The Eastside Arts Society welcomes art enthusiasts to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the beloved Eastside Culture Crawl and the indelible impact the event has made on the Eastside Arts District community over the past 25 years. The 25th annual Eastside Culture Crawl Visual Art, Design & Craft Festival will feature a new artist livestream schedule, a dedicated appointment-based preview weekend, and the Culture Crawl’s traditional open studio series. The event’s landmark edition offers arts patrons an enhanced opportunity to fully customize their Culture Crawl experience and visit the studios of 400+ artists.
25th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl
- Preview Weekend:
- November 12-14, 2021
- Friday, 5:00pm to 10:00pm; Saturday & Sunday, 11:00am to 6:00pm
- Reserved appointments only
- Open Studio Weekend: November 18-21, 2020
- Thursday & Friday 5:00pm to 10:00pm; Saturday & Sunday, 11:00am to 6:00pm
- In-person at various Eastside locations between Columbia St, 1st Ave, Victoria Drive, and the waterfront, and online.
To maximize the Culture Crawl experience and open accessibility for all patrons in Metro Vancouver and beyond, the Eastside Arts Society has created further improvements to its digital presence, including a newly designed and user-friendly website, an artist livestream schedule, appointment booking software, and increased access to artists through 360° virtual studio tours.
For those visitors who wish to attend in-person, the Culture Crawl features two options in 2021.
Based on overwhelmingly positive feedback from 2020, when studio appointment bookings were created for the first time, this year’s event will once again provide a preview weekend November 12-14, reserved for appointments only, cultivating an intimate, quality interactive experience for both artists and guests. And for those Culture Crawl enthusiasts wishing for a more traditional event experience, open studios will return for the event’s main weekend November 18-21, offering patrons the exciting and dynamic energy the event is known for.
A highlight of Vancouver’s arts and cultural calendar, the Eastside Culture Crawl presents unparalleled access to visual artists practicing a variety of different art forms, including painting, sculpture, pottery, photography, jewelry, glass art, furniture, and more. Through a wide range of accessible events and activities both in-person and online, art lovers in the Eastside Arts District and beyond are encouraged to explore their creative curiosities and expand their worldviews through art.
Eastside Arts Society’s health and safety protocols — in strict compliance with provincial health orders — can be viewed here.
Culture Crawl goers are invited to supplement their Eastside Culture Crawl experience through a number of feature presentations and exhibitions, including:
November 1–30, 2021 (Dates vary depending on venue)
Firehall Arts Centre (280 E Cordova St)
Alternative Creations (1659 Venables St)
The Cultch (1895 Venables St)
Pendulum Gallery (885 W Georgia St)
Herschel Flagship Store, Infinity Room (349 Water St)
A multi-venue, salon-style curated exhibition, Surfacing will feature works from 75 + artists curated by a jury of their peers. The exhibit will explore these challenging times through art created out of moments of frustration, vulnerability, strength, hope, and gratitude. Works in this broad-reaching exhibition include painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, video and other media.
Take Flight Virtual Benefit
October 14–November 6, 2021
An online benefit and festival launch event, this year’s event features a silent auction–featuring such extraordinary items as Burrowing Owl double magnum, John Fluevog gift card, and art workshops from Culture Crawl artists–as well as the return of the wildly popular Art Roulette.
November 9-11, 2021
A curated series of three online artist talks and conversations, moderated by Carlyn Yandle, a former print journalist and artist whose practice includes public art installations, painting, fibre arts and sculpture.
November 8, 2021 at 7pm (online premiere)
Full details of Eastside Culture Crawl events, artists, talks, and locations can be found online.
Win a Prize Package
I have an awesome prize package to give away (valued at $230)! It includes:
- Classic Herschel backpack
- Crawl umbrella & tote
- Crawl artist colouring page & collage kit
- A $100 DeSerres gift card
Here’s how you can enter to win:
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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 9:00pm on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. UPDATE: The winner is Shirley!