Family FUSE Weekend Offers Creative Activities to Beat Summer Boredom Aug. 10 & 11

The Vancouver Art Gallery presents Family FUSE Weekend

August 10 + 11, 2019, 10 AM–4:30 PM

Admission is free for Gallery Members, as well as children aged 12 and under when accompanied by a ticketed adult.

The Vancouver Art Gallery welcomes families of all ages to its upcoming special program Family FUSE Weekend on August 10 + 11, 2019, from 10 AM to 4:30 PM. Beat summer boredom with a slew of activites ranging from collage and sculpture, to hip-hop dance and sound exploration all catered to children and youth. Programs will ignite creativity while inviting young participants to begin thinking like an artist and discover inspiration all around.

The Gallery’s insightful Art Educators will team up with local artists to lead interactive exhibition activations, multimedia workshops and creative studios. Along the way, participants will have an opportunity to see and learn about artworks of the Gallery’s current exhibitions: Alberto Giacometti: A Line Through Time; Vikky Alexander: Extreme Beauty; Robert Rauschenberg 1965-1980; and Views of the Collection: The Street.


10 AM-4:30 PM | Lobby

Create a Family FUSE road map, planning out your journey through the Gallery’s  exhibitions and programs for the fun-filled day ahead.

10:30 AM-4:30 PM | 1st Floor

Join the Gallery’s Art Agents for a tour of the exhibition Alberto Giacometti: A Line Through Time. Find out how Giacometti used ancient shapes and forms in his sculptures, drawings and paintings and see how, by using his hands with different textures, the artist created figures with their own unique personalities.

11 AM-4 PM | Annex Workshop

Discover the techniques of Giacometti as part of a sculpture workshop. Experiment hands-on with sculpting life-like human shapes and Giacometti’s versions of the body.


11:30 AM, 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM | 1st Floor Rotunda

Get moving! Join choreographers from Vancouver’s All Bodies Dance Project to create dynamic movement with inspiration from the art of Giacometti.

10:30 AM—4:30 PM | 2nd Floor

Take a closer look at the artworks on display with roving art and outdoor educator Kate Dawson. Afterwards, create your own masterpiece in response to the exhibitions Vikky Alexander: Extreme Beauty and Robert Rauschenberg 1965-1980.

10:30 AM—4 PM | 4th Floor

With inspiration from Views of the Collection: The Street, find out how city grid systems can become works of collage art while collaborating in this group workshop.

12:30 PM and 2:30 PM | 2nd Floor

Vancouver’s experimental musical trio Hubbub are known for their spontaneous sound making, from delicate tonal explorations to bouts of wacky storytelling. Hear the group perform in response to Robert Rauschenberg 1965-1980, an exhibition of the American artist who famously collaborated with composer John Cage.

11 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM | 4th Floor

For ages 7 and up. Registration is required.*

Become a pro at street photography with the help of instructors from Luminous Elephant Studios. Families are welcome to bring their own portable cameras or mobile devices, or use one of the cameras available at the Gallery.

*Limited spaces available. Please sign up at the Information Desk in the Lobby prior to workshop start times.

12 PM and 2 PM | 4th Floor

Local artist and “b-boy” Dedos brings the Gallery to life with music and dance! Learn the fundamental moves of hip-hop from none other than founding member of the iconic Canadian hip-hop group Rascalz.

About Family FUSE:

Since it began in 2009, thousands of families have enjoyed Vancouver Art Gallery’s variety of programming for children of all-ages as part of Family FUSE. Kid-friendly activities, performances, tours and workshops run by guest artists and Gallery educators make Family FUSE a great way for families to learn, discover and ignite their curiosity about art and art-making.

All programming is free for Gallery Members, as well as children aged 12 and under when accompanied by a ticketed adult.

For more information, visit:

Visionary Partner for Art Education:
Ji Ping Bai

About the Vancouver Art Gallery (

Founded in 1931, the Vancouver Art Gallery is recognized as one of North America’s most respected and innovative visual arts institutions. The Gallery’s ground-breaking exhibitions, extensive public programs and emphasis on advancing scholarship all focus on historical and contemporary art from British Columbia and around the world. Special attention is paid to the accomplishments of Indigenous artists, as well as to the arts of the Asia Pacific region—through the Institute of Asian Art that the Gallery founded in 2014. The Gallery’s programs also explore the impacts of images in the larger sphere of visual culture, design and architecture.

The Vancouver Art Gallery is a not-for-profit organization grateful to the support it receives by its members, individual donors, corporate funders, foundations, the City of Vancouver, the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

The Vancouver Art Gallery is situated on traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-waututh) peoples, and is respectful of the Indigenous stewards of the land it occupies, whose rich cultures are fundamental to artistic life in Vancouver and to the work of the Gallery.

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Media release and images provided by Hanah Van Borek, Vancouver Art Gallery. Featured images: Image 1 – Photo by Albert Law, Image 2 – Photo by Pardeep Singh

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