On Saturday August 20th, the inaugural Vancouver Mural Festival (VMF) took over a huge number of the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood walls with stunning, exciting, and colourful murals. With the support of Mount Pleasant BIA, Burrard Arts Foundation (*BAF), the City of Vancouver, and many local business/supporters VMF became a reality for founders David Vertesi, Gabriel Hall, and Artistic Director, Andrew Young.


Drew Young and Jay Senetchko

To celebrate the first ever VMF and all the 35+ permanent murals a street festival took place along Main Street, on Saturday. The festival included: walking/biking tours, speaker panels, live music, local food vendors, and so much more! For the third year running, Rize has once again sponsored the Beaumont Stage (VMF evolved from the Autumn Shift Festival held on Main Street).


Rize couldn’t be more happy to not only be a part of this awesome neighbourhood, but to also be a part of VMF! The Independent construction site is now the home of two incredible murals!

The upper hoarding along Broadway displays awarding winning and highly influential Canadian artist, Tim Barnard. Barnard’s style is distinctive, done in black and white and incorporates contemporary art, psychedelic graphics, and historical muralism.


Install of Tim Barnard’s mural


The second mural on The Independent site is a community mural titled, MetaMorph, by Ashley Guindon in collaboration with the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House youth team. Created through group drawing sessions, the design incorporates the doodles of many into one big doodle for all! You can find this mural wrapped around the corner of Kingsway and Broadway.


Install of Ashley Guindon’s mural


As an additional project (separate from VMF) we collaborated with Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House again. During one of their Summer Day Camps a Bicycle Wheel Weaving Workshop hosted by Lucy Poskitt took place. The wheels were generously donated by Bike Doctor and Sports Junkies. This workshop allowed youth to learn a new art technique and showcase their talent along the 10th Avenue Bike Lane!


Install of Weaved Bicycle Wheels

The inaugural Vancouver Mural Festival was a huge success, adding to the vitality of this iconic Vancouver neighbourhood and Main Street and showcasing many talented local artists on a large and very public scale. We can’t wait for next year!


Front: Sandy & Steve Pell mural at Kafka’s | Behind: Drew Young and Jay Senetchko mural

Related articles:

Georgia Straight: Inaugural Vancouver Mural Festival will put urban art in the spotlight

First look: Where to find the 40+ murals featured in the Vancouver Mural Festival

Georgia Straight: Vancouver Mural Festival takes art to the streets

CBC: See how the Vancouver Mural Festival has transformed the city




Andrea Wan