Presentation House Gallery
The Polygon Gallery
333 Chesterfield Avenue
North Vancouver, BC V7M 3G9

Storymancy: Haunting, Divining, and Looking at Histories of the Pacific Northwest

Thursday, April 28 | 7:30 pm

Presentation House Gallery

This event is part of the Intertextual: Art in Dialogue reading series.

Join Heather Caverhill and Tania Willard at Presentation House Gallery for a reading and discussion using divining techniques to reconsider historical narratives. The readings will be drawn from texts about Chinook jargon, such as Charles Lillard and Terry Glavin’s, A Voice Great Within Us (New Star Books, 1998), Utopian experiments and historical travel journals. Storymancy promises to provoke questions about the relationships between looking and reading the ghosts in historical photographs.

In response to NANITCH: Early Photographs of British Columbia from the Langmann Collection, which assesses colonialist narratives of progress and the contradictions of settlement on Indigenous land as recorded by the camera, the evening will amplify the meaning of nanitch, or “to look” in Chinook jargon—the trade language of the Pacific Northwest in the late 1800s.

Heather Caverhill, co-curator of Nanitch, is a PhD student in the Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory at the University of British Columbia. Her research is focused on the nineteenth- and twentieth-century art and photography in the Canadian West.

Tania Willard, Secwepemc Nation, is an artist/curator interested in the intersections between Aboriginal and other cultures, and in shifting ideas of the contemporary and traditional as they relate to cultural production. Recent curatorial projects include One on One: Work to Rule: Krista Belle Stewart at Kelowna Art Gallery, Nantich (co-curator) and Unceded Territories: Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun (co-curator) at UBCs Museum of Anthropology.

Part of Intertextual: Art In Dialogue, a roving series of readings and discussions about how art and its ideas are written, circulated, contested and rewritten taking the critical historiography of Native Art of the Northwest Coast: A Changing History of Ideas (UBC Press, 2013) as a point of provocation.

NANITCH is a coproduction of Presentation House Gallery and University of British Columbia Library and is part of UBCs Centennial Programme.

Image: Richard Maynard, c. 1890, verso of albumen print, Courtesy University of British Columbia Library, Rare Books and Special Collections, Digital Programs and Services, Uno Langmann Family Collection of BC Photographs (UL# 1711)

Construction Begins on North Vancouver’s Polygon Gallery

Stunning Contemporary Art Museum on Waterfront Set to Open in 2017


Vancouver, British Columbia – The new Polygon Gallery is now under construction and on track to open in 2017. The striking contemporary building is designed by award-winning Patkau Architects, and is destined to be a new landmark on the North Shore.

“We are very excited that construction is underway,” said Reid Shier, director of the Gallery, “and cannot wait to welcome people to the new Gallery in 2017.”

Supported by a lead gift of $4M from Polygon Homes and the Audain Foundation, and generous funding from the federal and provincial governments and the City of North Vancouver ($2.5M each), the Gallery is constructing a world-class public art gallery which will provide residents and visitors with the opportunity to experience Canadian and international art exhibitions, as well as participate in engaging public events and art education programs.

Member of Parliament for North Vancouver Jonathan Wilkinson, the Honourable Peter Fassbender, BC Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, the Honourable Naomi Yamamoto, BC Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness and Member of the Legislative Assembly for North Vancouver – Lonsdale, and City of North Vancouver Mayor Darrell Mussatto were on hand to assist in the groundbreaking.


Online Media Coverage of Groundbreaking:






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Presentation House Gallery is Western Canada’s only public gallery with a mandate to exhibit and disseminate photography and media art, emphasizing contemporary Canadian work within a context of historical and international art. In addition to its exhibition program, the Gallery organizes national and international touring exhibitions, produces publications, and offers public events and art education programs. The Gallery endeavours to offer the community diverse experiences which enrich viewers with new considerations about the world in which they live.

The Gallery invites applicants for a newly-created position: Marketing and Communications Specialist. Reporting to the Director/Curator, and working closely with the Development department, the Marketing and Communications Specialist will be responsible for the coordination of the Gallery’s Communications and Marketing initiatives, which are particularly intensive during the two years leading up to the opening of the Polygon Gallery, the organization’s new facility.

Ongoing Gallery Duties

  • Development of the Gallery’s social media identity.
  • Production and dissemination of press releases and newsletters related to Gallery programs (i.e. exhibitions, publications and outreach).
  • Keeping abreast of social media trends, and recommendation of resources that best promote and generate interest from potential audiences.
  • Management of the Gallery’s website content, maintaining and updating it in a timely manner.
  • Implementation and management of appropriate SEO and analytics tools.
  • Management of the Gallery’s web presence on third party sites.
  • Identification of enhancements, and plan future improvements, to user experience and/or internal communications workflow.
  • Development and management of a social media policy for internal and external use.
  • Development and execution of Gallery marketing campaigns promoting its exhibitions, publications and outreach.
  • Initiation and implementation of cooperative marketing and communications activities with individuals, groups, cultural and educational community representatives, the media, and tourist and marketing organizations.

Capital Campaign Duties

  • Development, implementation and oversight of communications strategy in relation to the opening of the new Polygon Gallery, including broad community support for the project.
  • Management and implementation of the Gallery’s new brand through print and online communications.
  • Production and dissemination of press releases related to the capital campaign.
  • Planning and management of communications events (e.g., press conferences).
  • Liaison with multiple stakeholders to help identify and shape key communications messages.
  • Oversight of the creation of the new Polygon Gallery website.
  • Development and execution of marketing campaigns in association with the capital campaign.


The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline, with a minimum of 5 years of experience in progressively responsible roles in the field of marketing and/or communications. Experience with media relations and web content management are required; confidence in HTML and graphic design are considered assets. Other assets include writing and editorial skills as well as experience working in a cultural, particularly visual arts, environment. Ability to prioritise and effectively manage time will be integral to the role, as the successful applicant will work on multiple simultaneous projects with tight deadlines.

The Gallery offers a flexible work environment, in which the Marketing and Communications Specialist will work a flexible 28-hour week, at an annual salary of $45,000. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Jessica Bouchard, Campaign Director, at before January 8, 2016.

Almanac (Circa 1970): Film Screening

Monday, November 23, 7:30 p.m.
The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver

DIM Cinema presents a program of iconic films by West Coast artists reflecting the collage and deconstruction aesthetic of the BC Almanac project.

Cosmic Ray | Bruce Conner/USA 1961. 5 min. 16mm
Variations on a Cellophane Wrapper | David Rimmer/Canada 1970. 9 min. 16mm
7362 | Pat O’Neill/USA 1967. 10 min.
Aaeon | Al Razutis/Canada 1970. 24 min. 16mm
Runs Good | Pat O’Neill/USA 1970. 15 min. 16mm
Crossroads | Bruce Conner/USA 1976. 37 min. 35mm

Total running time: approx. 99 minutes
Tickets available at the door or online at

Bruce Conner (1933-2008) was based in San Francisco for most of his career. His drawings, collages, sculptures, assemblages, photographs and films were considered groundbreaking in his own lifetime.

Pat O’Neill has been involved in the Los Angeles avant-garde film scene since the 1960s. A former professor at CalArts, his practice includes drawing, sculpture, printmaking and photography, but he is best known for his highly graphic, layered and reflexive films made with an optical printer.

Al Razutis moved to Vancouver from the United States in 1968, after graduate studies in mathematical physics, bringing a combination of technological interests to his multimedia experiments and innovations, most recently in virtual reality and stereoscopic 3-D video. His films have received a number of awards, including a 1988 Los Angeles Film Critics Award.

David Rimmer is an internationally renowned experimental and documentary filmmaker from Vancouver who has also worked in performance, sound, sculpture, and holography. He was an influential teacher in the film and video department at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design.


Weaving Histories Book Launch at Capilano University!

Tuesday, September 22 2015, 5-7:30PM
Kéxwusm-áyakn Student Centre (LB 196)
Capilano University, North Vancouver

Please join us for this potluck and gathering to celebrate Weaving Histories. All are welcome! Potluck food and drinks will be served.

Weaving Histories marks the final stage of Response, an educational outreach program organised through a partnership between First Nations Student Services at Capilano University and Presentation House Gallery.

Weaving Histories features a wide range of contemporary art and writing by participants of the Response program as well as by other invited contributors. The book extends and addresses the ongoing repercussions of colonial forms of education, the place of oral histories and visual art in remembering the histories of the Indian residential school program, as well the contested national issue of Indigenous rights and the need to honour the “living memory” of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Weaving Histories includes contributions by Cathy Busby, Maureen Black, Marilyn Carpenter, Bracken Hanuse Corlett, Tarah Hogue, Reg Johanson, Taran Kootenhayoo, George Lawson, Clay Little and Sydney Hart.

A limited number of free copies of the book will be available to pick up at the event!

Presentation House Gallery Book Launch at the NYABF this weekend!

Presentation House Gallery is pleased to announce two new publications: B.C. Almanac(h) C-B, and Cuneiform; Lynn Valley #10 by Andrew Dadson. Each will be launched at Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair, running September 18 – 20, 2015 at MoMA PS1.

B.C. Almanac(h) C-B, marks the long overdue re-issue of a rare, sought-after anthology of fifteen photographic bookworks, originally commissioned in 1970 by the National Film Board of Canada’s Still Photography Division. The 472-page book, designed as a type of exhibition, includes key figures in the vibrant multimedia art scene that was flourishing on Canada’s westcoast. Premiering at the New York Art Book Fair in Room T, Presentation House Gallery is also remounting the accompanying 1970 exhibition that was conceived as an immersive, multimedia version of the book. The project highlights the experimental ethos of artist book production as alternatives to gallery exhibitions during that period, as well as radical new approaches to the circulation of print culture through mass media. Artist Michael de Courcy, one of the project’s original organizers, will be in attendance along with Gallery curator Helga Pakasaar.

At booth G03, Presentation House Gallery, in collaboration with Bywater Bros. Editions premieres Cuneiform; Lynn Valley #10, by Andrew Dadson, the latest installment in the Lynn Valley series of artist-designed publications. Noted for his photography, landscape interventions, and recent series of luscious, aggressively impastoed abstract paintings, Vancouver-based artist Andrew Dadson has gained a considerable following for a practice that marries conceptualism with expressionism in unique and provocative dialogues. Dadson’s Cuneiform (2013 – ongoing) is a compendium of photographs taken on the streets and back alleys of Vancouver and Los Angeles that depict the adhesive substrate of signs missing from the exterior walls of buildings.

We’ll be at the NY Art Book Fair!

Presentation House Gallery will be participating in the New York Art Book Fair 2015, from September 18 to 20th, at MOMA PS1.

The gallery will present a re-mounting of B.C. Almanac(h) C-B, a book and exhibition originally commissioned by the Stills Division of the National Film Board of Canada in 1970. Organized by Vancouver artists Jack Dale and Michael de Courcy, fifteen West Coast artists were invited to produce photographic booklets that were then compiled into an anthology. Participants included experimental, multimedia artists Christos Dikeakos, Gerry Gilbert, Roy Kiyooka, Glenn Lewis, NE Thing Co., Michael Morris, and Vincent Trasov. The book was conceived as an exhibition, beginning with a double-page spread of the backsides of the artists walking into the book, and became an exhibition – a multimedia version of the book, complete with walls painted greyscale. This self-referential project highlights the materials and processes of print production and the circulation of print culture through mass media. The artists were experimenting with new technologies and used the camera to explore ideas about communication in the electronic “information age”. The individual bookworks range from a conceptualist work about books to a series of “straight” photographs. Many of the artists produced photo-collages about their bohemian lifestyles, and thus the Almanac book is also a document of the countercultural ethos of the period.

The re-printed publication will be available at the Fair.
Preview Thursday, September 17, 6-9 pm
Friday, September 18, 1-7pm
Saturday, September 19, 11am-9pm
Sunday, September 20, 11-am-7pm

MoMA PS1 is located at 22-25 Jackson Avenue on 46th Avenue,
Long Island City, NY


Building Begins on New Gallery in North Vancouver in Early 2016!

Shovels will go in the ground in early 2016 for a new art gallery on Vancouver’s waterfront, after a major funding announcement Friday morning by federal, provincial and municipal governments. At an event in North Vancouver, the Government of Canada announced it was investing $2.5M in the project, matching funds provided by the Province of British Columbia and the City of North Vancouver, for a total of $7.5M in public funding. This enables Presentation House Gallery to move forward in constructing a new, purpose-built facility after more than 30 years in the cramped quarters of a shared heritage building. The organization has already raised $6.5M in private donations for the facility. When it moves to the new building in 2017, the gallery will become known as the Polygon Gallery.

“We are honoured and thrilled by this support from the governments of Canada, British Columbia, and the City of North Vancouver,” said Gallery director Reid Shier. “We are looking forward to beginning the construction of this great new public art gallery on Canada’s west coast, and continuing our Gallery’s decades’ long tradition of presenting superlative Canadian and international art.”

“I am pleased to announce our Government’s support of $2.5M for the new Polygon Gallery. This funding will help Polygon achieve its goal of nearly tripling its space with an iconic new facility right here on North Vancouver’s scenic shoreline,” said Andrew Saxton, Member of Parliament for North Vancouver. “This renowned gallery will be a pivotal institution in the revitalization of our waterfront, and it is through projects like this that our Government remains committed to improving spaces and access to the arts for all Canadians.”

“The North Shore is blessed with a vibrant arts scene, and for nearly four decades, Presentation House has been at the forefront of our arts community. The gallery has promoted Canadian artists and provided art education, all while fostering a greater appreciation for arts and culture,” said the Honourable Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness and MLA for North-Vancouver Lonsdale. “I’m very pleased the Province was able to contribute $2.5 million toward building the gallery a new home, which, when finished, will give all of Greater Vancouver opportunities to discover artists and their work for years to come.”

“The City of North Vancouver is tremendously pleased to provide the location and $2.5 million in funding to support the Polygon Gallery, and to see this world-class project move forward,” said City of North Vancouver Mayor Darrell Mussatto. “The Polygon Gallery will be an exceptional addition to our vibrant central waterfront and an artistic and cultural hub for the community.”

The new gallery will take its name from Polygon Homes Ltd., which provided lead funding for the building in partnership with the Audain Foundation. Polygon Homes CEO Michael Audain has been a long-time advocate for the visual arts in Canada.

Established in 1976, Presentation House Gallery has developed an international reputation for innovative exhibitions featuring Canadian and international artists including Stan Douglas, Rodney Graham, Fred Herzog, Ian Wallace, Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Andy Warhol and many others. Over three decades, Presentation House Gallery has presented more than 300 exhibitions of photographic and media art, and become one of Canada’s most adventurous and highly respected public art galleries. With its new nearly 23-thousand square foot facility, the Gallery plans to expand its presentations and programming.

Designed by renowned BC firm Patkau Architects, the Polygon Gallery will be Vancouver’s first new public art gallery of the 21st century. The new building is designed to be operationally self-sustaining, and includes a gift shop and cafe, as well as exhibition and education space.