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Contemporary Art Gallery

555 Nelson Street
Vancouver, Canada
Closed for installation
until June 7, 2024

Admission always free
14 Oct 23·1:00 PMuntil3:00 PM

Open Studio

Still Life Casting with Kyla Gilbert

A portrait of Kyla Gilbert

Photo: Scout Heckel


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

Inspired by CAG’s current exhibition Lotus L. Kang: In Cascades, attendees will be introduced to the casting technique known as bas-relief. Throughout this workshop, Kyla will guide participants in working with a range of botanicals and vegetables to create a “still life” composition. By embedding these organic materials into clay, each participant will craft their own unique plaster cast tile. Alongside learning about bas-relief casting, participants will also get the opportunity to be introduced to a variety of other casting methods.


Registration for this event is free, but limited. A number of spots are reserved for families. RSVP to secure your place here.


Kyla Gilbert is a visual artist based out of Vancouver BC on the unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She graduated with a BFA in performance from Concordia University in 2017 and spent the two subsequent years touring as a puppeteer with DJ Kid Koala. Her current practice revolves around intuitive encounters with materials. As a former puppeteer and performer, she approaches her process as a site for improvisation that results in the creation of objects full of discrepancy, juxtaposition, awkwardness, and joy. Kyla completed her MFA in Studio Art from Emily Carr University in spring of 2022.


ASL interpretation is available on request. Requests can be accommodated up to 5 days in advance. Please contact to book or for more information.