Stories that animate us

June 22 to September 22, 2024

Royal Art Lodge, Not titled, 2001, Watercolour, ink on paper. Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of Monty James Cooper.

Stories that animate us highlights a diverse selection of works on paper and animations from a wide range of collectively shared oral histories, knowledge systems, and cosmologies, as well as personal memories, imaginings, and dreams. Whether evoking the spirit world, creating fictional tales, or reflecting on historical and current events, the featured artists vividly reflect on such themes as culture, community, memory, death, and identity in order to speak to the past, present, and future.

The stories showcased in this exhibition span from the small to the sweeping, featuring a selection of both Canadian and international voices. Artists include: Joyce Wieland, David Hockney, Robert Davidson, Amanda Strong, Francisco de Goya, Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo, Marina Roy, Jérôme Havre, Cauleen Smith, Camille Turner, Ed Pien, and the Royal Art Lodge. Stories that animate us invites the public to reflect on the importance of storytelling in their lives.

Stories that animate us is organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery under the Across the Province program and is curated by Diana Freundl, Senior Curator and Zoë Chan, former Assistant Curator.


Proudly supported by:

Camille and David Saltman


Opening Reception

Friday, July 19, 2024 | 6 to 8 pm
Open to the public to attend.


Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo, Santo Marero, 2020, Mixed media (pencil crayon, Conté, acrylic ink, watercolour, oil paint, collage) on Mylar. Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Art Gallery Acquisition Fund.

Jérôme Havre, Cauleen Smith and Camille Turner, Triangle Trade (detail), 2017, HD video, Courtesy of the Artists.

Robert Davidson, Raven and Fetus, 1973, screenprint on paper, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, The Gordon McKee Collection, Gift of Mrs. Margaret McKee.

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