Emily Carr: Fresh Seeing – French Modernism and the West Coast

October 22, 2020–January 24, 2021

Emily Carr: Fresh Seeing Virtual Tour

The in-person exhibition may be over but you can still experience it virtually!

Spend time with Co-curators Kiriko Watanabe and Dr. Kathryn Bridge as they take you on a 35 minute tour through the highlights of this exhibition. Discover some of their personal reflections and behind-the-scenes experiences. Consider this the next best thing to an actual visit or an added bonus if you’re planning on coming.

Take a fresh look at Emily Carr. Now she’s beloved as a Canadian icon of arts and letters. But first, she broke all the rules.

In 1911, Carr visited France, where she charted new ground as a modernist painter. Time spent at her canvas and encounters with international artists changed her forever. When she returned to BC, her painting style had been transformed. This exhibition investigates Carr’s momentous journey to France that broke the bonds of her conservative art training.

With artworks depicting landscapes from the French countryside to the shores of Haida Gwaii to the banks of the mighty Skeena River, Emily Carr: Fresh Seeing captures the moment Carr revolutionized Canadian modernism.

Records from the Royal BC Museum Emily Carr collection—the world’s largest—will also be included in the exhibition. Postcards sent home from France and detailed lists of travel expenses from Carr and her sister Alice add a highly personal lens through which to understand Carr’s life and work.

Emily Carr exhibition programs

Travel to France with Emily Carr and back home to BC through our digital programs. Enjoy access to insight from Carr experts and museum professionals; drawing and crafting activities for children and adults; and virtual walking tours through Emily’s neighbourhood and the Royal BC Museum collections.  

View our upcoming Emily Carr programs and events

Planning your visit

To help you keep healthy and safe, the museum is operating with reduced visitor capacity and timed ticketing. Check availability and reserve your tickets on our website before you visit, as we cannot guarantee tickets will be available for your preferred entry time at the box office. 

Following the advice of the public health authority, we have given our health and safety program some mammoth upgrades to safeguard the wellbeing of staff and visitors. Learn more:

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