Vancouver Art Gallery Overview
The Vancouver Art Gallery is the largest art gallery in western Canada and one of downtown Vancouver's most important landmarks.
The Gallery has over 9,000 works of art in its ever-growing collection, including the largest and most significant collection of paintings and works on paper by the famous BC artist Emily Carr, and a world-renowned collection of contemporary photo-based work.
Each year, the Gallery presents two to three international exhibits--traveling exhibits from around the world--and 10 to 12 in-house exhibitions that draw from their own extensive collections.
Exhibitions range from large, thematic presentations to solo shows, and cover a diverse spectrum of work, from historic masters to leading-edge contemporary artists.
FUSE at the Vancouver Art Gallery
On select Friday nights--usually the last Friday of the month--the Gallery hosts the adult-only FUSE, a mixed-media event that combines art, music, performance, and cocktails, and turns the Gallery into a vibrant, club-like social scene.
Getting to the Vancouver Art Gallery
The Vancouver Art Gallery is located at 750 Hornby St., between Robson and Georgia in downtown Vancouver.
For drivers, there is paid parking at the Hotel Vancouver parkade (enter from Hornby Street), Pacific Centre Mall parkade (enter from Howe Street) and Robson Square Complex (enter from Howe Street).
Vancouver Art Gallery History & Architecture
The Vancouver Art Gallery was founded in 1931 and first located at 1145 West Georgia Street. In 1983, the Gallery moved to its current location on Hornby Street.
One of downtown Vancouver's major landmarks, the Gallery building was once a provincial courthouse, designed in the neoclassical style by Francis Rattenbury, who also designed the famous Empress Hotel in Victoria, BC.
Vancouver Art Gallery as Culture Hub & Downtown Landmark
Located amid Robson Square civic centre and the Robson Street shopping district, the Gallery's lawn and high concrete steps serve as a central meeting point, a culture hub and--when the weather is good--a relaxation spot amidst the hustle and bustle of downtown Vancouver.
The Gallery grounds are the gathering spot for the monthly Critical Mass cyclists and a favourite rallying point for protesters of every kind, from Global Uprising for Tibet to marijuana legalization to environmentalists.
In tribute to its importance as a city landmark, the 2010 Olympic Countdown Clock was placed on the Gallery's front lawn in March 2007, a bold reminder of history-in-the-making, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games.
Admission Fees & Current Exhibitions: Vancouver Art Gallery