Founded in 1991, Access Gallery is an artist-run centre with a mission to create conditions of emergence for provocative ideas and work in the visual arts. We enable critical conversations and risk taking through new configurations of artists, audience, and community. The organization searches out opportunities to experiment through collaborations (both local and international) that encourage innovation. We aim to bring visibility and critical reception to artists and cultural practitioners when they need it most, often at moments early in their practices, and have offered important exhibition opportunities to many of Canada’s most recognized contemporary artists. Access Gallery is a long-standing member of the Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres (PAARC). Submission information can be found here. Winter 2023 COVID-19 Safety Measures can be found here.
With gratitude as guests, Access is located on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
Access additionally recognizes its location in Vancouver’s Chinatown, an area for the gathering of predominantly Cantonese-speaking Chinese labourers, settlers, and businesses since the nineteenth century. Our gallery borders the site of Hogan’s Alley, an important home to Vancouver’s Black population until their forced displacement through the construction of the Georgia viaduct fifty years ago.
通路畫廊地點位於 xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), 與 Səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) 原住民族疆域之中。而畫廊設址在的華埠，正是自從十九世紀起一個主要由華人聚居，勞動及從商的地區。
As a not-for-profit artist-run centre, Access Gallery is a platform for emergent and experimental art practices. We enable critical conversations and risk-taking through new configurations of audience, artists, and community.
VISION: We envision a world in which critical and provocative art-making creates meaningful exchanges, challenges fixed perspectives, and generate epistemic change.
VALUES: We value experimentation and creative risk-taking, rigorous dialogue, accessibility, unexpected forms, collaborations and synergies, and support for artists when they need it most.
222 East Georgia St.
Vancouver BC Canada
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 12-5pm
604.689.2907 [not currently in use]
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Access gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the following funders as well as our committed family of donors, members, and volunteers, for enabling this organization to remain vigorous and connected to the communities we support.