The Associates - Vancouver Art Gallery

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Learn about art, enjoy art events, travel for art!

Join the Associates, a dynamic member group dedicated to fostering arts appreciation through social and arts education activities and deeper engagement with the Vancouver and international art scene. Associate members support the work of the Gallery through annual fundraising events and travel programs.



Associate Benefits
In addition to the core benefits of Membership, Associates also receive these exclusive benefits:
  • Social events throughout the year in conjunction with our cutting–edge contemporary exhibitions
  • Opportunities to visit artist studios, enjoy film presentations on art history, an engaging education series and participate in Gallery tours of current exhibitions
  • Access to special events and art-related travel program
  • Opportunities to make new friends while volunteering on a variety of committees and exciting fundraising events
  • Exclusive discounted Member's rates on Venue Rentals

For more information about becoming an Associate, please call Member and Member Services at 604.662.4711.

Special Events and Travel Programs

Associates are invited to attend the following exclusive special events and art travel programs, to which additional fees apply.
  • Occasional visits to private art collections and corporate collections
  • Opportunities to tour public art in the Vancouver area with knowledgeable guides
  • Invitations to local, national and international art travel programs. Recent cities visited include Paris, Montreal, New York and Victoria
  • Invitations to the Associates' Annual Gala
  • Opportunities to socialize with other visual arts supporters over fine food in attractive venues

NOV 23
10:30am: Building Tour
12:30pm: Lunch
510 W Georgia St
Vancouver, BC
Directions »

Art and Architectural Tour of Telus Building
Don't miss an exciting art tour of the intricately designed Telus building, followed by a no-host lunch at Glowbal.

Meet outside TELUS building.

Please direct any inquiries to at


4:30-5pm: Associates 2015-16 Report Presentation
5-7pm: Holiday Celebration

Rooftop Pavilion
in the Gallery

Associates Annual Festive Celebration
Celebrate the season by joining us on the beautiful Gallery Rooftop Pavilion for our annual holiday reception. Enjoy a glass of wine, delicious hors d'oeuvres and live music!

COST*:This event is FREE for Associates
Guests are welcome, ticket price $35


Programming and educational activities are free benefits for all Associates. Non-member guests are welcome on a one-time basis and for a fee of $20.

Art in the Morning/Art in the Evening

The Associates meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 5:30pm and on the third Friday of the month at 10am for a guided tour of a current Gallery exhibition.

These popular guided tours of current exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery resume after our summer hiatus on Tuesday, Sept. 13, and Friday, Sept. 16. Docent Darlene Forrester will lead us through Harry Callahan, The Street, and NEXT: Stephen Waddell - Dark Matter Atlas. These two photographers invite us to see the individual in the crowded urban landscape (Callahan), and to see the surreal beauty of underground caverns (Waddell).

Walker Evans: Depth of Field. This is a comprehensive look at the work of Evans, whose photographs of Americans during the Great Depression remain the standard for precise, evocative documentation.
  • TUE, OCT 18, 5:30pm
    Harry Callahan: The Street
  • FRI, OCT 21, 10am
    Harry Callahan: The Street
  • TUE, NOV 15, 5:30pm
    Walker Evans: Depth of Field
  • FRI, NOV 18, 10am
    Walker Evans: Depth of Field

Non-members are welcome on a one-time basis and on payment of $20 cash at the door. Organized by Darlene Forrester. Tuesday tours start at 5:30pm, Friday tours at 10am, followed by discussion & coffee in room 302. Please register at or phone 604.327.4874. Meet at coat check in the lobby.

Monday Morning Art Study Group

The study group meets Every second Monday in room 302 of the Vancouver Art Gallery to view art DVDs, listen to talks and enjoy discussion, or occasionally to hear a speaker. Sessions typically run from 11am to noon.

Join us on Monday morning, October 3, when the new season of the study group begins. Whether you know very little about art and artists or your knowledge is wide and deep, this is an opportunity to learn more in an informal setting with others who share your interest.
  • MON, OCT 31
    Canadian sculptor Leo Moll, with comments by Diana Garred
  • MON, NOV 14
    Modernism: The Transformation of Art in the 20th Century.
    NOTE: This two-hour session begins at 10 am. “Where are we and how did we get here?” This talk by art critic Donald Brackett will clarify the cultural developments that led to the arrival of modern art in all mediums.
  • MON, NOV 28
    Artist-run galleries and contemporary art in Vancouver with Brian McBay

Non-members are welcome on a one-time basis and for a fee of $20 cash at the door. . Plan to arrive in time for the start of the program at 11am in Room 302 (one of the old courtrooms) in the annex of the Gallery and finish by noon. Come early for refreshments and socializing. Note that the schedule below does not follow the usual pattern due to the Associates’ trip to Winnipeg and the May holiday Monday.

Art Studio Visits

Throughout the year, the Associates also visit artist studios to witness first-hand the artist's creative process and to discuss his or her work. Visits to commercial galleries and galleries are occasionally offered.
  • THUR, NOV 3
    Artist's Studio Tour: Richard Tetrault
    10:30am, 884 East Georgia Street. Directions »
    Meet visual artist and muralist Richard Tetrault through an exclusive tour of his studio!
    The tour will be followed by a no-host lunch at a nearby restaurant.
    RSVP to or 604.264.0476

Organized by Ellen Doise. Please register at or phone 604.264.0476. Free to members. There is a small charge of $5 per person to defray the cost of the artists’ lunches. Visits are free for Members - guests welcome for a fee of $20 per person


Find out about all of the Associates activities over the last 12 months! The Associates Activity Report 2014/15 provides a description and accomplishments of the Associates Art Education, Special Events and Art Travel programs, all managed by volunteer committees in support of the Gallery. Many thanks to all talented organizers and happy participants! View here »


The weather is warming and the days are getting longer. The various committees of the Associates of the Vancouver Art Gallery have been hard at work finalizing details for the many events that will be coming up within the next few days and weeks. Download the latest Newsletter (March-April 2016) there may be one or several items of interest to you.

For a more detailed description of the Associates' program of events and activities, please contact: or 604.662.4700, ext. 2510.