Response: Our Land Narrative

Calling photographers, filmmakers, and visual storytellers! This is an opportunity to create photographic or video work on the theme of “land as teacher and Knowledge-Keeper”, through exploratory workshops with In- digenous contemporary artists. Workshops will take place during Fall 2020, helping participants create original work that will be shown at…

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Kids First Saturdays: Solar Powered Photography Ii

The following instructions will help you improve the composition of your silhouette photography during our in-gallery Kids First programming on Saturday, August 15th 2020. Registration for Kids First programming can be done by emailing s.bernard@thepolygon.ca.  Our new Covid-19 plan ensures a safe experience for all. INSPIRATION The exhibition Chester Fields…

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The Polygon Podcast: Episode 10 Featuring Little Chamber Music

In this episode, The Gallery's Assistant Curator Justin Ramsey is in conversation with Little Chamber Music artistic director Mark Haney, and composer Rita Ueda about the upcoming musical program Human Shadow Etched in Stone. This one-time virtual chamber music concert takes place on Thursday, August 6 at 7pm PST. You…

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Kids First Saturdays: Solar Powered Photography

Explore object-based photography produced with sunlight during our in-gallery Kids First programming on Saturday, August 15th 2020. Registration for Kids First programming can be done by emailing s.bernard@thepolygon.ca.  Our new Covid-19 plan ensures a safe experience for all. INSPIRATION The exhibition Chester Fields 2020: Global Warning will help us talk about…

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Kids First Saturdays: Hockey Logo Results

Here are a few hockey team logo designs made by our visitors during the in-house Kids First programming that took place on Saturday, July 25th. Registration for future Kids First programming can be done by emailing s.bernard@thepolygon.ca.  Our new Covid-19 plan ensures a safe experience for all. Our next in-house…

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Parallels 02: North Valparaiso

Parallels 02: North Valparaiso documents the history of Chilean communities that formed on the North Shore in the 1800s, decades before North Vancouver’s official incorporation in 1907. Tracing lineages through the family archives of living descendants, acclaimed historians Jean and Roderick J. Barman together with Jenn Ashton bring to light…

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Kids First Saturdays: Hockey Logos Iii

Learn to design your own hockey team logo during our in-house Kids First programming on Saturday, July 25th 2020.  Our new Covid-19 plan ensures a safe experience for all. Registration for Kids First programming can be done by emailing s.bernard@thepolygon.ca. INSPIRATION To complete our exploration of good hockey logo design,…

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The Polygon Gallery 2019 Annual Report

"I begin by acknowledging that The Polygon is located on the traditional, unceded territories of the Skwxwú7mesh and səl̓ ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, who have lived in what is now called North Vancouver for thousands of years. "Addressing the successes of The Polygon in 2019 is, as I write this in…

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Parallels 01: A Strong Sense Of Place

The Polygon is pleased to launch a new series of chapbooks, Parallels. Parallels engages our specific context, both as a place and the programs we generate. The series will present diverse perspectives on cultural histories and the visual arts, spanning from The Polygon’s locale to contemporary art and photography. Parallels…

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Kids First Saturdays: Hockey Logos Ii

Learn to design your own hockey team logo during our in-house Kids First programming on Saturday, July 25th 2020.  Our new Covid-19 plan is meant to ensure a safe experience for all. Registration for Kids First programming can be done by emailing s.bernard@thepolygon.ca. INSPIRATION To continue our exploration of good…

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Job Opportunity: Guest Services Staff

1 casual position available, $18 / hour A waterfront landmark on Vancouver's North Shore, The Polygon Gallery inspires and provokes cultural insight through adventurous programming. Its lens of inquiry creatively responds to shifting perceptions of the world, through the histories and evolving technologies of photography and related media. Applications are…

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Kids First Saturdays: Hockey Logos

Learn to design your own hockey team logo during our in-house Kids First programming on Saturday, July 25th 2020.  Our new Covid-19 plan is meant to ensure a safe experience for all. Registration for Kids First programming can be done by emailing s.bernard@thepolygon.ca. INSPIRATION To celebrate the reopening of our…

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The Polygon Podcast: Episode 9 Featuring Mark Ruwedel And John O'brian

In this episode, a conversation between photographer Mark Ruwedel and art historian John O'Brian. You can listen with the player above or iTunes, Spotify, and  Google Podcasts. Follow us on Instagram for more content from this episode. Banner Image: Mark Ruwedel, Devil's Golf Course, 1996. Episode Art: Mark Ruwedel, Lake Manix,…

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The Polygon X Capilano University: Cmns 295

For the summer course Communication 295: The Culture of Advertising, students at Capilano University were challenged to create a work of “brandalism,” adopting visual strategies of commercial marketing to raise awareness of social, cultural, or environmental issues. To think about intervening in advertisements, they drew inspiration from The Polygon Gallery’s…

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The Polygon Podcast: Episode 8 Featuring Claudia Beck And Andrew Gruft

In this episode, The Gallery's Chief Curator Helga Pakasaar is in conversation with art patrons Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft. You can listen with the player above or iTunes, Spotify, and  Google Podcasts. Follow us on Instagram for more content from this episode. Banner image Xavier Miserachs, El Piropo a…

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The Polygon Reopens June 18 - New Safety Measures In Place

  Beginning Thursday, June 18, The Polygon's main floor gallery will reopen with The Canucks: A Photo History of Vancouver's Team. The rare photos on view span decades, beginning in the 1950s and ’60s when the Vancouver Canucks played in the Western Hockey League, through the team’s franchising with the National…

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The Polygon Podcast: Episode 7 Featuring Cease And Senaqwila Wyss

 On this episode, a conversation between two ethnobotanists: Cease Wyss and her daughter Senaqwila Wyss. You can listen with the player above or iTunes, Spotify, and  Google Podcasts. Follow us on Instagram for more content from this episode. Images courtesy of Cease Wyss T’uy’t’tanat-Cease Wyss is an interdisciplinary artist,…

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The Polygon's Response To The Anti-Racism Protests

We will not be releasing an episode of The Polygon Podcast this week, as the voices that matter most are the ones calling for urgent and overdue change. We urge you now to join us in listening to, and taking to heart, the message being widely shared: that racist discrimination…

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Job Opportunity: Indigenous Curatorial Assistant

The Polygon Gallery exhibits photography and media art, emphasising contemporary Canadian work within the context of historical and international art. Operating as Presentation House Gallery for 40 years, the organization presented more than 300 exhibitions and earned a reputation as one of Canada’s most adventurous public art institutions. In November…

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Annual General Meeting Notice

All Members are invited to the Annual General Meeting for the British Columbia Photography and Media Arts Society (operating as The Polygon Gallery) taking place on Monday, June 22 at 4:30pm. The 2019 Annual Report and Audited Financial Statements will be presented during the AGM. If you are a Member,…

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The Polygon Podcast: Episode 6 Featuring Faith Moosang On C.d. Hoy

 On this episode, The Polygon Gallery’s manager Diane Evans and curator Faith Moosang are in conversation about the life and work of photographer C.D. Hoy. The gallery mounted the exhibition First Son: Portraits by C.D. Hoy in 1999. All C.D. Hoy photos courtesy Barkerville Historic Town www.barkerville.ca You can…

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Kids First Saturdays: Camera Obscura

Photography was developed by scientists and inventors in the 1830s who explored ways of fixing images to different materials. The principles of pinhole photography, however, have been observed for millennia. This week, we will be exploring the most basic of these optical principles by transforming an entire room into a…

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The Polygon Gallery Is Your Place - Double Your Impact Until June 15

We exist because of you and your support, and now more than ever we need you This is a call for your help, at a time when you can DOUBLE the impact of your gift. If you can, please support The Polygon Gallery’s work with a donation today. Thanks to the…

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The Polygon Podcast: Episode 5 Featuring Patkau Architects

This week’s podcast features The Polygon’s Director Reid Shier in conversation with architects Patricia and John Patkau. Patkau Architects, founded in 1978 by this wife-husband team, recently won their nineteenth Governor General’s Medal in architecture for the design of The Polygon Gallery. Patricia and John have won numerous other awards,…

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Kids First Saturdays: Collagraphs

Collagraphy is a simple, fun printmaking method where you assemble textured materials onto a rigid surface, glue them in place to create a design, and then transfer that design onto onto paper with paint or ink. Step 1: Gather Materials Textured items (i.e. felt, yarn, macaroni, popsicle sticks, plants... use…

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The Polygon Podcast: Episode 4 Global Warning

On the latest episode of The Polygon Podcast, Justin Ramsey, the Gallery’s Assistant Curator, is in conversation with Dorothy Dong, Tiffany Pai, Sally Sapinski, and Asalah Youssef—all Chester Fields 2020 finalists from Fort Langley Fine Arts School. You can listen with the player above or iTunes, Spotify, and  Google Podcasts. Chester…

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Kids First Saturdays: Shadow Play Ii

Last week, we made shadow puppets and a mini-theatre for them to perform in. This time around, we'll learn some advanced techniques to make the puppets more dynamic 🤸🏻 Step 1: Gathering Materials Construction Paper Pen Knife/Scissors Tape/Glue Popsicle Sticks/BBQ Skewers Round head fasteners Step 2: Designing the Puppet Our…

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The Polygon Podcast: Episode 3 Featuring Marsha Lederman

 On the third episode of The Polygon Podcast, The Globe and Mail's Western Arts Correspondent, Marsha Lederman, is in conversation the Gallery's Marketing Manager, Michael Mann. You can listen with the player above or iTunes, Spotify, and  Google Podcasts. Marsha Lederman is the Western Arts Correspondent for The Globe…

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Kids First Saturdays: Shadow Play

Getting tired of streaming television? Stage your own adventures with a shadow puppet theatre! Inspiration Puppeteers performing 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘙𝘢𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘪𝘦𝘯, Ratchaburi Temple, Bangkok, Thailand, 2019. Photo: John McMahon Lotte Reiniger, 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘈𝘥𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘗𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘈𝘤𝘩𝘮𝘦𝘥, video still, 1926, 1h 21m Step 1: Gather Materials All you need to build a basic…

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The Polygon Podcast: Episode 2 Featuring Dave Gunawan

On the second episode of The Polygon Podcast, The Gallery's Director Reid Shier is in conversation with chef Dave Gunawan of Ubuntu Canteen. You can listen with the player above or iTunes, Spotify, and  Google Podcasts. David Gunawan is, above and beyond all else, the paterfamilias at Ubuntu Canteen. He…

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The Polygon Podcast: Episode 1 Featuring Jonah Samson

On the first episode of The Polygon Podcast, Audain Chief Curator Helga Pakasaar is in conversation with artist Jonah Samson. You can listen with the player above or iTunes, Spotify, and  Google Podcasts. About the Artist Jonah Samson is a self-taught artist who works primarily with found photographs, often collected…

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The Canucks A Photo History Of Vancouver's Team

The Polygon Gallery presents The Canucks: A Photo History of Vancouver’s Team, a series of photographs looking back on the history of the Vancouver Canucks. These rare photos span decades, beginning in the 1950s and ’60s when the Canucks played in the Western Hockey League, through the team’s franchising with…

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Vancouver Foundation Community Response Fund

The Polygon is very happy to share wonderful news from the Vancouver Foundation: its Community Response Fund that launched last month to support heroic frontline agencies who are saving lives during the Covid-19 crisis has expanded to support arts and culture organizations. Cultural groups are the bedrock of the communities…

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Kids First Saturdays: Hearts For Seniors

Join us in creating hearts for seniors! You can brighten the day for people who are among the most impacted by COVID-19. For the next several weeks, The Polygon Gallery will be collecting hearts to send to senior residences in our community. After you've finished your creation, please email a…

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Kids First Saturdays: Floortraits

Gain a new perspective by exploring photography from a different angle. Create a unique photo backdrop before lying down to animate your floortrait! Inspiration Step 1: Gather Props Look around your home for paper, paints, crayons, pens, fabric, costumes, and sports equipment. You can print images from your computer, cut…

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Kids First Saturdays: Collage Portraits

Combine a photoshoot or illustration with old-school collage techniques to create a contemporary take on portraiture! Inspiration Step 1: Gather Materials Ask an adult where you can look around your home for magazines or newspapers to cut up. Other materials could include fabric pieces, wrapping paper, buttons, and food packaging…

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You Are Our Community

Our thoughts are with everyone’s well-being during this uncertain and challenging time. It is our goal to continue to bring art into your lives, and we hope you will check in with us regularly to see what’s new on the digital front.  We look forward to welcoming you back in…

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An Update From The Polygon

I hope this finds you, and all those close to you, safe and well. This is a grave time, and on behalf of everyone at The Polygon, I want to express my sincere appreciation for your ongoing support and to those who have reached out in solidarity as we weather…

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Chester Fields 2020: Global Warning

While closed, The Polygon will be curating weekly programming online. We hope this provides inspiration during these difficult times and reaffirms that the voice of artists, now more than ever, is a vital one. ⁠Follow us on Instagram as we'll be sharing the images from each exhibition there before anywhere…

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The Polygon Gallery Is Now Closed

For the well-being of our visitors, our staff, and our community, The Polygon Gallery is now closed. We will continue to monitor developments of the Covid-19 outbreak and regularly reassess our response in light of public health recommendations. The exhibition Third Realm, slated to open March 31, is postponed, as…

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Covid-19 Advisory

Dear visitors to The Polygon, The well-being of our visitors and staff is of primary importance, and we at The Polygon have taken some steps in light of the emergence of COVID-19. The Polygon’s approach to managing this situation is guided by evidence-based information from the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority,…

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Feast For The Eyes: Press Release

  The Polygon Gallery Captures History of Photography through Food in Canadian Premiere of Feast for the Eyes Summer blockbuster exhibition explores the role of food in culture, society, and politics in works by Nobuyoshi Araki, Nan Goldin, Cindy Sherman, and more VANCOUVER, BC — The Polygon Gallery presents the Canadian premiere of the…

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Wael Shawky: Press Release

Wael Shawky Press Release

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The Clock: Press Release

The Clock: Press Release

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Dog Days: Press Release

Dog Days Press Release

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2018 Annual Report

Click here for the 2018 Annual Report

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Notice Of 2019 Agm

Monday, June 24, 2019 at 6 pm at The Polygon Gallery 101 Carrie Cates Court North Vancouver, BC  V7M 3J4 Everyone welcome. The Polygon Gallery Members are eligible to vote. Click here for Official Notice: 2019 AGM

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The Lind Prize 2019 Winner Announced – Press Release

View The Lind Prize 2019 Winner Announcement Press Release

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Sḵwx̱wú7Mesh Nation Basketball: Photographs By Alana Paterson – Press Release

Press release for Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation Basketball: Photographs by Alana Paterson

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10,000 Ships Press Release

10,000 Ships Press Release

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Musicircus Media Advisory

Musicircus Media Advisory

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A Handful Of Dust Press Release

a Handful of Dust Press Release

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Chester Fields: Bring To Light Has Been Extended!

We are delighted to announce that the exhibition Chester Fields: Bring To Light has been extended and will be on view until June 10. Come and visit The Polygon's youth photography program, engaging high school students from around the Lower Mainland. Inspired by the inaugural exhibition N. Vancouver, this year's theme challenged emerging…

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Summer Fridays: Open Late Until 9Pm

Throughout summer 2018, during the North Vancouver’s Shipyards Night Market, The Polygon Gallery will remain open late on Friday nights every week until 9pm. Visitors can see the Gallery, Shop and Bookstore as part of the evening family experience in Lower Lonsdale! Note: excludes July 20. Image: © Bridget Braun, 2017

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Notice Of Agm

The Polygon Gallery 2018 Annual General Meeting Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 6p.m. at The Polygon Gallery 101 Carrie Cates Court North Vancouver, BC  V7M 3J4 Everyone welcome. The Polygon Gallery Members are eligible to vote.  

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Press Release: $20 Million Investment Sees Former Presentation House Gallery Reborn As The Polygon Gallery

Patkau-designed facility will be Western Canada’s largest photography-focused gallery, inaugurating its new Lower Lonsdale home with an exhibition that takes North Vancouver as its inspiration. VANCOUVER, BC – After almost three decades of planning and expectation, a world-class architectural and artistic landmark will be added to Vancouver’s North Shore with the opening of …

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First Night

The Polygon Gallery’s First Night Gala and Art Auction was a grand success, raising $800,000 and bringing the capital campaign very close to its achievement. Major thanks to event Chair Stan Douglas, who set a very high bar for us as we move into our new home. Thanks to TD…

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