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About us

The Vancouver Visual Art Foundation (VVAF) is a non-profit organization that produces events and programs in British Columbia (BC), strengthening the cultural sector and connecting visual art to the community. VVAF celebrates and supports visual artists and art initiatives with a focus on providing access to the arts through community-based events, festivals, exhibitions, and classes.


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. 


Vancouver Visual Art Foundation aims to create advantageous opportunities by uniting people of diverse backgrounds and cultures through the power of art. 


To host international visual art events that advance local and global interest in the Vancouver arts community. 

Core Values

  • 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.


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. 

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Our 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 women led organization with a community of passionate artists and volunteers, working together to provide exhibitions, education, and other various programs, that have 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 

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Art Downtown began in 2020, 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). 

VVAF opened an art gallery in the fall of 2020,  Art @Bentall, that exhibits BC artists' in the downtown core of Vancouver. 

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

In response to the Covid-19 lockdown, VVAF started online art classes in 2020. Offering online courses for every skill level for everyone worldwide, with an extensive selection of comprehensive tutorials that help students learn basic to advanced techniques in drawing, painting, illustration, color theory, and more. Our instructors are professional artists. Classes have reached art lovers from across Canada, the USA, Australia, and Costa Rica in less than one year!

Vancouver Visual Art Foundation

Connect. Inspire. Educate.

Core Values

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