Curious Imaginings - A Patricia Piccinini Exhibition

Last updated on
Wednesday, September 19th, 2018
Program Description

'Curious Imaginings' is the latest exhibition by the Vancouver Biennale now open at The Patricia Hotel, Strathcona. 'Curious Imaginings' is the Canadian premier of Patricia Piccinini, a Melbourne based artist who works with silicon, automated fibre-glass and video installations to create hyper-realistic surrealist installations. 

This exhibition is very much on theme with the 2018-2020 Vancouver Biennale (re-IMAGE-n) and the Biennale’s mandate of art as a catalyst for learning, community engagement and dialogue. For students this exhibition is a unique opportunity to get incredibly close to these superb art works in a non-gallery setting that brings new meaning to the pieces. As well as fitting closely to the Arts Curriculum, the themes and content of the exhibition also provide chances for cross-curricular learning through discussions of genetics; technology; video installations; and the science and art behind creating the artworks. This is a must-see show with the potential to have huge impact on students. 

We are pleased to offer FREE exhibition visits to your pupils, led by an education professional. More information about the exhibition can be found at www.imcurious.ca  

William Gibson, a geneticist from UBC, said this of the exhibition - 'A fascinating exhibit that brings an emotional depth and immediacy to the topic of genetic engineering. I think it really engages participants in the discussion.' 

The exhibition is open September 14th until December 15 2018. School groups are welcome to visit Monday-Friday and a visit to the exhibition will last 1 hour, although timings can be changed to suit you. The visit will be led by an education professional for 30 pupils max at a time. 

Big Ideas
  • Complex tasks may require multiple tools and technologies.
  • Complex tasks require the acquisition of additional skills.
  • Design can be responsive to identified needs.
  • Complex tasks require different technologies and tools at different stages.
  • Complex tasks require the sequencing of skills.
  • Social, ethical, and sustainability considerations impact design.
  • Life processes are performed at the cellular level.
  • Cells are derived from cells.
  • Artists often challenge the status quo and open us to new perspectives and experiences.
  • Creative growth requires patience, readiness to take risks, and willingness to try new approaches.
  • Dance, drama, music, and visual arts are each unique languages for creating and communicating.
  • Individual and collective expression can be achieved through the arts.
  • Creative arts experiences can build community and nurture relationships with others.
  • Dance, drama, music, and visual arts each use their own unique sensory language for creating and communicating.
  • Identity is explored, expressed, and impacted through arts experiences.
  • The arts provide opportunities to gain insight into the perspectives and experiences of people from a variety of times, places, and cultures.
  • Exploring stories and other texts helps us understand ourselves and make connections to others and to the world.
  • Language and text can be a source of creativity and joy.
  • People understand text differently depending on their worldviews and perspectives.
  • Questioning what we hear, read, and view contributes to our ability to be educated and engaged citizens.
  • Exploring stories and other texts helps us understand ourselves and make connections to others and to the world.
  • Language and story can be a source of creativity and joy.
  • People understand text differently depending on their worldviews and perspectives.
  • Healthy relationships can help us lead rewarding and fulfilling lives.
  • Healthy relationships can help us lead rewarding and fulfilling lives.
  • Changing ideas about the world created tension between people wanting to adopt new ideas and those wanting to preserve established traditions.
  • Contacts and conflicts between peoples stimulated significant cultural, social, political change.
  • Human and environmental factors shape changes in population and living standards.
  • Collective identity is constructed and can change over time.
  • Disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between societies.
  • Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events.
  • The physical environment influences the nature of political, social, and economic change.
  • Trip Details
    City: 
    For Grades: 
    8, 9, 10, 11, 12
    Months Available: 
    Duration: 
    60 minutes unless otherwise stated.
    Maximum Students: 
    Offered In French: 
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    Fee Details
    Cost Per Student: 
    $0.00
    Cost Per Adult: 
    $0.00
    Fee Notes: 

    These free visits are offered on a first come, first served basis. 

    Additional Notes

    Please email naomi@vancouverbiennale.com or call 604-682-1282 to book. 

    On booking please have a few dates and times in mind; the number and age of your pupils; how many accompanying adults; and if any pupils have any additional needs.