Our Exhibits

The Vancouver Art Gallery presents exhibitions of work by artists ranging from historic masters to leading-edge contemporaries. These include major thematic exhibitions, presentations of solo artists and smaller, more focused showcases. In a typical year, 2 to 3 exhibitions are borrowed from other institutions and 10 to 12 exhibitions are developed in-house, drawing on our permanent collection and loans of works from around the world. In addition, the Gallery tours a few of its exhibitions each year.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Offsite: Asim Waqif

November 10, 2017 to April 15, 2018

Asim Waqif
b a a n s, 2005
site-specific installation at KHOJ
Delhi, bamboo, rope and mango-wood
Courtesy of the Artist

New Delhi-based artist Asim Waqif will repurpose waste generated by demolition sites in Vancouver’s urban areas, employing materials from abandoned and derelict buildings anticipated for development. Waqif’s site-specific installation combines architecture with a strong contextual reference to contemporary urban design and the politics of occupying, intervening and using public space. Concerns of ecology and the environment often weave through his work. He has produced extensive research on vernacular systems of ecological management, particularly with respect to water, waste and architecture. His installations often employ labour-intensive processes while the products themselves are often temporary and at times designed to decay. Waqif studied architecture at the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, but after graduation turned his focus to a dedicated art practice. He has worked in sculpture, site-specific public installation, video, photography, and more recently with large-scale interactive installations that combine traditional and new media technologies.

Offsite: Asim Waqif is organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery's Institute of Asian Art and curated by Diana Freundl, Associate Curator, Asian Art.

Asim Waqif is the 16th installation in the Gallery’s Offsite series. Offsite is located at 1100 West Georgia Street between Thurlow and Bute Streets, west of the Shangri-La Hotel.


A program of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s
Institute of Asian Art.
Founding Corporate Visionary Partner
for the Institute of Asian Art
Visionary Partners:
Liu Bao, Wang Ying and Liu Manzhao

With appreciation to members of the IAA Development Committee

Offsite is funded by the City of Vancouver through the Public Art Program. The Gallery recognizes Ian Gillespie, President, Westbank; Ben Yeung, President, Peterson Investment Group; and the residents of the Shangri-La for their support of this space.