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We launched our Creative Learner Program for families and children!

A family-friendly guided tour aimed to create learning opportunities for multigenerational visitors, and hands-on art-making opportunities!

Date: Mar 25, 2023 from 12:00 – 1:30 at CICA Vancouver

All children must be accompanied by an adult. This event is free for everyone, pre-registration is required.

Demographic: Families with children aged 5-12: anywhere in the city. CICA recognizes that families come in all shapes and sizes, we use ”family” in the broadest sense of the word.

Exploring Abstract Art Event:

This event has been designed to engage families in learning about abstract art through exploring the exhibition “ New British Abstraction” which showcases works by several internationally renowned and important contemporary female artists. The goals of this event are to provide families with elementary aged children with a base understanding of the differences between figurative and abstract art.

Activities include free access to the exhibition, a family friendly guided tour aimed to create learning opportunities for multigenerational visitors, and hands-on art making opportunities led by artists and gallery educators.

CICA Creative Learners Initiative:

The CICA Creative Learners program is a gallery led initiative to engage families in the exploration of contemporary visual art practices. This program allows parents and caregivers to learn and alongside their children; creating opportunities for family engagement in contemporary arts; and to promote visual literacy, empathy, and understanding through art making.

Educational materials will also be provided for free on our website and can be printed by parents at home in preparation for their visit if they wish to engage in learning activities on their own with their children.

About the exhibition:

New British Abstraction features ten works by ten artists: Alia Ahmad, Sarah Cunningham, Li Hei Di, Pam Evelyn, Jadé Fadojutimi, Louise Giovanelli, Rachel Jones, Francesca Mollett, Michaela Yearwood-Dan and Flora Yukhnovich.

Hailing from British art schools in recent years, these ten young female artists are leading the charge internationally in new patterns of abstraction. Although diverse in each of their practices, some even floating between abstraction and figuration, they are united in their desire to rethink how abstraction can be expressed. In the midst of social changes that have swept the country over the last decade, they are less concerned with labels, and more focused on evolving traditions, drawing from and reflecting back the turbulence of our times. Rooted in explorations of colour, nature and desire, these artists push the boundaries – challenging and inspiring new conversations around abstraction and its ability to capture the complexities and emotions of contemporary life.

Curated by London-based guest curator Louis Blanc-Francard, New British Abstraction brings these ten artists together, as well as unveils their works to audiences in Vancouver, for the very first time.

Download the Creative Learners Worksheet

This worksheet will help you prepare for your visit before the event and will facilitate learning during the event. Please print it out and bring it with you.

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