The 18th annual INCLUSION Art Show & Sale invites everyone to celebrate the incredible accomplishments of artists with developmental disabilities. See the creations of 200 artists who are working independently or are supported by local organizations across Metro Vancouver. Original pieces will be for sale – paintings, pottery, photography, art cards, glasswork, jewelry and more!
In-Person Show – October 6, 10:30am-7:30pm | Heritage Hall – 3102 Main Street, Vancouver (click here for Heritage Hall Event Parking Guide)
- Admission by donation, fully accessible venue, ASL interpretation provided.
- Meet the artists, enjoy art demonstrations, live music and refreshments – including wine!
Online Show – October 6-13 | www.inclusionartshow.com
- If you can’t join us in-person, we welcome you to enjoy from the comfort of your home.
Our 2022 show features work from nine participating studios. Check out the list below to learn about how these studios provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities to express themselves creatively.
Alternatives Gallery and Studio
Alternative Creations Studio, located in East Vancouver, is a collective that supports artists with developmental disabilities. Their studio provides the opportunity for artists to hone their skills, working both figuratively and abstractly and sometimes the space in between. Since 2012, Alternative Creations Studio has enriched the lives of artists, their families and the broader community. Here is a look of the work they do: Building a Community Through Art.
The Art Hive at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver provides people of all ages and skill levels to participate in guided activities or self-directed art making. It’s a great place to discover your inner artist, make art and build community!
Artists Helping Artists
A.H.A. (which stands for Artists Helping Artists) is an art studio collective where individuals of all abilities and skill levels are encouraged to come together to make art of all kinds! A.H.A. provides artists with studio space, affordable materials and the opportunity to pursue their aspirations concerning artistic expression.
Aspire Richmond Support Society
Aspire Richmond was founded by a group of parents who wanted more for their children than institutional living. Today, Aspire programs and services support each individual to lead thriving, connected, happy lives. Participants create beautiful and unique handicrafts of their choice and are taught other skills in a variety of different art forms.
BridgeArt began in 1998 as a small group of individuals who had the desire to develop and express themselves as artists. Their art includes a variety of subject matters and styles, including realism, abstract, impressionism and naïve art. They are supported by Inclusion Langley, formerly known as The Langley Association for Community Living (LACL), and support artists who showcase their work by participating in community events and projects that celebrate art.
Developmental Disabilities Association
DDA’s art program is a blend of creativity, expression and inclusion, open to artists of all levels. The program focuses entirely on what the artists are drawn to create. What may begin as a picture of a fish evolves into a painting, then a ceramic sculpture. The adaptability and collaboration with the artists’ interests are what helps to shape the program. The results are works of art of astounding quality and destined for homes.
Pottery Works is a studio and gallery space located in New Westminster BC, sponsored by the Community Living Society. A collective of talented painters, potters and jewellers create original works of art for exhibition and sale. Some of the PotteryWorks artists receive support, others attend independently; each inspiring one another to reach their artistic aspirations. Working artists provide instruction for those who want to improve their skills and talents. Learn more about PotteryWorks: About Us
Studio Seventy Three, located in Surrey and supported by Community Living Society, is home to a group of artists who work with glass to create beautiful glassware, decorative pieces and wearable art. These glass artists are fully trained in using techniques of molding and fusing to bring their original designs to life.
Vicuña Art Studio welcomed its first students in 2008 and is dedicated to providing artists with developmental disabilities the opportunity to become “true students of art.” Every participant who enters the studio is assured access to professional instruction, quality canvas, paint, brushes, clay and tools. Owned and operated by the Ridge Meadows Association for Community Living, Vicuña is supported by funding from the provincial government and generous donations from its many patrons and supporting members. Listen to Vicuña artists share their stories: posAbilities Artists, in Burnaby
Check out the online INCLUSION Art Show at inclusionartshow.com throughout October to browse work from artists with diverse abilities. Online sales available from October 6-13.