Eastside Culture Crawl


Press Release: 

21st Annual Eastside Culture Crawl Celebrates
Vancouver’s Unparalleled Artistic Talent

Four-day visual arts festival boasts largest event to date
and introduces new opportunities to engage with captivating works of art

Vancouver, BC – The 21st Edition of the Eastside Culture Crawl – Vancouver’s four-day fête in celebration of visual arts, design, and crafts – runs November 16 to 19, 2017 in studios, homes, and garages throughout Vancouver’s Eastside community. The Crawl will present its largest line-up of artists, venues, and events to date, attracting 30,000 visitors from across Metro Vancouver and showcasing the work of more than 500 artists in 80 locations in the Eastside – bounded by Columbia Street and Victoria Drive, north of 1st Avenue, and to the Waterfront. Ardent fans will be treated to an impressive assortment of work from painters, sculptors, potters, photographers, glassblowers, furniture designers, and much more.

“The Eastside Culture Crawl continues to grow and expand each year, providing art lovers with increased opportunities to witness the creation of new works, gain a deeper understanding of the artists’ inspiration and artistic process, and engage in meaningful, educational dialogue about the various methods used to bring works of art to life,” says Esther Rausenberg, Executive Director. “As we continue to grow in size and in popularity, we are grateful for the tremendous support from our patrons and long-time community partners. Many of our supporters have been with us since inception, and have become champions of Culture Crawl artists and the significant role they play in the cultural fabric of Vancouver.”

This year, attendees can look forward to an array of fantastic new opportunities in which to engage with the annual art event. Visitors will enjoy exciting installations such as the launch of a ‘communal easel,’ which will be hosted outside the Crawl’s new office located at 716 East Hastings Street. Members of the public are welcome to drop by the evolving canvas at their leisure, contribute their artistic flair to the community masterpiece, and will then be encouraged to share the new creation using the hashtag: #eastsideculturecrawl. Video installations will also enhance the visual landscape of several locations throughout the Crawl boundaries.

A series of workshops and demonstrations will be offered again this year to curious Crawlers who are keen to witness and further expand their knowledge of the art-making process. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about live chainsaw carving, photo transfer, stained glass, ceramics, and wax carving. To learn more about the workshops and events offered visit culturecrawl.ca/events.

Members of the public are invited to amplify their Culture Crawl experience through a number of feature presentations and installations, including:

A Benefit and Culture Crawl Festival Launch.
Saturday November 4, 2017, Arts Factory (281 Industrial Ave.)
6pm to 8:30pm – Cocktails and Canapés, Tickets: $55 (+ GST)
8:30pm to 10pm – Public Opening – No Host Bar
To purchase tickets visit: culturecrawl.ca/takeflight-2017

A multi-venue, salon-style exhibition at the Arts Factory, The Cultch, Firehall Arts Centre, and Alternative Creations Gallery. This exciting event features juried works from 70 Culture Crawl artists.

ARTS FACTORY (281 Industrial Avenue)
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 4, 8:30pm – 10pm
Exhibit dates:
November 4 – November 12
Tuesday to Sunday, 12pm – 6pm
Open late on Thursday, November 9, 12pm – 8pm

FIREHALL ARTS CENTRE (280 E Cordova Street)
Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 8, 6pm – 8pm
Exhibit dates:
November 6 – December 2
Wednesday to Saturday, 1pm – 5pm

THE CULTCH (1895 Venables Street)
Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 8, 6pm – 8pm
Exhibit dates:
November 6 – November 26
Monday to Saturday, Noon – 4pm and 1 hour prior to all performances

Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 8, 6pm – 8pm
Exhibit dates:
November 8 – November 19; Monday to Friday, 10am – 2pm
AND Culture Crawl Festival Hours:
Thursday, November 16 + Friday, November 17, 5pm – 10pm
Saturday, November 18 + Sunday, November 19, 11am – 6pm

A showing of evocative, art-based, contemporary silent films.
November 16 – 19, 2017
Noon to 11pm daily
Strange Fellows Brewing (1345 Clark Drive)
Film & Video Schedule available at: culturecrawl.ca

Eastside Culture Crawl and Cineworks present an evening of films by and about Vancouver-based artist Carole Itter, recipient of the 2017 Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts.
November 24, 2017 at 7:30pm
The Arts Factory (281 Industrial Avenue)

Full listings for all Eastside Culture Crawl events, artists, demonstrations, and locations can be found at culturecrawl.ca

About the Eastside Culture Crawl
The Eastside Culture Crawl is an annual four-day visual arts festival held in November that involves artists on Vancouver’s Eastside opening their studio to the public. The event is focused on the area bounded by Columbia Street, 1st Avenue, Victoria Drive, and the Waterfront and involves painters, jewellers, sculptors, furniture makers, weavers, potters, printmakers, photographers, glassblowers; from emerging artists to those internationally established.

The Eastside Culture Crawl officially began in 1997 with 45 visual artists in three Strathcona area studio buildings attended by a few hundred people. Since that time the event has grown to include more than 500 artists, craftspeople, and designers attracting an audience of more than 30,000. The organization itself has evolved to represent the heart of the East Van creative community.

LISTING INFORMATION 21st Edition of the Eastside Culture Crawl
Dates: November 16 – 19, 2017
Thursday & Friday: 5pm-10pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am-6pm
Address: Various Eastside Locations Between
Columbia St., 1st Ave., Victoria Drive, and the Waterfront
Website: culturecrawl.ca
Social Media: facebook.com/eastsideculturecrawl    

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