About us

Mission

Vancouver Visual Art Foundation (VVAF) is a non-profit organization that aims to make the world a better place by uniting people of diverse backgrounds and cultures using the power of art.

Vision

Our vision is to create an accessible hub that brings global awareness to visual arts while contributing to and stimulating the local Vancouver arts community, VVAF operates numerous programs that support and encourage artists and the public alike. From an international art fair that hosts local and international attendees, art classes, panel discussions, and more, we strive to cultivate a positive, inclusive, and accessible environment.

Mandate

To provide active engagement with new audiences while encouraging artists and the public towards self-expression without restrictions and foster the building of relationships by providing platforms to share, learn and connect. 

History

Established in 2017, the organization was started to make art accessible to everyone, with the goal of promoting and developing Vancouver’s visual art community into a thriving international art scene. 

Under the artistic leadership of professional artist Lisa Wolfin, VVAF has grown to become a community of passionate artists and volunteers, working together to provide exhibitions, education, various programs, and has helped artists get worldwide exposure.

 

VVAF's main annual event is Art Vancouver, a four-day event where artists and galleries around the world showcase their work on a prestigious platform while attendees enjoy exposure to a diverse collection of contemporary art. This event builds bridges between artists and audiences through panel talks, presentations, art tours, and more. Through Art Vancouver, VVAF has helped Canadian artists gain representation in Asia and participate in exhibitions in Seoul, South Korea, Singapore, and Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

For more information about Art Vancouver, please visit www.artvancouver.net

In 2020, Art Downtown began as an outdoor summer art festival in the heart of downtown Vancouver in two locations and added 3 more locations in 2021. A space where artists have a chance to create and sell their work in the heart of their community, including live music, brought to you in partnership with the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA). 

That same year, VVAF opened Art @Bentall, a gallery that exhibits local artists' work in the downtown core of Vancouver.

With this initiative, VVAF is able to empower artists in all stages of life and allow them to display and sell their art in a manner that is collaborative and accessible in front of mass audiences, with live music. This creates a space for artists to come together and inspire others with their work. Artist are able to interact with patrons, tourists, locals, and anyone passing by on-site. 

In 2021 VVAF started online art classes in response to the Covid-19 lockdown. Offering online courses for every skill level for aspiring artists, with an extensive selection of comprehensive tutorials that help students learn basic to advanced techniques in drawing, painting, illustration, color theory and more. All of VVAF's instructors are professionals in the art field, who use their expertise as teachers and artists. In less than one year, classes have reached art lovers from across Canada, USA, Australia, and Costa Rica!

Protocol

Our organization follows a protocol stating that at least 30% of our activities are dedicated to, or include underserved populations including Indigenous, BIPOC+, those who do not speak either of Canada's official languages, immigrants, refugees, women, youth, ethnically or racially diverse populations, people with disabilities, and low-income households.

As part of our outreach strategy, we contact representatives of different equity-seeking groups and share information and invitations to our events. We invite artists from these communities to participate and represent their culture and collective identity through the different activities and talks and offer discounted or free admission where applicable. 

Community

Core Values

Creativity

Diversity

Passion

Growth