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Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Mission Statement

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is a public art gallery committed to the celebration of art. With vision, leadership and scholarship we will engage and inspire diverse audiences through exhibitions, interpretation, and stewardship of the collection.

 

-      Overview: The AGGV is the region’s major public art museum, and has the largest collection of visual arts in public trust in British Columbia, with over 18,000 works stored on site.

 

-      Curatorial emphasis: The AGGV showcases exhibitions from our celebrated East Asian collection (from India to Japan) and from Canadian and international contemporary and historical artists.

 

-      East Asian Collection: The AGGV is home to one of Canada's most important East Asian art collections, second only to the Royal Ontario Museum. The collections of Chinese amber and ivory carvings are amongst the finest in the world. The East Asian Collection is one of the most comprehensive held in public trust in North America.

 

-      Emily Carr: On permanent display is the work of British Columbia's foremost historical artist Emily Carr. An exhibition including paintings, excerpts from her books and archival images offers an insightful look at this inspiring Victoria artist who captured the British Columbia landscape and was inspired by the rich culture of First Nations people of the province.

 

-      Shinto Shrine: The Gallery's Asian Garden boasts the only authentic full-sized Japanese Shinto Shrine outside of Japan.

 

-      Spencer Mansion: Incorporated in 1947, the Gallery hasbeen at its current location since a donation of the Spencer mansion in 1951. Sara Spencer’s niece Myfanwy Pavelic, an esteemed Victoria artist, continued the family’s artistic legacy on Vancouver Island until her passing in 2007.

 

Volunteer Policy Statement

 

The Board of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria recognizes the valuable role volunteers have had in its history and will play in its future. The Gallery ensures that there are fair, consistent and equitable procedures pertaining to volunteer practices and performance.