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    2024 Accessibility Update

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About the Gallery

Located in Downtown Vancouver, the ArtStarts Gallery is the only free, public gallery in Canada exclusively dedicated to young people's art.

Since the gallery opened in 2006, our exhibitions have celebrated the exciting artwork that emerges when students, educators and professional artists work together to deepen learning, creativity and community connections. Often featured are inspiring projects resulting from our Artists in the Classroom grants, which support opportunities for schools to work directly with professional artists to learn in and through the arts.

Please read the 2024 Accessibility Update for more information on the current Gallery closure and renovation. To receive the latest news on the Gallery reopening, sign up to receive our newsletter.

Plan Your Visit

Please note, the Gallery is currently closed for renovations and reopening in Fall 2024.

808 Richards St, Vancouver, BC (map)
All ages are welcome.
Admission is free. Donations are also welcome.

The ArtStarts Gallery is located on the unceded, ancestral, and traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.

2024 Accessibility Update

2024 Accessibility Update

Current accessibility renovations at the ArtStarts premises have resulted in the wind down of the ArtStarts Gallery department during this construction work. While we must pause the gallery's operations for the time being, this closure is vital for accessibility upgrades and our next steps as an organization serving young people in the arts.

2024 Accessibility Update

Two adults hold a toddler in their arms as they stand in front of an art installation in the ArtStarts Gallery

Gallery Mandate

Our Gallery mandate guides our exhibitions and programming, and highlights the kind of work we’re excited to celebrate! We believe that a focus on young people in a gallery space can be transformative and that art is essential for every body. We achieve this mandate when students, educators and professional artists are working together to deepen learning, creativity and community connections.

Read the Mandate

A group of young people and adults in the ArtStarts Gallery gathered around drums with their arms in the air

Events in the Gallery

Events in the Gallery will return when our Gallery reopens in Fall 2024!

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Young people gathered in the ArtStarts Gallery sitting on mats

Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours will return when our Gallery reopens in Fall 2024!

Gallery Tour Information

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