Vancouver Mural Festival's best of the neighbourhood: Downtown/Robson/West End

Sep 1 2020, 10:39 am

The Vancouver Mural Festival (VMF) is well into its 2020 celebration and this year, it can be experienced in more neighbourhoods than ever.

From now until September 7, artists will paint and unveil more than 60 murals in nine different neighbourhoods — adding to the vast amount of art that already decorates Vancouver streets.

By expanding to more neighbourhoods and creating more murals than ever, VMF organizers are aiming to support local artists, communities, and businesses while inviting attendees to safely enjoy nearby neighbourhoods.

Explore the creativity of VMF and make a day of checking out the Downtown, Robson and West End murals and activities!

Things to do

#MAKEARTWHILEAPART Murals

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Created by Carson Ting.(Gabriel Martins)

If you have FOMO about missing the plywood shopfront murals earlier this year, here’s a second chance to check out some of the inspiring mural pieces.

Robson #MakeArtWhileApart plywood re-installation in Eihu Lane and Bute (five original murals on display). Plus, stop by from 8 to 10 pm to enjoy nightly #MakeArtWhileApart mural and video projections.

Take a break at the Bute & Alberni Pop-Up Plaza (street mural by Atheana Picha)

Downtown Shopfront Murals Exhibit at the Pendulum Gallery featuring a photo exhibit and select plywood installations.

Earth Justice

In 2019, Burrard Arts Foundation in collaboration with Vancouver Mural Festival brought international street art legend, Shepard Fairey, to the city for his first-ever Vancouver mural (and one of his largest ever). See Earth Justice at the corner of Burrard and Georgia.

Downtown Laneways

Take the perfect summer selfie by visiting the freshly repainted Alley Oop and Ackery’s Alley. Then go for a stroll down Canvas Corridor in Eihu Lane to discover two blocks filled with 45 colourful doors and vents by 27 artists and designers (joint public art project by the Robson BIA & DVBIA).

Order a Picnic 2 go with Dine Outside

Dine OutSide/Tourism Vancouver

Tourism Vancouver’s newest summer initiative, Dine OutSide, sees participating restaurants offering prix fixe menus at $15, $25, $35, or $45 price points. Downtown/Robson/West End has a number of favourite food sports serving special promotional deals and “take-outside” picnic packs to enjoy on pop-up patios and in nearby parks.

Murals to see on Robson

Ovila Mailhot located at 1046 Robson.

Edge located at 1168 Robson.

Fiona Ackerman located at 813 Burrard Street.

Plus VMF fans can enjoy a brighter and more spacious shopping experience with the VMF x Robson Street barriers beautifully painted by WKNDRS, Katie So, and Chris Perez along the 1000, 1100 and 1200 block of Robson.

Murals to see in the West End

Carson Ting and Annie Chen located at 990 Nicola Street.

Carson Ting and Annie Chen collaborating on a building wrap on the corner of Nelson and Nicola / Photo by Hubert Kang

Plus explore the previously featured Pride Collection, with completed murals by Mandy Tsung, Pearl Low and Margaret August. Pride Collection is sponsored by the West End BIA and Vancouver Pride Society.

Murals to see Downtown

Lauren Brevner & James Harry

Sarah Delaney 

Frazer Adams 

Kari Kristensen 

Luke Ramsey 

The Downtown VMF murals can be seen in various locations at Bentall Centre, around Thurlow and Eveleigh streets. The artworks are supported by Bentall Centre.

Download the VMF Mobile App to find the city’s 250+ murals including this year’s 15 new murals in Downtown/Robson/West End. Visit https://vanmuralfest.ca/ and follow @vanmuralfest for details and updates for Vancouver Mural Festival 2020 (August 18 – September 7)

Reminder: VMF Contest: Explore the nine VMF 2020 Mural Neighbourhoods. Post your favourite mural photos and tag #exploreVMF and @vanmuralfest on Instagram for your chance to win great prizes from all 9 neighbourhoods.

Daily Hive is a proud media partner of the 2020 Vancouver Mural Festival

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