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Autobiographical Art: Recreating the Self

  • James Black Gallery 144 East 6th Avenue Vancouver, BC, V5T 1J5 Canada (map)


In this part-talk part-exercise session, you will take a close look at the impulses that drive autobiographical works of art and the intentions behind them. By looking at the process of different autobiographical artists and relating their work to MEMORY, HEALING, IDENTITY, and POWER, we will uncover the value of this art practice that is often misjudged as pure self-indulgence or narcissism. We will explore key concepts that will be directly put in practice through guided exercises.


These will be short briefs to conceptualize ideas inspired by the information above. The content is personal in nature hence you will be free to share or not share the work you create. You can also use the session to improve on a personal project that you have already initiated.

Is this workshop for me?

This course is for you if you fall under one or more from the following: 

  • You identify yourself as someone whose life influences his/her art.

  • You are interested in learning about famous artists who worked with material from their lives and how they did it.

  • You have a project based on events from your life that you’d like to pursue and need inspiration to accomplish it.

  • You are an emerging artist or art enthusiast looking to broaden your knowledge in art.

Tools to bring:

  • Sketchbook

  • Pencils

  • Any medium that you're comfortable working with (DSLR, phone with camera, drawing material etc.)


Regular: 75 CAD
Student: 50 CAD

Note: If you really want to attend but can't afford the ticket please drop me an email.

About the venue

james black

The James Black Gallery is dedicated to providing low cost space for artists to experiment, create, and show their work. The JBG is located in a heritage building in Mount Pleasant (est. 1889). The space hosts events, studio space, and a sculpture workshop. Artists are encouraged to try out different mediums and experiment with the equipment in house.

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Later Event: May 2
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