Gallery School

The cornerstone of The Polygon Gallery’s elementary school program, Gallery School invites teachers to move students outside of their classrooms for an entire week: instead of going to school, they come to The Polygon. The week is a catalyst for a long-term program developed by the classroom teacher and provides a unique opportunity for students to be immersed in a site all day, every day, allowing them to slow down and take ownership of their surroundings. With an artistic and cultural lens, and including direct encounters with professional artists, an interdisciplinary approach to all facets of the core curriculum helps young learners draw new connections to the world around them.

If you are a teacher interested in participating in Gallery School, please email

Response 2020: Our Land Narrative

Initiated in 2014/2015, Response was designed as a successful one-time outreach program for Indigenous youth, in collaboration with Capilano University’s First Nations Student Services. Now launching as an annual program, Response will incite ways of responding artistically to historical and contemporary images of Indigenous cultures through a series of workshops led primarily by Indigenous artists, culminating in a showing of participants’ work at The Polygon Gallery in Spring 2021.

The 2020-2021 program will consist of a series of conversations and workshops on the theme of “Our Land Narrative”. Inspired by the image of spreading branches and root systems, Response considers the land as knowledge-keeper. Participants are invited to think carefully about where we are located, and how these places fundamentally shape our learning and growth. Key to this is the work of Metis/Cree documentary filmmaker Gregory Coyes, the Coordinator of the Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking (IIDF) Program at Capilano University. Coyes is the founder of the “Slow Media Community”, a disruptive form of decolonising cinema. Participants will have the opportunity to work on a film- or photography-based project with Coyes and other inspiring artists including Bracken Hanuse Corlett (Wuikinuxv and Klahoose), Kats Klein (Métis), and Cease Wyss (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh), among others.

Workshops are open to the public, but participation in the program and inclusion in resulting public programmes is limited to registrants. Priority is reserved for Indigenous youth ages 15-24. For more information, contact Justin Ramsey, Assistant Curator, at

Find out more about Response: Our Land Narrative here

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Generously supported by:
Metro Vancouver’s Regional Cultural Project Grants Program

Chester Fields

Chester Fields, The Polygon’s youth photography program, is now in its tenth year. In collaboration with Metro Vancouver secondary school teachers, hundreds of high school students hone their visual literacy and learn about photography through their own art-making. The program culminates with an exhibition of student work, providing firsthand learning about the presentation, interpretation, and public reception of photography.

Generously supported by:
Beech Foundation

The Lind Prize

The Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Prize has been established to support emerging artists working with photography, film, and video, and reflects The Polygon’s long history of nurturing new talent among the province’s visual artists. Every year, post-secondary visual art instructors are invited to nominate a student enrolled in a BFA or MFA program in British Columbia. Shortlisted students are profiled in an exhibition, and the winner is awarded a commissioning prize, for the production of a new work to be displayed at The Polygon.

The Lind Prize is made possible through a generous donation from Rogers Communications to honour Phil Lind’s commitment to the company over 40 years.

Presenting Sponsor



This exhibition is part of The Polygon Gallery’s Emerging Artist Mentorship Program, generously supported by