Skip to main content

You are viewing an archived event from a previous year.

Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

Artists for Conservation Festival 2019

History & heritage Indigenous Nature & outdoors Performance Visual arts
Email Save QR code

Date and time


VanDusen Botanical Garden

Vancouver, BC



Offered in English and French.

Wheelchair accessible.


The 9th annual Artists for Conservation Festival is a multi-day, nature-themed arts and culture event for all ages that highlights the natural and cultural heritage of Vancouver's Lower Mainland through a rich program of art exhibits and workshops, musical and cultural performances, First Nations presentations and more. Festival programming aims to engage, inform and inspire the public about the importance of preserving our natural and cultural heritage, locally and globally. Indoor exhibits/activities are free with no admission required. Outdoor/garden activities at VanDusen are free with standard garden admission.

Key programming includes:

• World-class conservation-themed art exhibit, featuring top local, national and international artists;

• Live music and First Nations cultural performances and presentations;

• Exhibits of local artists and youth;

• Workshops (visual and performing), including First Nations cultural dance, drumming, field sketching, Plein-air painting and a collaborative public mural;

• Live art and First Nations carving demos;

• Art/craft activities for youth;

• Collaborative musical and visual art performances;

• Artist public lectures/presentations;

• Films relating to local art & natural heritage;

In 2019, the Artists for Conservation Festival returns to multiple venues, with main programming at VanDusen Botanical Garden. Additional programming will run at Maplewood Conservancy's Nature House, Delbrook Community Centre, and Bloedel Conservatory. Visit the AFC Festival website for details.



Artists for Conservation International Foundation

Artists for Conservation (AFC) is the world’s leading group of artists dedicated to supporting the environment. Founded in 1997, AFC represents many of the world's most celebrated names in the nature/wildlife art genre among a dedicated membership of professional and emerging artists from nearly 30 countries. AFC is a driving force in a global artistic movement supporting conservation and education. The Artists for Conservation Festival in Vancouver, is the organization's flagship event with special emphasis and highlighting of local visual and performing artists.

Through international art exhibits, collaborative art-science expeditions, annual festival, awards, publications, and online initiatives, AFC informs and inspires the public to conserve our natural heritage. Among its membership, AFC serves to foster artistic excellence and empower passionate artists as effective ambassadors for the environment.