ArtStarts GalleryThe ArtStarts Gallery is the first gallery in Canada devoted exclusively to young people’s art. The visually striking exhibitions celebrate the exciting artwork that emerges when professional artists, students and teachers work together to deepen learning, creativity and community connections.

Families, students and artists are invited to drop in and view the exhibitions during gallery hours.  School groups can also call ahead to book gallery tours.

Check out our Current & Upcoming Exhibitions to see what’s new in the gallery. Or visit our Exhibition Archive for photo slideshows and a searchable database containing work from past exhibitions.

Gallery hours

Tuesday: 10am – 5pm
Wednesday: 10am – 5pm
Thursday: 10am – 7:30pm
Friday: 10am – 4pm
Last Saturday of the month: 10 am to 5 pm (includes the ArtStarts on Saturdays performing arts workshop series)

Please note: We are closed to the public on Mondays, weekends, statutory holidays, and between exhibitions.

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions


Welcome to our worldWelcome to Our World
January 19 to July 23, 2010

This vibrant and thought-provoking exhibition invites visitors to experience the world through the eyes of young artists from Port Moody to Greenland, as it brings together a series of projects that investigate communities both local and global. Highlights include vibrant portraits of contemporary Aboriginal role models, a community-inspired comic project that celebrates local cultural diversity, and a photo-based exploration of Vancouver’s downtown eastside as seen by the children who live there.

Exhibition title sponsor: Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, Celebration and Commemoration Program - Olympic Torch Relay Initiative

ArtStarts would also like to thank the BC Arts Council and the Province of BC; Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP; City of Vancouver Host a City Happening Community Grant; Telus Vancouver Community Board; Opus Framing and Supplies; and Vancouver Foundation

150 bc faces150 BC Faces - Local Heroes

Three Elsie Roy Elementary School classes worked with artist Elizabeth MacKenzie to develop a portrait project that responded to BC’s 150th anniversary as a crown colony. This residency represents a range of responses to the idea of a “hero” and acknowledges BC’s heritage by representing heroes from the students’ own lives (Grade 1 students), from BC’s past (Grade 4 students) and from the neighbourhood (Grades 6-7 students). This project supports ArtStarts’ goal to develop community connections by inviting and working with schools in our own neighbourhood.

Sponsor: The Province of British Columbia through the BC 150 Secretariat of the Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts.