Special Events


AUG 23
TUE 7pm
In the Gallery, 4th floor
Room 4East and Rooftop Pavilion

David Wisdom

Former CBC radio personality and photographer David Wisdom hosts his legendary communal slideshows. Featuring local artists and arts practitioners, the evening is a warm gathering pairing selected images with music and introductions by Wisdom and the artists. Each presenter creates a new slideshow to share and the event is followed by a musical set and an opportunity to mingle with the artists.

Presenters: Rick Staehling | Neil Wedman | Henri Robideau | Amy Jones | Justine Chambers | Art Perry | Megan Barnes | Music: DJ – Tim Lee

Doors open and cash bar 6:15pm. Slideshows 7pm. DJ 8:30pm.

Thank you for your interest in this event. Advance, online tickets are now sold out. A very limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Please inquire at the Event Desk in the Gallery lobby starting from 6pm on the night of the event.Please note that advance ticket holders must check in by 6:45pm or their spot will be released.


Vancouver Art Gallery façade
Robson Street between Hornby
and Howe Streets

Burrard Arts Foundation | #facadefest

An immersive and dynamic projection mapping experience, is set to transform the Robson Street façade of the Vancouver Art Gallery with the work of five Vancouver-based contemporary artists from August 30th to September 5th, 2016. Organized by the Burrard Arts Foundation in collaboration with the Vancouver Art Gallery, this public art project will feature newly commissioned works by Rebecca Chaperon, Barry Doupé, Renée Van Halm, Eric Metcalfe and Chris Shier. Projections will take place in the evenings beginning August 30th until September 5th, with an encore presentation featuring all five artists on September 4th and 5th. Find out more »

FAÇADE FESTIVAL 2016 is the second year of the annual festival. The event aims to provide the City of Vancouver with a dynamic and interactive approach to place-making and visual art experience in the public realm.

Organized by the Burrard Arts Foundation in partnership with Microsoft and in collaboration with the Vancouver Art Gallery

Image: Eric Metcalfe, Leopard Realty, 2016, Courtesy of the Artist
Rendering created by Go2 Productions, 2016

OCT 14
in the Gallery


Members of the Vancouver Art Gallery aand the VA/BF are invited to an exclusive preview of the Vancouver Art/Book Fair the evening before it opens to the public. Find out more »

Become a Member of the Vancouver Art/Book Fair
*No ticket required (simply show Member card for entry)

OCT 15-16
in the Gallery



Free and open to the public, the Vancouver Art/Book Fair is the longest-running international art book fair in Canada. It is a multi-day festival of artists’ publications featuring over one hundred local, national and international publishers, as well as a diverse line-up of programs, performances and artist projects. Featured artists will travel to Vancouver from across Canada and the globe to produce everything from books, magazines, zines and printed ephemera to digital, performative or other experimental forms of publication. In 2016 the event is anticipated to attract more than 5,000 visitors from Greater Vancouver and beyond.

Free and open to the public.

Event program available on the Vancouver Art/Book Fair website

Photograph Courtesy of Lukas Engelhardt, 2015

OCT 15-16
in the Gallery, Lobby

Vancouver Art Gallery Library & Archives

The Library Book Sale takes place October 15-16 as part of the 5th annual Vancouver Art/Book Fair at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The Book Sale is a great opportunity to pick up a wide range of collectible art books at bargain prices. All proceeds go directly to supporting the Library. Look for us in the Gallery Lobby from 12-5 pm!

OCT 26
WED 7pm
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
Simon Fraser University
149 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC

Canadian art

Presented by:

BMO Financial Group

Supported by:

Geothe Institute

The Canadian Art Foundation, in partnership with the Vancouver Art Gallery, hosts a talk with the critically acclaimed German artist Wolfgang Tillmans. Tillmans will be joined in conversation by New York and Toronto-based writer and critic Tom McDonough, a lead contributor to the recently published monograph Wolfgang Tillmans: What’s wrong with redistribution? (Walther König). One of the most influential artists of his generation, Tillmans has radically redefined how photographic images are made, exhibited and encountered. This talk will mark Tillmans’s first visit to Canada in more than 20 years.

Doors open 6:30pm. Artist’s Talk 7pm.

TICKETS*: $15 General
$10 for Gallery Members
and Canadian Art Subscribers

A limited number of $5 tickets are available for students, under and unemployed individuals. Purchase your discounted ticket here »

Photography of Wolfgang Tillmans by Carmen Brunner; Wolfgang Tillmans, Iguazu, 2010, Courtesy the artist

WED 5:30pm
in the Gallery, Forecourt

Vancouver Art Gallery Members

Mark your calendars. Please join us for the Vancouver Art Gallery Association's AGM held in the Gallery's Forecourt.

All Members are invited to attend.

New Delhi & Mumbai

November 16–24, 2016

For its International Travel Program, the Gallery hosts a select group of patrons for visual art–focused travels to locales all over the world, broadening participants’ understanding of art and its wider contexts. Since 2003, destinations have included New York, London, Shanghai, Berlin and Mexico City. Led by Kathleen S. Bartels, Gallery Director, and a curator with expertise in the selected region, the group of 15 to 20 individuals visits distinguished artists’ studios, collectors’ homes and renowned museums.

This year, we will travel to New Delhi and Mumbai in India. Participants will have exclusive experiences at the studios of several artists such as Bharti Kher and private collections and museums such as the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi. Accommodation will be provided by the deluxe 5-star Lodhi Hotel, New Delhi, and the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, overlooking the Arabian Sea in Mumbai. There is also a post-trip option to Jaipur and Agra. Find out more »

Register online » or contact Lyn Tyler, Director of Development, at 604.662.4207 for more information and to reserve your seat.