October 24th –  November 15th at the Federation of Canadian Artists & Granville Island Shops, 10 am – 5 pm, Monday to Sunday

The International Day Of The Dead Exhibition and Tour is a cultural project, created on 2015 presented on Granville Island.
There are so many narratives about skulls because countless lives have and will become them, as different as we all are,
we are the same in fundamental ways, this is the underlying theme of the ‘International Day of the Dead Tour & Exhibit”

Clay skulls brought from Mexico were provided to professional International artists in Vancouver.
The idea was for each artist to recreate their own expression of how they visualize and interpret
death according to their culture, traditions and artistic style, using clay skulls as their canvases.
These skulls will be displayed in shop windows across the Island as part of the tour,
and at the Federation of Canadian Artist’s gallery.

The International Day Of The Dead Exhibition is the first of its kind in the province of British Columbia.




The clay skulls used for The International Day Of The Dead Exhibition & Tour on Granville Island are hand-crafted made in a small region called Los Reyes Metzontla in the state of Puebla, Mexico.

The artisans of this region belong to the Popoloca culture, these people have been creating pottery using the soil from their land since ancestral times.

This group of people is losing its culture and language. Most people under 40 do not speak Popoloca although some understand it. They do still practice their native trade of making and selling clay pots.


We thank the help of  REPARTE  (Network of field workers, artisans, and ecotourism in Mexico)
for their support.



Ancestral process of pottery making in Los Reyes Metzontla, Mexico:

“Part of our mission at the Federation of Canadian Artists is to advance the knowledge and appreciation of art and culture throughout Canada. This is why we are honored and excited to host the International Day of the Dead exhibition at our gallery on Granville Island.”Patrick Meyer, Executive Director, Federation of Canadian Artists “We at SFU’s School for International Studies are excited to support this innovative project, which brings together a series of artistic traditions to produce truly original and beautiful works of art. These novel creations speak volumes about the ways that disparate cultural traditions mix in British Columbia to create new and powerful forms of expression.” Alexander Dawson, Director Professor of History, SFU



2016 Int Day of the Dead Exhibition Sponsors