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

APR 23
SUN 2-4pm

Private Collectors Tour:
Bruce Munro Wright
On April 23, join us for a private tour of Vancouver philanthropist and art enthusiast Bruce Munro Wright's collection.

Showcasing a vast range of works by Canadian artists including Roy Arden, Peter Aspell, Dana Claxton, Andrew Dadson, Geoffrey Farmer, Ron Terada, Douglas Coupland, Jack Shadbolt amongst others, this tour invites you for an exclusive afternoon of art and wine.

COST*: $75 per person
This event is exclusive to Associate members

Location: address will be included in the confirmation email upon registration.

Image: Andrew Dadson, Re-stretched and Re-framed, 2014, oil on linen, Collection of Bruce Munro Wright

MAY 16
TUE 10:30am-noon

Sai Woo Restaurant
158 East Pender Street
Directions »
Associates' Walking Tour
of Vancouver Chinatown
Join us for this exciting and informative walking tour of Chinatown with local historian Judy Lam Maxwell. On this guided tour, we will be visiting heritage clan and association buildings, an herbal store and more, while also gaining insight about the history of each area.

COST*: $75 plus an optional no host lunch ($18)
This event is exclusive to Associate members

Image: Courtesy of Tourism Vancouver

MAY 21-26
Trip To Ottawa
Celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary, the blossoming of fresh tulips and terrific art with your fellow Associate Members in the beautiful city of Ottawa. Members will enjoy visits to artist studios, art collections, as well as private tours to museums and other significant sites.

COST*:*: $2100 per person, including $300 donation (with tax receipt)
single supplement $670
Exclusive to Associate Members

Note: a non-refundable $1000 deposit per person will be required as soon as possible to guarantee minimum hotel booking requirement. Later registration as per hotel room availability. Please register online» or call Liz Ayre, Membership Manager, at 604-662-4711.

Christine Burdett or Annick Boisset will be in touch with all registrants regarding remaining payment

Monday Morning Art Study Group

New to the Associates? In this informal setting, you’ll meet others who share your interest in art. Join the study group in the Gallery’s Room 302 (unless otherwise indicated below) every second Monday for an introduction to new artists or a revisit with one of the masters. Doors open at 10:30am with refreshments available. Registration not required.
  • MON, MAR 20
    Secondary art market and other auction house topics, presented by Waddington’s Auctioneers
  • MON, APR 3 | LOCATION: Rooftop Pavilion
    Vong Phaophanit, Cai Guo-Qiang, commentary by Kathy Scalzo
  • MON, APR 24
    Photographers, commentary by Claudia Beck
  • MON, MAY 1
    Check back soon for details
    Save the date for a tour of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s underground with Tom Meighan, Director of Operations
  • MON, MAY 29
    Velazquez’ The Rokeby Venus

Non-members are welcome on a one-time basis and for a fee of $20 cash at the door. Please 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.

Artist' Studio Tours

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.
  • THUR, MAY 25
    Artist’s Studio Tour: Dana Cromie
    10.30AM, 1118 Lily St. (near Commercial and Parker), Vancouver. Directions »
    With the natural world a constant source of interest and concern, Dana creates exquisite portraits of plants as well as urban scenes backed by beautiful landscapes.

  • THUR, JUNE 15
    Artist’s Studio Tour: Lil Chrzan
    10.30AM, 6357 Argyle St., West Vancouver. Directions »
    This Emily Carr grad paints the beauty of the coast bathed in golden light. After our visit with Lil Chrzan we’ll enjoy a no-host lunch at Olive + Anchor, 6418 Bay St., West Vancouver.

Names and addresses of other lunch sites at a later date. There will be charge of $5 to cover the cost of artists’ lunches.

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 2015/16 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 »

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