Founded in 1931, the Vancouver Art Gallery is recognized as one of North America’s most innovative visual arts institutions. The Gallery’s celebrated exhibitions, extensive public programs and emphasis on advancing scholarship focus on historical and contemporary art from British Columbia and around the world. Special attention is given to the accomplishments of Indigenous artists, as well as to those of the Asia Pacific region—through the Institute of Asian Art founded in 2014. The Gallery’s exhibitions also explore the impact of images in the larger sphere of visual culture, design and architecture.
The Vancouver Art Gallery Is a charitable not-for-profit organization supported by its members, individual donors, corporate funders, foundations, the City of Vancouver, the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.
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, 2SLGBTQ+ 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 ancestral and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, 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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