The Gallery at The Cultch

1895 Venables Street Vancouver, BC V5L 2H6 [Map Link]


Cultch Gallery


The Gallery at The Cultch is a community focused space dedicated to providing progressive art to the residents of Vancouver’s East Side. It consists of two spaces, the Cafe Hallway and Lobby, and exhibits 20 – 30 artists every year. Like The Cultch itself, The Gallery’s mandate is to contribute to the enrichment of our city and community’s social and cultural life. Our particular goal is to create a strong visual art presence in the area and to engage the community with new contemporary art from established and emerging artists.

To purchase art from the gallery or to receive gallery updates from The Gallery at The Cultch, please contact us at


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Current Exhibit

IGNITE! Youth Arts Festival
May 10 –  28, 2016


Every year, in May, The Cultch is taken over and transformed by young people. Hundreds of youth are involved in what has grown to be Vancouver’s largest youth-driven arts festival. The festival includes showcases in music, dance, and spoken word, the world premiere of three one-act plays, a visual arts exhibit, variety shows featuring improv, drag, circus arts, and much more. All of this is created by local artists between the ages of 13-24.



This years edition of the IGNITE! Youth Festival exhibition will feature over a dozen artists, working in a variety of medium. Curated by the Youth Panel, this selection of work represents the diversity and creativity in people aged 13-24.


Gallery Hours

Monday- Friday: 12-6
Saturday: 12-4
Sunday: Closed
Open 1 hour prior to performances.
Please ring the doorbell to gain access to the gallery.

The Cultch is a wheelchair accessible venue.



The Gallery at The Cultch exhibition season 2015/2016

May 10-28, 2016     IGNITE Festival youth group exhibition
Opening May 11, 6-8pm

May 31 – Jun 25, 2016     Works by Silmara Albi, Carol McQuaid, and Faber Neifer
Opening Jun 1, 6-8pm




How to exhibit with The Cultch

The Gallery at The Cultch is seeking visual artists who work and live in BC to submit applications for exhibitions during its 2016/17 season. Each exhibition is 3 to 4 weeks long, between August 2016 and June 2017.

Located just east of Commercial Drive, The Cultch (Vancouver East Cultural Centre) has built a reputation over the past 40 years as one of Western Canada’s most innovative and exciting presenting venues. The mandate of The Cultch is to contribute to the enrichment of our city and community’s social and cultural life through the presentation of innovative programs of contemporary music, theatre, dance and visual arts by established and emerging artists.

The Gallery at The Cultch is a multi-use space and not a traditional art gallery. It serves as the lobby for performances and is occasionally used for meetings and other small events. Due to the diverse nature of this space we ask that submissions do not include sculpture or free standing art as we are not able to accommodate this type of work. We will only show works that hang from our gallery “rail” hanging system, and do not have more than a 12” depth.

The Cultch handles all sales and retains a 20% commission on all works sold.

Submission Criteria:
Please note that only complete submissions will be considered. Please ensure that you have included all of the materials requested with the proper formatting and naming:

  1. An artist statement
  2. Artist bio
  3. Resume/CV
  4. A complete list of images you are submitting, which should include title, size, medium. These images do not have to be the work you will be showing. We want to get a good overview of your work.
  5. Up to 10 images can be submitted. All files should be named with the artists name, title of work and size. Here is an example: Yuri Arajs – Sunny Day – 18×30.jpg

Images should be 300 dpi and no bigger than 8” in any direction.

Email your submission to

Deadline for applications is June 1, 2016

Artists will be notified in June on the results of the selection process.

If you have any questions you can contact Gallery Coordinator Yuri Arajs at




To be added to our artist mailing list, and receive information about upcoming exhibits and the annual call to artists, email