Self-guided tours of Vancouver’s Arts District with events happening the first Saturday of every month.
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Visit these amazing galleries!
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Sun Wah Centre Unit 30E (Lower Ground Level) 268 Keefer St, Vancouver, BC
THIS is a brick-and-mortar gallery located in Vancouver, BC. The gallery is a tenant of BC Artscape, located in the Sun Wah Centre.
THIS also offers workshops on a variety of art-related topics facilitated by local artists and art educators. THIS Gallery is dedicated to the creation and exhibition of both commercial and non-commercial art by under-represented local and international talent.
236 Pender St East, Vancouver, BC
Or Gallery is a non-profit artist-run centre that supports emerging, conceptual and experimental art practices by interspersing exhibitions of local, national, and international artists. Throughout its existence Or Gallery has produced early exhibitions, performances, offsite projects, and publications by some of the most recognized names in contemporary Canadian art: Dana Claxton, Stan Douglas, Geoffrey Farmer, Rodney Graham, Brian Jungen, Garry Neill Kennedy, Roy Kiyooka, Tim Lee, Myfanwy MacLeod, Luanne Martineau, Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace, Marianne Nicholson, and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. The gallery has also been responsible for bringing works and projects by notable international artists and curators to Vancouver, including Francis Alÿs, Martin Creed, Tacita Dean, Matthew Higgs, Barbara Kruger, Martha Rosler and Krzysztof Wodiczko.
222 East Georgia St., Vancouver, BC
Access Gallery is an artist-run centre with a mission to create conditions of emergence for provocative ideas and work in the visual arts. We enable critical conversations and risk-taking through new configurations of artists, audience, and community. The organization searches out opportunities to experiment through collaborations (both local and international) that encourage innovation. We aim to bring visibility and critical reception to artists and cultural practitioners when they need it most, often at moments early in their practices, and have offered important exhibition opportunities to many of Canada’s most recognized contemporary artists.
Sun Wah Centre, 268 Keefer Street, Unit-071 (basement), Vancouver, BC
The term “White Cube” has become synonymous with art galleries and spaces; nevertheless, it is no longer an adequate description for today’s artist-run institutes. We hope to replace the word “space” with “sardine,” because other than exhibitions, an artist-run space also carries curatorial and publishing functions, as it can also be a site for artist residencies and bookstores among many other roles.
This institution was founded by Vancouver-based artists originally from Canton, China, hence the name “Canton-sardine.”
Sun Wah Centre, 268 Keefer Street, Unit 205, Vancouver, BC
Centre A: Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art is a leading public art gallery currently situated in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown, on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. It is a registered charity and the only public art gallery in Canada dedicated to contemporary Asian and Asian-diasporic perspectives since 1999.
Over the years, Centre A has worked with countless artists including Yoko Ono, Ho Tam, Vanessa Kwan, Young Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Hong Kong Exile, Samson Young, Khan Lee and Subodh Gupta. Additionally, we have collaborated with numerous organizations, locally and internationally, such as the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Or Gallery, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and Long March.
Sun Wah Centre, 268 Keefer Street, Unit 425, Vancouver, BC
One of the only permanent spaces worldwide dedicated to the presentation of queer art, SUM gallery brings diverse communities together to support artistic risk-taking, incite creative collaboration and experimentation, and celebrate the rich heritage of queer artists and art. As the year-round programming arm of the Queer Arts Festival, SUM produces, presents and exhibits challenging, thought-provoking multidisciplinary art that pushes boundaries and initiates dialogue.
Monte Clark Gallery
53 Dunlevy Ave, Vancouver, BC
Monte Clark gained national and international prominence with its decade-long gallery presence in Toronto alongside the widely respected voice of its Vancouver gallery. The gallery’s artists, local and international, continue to be the subjects of important solo exhibitions and have appeared in landmark biennials and thematic group shows. The exhibition program features a broad range of artists with a concise view of each artist’s approach to art making and navigates potential dialogues between them. Monte Clark has long valued producing exhibitions that bring together multifaceted works across a vast range of media, including drawing, photography, video, painting, sculpture, and installation. Monte Clark endeavours to collaborate with artists at all stages of their careers.
Mónica Reyes Gallery
602 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC
Mónica Reyes Gallery (MRG) has been backing the growth and development of emerging and mid-career artists at its current location since 2013. Serving the local and international art scene, MRG promotes artist initiatives invested in shaping the economies of art and culture. Located in the heart of Strathcona, the gallery is uniquely positioned to create dialogues with the artists and cultural engineers who call the neighbourhood home.
659 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC
Located on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), in the heart of Vancouver’s Gallery District, Fazakas Gallery promotes a diverse selection of contemporary art with a special emphasis on works by established and up-and-coming Indigenous artists. They offer works by established Indigenous artists such as Beau Dick, Rande Cook, and Don Yeomans. We also offer works by emerging and mid-career artists, such as Jason Baerg, Couzyn van Heuvelen, Audie Murray, and Corey Bulpitt. We provide a comprehensive approach to helping clients build their portfolio, while also reviewing existing collections to foster fresh new directions.
Outsiders & Others Gallery
716 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC
Outsiders and Others is a not-for-profit arts society with a focus on bringing non-traditional artists to the forefront. This includes outsider, folk, self-taught, visionary, intuitive, and artists with disabilities.
Paneficio Gallery + Studios
800 Keefer St, Vancouver, BC
Nestled in the heart of Vancouver’s Strathcona neighbourhood, Paneficio has been home to a small community of artists for 29 years. Owned by Valerie Arntzen–visual artist and founder of the Eastside Culture Crawl and First Saturday Open Studios–and her husband, Arnt Arntzen, who is also a visual artist, the studio is known for its storefront displays showcasing local artists’ work.
881 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC
Gallery 881 is a lens-based art hub promoting the photographic arts through exhibitions, art sales, public events, and other visual art-based programming. We offer a selection of artwork available for purchase as well as freshly curated flat file art drawers and the Book Zine Wall – a library of independently produced publications. Gallery 881 also houses PrintMaker Studio, a full-service fine art print production service with expertise in digital printmaking and finishing for artists and collectors alike.
Catriona Jeffries Gallery
950 East Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC
Catriona Jeffries has been in operation since 1994. It focuses on the post-conceptual art practices which have emerged from Vancouver and the critical relationships between these practices and particular international artists. It is recognized as one of the most important commercial contemporary art galleries in Vancouver, and one of the only ones that has an international reputation. The gallery shows work by well-known Vancouver artists such as Ian Wallace, Brian Jungen, and Geoffrey Farmer.
Wil Aballe Art Projects | WAAP
1129 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC
Founded in 2013, Wil Aballe Art Projects | WAAP, exhibits local and international artists, notably the innovative younger generation of artists in Vancouver. The program is comprised of a series of interdisciplinary, concept-oriented and space-based exhibitions in a variety of media including sculpture, video, sound, painting, printmaking, photography and performance. Its editions program feature contributions by the brightest Canadian artists internationally and are coveted by collectors. The gallery operates somewhat nomadically, having shifted into 4 distinctly different locations (an open-concept apartment, a spare warehouse, a basement in a historical building that dates back to gold-rush era Vancouver, and a storefront – effective September 2018) since conception and hosting several “off-site projects” as the art demands.
1320 E Pender St, Vancouver, BC
August Studios is a space for artists/designers+ to create, collaborate, and teach. Their goal is to strengthen the community and enrich lives through collective work. They host workshops and curate & host art shows.
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