THE Vision

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 new Gallery building with its community spaces, 350-seat theatre, free-access galleries, complementary admission programs, and publicly accessible 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 Serve as an economic stimulator by creating new employment opportunities and promoting cultural tourism.
  • The Gallery will 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.
  • The new building will allow for a major expansion of the Gallery’s education programs with dedicated spaces affording the ability to reach nearly 90,000 children and youth per year, not just in Metro Vancouver, but potentially across the province as well.
  • The new building will 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 with Indigenous art, works by Emily Carr, as well as hundreds of other favourite pieces from the Gallery’s collection.
  • As a major tourism destination, employer, and economic driver, the new Gallery building will provide wide-ranging benefits across the entire economy.
  • The new building will allow us to extend our commitment to artists and the thriving contemporary art community in British Columbia. It will 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 Neighbourhood

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, an ongoing series of public art projects that will take place at Larwill Park to celebrate the site’s unique place in the history of Vancouver.

For more information about the The Larwill Park Site Inaugural Project, click here ».

The architects

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).

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/Mu¨nchenstein, Switzerland (2003); Walker Art Center Expansion in Minneapolis, USA (2005); and 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) and the Pérez Art Museum Miami, which opened to the public during Art Basel Miami Beach in December 2013.

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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.

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The Capital Campaign

The new building is about more than bricks and mortar

For many British Columbians, the Vancouver Art Gallery's new building will be the most important projects of their generation—a model of civic leadership when individuals come together to build a major new cultural facility for its people and for generations of children to come.

The overall goal for the Vancouver Art Gallery Capital Campaign is to raise $350 million. 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.


To learn more about the campaign, please contact the Gallery's Development Department at 604 662-4700 ext.2438 or


The Donors

In 2008, the Vancouver Art Gallery received a visionary initial gift of $50 million from the Province of British Columbia. In 2013, Vancouver City Council unanimously designated the Larwill Park site at the intersection of West Georgia and Cambie Streets for the new building, with an estimated value of $100 million.

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.

“The Vancouver Art Gallery’s new building project fits perfectly into our family’s philosophy, mandate, and charitable mission, which is to create equal opportunity for everyone to enjoy and nurture a healthy body, mind and soul,” said Gallery Trustee Christian Chan, speaking on behalf of his family. “We truly believe in the power of art to bring people together and to bridge divides, cultural gaps, to promote social understanding, and to help people better understand themselves and others, and that is what the new Vancouver Art Gallery building will help accomplish.”

“We are all inspired by the Chan Family’s extraordinary generosity, and their philanthropic passion for enriching our community,” said Kathleen S. Bartels, Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery. “With this unprecedented gift to the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Chans are demonstrating a profound investment in the future of this city and country, and one that will impact many generations to come.”

“We are also extremely grateful for the incredible generosity of the Board of Trustees and the many significant donors from across the community for helping us reach this milestone as we continue to work towards the new Vancouver Art Gallery Building,” added Bartels.

Along with the Chan Family’s lead gift to name the new building, the Vancouver Art Gallery is also celebrating $45 million in other private sector support that has been made over the last several years, including significant contributions driven by the Gallery’s Board of Trustees. In particular, the generosity of fourteen individuals, families, foundations, and corporate supporters, who have contributed $1 million or more each demonstrating a wide range of support for this important project and a recognition of the incredible benefits it will bring to the entire community including tourism and as a significant economic driver.

Thank you to all of our Capital Campaign donors for their vital contributions. This project would not be possible without your support.

Listed below are the names of those who have committed $1 million or more to the project.

For their commitments of $5 million:
David Aisenstat
The Diamond Foundation
Brian Hill and Andrea Thomas Hill
Phil Lind (including a legacy gift)

For their commitments of $3 million:
Pamela and David Richardson

For their commitments of $2 million:
Marietta Hurst
Ken Walley Family

For their commitments of $1.5 million:
BMO Financial Group

And, for their commitments of $1 million:
Jane Irwin and Ross Hill
Miles, Larry & Maureen Lunn and Connor, Clark and Lunn Foundation
Naudia and Mark Maché
TD Bank Financial Group
Lisa and Terry Turner
A donor who wishes to remain anonymous

* 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.

Featured Videos

The Chan Family
Capital Campaign Donors

In January 2019, the Vancouver Art 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.

Jane Irwin
Capital Campaign Co-Chair and Donor

Landon Mackenzie
Artist, Educator and Former Gallery Trustee

Autumn and Jon
Weekly Family Programs Participants


January 23, 2019 | 10 AM
Rosewood Hotel Georgia, 801 West Georgia Street

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 300,000-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 | 7 PM
Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville Street 7pm

The design architects of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s new building discuss their firm’s vision and highlight previous projects.



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