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 fundamentally change our ability to touch the lives of individuals through the insightful power of art.
The Gallery’s new building—with its publicly accessible community spaces, 350-seat theatre, two free-access galleries, dedicated Education Centre, and Resource Centre, Library and Archives—will:
- Be a creative and cultural hub, serving as an inspiring gathering place for the entire community.
- Enhance Vancouver’s internal reputation as a major contemporary art centre and serve as an economic stimulator by creating new employment opportunities and promoting cultural tourism.
- Provide a welcoming environment for residents and visitors alike to embrace and share creativity, and to explore and celebrate different ideas and cultures, positively impacting countless lives for generations to come.
- Increase the Gallery’s capacity to provide meaningful education programs by 400%, with an ability to serve over 90,000 children and youth every year from Metro Vancouver and across the province.
- Provide the opportunity to dramatically increase the size and scope of the Gallery’s exhibitions, including approximately 25 Permanent Collection Galleries, and dedicated spaces to help tell British Columbia’s artistic story to the world through Indigenous art, works by local artists such as Emily Carr, as well as hundreds of other favourite works from the Gallery’s collection.
- Offer wide-ranging benefits across the entire economy as a major tourism destination, employer and economic driver.
- Allow us to extend our commitment to artists, and the thriving contemporary art community in British Columbia, and provide a global platform for this community, heightening this city’s reputation as one of the world’s foremost destinations for arts and culture.
The Vancouver Art Gallery’s new building will be built at the intersection of West Georgia and Cambie Streets on two thirds of the Larwill Park site—a two-acre, City-owned parcel of land just a few blocks east of the Gallery’s current home. The new building will be a creative and cultural gathering place in the heart of Vancouver, unifying the crossroads of many different neighbourhoods—including Downtown, Yaletown, Gastown, Chinatown and East Vancouver—and fuelling a lively hub of activity for local members, the public and international visitors of all ages.
LARWILL PARK SITE
The Larwill Park site holds a unique place in the history of Vancouver as a parade ground, a sports field and a fairground, as well as a site for celebration and protest. In 2010, it was a venue for spectators of the Vancouver Winter Olympics, and in 2015, for FIFA Women’s World Cup. More recently, it has been the site of a bus depot and parking lot.
In 2016, to signal the Vancouver Art Gallery’s impact on the site, the Gallery commissioned The Larwill Park Site Inaugural Project, a series of public art projects that took place at Larwill Park to celebrate the site’s unique place in the history of Vancouver.
The Capital Campaign
THE NEW BUILDING IS ABOUT MORE THAN BRICKS AND MORTAR
The overall goal for the Vancouver Art Gallery Capital Campaign is to raise $330 million plus $50 million in endowment to support operations. With a generous designation of the land at Larwill Park from the City of Vancouver in place, and $135 million in total private and public sector funding secured, including an initial investment of $50 million from the Province of British Columbia, the next step will be to continue to work with senior levels of government and the private sector to secure the additional funding needed to begin construction.
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.
* The identity, brand and institutional name of the Gallery will remain intact, and we will continue to be referred to as the Vancouver Art Gallery.
The Chan Family
Capital Campaign Donors
CELEBRATING OTHER LEADING DONORS
The Vancouver Art Gallery also celebrates $45 million in other private sector support and thanks the numerous donors including the Gallery’s Board of Trustees.
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP
We extend our thanks to Capital Campaign Honourary Co-Chairs, Leslie and Gordon Diamond and Co-Chairs, Jane Irwin and Lisa Turner for their dedicated leadership, philanthropic support and commitment to art, artists and our community.
"We choose very carefully where we put our philanthropy and this has been a choice that the entire foundation was 100% behind. We believe in giving back to the people of British Columbia."
— Leslie and Gordon Diamond, Honourary Co-Chairs
"This is truly one of the most exhilarating times in our history at the Vancouver Art Gallery!"
— Lisa Turner, Co-Chair
"This is the most important thing to happen in our community in my lifetime."
— Jane Irwin, Co-Chair
Capital Campaign Co-Chair and Donor
Capital Campaign Honorary Chair and Donor
Gallery Trustee and Capital Campaign Donor
Pamela and David Richardson
Gallery Trustee and Capital Campaign Donors
Capital Campaign Donor
Artist, Educator and Former Gallery Trustee
Gallery Trustee and Founding Member of the Institute of Asian Art
Autumn and Jon
Weekly Family Programs Participants
Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
Visual Artist and Author
Jessa Alston O’Connor
Art Educator, Vancouver Art Gallery
Student and former Public Programs Intern
Head of Conservation, Vancouver Art Gallery
Weekly Family Programs Parent
MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT AND FINAL DESIGNS UNVEILED
January 23, 2019
At a press conference, the Vancouver Art Gallery celebrated a major milestone with the announcement of a $40 million lead gift from the Chan Family and unveiled the final designs for its 310,000-square-foot building by world-renowned, Swiss-based architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron.
Meet Herzog & de Meuron
with Christine Binswager, Senior Partner, and Simon Demeuse, Associate Project Architect [now Partner]
October 1, 2014
The design architects of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s new building discuss their firm’s vision and highlight previous projects.
HERZOG & DE MEURON
“The project for the new Vancouver Art Gallery has a civic dimension that can contribute to the life and identity of the city, in which many artists of international reputation live and work. The building now combines two materials, wood and glass, both inseparable from the history and making of the city,” “The new Vancouver Art Gallery is spectacular at first sight, with an arrangement that resonates with the place where it is built. It offers ample outdoor spaces that are sunny in summer and protected from rain in winter, to suit the climate and life in British Columbia. Visitors to the building will be able to perceive Vancouver’s urbanity and its amazing natural setting in many different ways." “Together with our team of BC experts and the Gallery, we have defined the building to a much higher degree: galleries, classrooms and reading rooms, the theatre, restaurants and shops, and all the public outdoor spaces are well enhanced. The new Vancouver Art Gallery is close to reality.”
—Christine Binswanger, Partner in Charge, Herzog & de Meuron.
Established in 1978, Herzog & de Meuron is a partnership led by six Senior Partners: Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Christine Binswanger, Ascan Mergenthaler, Stefan Marbach and Esther Zumsteg. An international team of about 470 collaborators is working on projects across Europe, the Americas, and Asia. The firm‘s main office (headquarters are) is in Basel, Switzerland, with additional offices in Berlin, London, New York, Hong Kong, and Copenhagen. The practice has been awarded numerous prizes including The Pritzker Architecture Prize (USA) in 2001 and the RIBA Royal Gold Medal (UK) and the Praemium Imperiale (Japan), both in 2007. In 2014, Herzog & de Meuron was awarded the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP) for 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach.
Herzog & de Meuron have designed a wide range of projects, from the small scale of a private home to the large scale of urban design. The studio’s most recognized buildings include the National Stadium for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China (also known as the Bird’s Nest) and the conversion of the Bankside power plant to Tate Modern in London, UK (2000/2012).
Herzog & de Meuron have completed a series of internationally acclaimed museum buildings. Built projects include Schaulager Basel, Laurenz Foundation, a warehouse for the open storage of contemporary art, in Basel/Münchenstein, Switzerland (2003); the Walker Art Center Expansion in Minneapolis, USA (2005); and the de Young Museum in San Francisco, USA (2005). The firm‘s latest completed museums are the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, NY, USA (2012), the Pérez Art Museum Miami, which opened to the public during Art Basel Miami Beach in December 2013, the extension and renovation of Musée Unterlinden in Colmar, France (2015), and Tai Kwun, Centre for Heritage & Arts in Hong Kong. M+, a cultural center for 20th and 21st century art is currently under construction.
PERKINS + WILL
Perkins+Will is an interdisciplinary, research-based architecture and design firm founded on the belief that design has the power to transform lives and enhance communities. Our thought leaders are developing 21st century solutions to inspire the creation of spaces in which clients and their communities work, heal, live, and learn. With hundreds of award-winning projects annually, Perkins+Will is highly ranked among top global design firms and has been repeatedly named as one of the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Architecture by Fast Company.
With over 30 years of experience in Canada, the Vancouver office is deeply connected to its local community, donating one percent of its annual fees as in-kind design services to local, non-profit organizations every year. Committed to the 2030 Challenge, the firm is ranked among North America’s leading green practices with an in-house sustainability research department and one of the largest portfolios of completed, deeply sustainable buildings, interior spaces and urban plans.
The Vancouver office has received more than 250 design honours, including 6 Governor General’s Medals in Architecture, 13 Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Awards in Architecture, the coveted Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Firm of the Year Award, and is consistently named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers and one of British Columbia’s Top Employers.