750 Hornby Street
CA V6Z 2H7
Vancouver Art Gallery Association
The Vancouver Art Gallery Association was incorporated as a non-profit society in 1931 to exhibit and collect art, to educate, and to provide a social centre for the public. The Association is governed by an elected Board of Trustees which conducts business through a series of standing committees and by delegation to administrative personnel. From 1931 to 1949, personnel included an administrator, secretary, and facilities caretaker.
Through the 1950s, 11 additional positions were created [to care for] curation, security, reception, and membership. In 1963, a library, curatorial office, and press office were created, and from 1969-1972 the gallery established additional offices for registration, education, information, preparation, public relations, special events, and extension programmes, with a full-time staff of 33 officers. Over the course of the 1970s and 1980s, management of the Gallery grew into 17 distinct departments. A departmental structure has been maintained through the 1990s with new reporting relations, established through departmental groupings into seven divisions, each with its own head.
Records are acquired through periodic transfer from Gallery administrative units and by donation. Holdings consist of all inactive records of the Gallery.
Total Volume: 252 metres
Inclusive Dates: 1923 – present
Predominant Dates: 1970-1995
Open by appointment Monday – Thursday. Please email us to arrange a visit.
Closed Statutory Holidays.
An appointment is necessary to consult material in the archives.
Revised by BCANS Coordinator, March 24, 2011.