Summer is public art time—and with more than 20 new murals planned as part of this year’s Vancouver Mural Festival (VMF), the city is set to get that much more colourful.
Between August 4 and 13, new artworks will be painted on walls across Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, and North Van.
“We take an art-driven approach to placemaking, working with artists and neighbourhood stakeholders to collectively reimagine public space as the heart of every community,” Natalia Lebedinskaia, VMF creative director, said in a statement.
This season’s slate includes Toronto’s Jacquie Comrie adding a monumental piece in Yaletown; xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) artist Kelly Cannell painting a huge mural called Keepers of the Land at the BC Institute of Technology; and Hawaii-born Polynesian artist JNasty’s work to honour Eihu, an early Hawaiian resident of Vancouver, on the eponymous Eihu Lane.
Since it began, VMF has added over 400 murals to Vancouver. It originally focused on Mount Pleasant, and now has spread in neighbourhoods across the metro.
“Every year, our team curates art, spaces and experiences that invite people to connect with each other and feel a sense of belonging,” said Lebedinskaia.
Other events already confirmed include the return of the Mount Pleasant Street Party, a graffiti jam, a creator talk, mural walking tours, and denizens of the City Centre Artist Lodge opening their studio doors to the public.
“This year’s festival program is tied by the theme of connection, inviting audiences to come together in celebration of public space,” Lebedinskaia added.
A full list of artists and mural locations will be available on the festival’s website in July.
Vancouver Mural Festival
When: August 4 to 13
Where: Across Metro Vancouver
Tickets: Varies by event; see https://vanmuralfest.ca/ for more details