A word from our Executive Director, Eric Rhys Miller:
“For three days, VOAF 2019 overflowed the Roundhouse Exhibition Hall with visual art and performances, workshops, artist talks, and community art activities. It is so gratifying to see and hear it all come together after months of behind the scenes work. Highlights for me included convincing a first-time group show exhibitor to sell his first piece of art, then see his bright eyes and wide smile floating around the room for the rest of the day, as he talked with other artists and soaked it all in. One artist said it was the first time someone had read his performance idea and said ‘Yes,’ bringing a new collaboration into being. That warm feeling of being welcomed, validated, and supported in your creative work is intangible, a very real and very important element of the festival. It’s also important that we can distribute 100% of the art sales, and pay fees to every participating performing artist and organization.“
August 9 – 11, 2019
All events were FREE
100% of sales went to the artists
Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival 2019 Recap
The 3-day free festival took place at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre from August 9-11, 2019, and included 150+ exhibiting and performing artists as well as organizational partners, free public workshops, and hundreds of artworks on display and for sale, alongside aerial silk acrobatics, Cantonese opera, intergenerational dance, wild live performances, and a range of musical stylings throughout the weekend.
jesse blanchard, Clarence Brear, Sharon Burns, Steven Bursey, Stella Castell, John Clinock, Trish Coxe, Lysh Faulder, Megs Gatus, G-Visualiz Art, Linda Haftner, Martin Hunt, Todd Johnston, Sunroop Kaur, Sheila Letwiniuk, Marie Constance Levert, Cynthia Li, Paperwave, Penny N. Lim, Ray McKeown, Sarah McMillan, Eris Nyx, Pete O’Callaghan, Deirdre Pinnock, Teresa Pocock, Jacqueline Primeau, Jillian Read, Marko, Midori Ryans, Jane Sandiland, Wendy Stewart, Angel Strehlen, Barbara T., Lucia Terra, Karen Vanon, Trudy Wijnbeek
Mina Chan, Cameron Davidson, Debora de Oliveira, Downtown Eastside (DTES) Writers Collective, Duo Saudade & Cai, Highs & Lows Choir, Mildred Grace German Jerry LaFaery & Sparkipelago, Polymer Dance, Priests Of Melchizedek, Ravensdaughter, Robin & Wren, Anjalica Solomon Vancouver Cantonese Opera, Vancouver Poetry House Showcase hosted by CACV Program Manager Johnny Trinh
- Francis Arevalo, rapper, producer and mental health advocate drops “Home, Ground: becoming an artist from the ground up” artist talk & workshop
- Barrie Mowatt
- Jeff Wilson, geologist turned award-winning visual artist’s “Artbiz” workshop
Alternative Creations Studio, Coast Mental Health, John Howard Society, MPA Society, PLAN, and The Art Studios are all organizing group shows, alongside 35 exhibiting individual artists.
Jeff Wilson, Francis Arevalo, Barrie Mowatt, Jeff Wilson,
Bernadine Fox, OPUS Art Supplies, Angelo Moroni & S.I.T.E. Theatre