special events

Events Listings

Concept Design Presentation
Tues, Sept 29
6:30pm, Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Catacombs Tours
Sat, July 11 | Aug 1, 8 | Sept 5
11am, 1pm, 2:30pm, in the Gallery

Nordstrom Opening Gala
Wed, Sept 16
7-10pm, Pacific Centre

Concept Design Presentation for
the New Vancouver Art Gallery Building

The Vancouver Art Gallery stands at the threshold of one of the most exciting moments in our 84-year history. Please join us for the public unveiling of our concept design by Herzog & de Meuron for a new Vancouver Art Gallery building that will have a tremendous impact on the cultural, social and community life of our city.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Queen Elizabeth Theatre (649 Cambie St, Vancouver)
6:00pm Doors open | 6:30pm Concept design presentation

Tickets will be on sale August 31, 2015. Please stay tuned for details.
For more information, visit the Future website

Catacombs Tours

Led by Gallery educators, this rare and unusual tour explores the underground catacombs of the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Tickets are now SOLD OUT.

$12 general or $10 for Members
Available online only

(Please note, tickets cannot be purchased through Admissions or the Membership Desk)

Maximum 15 guests per tour.
Meet in the Lobby.

*It is the responsibility of all registered guests to meet in the lobby 15 minutes prior to the tour's start time. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated and missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded.

A tour ticket does not include admission to the Gallery. This can be purchased in advance here » or on the day of the tour from the Membership Desk.

Sat, July 11
11am: SOLD OUT
2:30pm: SOLD OUT

Sat, Aug 1
11am: SOLD OUT
2:30pm: SOLD OUT

Sat, Aug 8
11am: SOLD OUT
2:30pm:SOLD OUT

Sat, Sept 5
11am: SOLD OUT
2:30pm: SOLD OUT


As part of the exhibition How Do I Fit This Ghost in My Mouth?, artist Geoffrey Farmer has created a tour to access the catacombs' symbolic function. Visitors will encounter various artworks staged by the artist that touch on narratives of the building's history as well as his own—as he visited the catacombs as a child, when his father worked in the courthouse.

Historically catacombs are places where the dead are laid to rest, rituals are enacted and objects are offered. They are in-between spaces where both the dead and the living gather. The catacombs of the Gallery currently store materials from the Gallery library, such as archives, books and ephemera; however, it is not without significance that these subterranean passageways are referred to as catacombs.

Important Information:

Part of the original turn-of-the-century provincial courthouse that now houses the Vancouver Art Gallery, the catacombs are an undeveloped historic asset and are not handicap accessible. In some locations the catacombs feature a rough, uneven floor, low ceilings and spotty lighting. The tour is not navigable for guests with limited mobility and is also unsuitable for young children or people with heart or respiratory problems or claustrophobia.

On your journey you will encounter approximately 5 flights of stairs with 60 steps with high humidity. There are no washroom facilities available during the tour. We recommend closed-toed shoes. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Nordstrom Opening Gala

Don't miss this exciting evening where you'll see your new Nordstrom Pacific Centre before it opens to the public.

Sip cocktails, savour dinner and dessert, enjoy entertainment and shop the season's best looks.

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Sept 16, 7-10pm
Pacific Centre

Opening Gala: $150

All proceeds will benefit the BC Children's Hospital Foundation, BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre Foundation, Covenant House Vancouver and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Nordstrom opens to the public on Friday, September 18 at 9:30am. Visit Nordstrom online for a complete list of opening events.