A self-guided art walk on the first Thursday of every month in Vancouver BC. Participating galleries, studios and art spaces in Strathcona, Chinatown, Mount Pleasant, and The Flats are open late for regular viewing and opening receptions. For information about programming, visit the gallery's website. To add your space to the list or for media inquires, email info@firstthursdayvancouver.com

Back Gallery Project
602 E Hastings Street, Vancouver

The Back Gallery Project is located in Strathcona. From its early beginnings in the back room of MCG on Granville Street, BGP has continued to show a mix of artists whose work ranges from critical to pop.
Always interested in what local artists are doing, BGP has also presented a number of artists from abroad. BGP focuses on the work of emerging and mid-career artists.

Contact: Monica Reyes

Bird on a Wire Creations
2535 Main Street (just off Broadway), Vancouver

Bird on a Wire Creations is a store and a community of people who support artists, artisans, and the buy local movement. Art and artisanal objects —all one-of-a-kind, all handmade. We strive to create a supportive environment where new and established artists and artisans can learn from each other and bring their wares to market.

Contact: Kate Nagel (owner)

grunt gallery
116-350 East 2nd Ave

grunt gallery is an artist-run centre that has been operating in Vancouver, BC since 1984.

Contact: Karlene Harvey

Hot Art Wet City
2206 Main Street (@ 6th)
Open until at least 9pm on First Thursdays

Hot Art Wet City is an art gallery and shop featuring fun and accessible art, interactive events, workshops, seminars and more. Shows themes and styles include pop-culture, low-brow, street, narrative, graphic design, and illustrative. HAWC shows generally don’t require an art history degree to understand what’s on the walls. Find info about the current show here: hotartwetcity.com/current/

Contact: Chris Bentzen (owner)

2525 Main Street

Open until 9pm on First Thursdays

Since opening in spring 2010, Kafka’s has presented solo and group exhibits of work by emerging Vancouver artists. To date, we have hosted fifteen exhibits featuring work by notable local artists including Ben Skinner, JG Mair, Andrea Wan, and Kyu Hwang.

Contact: Michael Schwartz, Curator

Wil Aballe Art Projects (WAAP)
2050 Scotia Street, Suite #528, Buzzer #189

Wil Aballe Art Projects (WAAP) is a new Vancouver-based commercial gallery, conceived to be both a private and public art experience. The gallery is also dedicated to fostering a new generation of young collectors in Vancouver, primarily through publishing affordable editions by critically acclaimed artists.

Contact: Wil Aballe

Winsor Gallery
258 East 1st Ave

Winsor Gallery is a commercial gallery dedicated to the promotion of distinctive Canadian and international contemporary art. While Winsor Gallery’s exhibition schedule isn’t always aligned with First Thursday events, whenever the gallery programming is synced, Winsor proudly promotes, participates in, and welcomes first Thursday crossover and exchanges. Stay in touch with our exhibition openings schedule here >

Contact: Alex Quicho
604 681 4870

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