About the Gallery

Founded in 1931, the Vancouver Art Gallery is recognized as one of North America’s most respected and innovative visual arts institutions. The Gallery’s innovative ground-breaking exhibitions, extensive public programs and emphasis on advancing scholarship all focus on the historical and contemporary art of British Columbia and international centres, with special attention to the accomplishments of First Nations artists and the art of the Asia Pacific region­—through the Institute of Asian Art founded in 2014. The Gallery’s programs also explore the impacts of images in the larger sphere of visual culture, design and architecture.

The Vancouver Art Gallery is a not-for-profit organization supported by its members, individual donors, corporate funders, foundations, the City of Vancouver, the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts. We thank everyone for their continuing support.

VISION

The Vancouver Art Gallery believes creativity is fundamental to an open and engaged world.

MISSION

Through art we create paths to share perspectives, build and engage communities and shape our collective future together.

VALUES

The Vancouver Art Gallery commits to five core values that guides all that it does.

  1. We are respectful of the unceded Indigenous territory upon which we are situated.
  2. We are committed to creating an inclusive and respectful environment.
  3. We believe that curiosity is a pathway to innovation.
  4. We establish clear goals and expectations to cultivate a culture of accountability.
  5. We foster successful collaboration through thoughtful communication and active
    listening.

Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) Statement

The Vancouver Art Gallery commits to providing equitable access to everyone. We actively support accessibility, anti-racism, LGBTQ2S+ inclusion and encourage diversity in our staff, visitors, volunteers, and programming. We cultivate a safer space where all voices are heard, valued, and represented. The Gallery stands against hatred, discrimination, racism, homophobia, and transphobia.

A note on our location

The Vancouver Art Gallery is situated on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples, and is respectful of the Indigenous stewards of the land it occupies, whose rich cultures are fundamental to artistic life in Vancouver and to the work of the Gallery.

The plazas and squares adjacent to the Gallery are public spaces, utilized by the community for numerous self-organized activities, protests and events. The Gallery has no role in approving, determining or overseeing these activities. The opinions and subject matters expressed at events held on šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square (formerly known as the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza) and Robson Square are those of the event hosts, organizers and attendees.

Statement in Solidarity with the Black Lives Matter MovementStatement for International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination


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