Dog Days

The Polygon Gallery presents Dog Days, an exhibition that focuses on the relationship between canines and humans through photography, and video works.

Dog Days is a survey of the camera’s interactions with our canine companions. Today, dogs figure prominently in visual culture through Instagram feeds, viral videos, and memes, amid other media, yet our photographic obsession with dogs is as old as the camera itself. Dog Days features contemporary works, classic images, and vintage photographs from several local archives and collections, considering how dogs have shaped, and are shaped by, human society. Together, these pictures reveal how dogs have remained an enduring metaphor and a potent symbol in human history, an integral part of everyday life, and a favourite subject of the camera.

Dogs on leashes are welcome in the exhibition.


Dog Portraits by Shari Hatt 
In conjunction with the photographic exhibition Dog Days, The Polygon Gallery will be hosting a temporary dog portrait studio event in collaboration with artist Shari Hatt. This award winning Canadian artist who has created photographic portraits of many canines, including dogs owned by the Duke and Duchess of York and British fashion designer Alexander McQueen, will be available for portrait sessions by appointment. A series of Hatt's dog portraits, many of which are in major museum collections, will also be in the exhibition. Dates TBC.

Please visit to view her portrait work and bio.

Dog Tintype Portrait Studio 
Vancouver artist Geoffrey Wallang will be constructing a temporary tintype dog portrait studio at The Polygon Gallery. He will be available for portrait sessions of dogs and their owners for a limited number of days during the exhibition. Dates TBC.

Exhibition Tours 

Tours of Dog Days will be hosted every Saturday at 2PM. To join the tour, meet at the ground floor lobby at 1:55PM. These tours are recommended for general visitors as an introduction to the exhibition.

Image: Anonymous press photo

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101 Carrie Cates Court
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Situated on the unceded territories of the Skwxwú7mesh, Tsleil-Waututh, and xwməθkwəýəm Nations.

The Polygon Gallery continues the forty-year reputation of Presentation House Gallery in engaging the public with the most visionary artists of our time. A new waterfront landmark on Vancouver's North Shore, The Polygon offers a one-of-a-kind space to encounter contemporary visual art with a focus on photography.

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