Our Exhibits

The Vancouver Art Gallery presents exhibitions of work by artists ranging from historic masters to leading-edge contemporaries. These include major thematic exhibitions, presentations of solo artists and smaller, more focused showcases. In a typical year, 2 to 3 exhibitions are borrowed from other institutions and 10 to 12 exhibitions are developed in-house, drawing on our permanent collection and loans of works from around the world. In addition, the Gallery tours a few of its exhibitions each year.

Exhibition Proposals

Exhibition Proposal Submissions

If you would like to have the curators consider an exhibition of your work, please submit a proposal.

What to include:

  • A Statement of Intent
  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • Images of artwork on a USB drive or printed (NO original artwork, please)
  • If you reside in Canada and wish to have your materials returned, please include an appropriately sized self-addressed stamped envelope with sufficient postage. Any proposals received without a sufficiently stamped envelope will be destroyed after 12 months. We are unable to return international proposals.

Mailing Address:

Curatorial Department
Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC
V6Z 2H7, Canada

We receive numerous exhibition proposals, and while they are considered on an ongoing basis, review may take at least 3 months. You will only receive a response if the curators are interested in pursuing further information about your work.

The Vancouver Art Gallery plans its exhibitions well in advance, aiming to have an exhibition schedule in place for the next 3 years. This provides us with sufficient time to plan and organize major exhibitions as well as related educational, marketing and fundraising initiatives.


Acquisition Proposals

Acquisition Proposal Submissions

If you would like to have the curators consider the acquisition of an artwork, either as a donation or purchase, please mail a written proposal to the attention of:

Curatorial Department
Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby Street, Vancouver B.C.
V6Z 2H7, Canada

or email the Curatorial Department at curatorial@vanartgallery.bc.ca.

Generally such a proposal would include images of the artwork (slides, photocopies, computer printouts, CDs or jpegs - NO original artwork / NO large digital files please) along with information on the artist and artwork including artist's name, title of the work, date, media, dimensions, exhibition history, provenance (when and where the work was acquired) and any other relevant materials about the work such as published reviews or descriptions, etc. Also include an appropriately-sized self-addressed stamped return envelope. If you are making your submission via email, please keep the total size of your email, including attachments, under 1MB. We receive numerous acquisition proposals throughout the year and while they are reviewed on a weekly basis, due to the volume of submissions, responses to proposals may take up to 3 months. Once the curators have determined an artwork is suitable for the Gallery's permanent collection, the acquisition process itself can take several months following that.

For more information about the acquisitions process, please click here.