Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art


We are super excited to collaborate with community partner Massy Books for our new membership perks! Anyone who signs up for a Centre A Membership will now receive a 10% discount off their next Massy purchase with a coupon, valid until December 31, 2022.

Use the free bookmark included in your membership for your upcoming reads! Pictured here is Chinatown Ghosts: The Poems and Photographs of Jim Wong-Chu, which you can find at both the Centre A Reading Room and Massy Books for purchase.


New applicants who sign up for Centre A’s membership will receive the following benefits:

– Priority to pre-order any new Centre A publication 

Priority access to any new items (including publications) at the Centre A Boutique 

10% discount on any items at the Centre A Boutique 

Subscription to our monthly e-newsletter 

Voting privileges at our Annual General Meeting 

Donation receipts for any donation $20 or above 

– A 10% discount coupon with Massy Books and free bookmark


Students Membership: $10

Regular Membership: $20


– Sign up via the link in our bio

– Contact us at [email protected] (if you have any other questions about our membership)


November 20, 2021, 3 – 6 PM PST

Join us at Centre A for the official launch of artist Gu Xiong’s new book “The Remains of a Journey”. The event will be held in person on Saturday, November 20, from 3 to 6 PM.

Register HERE

The book is edited by Gu Xiong and April Liu, with additional contributions by Chris Lee, Xiaoping Li, Xiaoyan Yang, Steven Dragonn, and Henry Heng Lu. The book documents Gu Xiong’s 2020-21 exhibition of the same name at Centre A and Canton-sardine — a major milestone in his repertoire. ?In unearthing archival images, some of which have not been seen for over 100 years, the multimedia exhibition brought significant chapters of Canada’s Chinese diasporic history to light.

The book is co-published by Centre A and Canton-sardine

Books will be available for purchase for $80 each and the artist will be in attendance and signing books.

Please email us at [email protected] if you require any assistance.


November 13, 2021, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM PST

Artist Talk: Sona Safaei-Sooreh

This artist talk will take place online via Zoom.

Register HERE.

Centre A’s executive director/curator Henry Heng Lu will be in conversation with Centre A’s current exhibiting artist Sona Safaei-Sooreh about her practice and research in relation to her Centre A exhibition, Revolving: a family tale. A Q&A will follow.

Revolving: a family tale is a multimedia exhibition that revisits the semi-colonial history of the Iranian oil industry and attempts to compare the story of its nationalization with present-day political affairs.


Sona Safaei-Sooreh is an Iranian–born artist based in Toronto. She holds a B.Sc. from Azad University and a BFA from OCAD University. In 2017, she graduated from the MVS program at the University of Toronto. Her practice is largely concept-driven, and in many instances, it positions itself in discourses around literary theory, political economy, and institutional critique.

Safaei-Sooreh has shown her work nationally and internationally in venues such as hinterland galerie (Vienna), Art Athina Platform Projects (Athens), Zalucky Contemporary (Toronto), Artspace (Peterborough), Mohsen Gallery (Tehran), KunstraumKreuzberg/Bethanien and nGbK (Berlin), Cite internationale des arts (Paris), De Bond (Bruges), Harbourfront Centre (Toronto), Thomas Erben Gallery (New York), SESC Vila Mariana (São Paulo), Aaran Gallery (Tehran), and Parkingallery (Tehran). In addition, her work was part of a travelling exhibition called PROJECT 35: VOLUME 2, which has toured around the world.

Please email us at [email protected] if you require any assistance.


2021 Centre A Holiday Art Market
Application Deadline: November 13, 2021 

Holidays are just around the corner, and wouldn’t it be nice to just pick up our luggage and take off somewhere? Our desire to travel, venture, and reach out to the loved ones far away grows bigger and bigger during this time of the year. Knowing that not everyone has such luxury to do so, Centre A would like to suggest a different way to finally dust off and use our carry-ons. 

Carry-on! The 2021 Centre A Holiday Art Market encourages artists to submit artworks that can fit in a carry-on suitcase. The selected artworks will be featured and on display at Centre A for silent auction from December 4 to December 18, 2021. An opening event will be held on Friday, December 3, 2021, from 4 to 7 pm. Mark your calendars!

Submission is free, and will be juried by the Centre A curatorial team.

Go HERE to complete our online submission form.

Selection process:

– All selected artworks must be ready to be dropped off at Centre A and for installation by December 1, 2021.
– Accepted artists will receive a complimentary Centre A membership for a year
– Accepted artworks will be bid on in the gallery during the exhibition period
– Accepted artworks must be priced between 20 and 300 Canadian Dollars.
– Accepted artists will receive 60% of the selling price of their artwork(s) sold during the exhibition

Get in touch with us at [email protected] if you need assistance with your submission.

On Lumbung: Artist Talk with ruangrupa + GUDSKUL

November 4, 2021, 6:00 – 7:30 PM PDT

Register HERE.

Join Centre A, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and OCAD University for a conversation with ruangrupa and GUDSKUL, “On Lumbung”, on sharing, solidarities, collectivity, and the lumbung as method towards sustainability.

ruangrupa is a Jakarta-based collective established in 2000 and are curators of the upcoming documenta fifteen in Kassel, Germany. As a non-profit organization that strives to support the idea of art within urban and cultural context ruangrupa involves artists and other disciplines such as social sciences, politics, technology, media, etc., to give critical observation and views towards Indonesian urban contemporary issues. ruangrupa also produce collaborative works in the form of art projects such as exhibitions, festivals, art labs, workshops, research projects, as well as books, magazines and online-journal publications.

As an artists’ collective, ruangrupa has been involved in many collaborative and exchange projects, including participating in big exhibitions such as Gwangju Biennale (2002 & 2018), Istanbul Biennial (2005), Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (Brisbane, 2012), Singapore Biennale (2011), São Paulo Biennial (2014), Aichi Triennale (Nagoya, 2016) and Cosmopolis at Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2017). In 2016, ruangrupa curated TRANSaction: Sonsbeek 2016 in Arnhem, NL.

From 2015-18, ruangrupa co-developed a cultural platform Gudang Sarinah Ekosistem together with several artists’ collectives in Jakarta, located at Gudang Sarinah warehouse, Pancoran, South Jakarta. It is a cross-disciplinary space that aims to maintain, cultivate and establish an integrated support system for creative talents, diverse communities, and various institutions. In 2018, learning from their experience establishing Gudang Sarinah Ekosistem and together with Serrum and Grafis Huru Hara, ruangrupa co-initiated GUDSKUL: contemporary art collective and ecosystem studies (or GUDSKUL, in short, pronounced similarly like “good school” in English). It is a public learning space established to practice an expanded understanding of collective values, such as equality, sharing, solidarity, friendship and togetherness.

For this lecture, members from ruangrupa and GUDSKUL will expand on the concept of the lumbung, an Indonesian term for a communal rice barn, as a model for creative and artistic practices they have developed throughout the years and the iterations their collective practices have gone through. 


Trained as an architect (B.Arch from Universitas Indonesia and M.Arch from Cranbrook Academy of Art), farid rakun wears different hats, depending on who is asking. A visiting lecturer in the Architecture Department of Universitas Indonesia, he is also a part of the artists’ collective ruangrupa, with whom he co-curated TRANSaction: Sonsbeek 2016 in Arnhem, NL, and currently taking the helmet as Artistic Direction for documenta fifteen (Kassel, 2022).

Marcellina “Cella” Dwi Kencana Putri is the manager of GUDSKUL. She studied International Relations and has a postgraduate degree in Cultural Anthropology. Previously, she was a producer in Studio Batu, a Yogyakarta-based collective and served as a co-curator for OK. Pangan, Media Art Festival (2017), where she found her main interest in food-related subjects. She has never been able to resist having a dessert after a meal, and finds cooking as a therapeutic way to keep her sanity intact.

Henry Heng Lu is a curator, writer, and artist. He is a co-founder of Call Again, a mobile initiative/collective committed to creating space for contemporary diasporic artistic practices. Presently, he is Executive Director/Curator of Centre A: Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (moderator).

Melissa Karmen Lee is the Director of Education and Public Programs at the Vancouver Art Gallery. She is a social practice curator that has collaborated on a variety of different art practices in Hong Kong and Vancouver (moderator).

This lecture is supported by the Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research / Government of Canada, the research offices at OCAD University and Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and Centre A: Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

Please email us at [email protected] if you require any assistance.


November 10 – 19, 2021

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Centre A is excited to partner with the 25th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival as a community supporter for Waikiki, a film by Christopher Kahunahana.


Kea can’t make ends meet, even while working as a hula dancer, karaoke-bar hostess, and elementary school Hawaiian-language teacher. After a violent altercation with her boyfriend, Kea accidentally hits a homeless man with her car. Not wanting to involve the authorities, she decides to take care of the mysterious man herself. But while she continues to struggle with her own financial hardship and difficulty finding housing, Kea’s downward spiral begins to reveal a deeply rooted trauma from her past. As her life careens out of control, so too does her grasp on the world around her. The film stars Danielle Zalopany, Peter Shinkoda, and Jason Quinn


Christopher Kahunahana is a Sundance Institute Native Lab and Feature Film Program Alumni. As the founder of 4th World Film, he’s written and directed LAHAINA NOON and directed a short documentary for the Smithsonian Institute’s Asian Pacific American “A Day in the Life” project.

“Christopher Kahunahana’s captivating storytelling ventures beyond the world-famous titular tourist destination and strikes an aesthetic that is perhaps unfamiliar to those with cursory knowledge of idyllic Hawaii. Kahunahana’s juxtaposition of the latter against the cold concrete of looming and perpetual urban development casts a critical look at the gentrified waste of ecological decay, systemic poverty, and the enduring legacy of U.S. colonization, which haunts the faces and spaces of Kahunahana’s film. Waikiki is a critical contribution to the growing body of Native Hawaiian cinema.” — Kevin Lim 

Please email us at [email protected] if you require any assistance.

Vancouver Art Book Fair – Centre A Virtual Table

October 18 – 26, 2021

Mark your calendars! Centre A will be an exhibitor at this year’s Vancouver Art Book Fair from October 18 to 26, 2021. Come visit our VIRTUAL TABLE, where we will have various art books and items for sale from a wide range of local and international artists.

Featured in our catalogue are titles such as Samson Young’s It’s a Heaven Over There, Seung Woo Back’s “18 Buildings,” Immersion: An Asian Anthology of Love, Fantasy, and Speculative Fiction edited by J.F. Garrad et al., and Fire/Fire by Malaspina Printmakers with Abbas Akhavan and Marina Roy. In addition, we are offering limited edition works by artists Wei Chang, Janet Wang, and Clare Yow.

We are also excited to launch artist Gu Xiong’s new book entitled “The Remains of a Journey,” edited by Gu Xiong and April Liu, with additional contributions by Chris Lee, Xiaoping Li, Xiaoyan Yang, Steven Dragonn, and Henry Heng Lu. The book documents Gu Xiong’s exhibition of the same name at Centre A and Canton-sardine — a major milestone in both the artist’s repertoire as well as Canadian art. The book is co-published by Centre A and Canton-sardine, and will be available for pre-order at our table.

Please email us at [email protected] if you require any assistance.