Credit: Arts Umbrella

We've all been spending more time at home in recent months. And while home has always been our refuge, a place for family dinners and quiet evenings in, It's now so much more than that. Home is the office, the entertainment centre, the test kitchen and bar, a space in which to expand our horizons and explore new hobbies.

Now, more than ever, creating a beautiful, energizing, and peaceful space is important. Whether you've looking for a statement piece or something to complete your gallery wall, a new work of art is an incredible way to add a unique story to your space.

This year, for the first time ever, Splash Art Auction & Gala presented by Nicola Wealth, the annual benefit to raise funds for Arts Umbrella, is opening its Silent Auction to the public. This is your chance to add a piece of Canadian history to your home and simultaneously support youth access to arts education.

Credit: Tara Lee Bennett

“The Garden”

Renowned and Emerging Canadian Artists

Our local artists and gallerists are at the heart of Splash. Every year they donate their very best to Splash and this year's art collection is no exception. The 2020 Silent Auction includes paintings, prints, stoneware, and sculptures by 64 Canadian artists, including Tara Lee Bennett, Stacy Lederman, Gina Miller, Kari Kristensen, and Lyle XOX.

Credit: Ted Clark

“Explore” by Stacy Lederman

There is something innately fulfilling about supporting a local artist, uncovering a person whose work speaks to you. You can browse the full collection online or in person at Pendulum Gallery until October 16. Inspired by a Silent Auction work? Bidding is now open and does not require a Splash ticket purchase.


Credit: Ted Clark

“Joy Flag I – Joy Flag III” by Gina Miller

Supporting Future Generations of Artists

Arts Umbrella believes the arts are an essential part of every child's development. Those who place the winning bid will take home not just an incredible piece of art, but the knowledge that their support will provide young people across Metro Vancouver with access to an arts education.


Credit: Kari Kristensen


As a non-profit, Arts Umbrella is dedicated to removing the geographic, cultural, social, and financial barriers that can prevent young people from accessing the arts. Every year, Arts Umbrella reaches thousands of students, with more than 81% accessing programs and workshops in Art & Design, Dance, and Theatre, Music & Film at no cost through bursaries, scholarships, and donor-funded community partnerships.

Credit: Lyle XOX


We hope you'll join us this fall in supporting local artists and the artists of tomorrow.

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