The Inuit Art Society meeting will take place in Vancouver, BC and will begin on Thursday evening, Sept. 29th and end at noon on Sunday, Oct. 2nd. One full day will be dedicated to guest presentations and one full day will take us on a bus, to two Inuit art galleries and the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia.
The home base for our meeting will be Vancouver’s “West End.” The West End offers a variety of benefits, all within walking distance to beaches, parks, scenic views, and diverse restaurants and shops. Public transportation in this area is easily accessible from and to the airport, downtown Vancouver, North Vancouver, and other places of interest.
We have reserved a block of rooms at the classic Sylvia Hotel on English Bay. Built in 1912, “The Sylvia” as locals call it, is a historic treasure that is well known and well loved by Vancouverites. It is on English Bay and is just a few blocks from another Vancouver treasure, Stanley Park.
We will have much more information for you going forward, but wanted to give you a heads-up to make hotel reservations and make sure you have a valid passport!
Thursday, Sept. 29 – Starting in the afternoon, guests will check in and receive their welcome packets. That evening, a welcome gathering will take place (venue TBA). We will welcome people to Vancouver and acknowledge tribal lands where meeting takes place. Appetizers will be served. Keynote speech by Sophia Lebessis.
Friday, Sept. 30 – Presentations all day at the BW Sands Hotel. Dinner on your own.
Saturday, Oct. 1 – Breakfast on your own. Bus takes us to Inuit Gallery in N. Vancouver, Museum of Anthropology, where we also have lunch, and then the Marion Scott Gallery. Dinner on your own.
Sunday, Oct. 2 – Breakfast at the Sands BW, panel discussion, wind-up and farewell.
There may be an optional side trip to Victoria, BC on Monday. If you plan to attend, additional hotel night/s and appropriate travel arrangements will be necessary.
The following is a list of individuals who have agreed to be presenters at our Vancouver IAS/AACS meeting.
Lindsay McIntyre is an Inuit artist and educator who teaches at Emily Carr University in BC.
Sophia Lebessis is an Inuk scholar and the owner of Transformation Fine Art gallery in Calgary. Listen to her TED Talk The Art of Survival: A Modern day Inuit Odyssey through the Arts
Drew Ann Wake will be sharing her rare Holman print collection, sculptures by David Ruben, and recorded stories from elders over her decades long research.
Dr. Norma Dunning, an educator and writer whose book Tainna: The Unseen Ones won the Governor General’s Literary Award | CTV News
Amanda Davison, a young Inuk artist from Nome, Alaska, presented her lovely acrylic paintings to IAS/AACS members during one of our virtual events in 2021.
Abraham Anghik Ruben, a world-renowned Inuit artist
Jamie Cameron, Inuit art collector, member of IAS and Board member, IAF
Panel Discussion: Michael Warren – moderator (Madrona Gallery), Simon Griffiths (ABoriginArt), Melanie Zavediuk (Inuit Gallery of Vancouver), Robert Kardosh (Marion Scott Gallery).
We recommend you make hotel reservations as soon as possible as September and October are still considered tourist season in Vancouver.
The Sylvia Hotel: The Sylvia Hotel – On Vancouver’s English Bay(1-877-681-9321) will hold a block of rooms until August 26th. Rooms not reserved by group members by that date will be released to the general public. The special room rate is guaranteed at $239 CAD per night.
You may wish to extend your visit as the city of Vancouver and its surrounding areas has lots to offer!
There are other hotels in the area within walking distance from our meeting place, including the following:
- Sands Best Western Plus Hotel: Best Western Plus Sands in Vancouver, BC – ReservationCounter.com
- The Sonder Hotel: Vancouver, CA rooms, suites, & apartments to stay | Sonder
- Times Square Suites Hotel: Times Square Suites | Robson Street Hotel Suites in Vancouver, BC This hotel is about a 10 minute walk from our home base.
- The Westin Bayshore Hotel: Waterfront Hotel in Vancouver | The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver (marriott.com) This hotel is about a 15-20 minute walk from our home base.
If you are traveling from the USA, you will need a current passport or passport card with at least 6 months remaining on it to enter Canada. Do NOT wait until the last minute to check on this, as it can take several months to get or renew a passport.