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About the Gallery

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.

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

Plan Your Visit

ArtStarts Gallery

808 Richards St, Vancouver, BC (map)

All ages are welcome.
Admission is free. Donations are welcome.
Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4:30pm.
Closed Sunday and Monday.

Weekday Explores

Weekday Explores

From July 2nd until the end of August, our Gallery will be a drop-in studio space where you can participate in hands-on activities that highlight collaboration, process, and most of all, the importance of making mistakes! Come to the Gallery from Tuesday to Friday, 10am - 4:30pm to experience hands-on activations for young people and their caregivers to independently participate in, and make some creative mistakes of your own!

Full STEAM Ahead

Full STEAM Ahead

It's all about S.T.E.A.M (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) upstairs in the MicroMezz Gallery! Discover creative and interactive experiments to explore designed to help aquire practical skills. This focus exhibit curated by SFU student Alexis Johnston, will address some of the familiar challenges that students are facing: having the knowledge, but struggling to apply that knowledge to real world situations and contexts.

This will be an extension of our upcoming Maker Space Exhibition which will encourage the questions you already have about the world and allows one to use them as a starting point for learning. The methodology revolves around the application of learned knowledge when dealing with new ideas, new contexts, new knowledge, and new problems.

Gallery Tours

Gallery Tours

Group tours of the current exhibition, with or without a hands-on activity component, can also be arranged for schools, daycares, camps, corporate teams or any interested group.
Events in the Gallery

Events in the Gallery

ArtStarts on Saturdays is a free monthly event series where kids and families can enjoy the arts together. Led professional artists, these performances and workshops explore a wide range of cultures and artistic disciplines. Also join us for other special events throughout the year!
Gallery Mandate

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

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