City of Surrey - Arts - Surrey Art Gallery

As a result of measures to limit the spread of the novel corona virus (COVID-19) the Gallery is currently closed to the public. Gallery programs and exhibitions have been suspended for the time being and volunteer shifts have been cancelled. We invite you to explore the Gallery's online programming series Art Together as an alternative to visiting our physical space.

We have stopped reviewing new volunteer applications for the time being. As the Gallery is able to safely resume programs we look forward to re-connecting with you and getting back to doing what we do best - engaging diverse audiences with contemporary art - with your help.

Kindest regards,

Chris Dawson-Murphy

Volunteer Program Coordinator, Surrey Art Gallery

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About Surrey Art Gallery

The Surrey Art Gallery is the second largest public art gallery in the Metro Vancouver region. Internationally recognized, the Gallery showcases diverse artistic practices, including digital and audio art, by local, national and international artists. Gallery interpretive programs include talks, symposia, demonstrations, workshops and school programs with artists, educators and other specialists.

The Surrey Art Gallery recognizes that our building is situated on the unceded traditional lands of the Salish Peoples including the Katzie, Kwantlen, Musqueam, Semiahmoo, Stó:lō, and Tsawwassen Nations.

Mandate & Goals

Surrey Art Gallery's mission is to engage the public in an ongoing dialogue about issues and ideas that affect our numerous communities, as expressed through contemporary art, and to provide opportunities for the public to interact with artists and the artistic process. It accomplishes these aims through exhibitions, programs, and publications of contemporary art. To meet its mandate, the Surrey Art Gallery also acquires, manages, researches, preserves, and exhibits work from its contemporary art collection, held in trust for present and future citizens of the City of Surrey. The Gallery focuses on contemporary art made since 1975.

The purpose of the Gallery is to facilitate learning about, and understanding and enjoyment of, contemporary art practice. To achieve these goals, the Gallery intends to be:

  • a public forum for conversation about ideas and issues that affect both visual arts and the community at large,
  • a centre for reflection, learning and the sharing of knowledge and experience,
  • a place where, through the medium of art, the community can engage in personal, internal dialogues as well as conversations with others about subjects that affect their lives.