Hank Bull


Hank Bull was born in 1949 in Calgary and grew up in Ontario. After visiting Expo ’67 in Montreal, Bull spent eight months in Europe, visiting museums and participating in the counterculture. Following which he returned to Toronto and enrolled in the New School of Art, to study drawing under Robert Markle and photography under Nobuo Kubota.  In 1973, the artist moved to Vancouver to join the artist-run centre, Western Front, becoming involved in performative art practice, radio, shadow theatre, video, publishing and curating. In 1980-81 he spent a year researching contemporary art practices in Asia, Africa and Europe. Bull has since produced numerous projects with artists from around the world. In 1999 he co-founded Centre A, the Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. An exhibition survey, “Hank Bull: Connexion,” toured to five cities across Canada in 2015-17. His work can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, MOMA, New York, the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at the  University of British Columbia and in numerous private collections. He lives in Vancouver with his wife and fellow artist, Carey Schaefer.


1949  Born in Calgary, Canada
1973  Join Western Front artist-run centre, Vancouver, performance, correspondence, video
1976-84  HP Radio Show, weekly radio art broadcast on Vancouver Co-op Radio
1976  Winnipeg Art Gallery, HP Radio Show, performance, Canadian tour
1978  Musée des Beaux Arts, Montreal, ‘Vis-à-Vis’ shadow play
1979  Living Art Performance Festival, Vancouver, co-organizer and presenter
1980-81  World research tour – Japan, Indonesia, India, Cameroun, Austria, Yuguslavia, France
1981  Modern Art Galerie, Vienna, ‘South North’ exhibition with Kate Craiig
1983-99  WIENCOUVER, series of telecommunications events between Vancouver and Vienna
1985  Biennale of Peace, Hamburg, ‘Last Words of Gertrude Stein’ sound installation
European Tour, ‘Corpus Colussus’ shadow theatre
1986  Berlin Film Festival, INFERMENTAL VI video magazine
Expo ’86 Vancouver, ‘Strategies for Survival’ international artists’ symposium
Venice Biennale, ‘Planetary Network’ telecommunications network
1987  dokumenta 8, Kassel, ‘MacBooty Brothers’ cabaret performance
1989  Ars Electronica, Linz, ‘Radio Painting’ live radio performacne
1991  Museum of Modern Art, New York, ‘Sax Island’ video
1992  Banff Centre, ‘Radio Rethink’ radio broadcasts and performances, publication
1993  Japan Tour, ‘Technology and Nature’ telecommunications performance
1994  Leipzig Medienbiennale, videophone installation
Media Galleria, Turku, Finland, telephone installation
1996  Hua Shan College of Art, Shanghai, Shanghai Fax – Let’s Talk About Money, fax exhibition
Yokohama Citizen’s Gallery, ‘Distance’ video installation
1998  Jiangnan, Vancouver, with Zheng Shengtian, city-wide exhibition of contemporary Chinese art
1999  Littoral, Ambleside UK, with Kunstradio, Vienna, ‘MerzMuzeum’ multi-city internet performance
2000-10  Centre A, Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, co-founder & director
2001  Para/Site, Hong Kong, ‘Space Traffic’ symposium
2005  Interakcje 7, Piotrkow-Trybunalski, Poland, performance festival
2012  Wakayama Museum, Tokyo, “Open Sea”, solo exhibition
2013  Kunstradio, Vienna, ‘Wiencouver X’ residency and live radio broadcast
2014  Radio as Art, Zentrum fur Kunstlerpublikationen, Bremen, symposium keynote speaker
2015-17  Connexion, solo exhibition tour, Charlottetown, Montreal, Halifax, Winnipeg, Burnaby
2017  Franc Gallery, Vancouver, ‘Recent Work’ solo exhibition
Flotilla, Charlottetown, symposium of artist-run centres, keynote speaker