I recently attended Art! Vancouver and I was impressed with the world-class event and the array of both Canadian and International artists exhibiting. This is the third year that the event has taken place. What have you noticed about its transformation from its first year?
From the first year to the third year, the worldwide awareness has grown and attracted more international exhibitors and attendees, and art collectors.
A large event like Art! Vancouver must require a lot of planning. Can you please tell me a little about the planning process and how you go about attracting such a large array of renowned artists?
An international art fair takes the whole year to prepare for as we are reaching the entire world. We personally attend international art fairs to talk to the exhibitors to let them know that there now exists an art fair in Western Canada. We also research online and send out invitations to qualified exhibitors.
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You chose the Vancouver Convention Centre for Art! Vancouver’s venue. Why was this the best location for the event?
We chose the Vancouver Convention Centre to host our event as it is recognized world wide as a reputable location for world class events, and it gives us the space to grow as our event grows without having to change locations in the future.
Vancouver’s art scene is continuing to grow at a rapid pace. With Art! Vancouver and now Vancouver Mural Fest, Vancouver is becoming a global art hub. Have you witnessed this growth and where do you see Vancouver’s art scene heading?
With the addition of Art! Vancouver as an international art fair, we see Vancouver’s art scene becoming a world-class arts destination, as we personally promote Vancouver worldwide as a place for the arts. We have attracted the attention of CNN, they called and said “We didn’t know about Art! Vancouver, but now we do.” Our event was covered by international media, broadcasted in 70 countries by China News, broadcasted in 50 countries by LGBT TV, across Canada by CBC Arts TV, Novus TV, City TV, Shaw TV, and many more. We have been contacted by newspapers in other countries such as Sydney Australia asking, “Tell us why we should drop everything here in Sydney and fly to see Art! Vancouver in Canada?”
How do you choose what artists will exhibit at Art! Vancouver? Do you have a strict selection process?
Now that you have experienced continued success with Art! Vancouver, and knowing what you know now, where do you see this event headed in the future? Are there any changes you would like to make?
We are working on creating Vancouver Art Week, where other art events are coordinated during the same week to attract more international attendees that would travel to Vancouver to experience a week of events. This event will help put Vancouver on the map as an International arts destination. As an example, Miami Art Week has 22 shows all coinciding during the same week, attracting 72,000 people who go to Miami to attend art events. Arco in Madrid attracts over 90,000 attendees. We would like to see Vancouver join this art world happening.