Vancouver Visual Art Foundation aims to create advantageous opportunities by uniting people of diverse backgrounds and cultures through the power of art.
Our vision is to create premiere events and a signature destination that brings global awareness to the visual arts. By hosting local and international attendees, we will cultivate a positive and supportive environment that encourages artists and the public to express themselves unconditionally.
To host international visual art events that advances local and global interest in the Vancouver arts community.
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!
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: To create opportunities for potential collaborations with artists, arts educators, youth, and arts organizations so that there are more opportunities for individuals to develop appreciation and knowledge of the arts and culture around them.
Creativity: Disseminate and implement wide-spread initiatives contributing to humanity in a creative way.
Diversity: To empower underserved communities and women to enhance their quality of life by providing mentorships, lessons, participation, and guidance.
Vancouver Visual Art Foundation
Inspire. Educate. Connect.