Emily Carr confers 2014 Honorary Doctorate upon Hank Bull

Hank Bull, artist, curator, advocate and 2014 Emily Carr Honorary Doctorate recipient
Posted: Thu, 2014-04-24 14:17

A multimedia artist, arts advocate, curator and arts administrator, Hank Bull has been an integral part of the Canadian art scene for over 40 years.  

Prior to studying at the New School of Art, Toronto, he pursued independent art studies in Europe. Arriving in Vancouver in 1973, Hank joined the Western Front Society, where he has collaborated on a wide variety of projects including the innovative HP Radio Show, broadcast with Patrick Ready, which ran for eight years on CFRO-FM Vancouver Community Radio. With Canada Shadows he performed multi-media shadow plays across Canada and Europe. 

Throughout the 1980’s and 90’s Hank organized projects with artists in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. As curator and advocate, he contributed to the growth of artist-run culture across Canada and Québec. These practices informed the co-creation of Centre A, the Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, in 1998. 

Hank’s current research takes place at the intersection of painting, performance, video and sound. His work can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the New York Museum of Modern Art and private collections.


Emily Carr University confers the Doctor of Letters upon exceptional members of our community - those notable individuals who have contributed significantly to arts and culture through their creative and philanthropic endeavours. This designation is the highest our institution may award and it is given to those whose accomplishment and excellence in their respective field reflect positively upon the University.