1. Teens engage in a communal art project during a Think Tank for Youth session inspired by works in Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg, 2018, Photo: Anita Bonnarens. 2. Dana Claxton, Headdress (2015), LED Firebox with transmounted chromogenic transparency, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, purchased with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grants Program and the Vancouver Art Gallery Acquisition Fund.

A NEW VISION | THE CAMPAIGN FOR THE NEW VANCOUVER ART GALLERY

On January 23, 2019, the Gallery celebrated a major milestone toward the realization of a transformational new building with the announcement of a $40 million lead gift from the Chan Family. This unprecedented act of generosity brings the Gallery’s capital campaign to $85 million in private sector funding toward the new purpose-built facility. In recognition of this extraordinary gift, the Vancouver Art Gallery’s new building will be named Chan Centre for the Visual Arts.

This gift from the Chan Family—the largest-ever single private donation to an arts and culture organization in British Columbia—builds on the Family’s long-standing history of supporting education as well as arts and culture institutions and programs with the aim of enriching communities in Canada and beyond. Christian Chan has also been on the Gallery’s Board of Trustees since 2015.

“This act of generosity by the Chan Family is philanthropy at its core, touching on the true essence of public good, civic engagement, and support for a significant legacy project that will bring countless benefits to all British Columbians.” 

—Lisa Turner, Gallery Trustee and Co-Chair of the capital campaign

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Susan Point
Salish Vision, 2001
screenprint on paper
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery
Gift of the Artist

INDIGENOUS RECONCILIATION & REDRESS

The new Vancouver Art Gallery will be the first and only art museum in the world built to reflect a Coast Salish world view. As the leading art museum of British Columbia, and one of the four largest art museums in Canada, our programs and planning will feature voices from numerous Indigenous communities locally, regionally, nationally and globally.


Emily Carr
Scorned as Timber, Beloved of the Sky, 1935
oil on canvas
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery
Emily Carr Trust

ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP

The new Gallery will be the first art museum in North America built to Passive House building standards and will be the most environmentally sustainable art museum in Canada. Its everyday operations will be a dynamic demonstration of practices that are innovative, sustainable and carbon neutral.


Artists Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin give a performance at the Community Opening of Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin: how do you carry the land?, 2018

SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

Recognizing that visitors embody diverse backgrounds, cultures, languages and ways of being, the new museum is not just a building or a collection of objects, but rather a space for citizens to meet, learn, exchange ideas, create connections and strengthen community. By utilizing media and digital technology, the Gallery will extend its presence through a virtual “second building” that will broadcast and share programs with students and visitors throughout British Columbia, across Canada and around the world.

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Rendering of the new Vancouver Art Gallery building, © Herzog & de Meuron

A MESSAGE FROM THE CEO & DIRECTOR

The Vancouver Art Gallery has experienced unprecedented growth in the last decade in its artistic and educational programs, as well as in its organizational capacity. And while we have accomplished much in our current space, the time has come to construct a purpose-built gallery for presenting outstanding art and educational programs for our expanding audiences.

The new Vancouver Art Gallery will drive creative innovation. More than just an art museum in a traditional sense, it will have multiple functions that collectively enhance visitors’ quality of life. Through our vision and programming, the new museum will be a gallery, library, school, playground, laboratory, theatre and community centre.

Recast to be more pragmatic, nimble, cost-effective and collaborative, the new Gallery will also be a significant leader in the areas of cultural inclusion and sustainability. A museum that reflects an Indigenous world view in its material and conceptual dimensions is long overdue, as is a major cultural organization that can model the feasibility of a green building aligned with the goals of CleanBC. 

The three pathways of Indigenous Reconciliation and Redress, Environmental Leadership, and Social Development and Well-Being serve as a framework for a brighter future—one where visitors will enjoy a wide array of enhanced and inclusive exhibitions and programs as the new Gallery adopts new technologies and redesigns itself for new realities.

The new Vancouver Art Gallery will fundamentally change our ability to touch the lives of individuals through the insightful power of art.

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Rendering of the new Vancouver Art Gallery building, © Herzog & de Meuron

THE BUILDING AND ITS REACH

The new museum will create an optimal platform that is a means to an end: to provide more diverse and compelling exhibitions, public programs and learning areas including a theatre and common areas, a restaurant, a café and retail spaces that will feature local artists.

The new Vancouver Art Gallery will be designed by renowned Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, who also designed Tate Modern, the most highly attended art museum in the world, along with local architect Perkins + Will. The plan incorporates the spirit of pathways, creating a porous environment that will invite hundreds of thousands of visitors each year to find their own paths to creativity in a generous, safe and inviting environment.

Other highlights include:

  • Visible and safe storage that stores over 12,000 works of art in the permanent collection including countless renowned Canadian artists such as Emily Carr;
  • Physical home for the Institute of Asian Art, including South Asian and Central Asian works;
  • Four dedicated classrooms for specialized school programs and art teachings with the capacity to serve over 90,000 students each year;
  • Working with the Rick Hansen Foundation to ensure the design is accessible to all communities; continued partnership with VocalEye as the first museum in BC to offer blind and partially-sighted visitors a rich experience and other accessibility initiatives and partnerships;
  • Access to space for vulnerable populations including the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre.

THE LOCATION

The City of Vancouver has contributed the site now known as Larwill Park, on the traditional homeland of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) people, for the creation of the new Vancouver Art Gallery. According to xʷməθkʷəy̓əm history, Larwill Park has always been the site of paths and trails—people have crossed this land for millennia to meet, convene and get from one place to another.

The new Vancouver Art Gallery’s mission states that “through art we create new paths to connect, inspire and empower growing audiences towards a broader understanding of the past, involvement in the present and shaping of the future.” The new Vancouver Art Gallery will embody this spirit of passage, creating pathways to move our communities physically, intellectually, spiritually and emotionally.


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All monthly donations will be processed on the 15th of each month. An annual official tax receipt for the total of your monthly donations will be mailed in January of each year.

 

ONLINE

Donate a monthly or one-time gift. Donate Now

 

MAIL

Please make cheques payable to Vancouver Art Gallery Association and indicate ‘[fund name] donation’ on the memo.Vancouver Art Gallery

Attn: Development office
750 Hornby Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7

 

PHONE
Gifts may be made over the phone by calling 604.662.4700 ext. 2406

 

EMAIL INQUIRIES TO
Donations@vanartgallery.bc.ca
Please refrain from sending any credit card information via email.

 

HAND DELIVERED
Please deliver your donation accompanied by a donation form to the reception desk. Extra copies of donation forms will be left at reception.

 

SECURITIES
Significant tax savings occur when you donate publicly traded securities directly to Vancouver Art Gallery including stocks, bonds and mutual funds. Securities received by the Gallery are immediately sold and an official tax receipt is issued.

How to make a gift of securities to the Vancouver Art Gallery: Please fill out the Securities Intention Form, and the Development office will follow up with the Direction to Transfer Shares Form. The Development office will provide you with Vancouver Art Gallery’s broker and transfer codes and ensure the timely issue of an official tax receipt

*Physical paper stock certificates are not accepted at this time. For more information, please reach out to Donations@vanartgallery.bc.ca

 

LEGACY/WILL BEQUEST
No matter your financial situation, it is likely that you can leave something to charity through a will or trust. You can leave a specific amount, specific percentage, or the remainder of your estate after other bequests and debts have been paid. This is a meaningful way to leave a legacy and support Vancouver Art Gallery.

Sample wording:
The following is sample wording for your will:

  • Percentage Gift
    “I direct my trustees to pay or transfer to the Vancouver Art Gallery Association____% of my estate.”
  • Residual Gift
    After paying debts and other bequests: “I direct my trustees to pay or transfer to the Vancouver Art Gallery Association the whole (or ____%) of the residue of my estate.
  • Specific Gift
    “I direct my trustees to pay or transfer Vancouver Art Gallery Association the sum of $____”
    or
    “I direct my trustees to transfer to the Vancouver Art Gallery Association (identify the personal property to be given, for example 500 shares of XYZ stock).”
  • Special Bequests
    If you wish to designate your gift for a specific purpose, please contact us to discuss your intention before finalizing your will.

For more information please contact Donations@vanartgallery.bc.ca

 

GIFT IN KIND

A gift-in-kind is a non-cash donation and includes items such as personal effects, real estate and more. The Vancouver Art Gallery gladly accepts gift-in-kind donations for which there is a use for the Vancouver Art Gallery and that have been approved by our Chief Financial Officer. 

Upon completed valuations (third-party, if needed), a donation receipt will be issued for the fair market value of the gift. Official tax receipts are issued once the Vancouver Art Gallery receives all applicable donation forms, itemized receipts and valuation of fair market value from a Canadian source. Gifts greater than or equal to $1000 will require a third-party appraisal as per the CRA.

Please contact Donations@vanartgallery.bc.ca to obtain the Gift-In-Kind Donation Form.

Fundraising events: For gift-in-kind donations for events such as the Gala, please kindly contact the event chairs for the event-specific Gift-in-Kind Donation Form. Not all donations such as works of antiques, jewelry and rare/unique items will be tax receipted unless valuation can be clearly identified or appraised and the Vancouver Art Gallery receives all applicable donation forms, itemized receipts and valuation of fair market value from a Canadian source.

For more information pertaining to official tax receipts and CRA’s standards for determining fair market value, please see the following links:

Determining fair market value of gifts in kind (non-cash gifts)

Deemed fair market value rule

 

WIRE TRANSFER

    1. Please fill out the Wire Transfer Intention Form, Developmentstaff@vanartgallery.bc.ca and the finance emailand the Development office will follow up with the Electronic Funds Transfer Form.
    2. Fill out the Donations Electronic Funds Transfer Form
    3. Send to the Development office at Developmentstaff@vanartgallery.bc.ca 
 

GIVING TO THE VANCOUVER ART GALLERY FOUNDATION

To make a donation to the Vancouver Art Gallery Foundation, please contact our Development office: Development Office

Please visit here for more information.