Founded in 1991, Vancouver Access Artist Run Centre (Access Gallery) is a non-profit registered Canadian charity committed to supporting emergent and experimental visual art practices. Located at 222 East Georgia Street in Vancouver’s Chinatown, the organization is driven by its mission to create conditions of emergence for provocative ideas and work and to enable critical conversations and risk taking through new configurations of artists, audience, and community.
Access develops and presents five exhibitions per year, along with publications, an internationally recognized travelling artist residency, and a dynamic array of public events that include workshops, artist conversations, screenings, performances, readings, sound and mapping walks, and symposia. The organization searches out opportunities to experiment through partnerships (both local and international) that encourage innovation and bring together artists and communities in new ways.
Access maintains a pivotal role in British Columbia’s critical art community, and has provided many important exhibition opportunities to the province’s most recognized contemporary artists, including Raymond Boisjoly, Antonia Hirsch, Myfanwy MacLeod, Ed Pien, and Corin Sworn, at early points in their careers.