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2020 LANEWAY TRANSFORMATION PROJECT

Mural Painting Underway
Thank you for your cooperation!
Work dates: September 18 to October 16, 2020
Location: East West laneway between Granville and Howe

Organized and supported by Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association

Artists: James Harry and Lauren Brevner
Inquiries: Winki Tam, winki@dtvan.ca

Partial Lane Closure
Dates: Friday, September 18 to Friday, October 16, 2020

Full Lane Closure
Dates: Tuesday, October 13 to Friday, October 16, 2020
7:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Entry/exit only from Howe Street; no entry/exit through Granville Street


About Our Laneways

The DVBIA has completed three Laneway Transformations to date, and are working towards revamping one laneway per year for the next ten years. This is a part of our commitment to enhancing downtown public spaces and leveraging the untapped potential in our districts laneways.

ALLEY OOP

Partners: HCMA, City of Vancouver, Hastings West Property Owners

ACKERY’S ALLEY

Partners: Tangible Interaction, HCMA, City of Vancouver, Vancouver Civic Theatres

EIHU LANE

Partners: SFU School for Contemporary Arts, City of Vancouver, Robson Street Business Association


Meet the Artists

Lauren Brevner

Lauren Brevner


Lauren is a mixed media portrait painter based in West Vancouver, B.C. Born and raised in New Westminster, Lauren grew up in a mixed heritage family, rich with culture and inspiration. In 2009, she moved to Osaka, Japan, in hopes of reconnecting with her roots. There, she had the honour of apprenticing under renowned artist, Sin Nakayamal. It was through her mentor that she first began her work as an artist. Nakayamal was the inspiration that sparked her journey to self-taught fruition. The composition of her paintings explores mixed-media through the use of oil, acrylic, and resin. This unique technical style is combined with Japanese chiyogami, yuzen, and washi paper on wooden panels. Her influence originates from the stylistic elements of traditional Japanese art and culture. She aspires to reinvent the eloquent tradition of using gold and silver leaf in art. Lauren’s paintings primarily involve the interpretation of female portraiture. She plays with polychromatic layers; the figures within it existing in surreal and isometric spheres. The women embody strength and femininity through sombre silence: their gaze, a myriad narrative. Lauren Brevner seeks to create a commentary on women’s subject and their depiction in art throughout the ages. Her portrayal of women serves to empower rather than objectify: a reflection of the vitality of sensuality over sexuality.

James Harry

James Harry


Born in 1989 to Squamish Nation and Namgis descent, James grew an interest in art when he began carving with his father, Xwalacktun. James started his career as a professional artist, carving the door panels of the BC Aboriginal Sports Hall of Fame. He later attended Emily Carr University of Art and Design, obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 2014. The YVR Art Foundation honoured him in 2011 and commissioned James to create an art piece for Vancouver International Airport. In the same year, James completed a co-op internship with various artists in the United Kingdom. He learned metal casting and taught Coast Salish sculpture, painting, and drawing in Scottish communities. In 2016, James was commissioned to create a permanent installation for UBC and created designs for the City of Richmond’s storm cast drains. In 2019, James was commissioned by the Vancouver School Board to create a 44’ totem pole outside of their main office in downtown Vancouver. James has made numerous public art pieces around the lower mainland. In 2019, James created a metal sculpture that can be seen outside of the Cineplex movie theatre at Park Royal in West Vancouver.

Artist’s Interns

Michele Bygodt

Annie Lafebvre

Destanie Clayton

Melissa Francis