About the Gallery
Founded in 1931 and located on the unceded territories of the xwməθkwəýəm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səĺilwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations, the Vancouver Art Gallery is Western Canada’s largest public art museum. Our mission is to create—through art—paths to share perspectives, build and engage communities and shape our collective future together. This is expressed through exhibitions showcasing historical and contemporary art from BC and around the world; education programs that encourage dialogue and understanding; and publications that advance scholarship on a wide range of artistic subjects. Our permanent collection, representing the most comprehensive resource for visual culture in BC, has more than 12,600 works. Committed to inclusivity, we serve a broad public across the region. Each year, hundreds of thousands of visitors of all ages and backgrounds benefit from our online and in-person programs.
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.
The Vancouver Art Gallery believes creativity is fundamental to an open and engaged world.
Through art we create paths to share perspectives, build and engage communities and shape our collective future together.
The Vancouver Art Gallery commits to five core values that guides all that it does.
- We are respectful of the unceded Indigenous territory upon which we are situated.
- We are committed to creating an inclusive and respectful environment.
- We believe that curiosity is a pathway to innovation.
- We establish clear goals and expectations to cultivate a culture of accountability.
- We foster successful collaboration through thoughtful communication and active
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 səlilwətaɬ (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.
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