Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery

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American Leg, May 2012 Sculpture © Contemporary Art Gallery, photo: Scott Massey
Installation At The Contemporary Art Gallery © CAG and Photo: Scott Massey
Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery
555 Nelson Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B6R5
Venue Type: Museum
Open hours
Tuesday to Sunday 12 - 6 pm
Gallery type

Established in 1971as the Greater Vancouver Artist's Gallery, the CAG was incorporated in 1976 as a non-profit charitable society. Vancouver artists were hired for six month periods to produce art for exhibition at the gallery, and for inclusion in the City of Vancouver Art Collection. In 1984 the CAG became an artist-run centre. By the early 1990s the exhibition program had expanded to include national and international artists. In 1996 the CAG became the only independent public art gallery in downtown Vancouver. In May 2001, the CAG moved to a new purpose-built facility under the aegis of the City of Vancouver's Amenity Bonus program in cooperation with Bosa Ventures Inc.


The Contemporary Art Gallery is a non-profit public art gallery dedicated to the research, exhibition, education and documentation of contemporary visual art as it is practiced locally through to internationally. It aspires to generate significant audiences for its innovative and diverse programmes through free access and a profile that is international in scope.


The Contemporary Art Gallery promotes knowledge and understanding of contemporary visual art through:

• initiation and promotion of exhibitions, publications, learning and outreach programs presenting work made by both Canadian and international artists
• development of dynamic and committed relationships between art, artists and audiences that support and contribute to a diverse community
• playing a key role in the cultural life of Vancouver and British Columbia
• offering access to everyone
• informative and engaging resources on visual arts
• the City of Vancouver Art Collection of 3,000 works of art which are circulated in public spaces throughout civic buildings and loaned for exhibition to museums and galleries

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