750 Hornby Street
British Columbia
V6Z 2H7
Phone: 604 662 4719
Fax: 604 682 1086
Website: http://www.vanartgallery.

Vancouver Art Gallery

Vancouver is one of the most vibrant, progressive cities in the world and I believe the Vancouver Art Gallery has a responsibility to reflect this wealth of creativity and dynamic energy. Perhaps TIME magazine describes us best as "an institution that moves at the same speed as the cyclotron that is Vancouver's art scene."
The Gallery stands in the centre of a city recognized as a nurturing ground for artistic talent. Through cutting-edge exhibitions, we feature the work of leaders in the field of contemporary art and Vancouver's internationally renowned artists, including Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace, Stan Douglas, Rodney Graham, Roy Arden and Brian Jungen, serving as a portal for their remarkable achievements while furthering British Columbia's artistic legacy. The Gallery also houses the magnificent works of significant historical artists, including the most extensive collection of the work of Canada's beloved Emily Carr. Our permanent holdings number more than 9,000 artworks, making the Gallery one of the most valuable collections in Canada.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (4)

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Permanent Collection

The Vancouver Art Gallery's collection of nearly 9,000 works of art represents the most comprehensive resource for visual culture in British Columbia. Established in 1931 with the founding of the Gallery, the collection grows by several hundred works every year. It is a principal repository of works produced in this region, as well as related works by other Canadian and international artists.
Works from the collection are in active use. They are presented in exhibitions at the Gallery and are loaned to other institutions locally, nationally and internationally. The collection is also used by researchers, scholars and students, as well as authors, publishers and other museums and galleries, who reproduce images in print and online publications.
The Vancouver Art Gallery collection contains outstanding examples of a century's worth of art produced in British Columbia, from 19th century mountain and coastal landscapes to recent photo-based artworks by renowned Vancouver artists. The Gallery owns the largest and most significant group of paintings and works on paper by the modernist landscape painter Emily Carr.


The Vancouver Art Gallery presents exhibitions of work by artists ranging from historic masters to leading-edge contemporaries. These include major thematic exhibitions, presentations of solo artists and smaller, more focused showcases. In a typical year, 2 to 3 exhibitions are borrowed from other institutions and 10 to 12 exhibitions are developed in-house, drawing on our permanent collection and loans of works from around the world. In addition, the Gallery tours a few of its exhibitions each year.

Previous Exhibitions

September 30, 2006 to February 25, 2007

Emily Carr: New Perspectives on a Canadian Icon
October 7, 2006 to January 7, 2007

75 Years of Collecting: Portrait of a Citizen
September 23, 2006 to January 1, 2007

75 Years of Collecting: The Road to Utopia
November 4, 2006 to January 1, 2007

Raven Travelling: Two Centuries of Haidia Art
June 10 to September 17, 2006

Arthur Erickson: Critical Works
May 27 to September 10, 2006

75 Years of Collecting: First Nations Myths and Realities
May 6 to August 27, 2006

75 Years of Collecting: British Masters, Group of Seven and Pop Icons
February 4 to May 14, 2006

Brian Jungen
January 28 to April 30, 2006

Takao Tanabe
January 21 to April 17, 2006

Exhibitions (4)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Monet to DalĂ­: Modern Masters from the Cleveland Museum of Art
June 11 to September 16, 2007
Monet to DalĂ­ represents the most comprehensive showing of European painting and sculpture in Vancouver in more than half a century.

Emily Carr and The Group Of Seven
May 12, 2007 to April 6, 2008
Emily Carr and the Group of Seven presents Carr's work within the context of the Group of Seven's important visual dialogue in the 1920s and 1930s.

Andrea Zittel: Critical Space
June 11 to September 30, 2007
The first comprehensive North American exhibition to survey her work, Andrea Zittel: Critical Space will present the American artist’s particular interdisciplinary way of working as a designer, engineer, consultant and advocate using the corporate identity "A-Z Administrative Services."

Roy Arden
October 20, 2007 to January 20, 2008
Over the past two decades, Roy Arden has become one of Canada’s most respected artists. His work has significantly contributed to Vancouver’s reputation as an important centre for contemporary photographic art.

Georgia O’Keeffe: Nature and Abstraction
October 6, 2007 to January 13, 2008
Georgia O’Keeffe: Nature and Abstraction is a survey of the compelling career of American artist Georgia O’Keeffe, concentrating on the dominant aspects of her achievement and the subject that constantly inspired her.


Admission thru June 10, 2007 (plus applicable taxes)

Adult $15
Senior (65+) $11
Student (with valid ID) $10
Children (5 - 12) $6
Children (4 and under) Free
Family (maximum 2 parents and 2 children) $40

Admission is by donation on Tuesday evenings, 5 pm - 9 pm

Admission Summer 2007 June 11 to September 16, 2007 (includes tax)

Adult $19.50
Senior (65+) $15.00
Student (with valid ID) $14.00
Children (5 - 12) $6.50
Children (4 and under) Free
Family (maximum 2 parents and 2 children) $49
Members Free

Admission is by donation on Tuesday evenings, 5 pm - 9 pm

Opening hours

Daily 10 am to 5:30 pm
Tuesday and Thursday until 9 pm

Getting there

Gallery Access
You can enter the Gallery from Hornby Street or Robson Street Plaza (adjacent to Howe Street). Both entrances are wheelchair accessible.

The Vancouver Art Gallery occupies an entire city block in the heart of downtown Vancouver, bounded by Georgia Street, Hornby Street, Robson Street and Howe Street.

No parking is available on Gallery premises, but there is plenty of paid public parking nearby: Hotel Vancouver parkade (enter from Hornby Street), Pacific Centre Mall parkade (enter from Howe Street) and Robson Square Complex (enter from Howe Street).

Public Transit
From Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal (Fare Zone 3) Take the 640 Scott Road bus to the Ladner Exchange. Transfer to the 601 Vancouver bus to Burrard Street Station. Travel to downtown Vancouver can be made via:

SkyTrain: Granville or Burrard Stations
Seabus: Waterfront Station
Bus: any Downtown bus

For more information on bus routes and all public transit in Vancouver, phone the information line at 604.521.0400.


Coatcheck is available during Gallery hours. Please note that backpacks, cameras, food, drinks, large bags and umbrellas are not permitted in the gallery spaces and must be checked.

Gallery Store
The Gallery Store is one of Vancouver's greatest treasures. The store's knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff, and its wide-ranging, uniquely Canadian selection of contemporary art books, posters, paper goods, jewellery and designer giftware, including a broad range of Emily Carr merchandise, make it a truly satisfying shopping experience.

Gallery Cafe
An established tradition in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the Gallery Café and Catering offers a classic, yet casual dining experience. Enjoy a wide range of delicacies from elegant entrees and tasty soups and salads to sinfully decadent desserts. Classical music, breathtaking floral arrangements and one of the best outdoor patios in the city complete the experience.

Monday to Sunday & Holidays 10 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10 am - 9 pm

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Group Tours
Group rates apply to 10 people or more and are subject to 6% GST. Groups must book at least one week in advance to qualify for Group Rates and reservations can be made from Tuesday to Friday. To book a group (10 or more people), contact the Group Bookings Coordinator at 604.662.4717.


The Vancouver Art Gallery features exhibition tours designed especially for school groups. These programs introduce tools to foster visual literacy in students, encouraging them to find pleasure and meaning in art and to think critically about the array of visual images that surround them.
For students grades 1-12, interactive programs include guided exhibition tours, art-making workshops, self-guided tours and full-day residency programs. Programs are accompanied by Teachers' Guides with relevant information about artists, classroom activities, vocabulary and resources.


The Vancouver Art Gallery's Family Programs spark curiosity and creativity, inviting children and adults to explore art and the people who create it. Through hands-on activities, games, exercises in 'close looking,' as well as age-appropriate information and questions, Family Programs open up the world of art and artists by providing opportunities to engage, discover and debate.

supersunday: art for families
On the third Sunday of each month, the Gallery is transformed into a fun-filled space for families (children age 12 and under) to learn about art together. Artists, staff and volunteers engage families in hands-on activity areas, where children and adults draw, paint, create, watch and participate in performances, and learn about art together.

Hours & Rates
Dates: On the third Sunday of each month.
Hours: Noon - 5 pm
Rates: Complimentary Gallery admission for children age 12 and under on supersunday. Admission is free for Members.
Suggested donation for materials: $2


The Vancouver Art Gallery’s “Animateurs” are friendly and knowledgeable tour guides. The Animateurs receive accolades for their ability to interpret the exhibitions, presenting a wide range of perspectives and new ideas.
Tours are offered daily beginning at 11:45 a.m. and are free with paid Gallery admission. Please call 604.662.4719 for tour times.

On select Fridays, the Vancouver Art Gallery transforms into THE place for art, music and live performance in the city. Since its inception in July 2005, thousands of Fuse-goers have converged at the Gallery for this unique adult event. Live performances in the Gallery spaces, DJs, eclectic Gallery tours and unexpected surprises have made Fuse Vancouver's favourite see-and-be-seen event.

Lectures and Talks
The Gallery's public lectures, classes and discussion groups presented by artists, curators, art historians, critics and collectors are springboards for understanding and appreciating the world of art and visual culture, for exchanging ideas and for debating issues. These events take many forms, ranging from traditional slide presentations to informal artists' talks in the galleries. They bring renowned scholars, critics and artists to Vancouver, setting local art and artists in an international framework and drawing together some of the brightest minds of our time.

Out For Lunch Music Series
The Out for Lunch concert series is offered on selected Friday afternoons at 12:10 pm beginning on February 9, 2007 and is free with Gallery admission. Arrive early-this popular event has limited space.

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Vancouver Art Gallery Membership provides vital support to the Gallery and its long-standing commitment to artistic and educational excellence.
All Members receive exclusive benefits and access to the Vancouver Art Gallery’s world-class programming, exhibitions and events.

* Free, unlimited admission for one year
* Exclusive access to exhibition Opening nights Members and guests
* 10% discount to the Gallery Store
* Two complimentary one-time guest passes
* Free admission to FUSE and supersunday
* Discounts on lectures and other public programs

Individual Membership $60
Discover what the Vancouver Art Gallery has to offer you as a Member

Household Membership $80
Experience hands on workshops and programming for the entire family or save on Membership as a couple

Young Associates $200
Become a Member of the Young Associates and be part of a generation of visual art patrons and young professionals looking to expand their involvement in arts and culture, specifically around contemporary visual art.

Contributing $200 - $499
Receive additional guest passes, invitations to private Gallery events and a reciprocal membership with other leading art museums and galleries across North America.

Supporting $500 - $749
Donor Wall recognition and free admission for a guest every time you visit the Gallery in addition to your other benefits.

Friend $750 - $1,499
Join the Leadership Circle Members for an exclusive event and bring two guest for complimentary admission each time you visit the Gallery.

Discounted Memberships
Senior Membership $30
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The Vancouver Art Gallery offers a superior range of opportunities for companies to achieve specific business objectives through sponsorship. Some examples include:

* Increasing Sales
* National and International Brand Awareness
* Driving Traffic to Retailers
* Sampling Opportunities
* Official Supplier Designations
* Superior Client Entertaining Opportunities
* Employee Rewards Programs

For further information about Sponsorship or Corporate Giving opportunities, contact the Development Office at 604.662.4700 or email

Venue hire

Come gather in the heart of the city as the Vancouver Art Gallery opens its doors to your next function. The Gallery offers affordable meeting places with a touch of class for conventions, receptions, cocktail parties, seasonal gatherings and award ceremonies.
The Gallery is located in a turn-of-the century heritage building, formerly a provincial courthouse. It is conveniently situated in downtown Vancouver, within walking distance of several major hotels.
The Gallery is a most imaginative choice for an unforgettable event!
Call or email today to arrange a visit:
Gallery Rental Coordinator
Phone 604.662.4714