The Future

Vancouver Art Gallery

Join us on our journey toward an innovative and inspiring new art gallery for everyone

ABOUT

The Vancouver Art Gallery now stands at the threshold of one of the most exciting moments in our history. After more than a decade of research and planning for a new Gallery, we are moving forward with our vision to create an innovative and inspiring visual art museum that enriches lives and plays a pivotal role in enhancing Vancouver and British Columbia’s reputation as a vibrant, creative, and desirable place to live, work and visit. In April 2013, Vancouver City Council voted unanimously to designate two-thirds of a site at West Georgia and Cambie Streets for a new Vancouver Art Gallery. Our journey has now begun—we invite you to join us. 

 

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The future site of the Vancouver Art Gallery.

THE VISION

The new Vancouver Art Gallery will be a purpose-built art museum that creates and strengthens links between artists, contemporary and historical art, and diverse communities throughout the city, province and around the world. The Gallery will tie the past to the present, make visible Vancouver’s connections to other places in the world, and enhance Vancouver’s reputation as one of the most important international centres for contemporary art production.

There are many steps ahead, but everything we’ve achieved to date is thanks to the commitment of artists, our members, donors, volunteers and our many other tireless supporters. We thank them, and you, for continuing to drive us forward.
 

THE NEW VANCOUVER ART GALLERY WILL:

  1. Expand services to the community by dramatically increasing the number and breadth of education and public programs for children, families and adults throughout the region
  2. Enhance Vancouver’s international reputation as a major contemporary art centre
  3. Serve as an economic stimulator by creating new employment opportunities and promoting cultural tourism
  4. Strengthen partnerships and increase engagement with the broader community
  5. Strive to become one of the most environmentally sustainable art museums in Canada
  6. Serve as a model for operational sustainability through an efficient and revenue-generating new facility

 

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THE NEW BUILDING

Through extensive studies, the Gallery has determined the need for a building of approximately 310,000 square feet with a minimum of 25,000 square feet of exterior space to meet the current and future needs of the community it serves. This includes:

  1. More than double our current exhibition space
  2. Dedicated galleries to showcase much more of the Gallery’s art collection
  3. Greatly expanded school, family and children’s programming
  4. An auditorium (approximately 300 seats) for lectures, films, classes, art performances and more
  5. Sufficient outdoor space for the presentation of art and public programs
  6. Welcoming lobby and public gathering spaces that serve as a “Town Square” for the 21st century
  7. A larger Gallery Store and a variety of food services designed for the comfort and enjoyment of visitors
  8. Dynamic indoor and outdoor event spaces for public and private programs
  9. State-of-the-art HVAC systems, collection storage, and conservation labs to house and protect the growing collection for future generations
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THE EXPERIENCE
Our new Gallery will provide experiences unlike any other in Canada, through the presentation of:

  1. Art that tells the story of more than two centuries of art-making in British Columbia, featuring works by the region’s significant artists, both historical and contemporary
  2. Art that reflects Vancouver and British Columbia’s diverse communities, thriving First Nations cultures, and the Asia Pacific region
  3. Art that captures the broad bandwidth of popular and visual culture, including new art forms that have yet to be imagined


OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES

 

We have embraced six guiding principles that inform our every decision as we move forward with this groundbreaking project.

1LET ART LEAD:
In every way, we will be committed to artists, the integrity of their work, and to fostering a public dialogue that will cultivate a free exchange of ideas.
2CELEBRATE PLACE:
Our program will situate the local within the context of the global, will foster exchanges between east and west, and will reflect the distinctiveness and vitality of our communities.
3EMBRACE THE PAST AND OWN THE FUTURE:
We are committed to contemporary art and ideas by situating the past in the context of the present, relating visual art to present day culture, and supporting emerging artists.

 

4MOBILIZE THE POWER OF THE PUBLIC:
Our institution will act as a hub of creativity that will cultivate, develop and disseminate ideas and knowledge to a broad public that reflects the diverse communities in which the Gallery engages.
5BUILD FOR A DIVERSITY OF ART FORMS:
We are committed to presenting a full range of visual art experiences from traditional media to the newest emerging forms of digital expression.
6DESIGN THE CHANGE:
We will adapt at the rate of change around us, promoting risk-taking while ensuring sustainability financially, operationally, environmentally and culturally.

BACKGROUND

THE MOVEMENT BEGINS

In the late 1990s, we began to identify the challenges of the renovated Courthouse building in which we have operated for more than three decades. In 2001, Kathleen Bartels joined the Gallery as its new director and began the process of exploring the renewal of this important institution. In 2004, we moved forward with a master planning process which concluded that the Gallery required an expanded facility of roughly double its current size and that it was unfeasible to expand on the existing site.

MOMENTUM BUILDS

At the end of 2005, we identified the city-owned block at West Georgia and Cambie Streets as a strong candidate for a new location. The Gallery made its first crucial step towards a new, purpose-built art museum in March 2008 when we received a gift of $50 million from the Province of British Columbia, which has been held by the Gallery in a restricted building fund and earning interest.

LOCATION CONFIRMED

On April 24, 2013, Vancouver City Council, under the leadership of Mayor Gregor Robertson, voted unanimously to designate the city-owned site at West Georgia and Cambie Streets for a new Vancouver Art Gallery. This historic decision has been lauded by artists and representatives from other arts organizations, tourism associations, donors and community leaders. Mayor Robertson celebrated the Gallery’s plan and spoke about the importance of “placing the arts at the forefront of our city-building.”

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NEIGHBOURHOOD

Situated at the intersection of West Georgia and Cambie Streets, this city-owned site is at a vital cultural crossroads. It is located in a dynamic part of the downtown core, adjacent to other cultural amenities, retail, commercial and residential areas, and public transit. The new Vancouver Art Gallery will serve as a connector of many important and diverse communities, including Downtown Vancouver, Gastown, Yaletown, Chinatown and East Vancouver. Like the Gallery, these areas are steeped in a rich sense of history even as they continue to grow and evolve.

 

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PROJECT NEWS

NEXT STEPS

  1. SELECTING AN ARCHITECT
    We are very pleased to announce the short-list of architectural firms for the design of the New Vancouver Art Gallery. Click here for more details.
  2. BUILDING COMMUNITY AWARENESS
    We will continue to engage our broader community by sharing information about a new Vancouver Art Gallery and what it means for them.
  3. LAYING FOUNDATIONS FOR FUNDRAISING
    We are working with our longtime donors and supporters as we look ahead to a capital fundraising campaign and a sound financial future for the new Gallery.

MEDIA COVERAGE

See the latest highlights from the press.

Watch our Director, Kathleen S. Bartels, discuss the new building
and our future

SUPPORT

SUPPORT THE VANCOUVER ART GALLERY

Join us now as we present innovative exhibitions, support local and international artists, and build the audiences of tomorrow. Your donation will contribute to a vibrant program of exhibitions and public programs that include artists’ talks, FUSE events, family activities, school programs and so much more.

The generosity of our supporters and their collective passion for the arts continue to fuel the Gallery’s ongoing civic dialogue about art and life and its monumental journey towards a new building.

The Vancouver Art Gallery is a not-for-profit organization supported by its members, individual donors, corporate funders, foundations and three levels of government.

 

WAYS TO GIVE

The Vancouver Art Gallery is grateful to all of our donors and funders, whose financial contributions and energetic support are critical to the success of the Gallery’s groundbreaking current and future plans.

 
Donate Now
For more information about donor opportunities, please contact:
Vancouver Art Gallery Development Office
Tel. 604.662.4700
development@vanartgallery.bc.ca

CONTACT US

The creation of a new Vancouver Art Gallery will be a defining moment for the arts in Vancouver and across Canada, and there’s no better preview than the innovative exhibitions and works on display in our current location. See current exhibitions and upcoming events.

 

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Lawren Harris 

 

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Edward Burtynsky

 

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Myfanwy MacLeod

 

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Scorned: Emily Carr

 

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Artist’s Choice

 

Mark Lewis
Offsite: Mark Lewis

 

GENERAL

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SUPPORT THE VANCOUVER ART GALLERY

development@vanartgallery.bc.ca

 

 

Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V6Z 2H7
24-hour Info Line: 604.662.4719
marketing@vanartgallery.bc.ca
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