Visit the ArtStarts Gallery

The ArtStarts Gallery is the first in Canada devoted exclusively 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.

Our exhibitions often showcase the inspiring work resulting from ArtStarts' Artists in the Classroom program, which supports opportunities for schools to work directly with professional artists to learn in and through the arts.

The ArtStarts Gallery is generously supported by Boeing.



Local Connections and Natural Indicators of Time

In the ArtStarts Gallery: April 26, 2014 to August 30, 2014

This exhibition showcases how students across BC examined how time is marked in the natural world through explorations in felt, clay, printmaking and other artistic mediums. Also grounded in language arts, these explorations enabled students to develop a deep understanding of natural cycles and their relevance to their own communities.

Artwork in Timescapes

  • "Taan's Moons" by Kindergarten–Grade 3 students in 6 schools in Haida Gwaii, BC, with artists Alison Gear (writer), Jason Shafto (photographer) and Kiki van der Heiden (visual and fibre artist).
  • "Grindrod Sheep's Calendario" by Kindergarten, Grades 1, 5, 6 and 7 students in Grindrod Elementary in Grindrod, BC, with Cathy Stubington (visual artist) and Gabriele Wesle (organic farmer, feltmaker and food security activist).
  • "The Creek Forum by Kindergarten–Grade 7 students at Mount Pleasant Elementary  in Vancouver, BC, with Naomi Steinberg (storyteller, performance artist and social artist), Madeline Sauve (bookmaker, archivist and creative documenter) and Igor Santzio (visual artist).
  • "The Language of Insects" by Kindergarten–Grade 7 students at Arrow Lakes Distributed Learning School in Nakusp, BC, with visual artist Morgen Bardati.
  • "What's in my Backyard?" by Grade 9 and 10 students at Kitsilano Secondary School in Vancouver, BC, with visual artist Phyllis Schwartz.
  • "Building Community Through Clay" by Kindergarten–Grade 6 students at Colwood Elementary in Colwood, BC, with visual artist Renee Sala.

Celebrate with us!

Join us to celebrate the opening of Timescapes. Everyone is welcome!

When: Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 2pm-4pm
Where: ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards Street, Vancouver (map)

  • Greetings and introduction by ArtStarts Gallery curator Juliana Bedoya

  • Meet visual artist Kiki van der Heiden, who has worked on the Taan's Moons project with students in Haida Gwaii

  • Meet storyteller Naomi Steinberg, who
    worked on The Creek Forum project with
    students in Vancouver
  • Meet Kara Johancsik from BYTE and explore the photo exhibition, This is Our Arctic, in the ArtStarts Mezzanine Gallery

  • Grow with us! Using seeds from the Calendario project, we will open up our flower box to the community and plant seasonally appropriate vegetables. We will also be giving out little cotton bags of seeds for the community to plant.

  • Cake will be served!


This is Our Arctic

Photographs of climate change by youth in Old Crow, Yukon and Inuvik, Northwest Territories

In the ArtStarts Mezzanine Gallery: April 26, 2014 to August 30, 2014

A project by BYTE

What does climate change look like in the Arctic Circle? Most Canadians, and even most northerners, never travel far enough north to find out. The exhibit invites you to discover what climate change in the Arctic looks like through the eyes of local youth.

In October 2013, youth aged 10-17 in Old Crow, Yukon and Inuvik, Northwest Territories set out in unseasonably warm temperatures to capture images of climate change affecting their communities. The activity was part of a workshop led by BYTE, a Whitehorse-based charity that delivers engaging programming to northern youth. The photographs that emerged from this project serve both as visual evidence of the changing environment in northern Canada, and as windows into the lives of northern youth. We invite you to use these photographs to learn more about climate change in the Arctic and to explore the perspectives of the youth who live there.

Past Exhibtions

Explore exhibitions that have been presented by ArtStarts since we opened our young people's gallery in 2006.

More to Do at the ArtStarts Gallery

Free Weekend Workshops and Special Events

On the last Saturday of the month, we host ArtStarts on Saturdays, a free workshop series for families that features 45-minute, multi-disciplinary, culturally diverse workshops led by some the best children's artists. Also join us for special events throughout the year, such as Vancouver Draw Down and Culture Days.

ArtStarts Gallery for Young People's Art