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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. 

Note: Our elevator is currently out of order until further notice. Please know that we are doing our best to resolve this issue as soon as possible and appreciate your patience. At this time, our second floor and bathrooms are only be accessed via stairs. Please reach out if you have any questions and or concerns at 604.336.0626 ext 108 or [email protected]

Plan Your Visit

ArtStarts Gallery

808 Richards St, Vancouver, BC (map)

All ages are welcome.
Admission is free. Donations are welcome.

Tuesdays-Saturdays 10am-4:30pm

Maker Space at ArtStarts

Maker Space at ArtStarts

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Where can your young person safely sew, construct with cardboard, and prototype their big creation? At the ArtStarts Maker Space! Come experience design thinking by getting hands-on with materials. Don’t worry about making mistakes, they don’t exist at ArtStarts!

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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.

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ArtStarts is wheelchair-accessible with a key operated lift available for access to the Mezzanine level. The front door does not have an automatic door opener - you may need to ask for support opening the door. The front desk person will be happy to assist you! The Cherniavsky Boardroom, ArtStarts Lab, and gender-neutral washrooms are located on the Mezzanine level.

Please note that at ArtStarts we strive to provide a scent-free environment. Please do not wear heavily scented perfumes or other smells to your workshop at ArtStarts. Please provide this information to all participants who will be attending.

Wheelchair access:

  • Front door: 3 feet width (single), 6 feet full width, 1/2 inch door sill, no automatic door opener
  • Lift: 3 feet width, 46" depth, single person use. Need to use one hand to press and hold button with key in the lock to bring lift to second floor or have someone else call lift to second floor from the outside with a key.
  • Accessible washrooms are located on second floor. The washroom door is 34.5" wide

  • Washroom info:
  • Two non-gendered washrooms, wheelchair button to open the green door washroom only
  • All wheelchair accessible washroom stalls have a handrail
  • Sanitary disposal available in all stalls
  • 6 feet clearance in front of sinks
  • Non-scented soap, sharps disposal, and changing tables in washrooms

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