The Eastside Culture Crawl is back for a 4-day IRL experience

More than 425 artists will open their doors and welcome tens of thousands of visitors for the 26th annual Eastside Culture Crawl Visual Arts, Design & Craft Festival. The Culture Crawl is thrilled to welcome art lovers, Vancouverites, and tourists alike to rediscover its classic, in-person festival experience. For four days, streets and studios on Vancouver’s Eastside will be filled with visitors taking in the best of the community’s arts scene. This year, you can explore more than 68 buildings and studios, and reconnect with artists through studio visits, gallery displays, and artist demonstrations and talks.

“What the past two years has reinforced is that the arts play an incredibly important role in people’s lives. We’re thrilled to bring back our classic Culture Crawl experience.” – Esther Rausenberg, Artistic & Executive Director of the Eastside Arts Society. 

One of the biggest cultural events of the fall season, the Eastside Culture Crawl attracts and inspires tens of thousands of visitors to the Columbia Street, 1st Avenue, Victoria Drive, and the Waterfront areas.  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 festival offers visitors a sneak peek into the lives of artists living and working on Vancouver’s Eastside and provides a glimpse into studios and the inventiveness and imagination that goes into creating art like painting, jewelry, sculpture, furniture, poetry, prints, photography, glass works or other creative forms.

The Lineup:

Preview Exhibition
October 31 – November 27, 2022

A multi-venue, salon-style curated exhibition, “NEXT” explores the aftereffects of living through a pandemic as we long for and ponder about what’s next.  The 6-venue exhibition which takes place at Pendulum Gallery, Alternative Creations, The Cultch, Charles Clark  Gallery and Firehall Arts Centre, gives 90 selected artists the opportunity to reach for something new, perhaps a fresh start, or maybe the progression of current practices.

Take Flight Virtual Benefit
October 11 – November 5, 2022

An online benefit, the auction features a John Fluevog gift card, a Burrowing Owl magnum, a Sechelt getaway package, and more incredible local items. This year, the Art Roulette fundraiser includes an in-person cocktail party at the Georgia Art Studios for ticket holders on November 5 from 6 – 8pm.

Talking Art
November 7 – 9, 2022

This year’s Talking Art series focuses on perspectives of Form in Crawl art practices. The first night of the three panels explores artists’ works that use technology, such as artificial intelligence, and augmented reality, or question these new forms of art making. The second night, member artists talk about their work and relationships to creativity and its embodiment. On the final night artists share their perspectives on art for mental health and wellness.

Moving Art
November 17 – 27, 2022

“You can’t turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again.” – Bonnie Prudden

The 9th annual Eastside Culture Crawl Film and Video Exhibition is curated around the theme of “A Collective Point in Time.” As the cloud of restrictions lifted, artists emerged from time machines of self-reflection to embrace time, space and travel. This year’s selections reflect an awareness of our shared humanity buffeted by space, time, and the stardust that weaves us together and populates our genetic code. Participating artists include Rosalina Libertad Cerritos, Zoran Dragelj, Claudine Gévry, Alger Ji-Liang, Sunny Nestler, Yaimel López Zaldívar, and Sally Zori.

This year, Moving Art is partnering with the Lumière Festival, where the film and video exhibition can be viewed on roving bicycle projections nightly.

Demos + Workshops
November 17 – 20, 2022

Bring out your inner artist with demos and workshops put on by real artists. Learn how to pour resin, paint with alcohol ink, carve stones and more.

When | November 17th – 20th // 5pm – 10pm (Thurs + Fri), 11am – 6pm (Sat + Sun)
Where | Various locations
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