The Associates - Vancouver Art Gallery

$225 Associate
$375   Associate Couple
$175 Senior Associate
$300   Senior Couple Associate

Learn about art, enjoy art events, travel for art!

Join the Associates, a dynamic member group dedicated to fostering arts appreciation through social and arts education activities and deeper engagement with the Vancouver and international art scene. Associate members support the work of the Gallery through annual fundraising events and travel programs.

Associates of the Vancouver Art Gallery Membership has its benefits! Make friends with other art lovers, enjoy free educational activities, experience special art-related events, access to an exclusive art travel program and so much more.



Associate Benefits

In addition to the core benefits of Membership, Associates also receive these exclusive benefits:
  • Social events throughout the year in conjunction with our cutting–edge contemporary exhibitions
  • Opportunities to visit artist studios, enjoy film presentations on art history, an engaging education series and participate in Gallery tours of current exhibitions
  • Access to special events and art-related travel program
  • Opportunities to make new friends while volunteering on a variety of committees and exciting fundraising events
  • Exclusive discounted Member's rates on Venue Rentals

For more information about becoming an Associate, please call Member and Member Services at 604.662.4711.

Special Events and Travel Programs

Associates are invited to attend the following exclusive special events and art travel programs, to which additional fees apply.
  • Occasional visits to private personal art collections and corporate collections
  • Opportunities to tour public art in the Vancouver area with knowledgeable guides
  • Invitations to local, national and international art travel programs. Recent cities visited include Paris, Montreal, New York and Victoria
  • Invitations to the Associates' Annual Gala
  • Opportunities to socialize with other visual arts supporters over fine food in attractive venues
  • Free registration to Education Events (Monday Morning Art Study Group, Artists Studio Tours, Art in the Morning)

Upcoming Events

Collectors' Tour


Sunday, May 26 | 2-4 PM

More details to come.

Travel Programs


Edmonton | Tuesday, May 21 to Saturday, May 25

"Make this the year you don't think 'cold' when someone mentions Edmonton," says the Globe and Mail

This spring, join the Associates for an art tour of Edmonton! You'll explore the city's growing Arts District—home to the recently re-opened Royal Alberta Museum, and the rapidly developing ICE District in the heart of downtown. Refuel at some of the country's hottest restaurants and stroll (or take a tram) through the new, 4.8-hectare Aga Khan Garden.

4-Star Accommodations: Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton


  • Explore the new Royal Alberta Museum
  • Catch the spirit of Edmonton's new Art District
  • Visit the Alberta Art Gallery
  • Immerse yourself in that special Prairie atmosphere


  • Price: $1,250 per person, plus a $200 donation to the Vancouver Art Gallery (eligible for a donation tax receipt); $312 single room supplement.
  • Price includes hotel (double occupancy), breakfast, three dinners, one lunch, all admissions and guided tours, private coach or taxi, visits to artist studios and private collections, and more.
  • Registration: Non-refundable $700 deposit required to secure the hotel booking by March 26, 2019. Late registration is accepted as per hotel room availability.

To register or inquire about this tour, please contact:


Paris | Saturday, September 15 to Saturday, September 21—TOUR FULL

The Associates Travel Committee is excited to announce this year's travel program to the City of Light, Paris!


  • Enjoy guided tours of must-see museums, including the Musée d’Orsay, l’Orangerie, Fondation Vuitton, Opéra Palais Garnier and the Musée Cluny; guided walking tours of Le Marais and Montmartre and other favourite neighbourhoods; accompanied strolls of the Right and Left Bank landmarks; and walks in beautiful gardens like Les Tuileries and Luxembourg
  • Visit artist studios and private collections
  • Experience unforgettable cuisine, shopping and an evening show.
  • Enjoy an exclusive tour of the Vaux-le-Vicomte, the superb XVII century palace and carden that “provoked” Louis XIV to build Versailles, followed by an evening river cruise of Paris Illuminations

Monday Morning Art Study Group

New to the Associates? In this informal setting, you’ll meet others who share your interest in art. Join our Associates study group at the Gallery in Room 302 (unless otherwise indicated below) every second Monday for an introduction to new artists or a revisit with one of the masters. The program begins at 11 AM and lasts about one hour. Doors open at 10:30 AM with refreshments available. Registration is not required unless otherwise indicated below.
  • April 1
    Join our discussion about Georges Seurat's A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte—1884, with commentary by Diana Garred
  • April 15
    Los Angeles-based artist Owen Kydd will talk about his “durational photographs.”
  • April 29
    Join our discussion about the influential artistic movements Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, which arose in late 19th-century France
  • May 13
    Learn about American artist, curator, writer and educator Diana Thater, who has been a pioneering creator of installation and immersive art.
  • May 27
    Delve into the work of Henry Moore, the foremost British sculptor of the 20th century, best known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures located around the world as public works of art..

After May 27, the study group will take a summer hiatus, resuming October 7, 2019.

Non-members are welcome on a one-time basis and for a fee of $20 cash at the door.


Artist Studio Tours

Throughout the year, the Associates visit artist studios to witness first-hand the artist's creative process and to discuss their work.

A no-host lunch at a local restaurant normally follows the studio visit. There will be a charge of $5 to cover the cost of the artists’ lunches.

Organized by Ellen Doise. To register, please e-mail or phone 604.264.0476.
  • THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 10:30 AM

    Aurelia Bizouard
    #409-321 Railway Street, Vancouver
    Lunch at Jules Bistro, 216 Abbott Street Nicola’s realistic paintings will take us from the snow caps of Nunavut to the greens of Vancouver.

    Aurelia Bizouard’s practice ranges from creating artworks with glass and light, to artistic performances that invite the public to participate or observe. She also works in sculpture, painting, photography and ephemeral installations.

  • THURSDAY, MAY 16, 10:30 AM

    Won-hee Gowen
    #7-1182 Quebec Street, Vancouver
    Lunch at Bodega On Main, 1014 Main Street Nicola’s realistic paintings will take us from the snow caps of Nunavut to the greens of Vancouver.

    Meet painter Won-hee Gowen, whose works adorn offices and private homes in North America, Korea and Europe.

Non-members are welcome on a one-time basis and for a fee of $20 cash at the door.

Art in the Morning

Guided tours of the Gallery's current exhibitions are offered exclusively to members of the Associates on the third Friday of the month.

Beginning at 10am, the tour lasts about one hour and will be followed by a discussion with the Art Educator. Please meet the Art Educator in the Gallery Lobby by Coat Check.

For a more detailed description of the Associates' program of events and activities, please contact: or 604.662.4700, ext. 2510.