Friday, September 29, 2023


Emily Carr, Untitled (self-portrait), 1924-25, oil on paperboard
Vancouver Art Gallery collection, Emily Carr Trust

The Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) is launching a yearlong exhibition with highlights from the permanent collection of Emily Carr paintings. 

Emily Carr: A Room of Her Own explores the intersection between celebrated Canadian artist Emily Carr and the Vancouver Art Gallery. 

The exhibition, opening September 30, 2023 and on view through September 8, 2024, presents a selection of Carr's paintings from VAG's collection of 252 works of art -- the most important collection of Carr's art in the world. 

Presented in a single room and guiding visitors via a timeline, the works offer a full range of Carr's artistic production: watercolors, canvases, oil on paper works, charcoal drawings, ceramics and textiles. 

A Room of Her Own highlights four key areas:

  • Carr's education abroad and early beginnings
  • VAG's first exhibition and significant acquisitions in 1937-38 respectively
  • Major conservation efforts led by VAG staff
  • The role the Carr Collection  played in the Gallery's decision to relocate to its present building

Through archival materials and the works of Carr, this exhibition uncovers the ongoing connection between the Carr Collection and VAG, and the importance of Carr's placement in the new Vancouver Art Gallery at the Chan Centre for Performing Arts opening in 2028.

The exhibition is organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Senior Curator Diana Freundl

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