The Vancouver Art Gallery, the largest art gallery in western Canada, presents national and international exhibitions of works by a range of artists, from groundbreaking contemporary visionaries to historical masters. Founded in 1931, the Gallery has more than 7,900 works in its collection, valued at over $100 million.
Under the leadership of the Director, Kathleen Bartels, the Vancouver Art Gallery plays an important role in the arts community and beyond, through its exhibitions, special events and public programs.
The Gallery is internationally known for one of its most important holdings: more than 200 major works by the British Columbia artist Emily Carr, the world’s most significant collection of Carr’s work.
Over the past decade, as Vancouver has become a major centre for contemporary visual art, the Gallery has built a strong collection of photoconceptual work by Stan Douglas, Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace and other artists; a complete archive of posters by the American conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner; and a collection of prints by the American expressionist Leon Golub and the artist Nancy Spero.
Most recently the Gallery has acquired more than sixty works by sixteen internationally acclaimed artists, valued at $3.5 million (CAN). The Vancouver Art Gallery now has one of the most comprehensive photo-based collections in North America, including work by international artists such as Rineke Dijkstra, Andreas Gursky, Cindy Sherman and Thomas Struth.
The home of the Gallery is a magnificent turn-of-the-century heritage building with 41,400 square feet of exhibition space, which became the focal point of downtown Vancouver in 1983 when the Gallery moved in. The renowned Vancouver architect Arthur Erickson undertook extensive redesign and reconstruction of the building, meeting international standards for climate control, security and display.
Approximately 48% of the Gallery’s revenue is provided through annual operating grants from the City of Vancouver, the BC Arts Council, the Greater Vancouver Regional District, the Vancouver Arts Stabilization Program (VAST), the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts. The balance is raised through membership, corporate donations and sponsorships, in addition to earned income from admissions, the Gallery Store, the Gallery Café, gallery rental and art rental.
The Vancouver Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges the support of the City of Vancouver, the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council and Gaming Revenues, the Government of Canada through the Canada Council for the Arts, the Department of Canadian Heritage Museum Assistance Program and Cultural Spaces Canada and British Columbia Digital Collections supported by the BC Arts Council and the BC Museums Association.
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