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Contemporary Art Gallery

555 Nelson Street
Vancouver, Canada
Admission always free

Today's hours
12 pm - 6 pm
12 Nov 22·1:00 PMuntil3:00 PM

Open Studio

Finding Culture with Kelsie Grazier

A black and white portrait of Kelsie Grazier. She is sitting on a chair with her legs crossed wearing a blouse with balloon sleeves, jeans and no shoes. She is facing the camera directly.

Portrait of Kelsie Grazier. Photo: Alexa Mazzarello.⁠

Open Studio is a monthly program for young visitors and families inspired by contemporary art practices and CAG’s current exhibitions. In November, we invite you to join us for an art-making workshop led by artist Kelsie Grazier.

Inspired by CAG’s current exhibition Christine Sun Kim: Oh Me Oh My, Kelsie will guide participants in a process-based art-making activity with 2D materials such as charcoal, watercolours and graphite. The workshop will explore the ways feelings, gestures and experiences can be translated into form, with a particular focus on inviting participants to reflect on their relationships to Deaf and/or hearing cultures.


ASL interpretation will be available at this event, with many spaces reserved for d/Deaf and hard of hearing participants.


Registration for this event is free, but limited. RSVP to secure your place here.


Kelsie Grazier is a visual artist based in Vancouver, BC. With an emphasis on gestural brush strokes and fine lines, Kelsie paints to communicate the complexities of Deaf identity and cultural histories. She studied painting at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She obtained her Masters in Deaf Education at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and focused her research on global perceptions of Deaf identity. It was during this time that Kelsie, born with a mild hearing loss, suddenly became deaf. She returned to her art practice to explore her connection to a linguistic minority culture that is rooted in silence. She recently completed a Remote Research Residency with Arts Assembly and Access Gallery.