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A Letter from Anthony
Kiendl, CEO & Director
Today, the Vancouver Art Gallery is embarking on a new path.
An art gallery is much more than a physical space. It is the heart of our community. It offers dynamic experiences rooted in place, yet networked through our community’s social fabric, connecting our past, present and future, our cultures and languages, our hopes and fears.
An art gallery is also a think tank. It creates pathways to understanding. It encourages creative thinking and offers new perspectives that allow us to see our world differently, to challenge the status quo and to discover innovative solutions to problems.
The new Vancouver Art Gallery at the Chan Centre for the Visual Arts will provide a compelling platform from which the gallery experience evolves, offering a new cultural space for the 21st century. It will have the capacity to share our growing collection and temporary exhibitions, and act as a creative hub enabling artists across all media and cultural perspectives. We affirm art as the centre of everything we do, for its power to transform lives and worlds. In the words of artist Robert Filliou, “art is what makes life more interesting than art.”
The Gallery will bring together artists and our communities, through exhibitions, and by offering residencies for artists, with purpose-built studios and temporary accommodation for visiting artists. It will honour the First Peoples of this land and include a community house from which Indigenous programs will be offered to the public. It will maintain ongoing conversations with broad and diverse communities – giving, learning, inspiring and nurturing – and feature space dedicated to collaborations with community partners. It will embody environmental sustainability as the first Passive House public art gallery in North America. The gallery will also offer an on-site, art-based centre for early childhood education for children aged 18 months to five years. In these many ways, the gallery will become enmeshed in our everyday lives.
Today, the Vancouver Art Gallery is poised to strengthen and enhance our communities. With new leaders about to join our outstanding team, and with a renewed purpose, we will build on these and other partnerships, and establish new ones to celebrate our cultures. These leaders and partners will help our creative communities thrive, and reach out to every corner of the province and country to attract new local, national and international audiences.
I am confident in the future of the Gallery. I invite you to join me on this path to embrace our creativity and witness the power and potential of art in our lives. I hope you will join us!
CEO and Director
Vancouver Art Gallery