READ Books is a social space dedicated to investigating the intersection between art and publishing. READ promotes publication as a form of artist’s practice. We stock artists’ books, zines, monographs, exhibition catalogues, critical theory, and books on design, music, film and feminism. READ regularly hosts events such as lectures, readings, launches and residencies. We also publish READ Editions, a series of editions by artists, and work in collaboration with the Charles H. Scott Gallery and Emily Carr University Press to publish books by artists.

READ Books is an ongoing project of the Charles H. Scott Gallery at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver.

The Charles H. Scott Gallery is a public art gallery dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art. Located within the Emily Carr University of Art + Design on Granville Island, one of Vancouver’s busiest tourist destinations, the Gallery serves a broad and varied community that includes the students, faculty and staff of the University, the arts community, the public of Greater Vancouver, and visitors from around the world.


The mandate of the Charles H. Scott Gallery reflects its relation to the Emily Carr University of Art + Design. The gallery’s primary objective is the presentation of exhibitions and public programmes that effectively communicate the role of the gallery and University as an active site for the exhibition, discussion, teaching and production of art and design. The gallery carries out a programme of regional, national and international exhibitions that reflect the range of disciplines taught at the University. Emphasis is on contemporary thematic group shows that contain an educational and/or critical component and solo exhibitions that offer in-depth analysis of an artist’s production. Our projects involve the public, University and artistic community in a dialogue about the development of critical practice in art and design.


The Charles H. Scott Gallery is named for the first principal of the Vancouver School of Art, now the Emily Carr University of Art + Design. The Gallery was opened in 1980 when the University relocated to its current location on Granville Island.

Since its inception, the Charles H. Scott has operated as a public gallery with professional museum standards. It has made a significant contribution to the presentation and analysis of contemporary art in Canada. As well, throughout its history the Gallery has functioned as a teaching gallery where students can learn professional curatorial and exhibition practices.

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