearby restaurant. This market is the perfect place to find unique gifts you won’t find anywhere else. Masks are mandatory at this event. 

Art Downtown Eco-Arts Festival | Runs until Sept 30 | FREE | Various locations 

To encourage stronger connections within the community, the Vancouver Visual Art Foundation presents an outdoor summer festival showcasing the work of local artists. Audiences can expect live painters, art demonstrations, and musical performances. Look forward to art inspired by social and environmental justice issues. Art Downtown runs Tuesdays at the Vancouver Art Gallery and Wednesdays and Fridays at the Jack Poole Plaza. The event is weather-dependent; check out their Facebook page for the latest updates and COVID-19 protocols. 

Hands of Knowledge exhibition | Runs until Sept 26 | FREE for SFU Students | Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art

Curated by Joanne Finlay, from the Ts’msyen Nation, this exhibition features six contemporary women Indigenous artists sharing their experiences and traditional knowledge. Finlay’s primary motivation behind Hands of Knowledge was increasing the presence of women Indigenous artists in galleries and museums across Canada. The paintings, carvings, and robes in this exhibition tell powerful stories of family and personal history, tying in themes of “sight, time, supernatural energy, and spirituality.” More information on the exhibit and COVID-19 protocols are available online

Serisa Fitz-James: We Can Ask For More | Runs until Sept 16 | FREE | PoMoArts | Online and in-person

The Port Moody Arts Centre is currently presenting the work of Serisa Fitz-James, a second-generation half-Filipinx immigrant settler. Their solo ceramic exhibition explores the impact of the colonization of the Philippines on culture and identity. Fitz-James describes this exhibition as therapeutic, allowing them to reflect on their non-binary/gender non-conforming identity. It also allowed them to learn about their family history, life before colonization, and their family’s immigration journey to Canada. Viewers can see the complete exhibit virtually or during gallery hours.