Artists for Conservation Festival

2022-09-22 10.00am - 5.00pm 2022-09-25 Location: VanDusen Botanical Garden

The Artists for Conservation Festival returns to VanDusen Garden from September 22 – 25, 2022.

In addition to the main art exhibit, the festival will feature a rich program of live music, films, live art demonstrations, classes, wildlife encounters and more!

Regular garden admission rates or VBGA membership required for outdoor festival activities.

Artists for Conservation (AFC) – the world’s leading artist group supporting the environment – is returning to VanDusen Botanical Garden to host its twelfth AFC Festival!

VBGA Events at VanDusen During the Festival:

Michael LeGeyt Collection: Library Gallery open for extended hours during Artists for Conservation Event!
September 22, 23, 24: 10.00am – 5.00pm
September 25: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Visit VanDusen’s Library to view the special collection of unique watercolours painted in situ, donated by artist, author, scientist, volunteer and board member to the VBGA, Michael LeGeyt.

Salmon Parks: Community Film Screening & Riparian Habitat Guided Walk
September 21 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Join us for a guided tour with the VBGA’s Indigenous Initiatives Coordinator, Geronimo Alec, focusing on riparian plants that support salmon habitat from an Indigenous perspective. Following the walk, we will come together for a community film screening & facilitated discussion about the Salmon Parks initiative. Register now!

Indoor Vertical Garden Class
September 4 from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Explore living walls and window farms and the systems used to implement them indoors, so you can enjoy a variety of plants year-round.

Discover the benefits and the various methods that can be used to set up indoor vertical gardens. Learn the principles of planning a thriving vertical garden, managing water and light requirements, and choosing the most suitable plants. Leave class inspired to transform your home or office into a natural work of art! Sold out.

Chigiri-e Paper Art

September 22 from 1:30pm to 4:00pm

Chigiri-e is a Japanese art form using pieces of hand-dyed washi paper to create beautiful and detailed images. The result resembles a watercolour painting with a delicate texture.

In this hands-on, creative art workshop, you will practice handcrafting skills, learn step-by-step Chigiri-e paper techniques and create two art pieces. Supplies included. Sold out.

About Artists for Conservation

​Artists for Conservation (AFC) is the world’s leading group of artists supporting the environment. Founded in 1997, the non-profit organization comprises a membership of 500 of the world’s most gifted nature artists from 27 countries, across five continents. Dedicated to nurture, promote and leverage its world-class community of artists in support of our natural world, AFC drives its mission through three key programs: Art & Environmental Education; Field Work & Research; and Artist Development. The Artists for Conservation Festival is AFC’s annual flagship initiative to showcase, support and further these programs. For more information, visit

Guests attending the opening weekend will have the opportunity to enjoy and purchase from a world-class international collection of original paintings and sculptures. As in previous years, all artwork is for sale with approximately 40 per cent of proceeds supporting conservation and environmental education programs worldwide. Each artwork is dedicated to supporting a conservation organization of each artists’ choice. Through a very competitive juried process, 200 artworks were selected for this year’s exhibit, by 179 artists from 19 countries. Of those, some 85 will be on display at the festival. All are represented in an online virtual exhibit and in a hardcover book produced as a companion to the exhibit.

Presented by RE/MAX, the festival will be open to the public from September 22 through 25, 10.00am – 5.00pm featuring the premier of the world’s top conservation-themed art exhibit.

Nearby Maplewood Conservancy in North Vancouver will also be hosting activities and an exhibit of art by local AFC members in its visitor centre. Traditionally the AFC Festival attracts dozens of artists from around the world though this changed in the last two years. For the first time since 2019, AFC will host a special ticketed “Meet-the-Artists” and awards evening reception on September 22.

For more information on tickets to the Artists for Conservation Festival presented by RE/MAX please visit: