555 Nelson Street
British Columbia
V6B 6R5
Phone: 604 681 2700
Fax: 604 683 2710

Contemporary Art Gallery

The Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG) is a non-profit public art gallery dedicated to the research, exhibition, education and documentation of contemporary visual art as it is practiced locally through to internationally. It aspires to generate significant audiences for its innovative and diverse programs through free access and a profile that is international in scope.

The CAG is the longest standing independent public art gallery dedicated to presenting contemporary visual art in Vancouver. We deliver between ten and twenty exciting exhibitions and off-site projects each year, provide an extensive range of learning and public programs for adults, families and children, offer a series of residencies for Canadian and international artists directly contributing to the local scene, and publish insightful catalogues that create a lasting legacy of exhibited work. We do this while offering all of our programs free of charge through an admission by donation policy. We believe that access to, enjoyment of and engagement with contemporary art and the surrounding debates should be available and open to all.


Mungo Thomson
Time, People, Money, Crickets
July 10 to August 30, 2015

Artist-in-residence program
Burrard Marina Field House
Burrard Civic Marina, Vancouver

Keg de Souza
March-April 2015

Maddie Leach
June-July, 2015

Sameer Farooq and Mirjam Linschooten
July to August, 2015
Marie Lorenz
Aug to Sept, 2015

Previous Exhibitions

For pre-2005 previous exhibitions go to

Christopher Williams
For Example: Dix-Huit Leçons sur la Société Industrielle (first draft)
January 14 to March 6, 2005

Damian Moppett
The Visible Work
March 18 to April 24, 2005

The Spiders (Damian Moppett & Zin Taylor)
March 18 to April 24, 2005

Daniel Barrow
Don’t Let This Happen
May 06 to June 19, 2005

John Massey
As The Hammer Strikes (A Partial Illustration)
May 06 to June 19, 2005

Patrick BaumĂĽller, Severin Hofman, Marlene Haring, Hans Schabus, Catrin Bolt and the collective monochrom
Curated by Seamus Kealy
July 01 to August 14, 2005

Ceal Floyer
September 09 to October 30, 2005

Daniel Olson
Twenty Minutes’ Sleep
September 09 to October 30, 2005

Micah Lexier
To Be Sorted: Blank/Circle to Square/Organizing Principle
Blank: September 9 to October 30, 2005
Circle to Square: November 18, 2005 to January 08, 2006

Marc Bell, Paul Butler, Jason McLean, Jennifer Murphy, Dearraindrop, Miguel da Conçeicao and Amy Lockhart
Bit by Bit
November 18 to January 08, 2005/6

Donald Lawrence
November 18 to January 08, 2005/6

Myfanwy MacLeod,
Where I Lived, and What I Lived For, Vancouver
January 20 to March 19, 2006

Micah Lexier
To Be Sorted: Organizing Principle (PART III)
January 20 to March 19, 2006

Andrew Reyes
January 20 to March 19, 2006

Rachel Harrison, Scott Lyall,
When Hangover Becomes Form
March 31 to May 28, 2006,

Hadley + Maxwell,
Deleted Scenes, March 31 to May 28, 2006,

Hans-Peter Feldmann,
June 9 to Aug 20, 2006,

Christian Kliegel
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Exhibitions (19)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Liz Magor
'Six Ways to Sunday #06:'
CAG @ Peep Hole Art Centre, Milan, Italy
September to December, 2015

RBC Painting Competition
November 16 – December 6, 2015

Ryan Gander
Make every show like it’s your last
September 11 to November 8, 2015

Kim Boem
December 1, 2015 – January 31, 2016


Admission is free

Opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday 12-6pm

Museum internal and external photos (3)

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The Contemporary Art Gallery is committed to fostering ongoing learning to develop richer connections to contemporary art. Contemporary art speaks directly to the important questions of our time and to the changing landscape of Canadian and global identity. By making new ideas, current issues, and forgotten histories visible, living artists show us new perspectives about ourselves and the world around us.
As a reflection of contemporary society, the art of our time is relevant to all subject areas and disciplines, providing a rich resource through which to consider new ideas and rethink the familiar. By providing content for professional educators and students, the CAG strives to give context to the images we see in the world of fine arts and visual culture.


Guided visits are available by appointment. The staff-led presentations introduce themes in contemporary art and intend to develop interpretive skills by involving the audience with the meaning making process of the exhibition. We encourage visits from primary, secondary, college, university, ESL and community groups.

CAG lesson plans are designed to bring the resources of contemporary art and artists to diverse classrooms. It is our goal to accustom students of all ages to viewing contemporary art and to show that it can be used as a springboard in teaching a variety of subjects.


The CAG’s ongoing series of artist’s talks, curatorial tours, performances and special events provide invaluable entry points into Vancouver’s active art community.
Please see the website for up to date listings


The Contemporary Art Gallery is a membership supported institution. If you are already a member, we thank you. If you are not, we invite you to become one.

Member benefits:
An artist designed membership card
Invitation for you and a guest to special openings, talks and annual events including Late Night at the CAG and Members'' Private Tour with the Director
Special discounts and invitations to additional CAG events, talks and tours
10% discount on CAG publications and merchandise
Subscription to the CAG newsletter
Members only email updates and live feeds
A Tax receipt for the maximum allowable amount under CRA guidelines
Your choice of an artist’s limited edition work
An annual gift of an art publication

Venue hire

Host your next special event at the Contemporary Art Gallery.
The Contemporary Art Gallery makes its facilities available for rental in order to increase awareness of our facility and to generate revenue in support our programming and general operations. The Contemporary Art Gallery is open for rental at selected times throughout the year.

Entire Gallery
Size: 2132’
Capacity: 216

The B.C. Binning Gallery
Size: 1040’
Capacity: 60

The Alvin Balkind Gallery
Size: 676’
Capacity: 156

Basic rates include opening, monitoring and closing of the Gallery. Additional personnel for operating audio/video equipment, assisting with set up and strike are extra.