Ferry Building Gallery

The Ferry Building Gallery is a free public community gallery that features juried exhibits, travelling exhibits and retrospectives from artists of the North Shore, Sea to Sky Corridor, Bowen Island and Sunshine Coast. In a restored heritage building at Ambleside Landing, the gallery hosts art lectures and tours that draw in 1,000 visitors each week.

Accessibility: the first floor is accessible, the second floor is not.


Current Exhibition

Clearly Ambiguous
Mixed media by Louise Dee and Adrienne Moore
February 20–March 4
Opening Reception: Tuesday, February 20, 6–8 p.m.
Meet the Artist: Saturday, February 24, 2–3 p.m.

Upcoming Exhibition

Branching Out
Paintings by Mahtab Firouzabadi
March 6–25
Opening Reception: Tuesday, March 6, 6–8 p.m.
Meet the Artist: Saturday, March 10, 2–3 p.m.
Special Event: Celebrating Norooz: Iranian New Year: Saturday, March 17, 2–4 p.m. Join exhibiting artist Mahtab Firouzbadi for a hands-on experience in the gallery where participants are invited to explore the meaning behind the symbols of Norooz, the Iranian New Year celebration.

Upcoming Programs

Multi-media photographic and musical presentations by Peter Langer, B.A., B.Sc., M.A., internationally-renowned travel photographer.

New Winter 2018 series. Cost: $15 per lecture.

The Vanished Heritage of Yemen
Wednesday, January 31, 7–9 p.m.
Course #41017
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Impressions of Iran
Wednesday, February 7, 7–9 p.m.
Course #41018
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Impressions of Turkey
Wednesday, February 14, 7–9 p.m.
Course #41019
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Impressions of Armenia
Wednesday, February 21, 7–9 p.m.
Course #41020
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Impressions of India
Wednesday, February 28, 7–9 p.m.
Course #44790
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Art History Lectures

Art History lecture series with Sandra Seekins, M.A., Art Historian, Capilano University.

The Poetics of Contemplating Atrocity: Doris Salcedo
Monday, March 5  |  7–9 p.m.
Course #41559
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A Modernist in the Desert: Georgia O’Keeffe
Monday, March 12 |  7–9 p.m.
Course #41571
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A Ribbon Around a Bomb: Frida Kahlo's Universal Appeal
Postponed to Monday, March 19 | 7–9 p.m.
Course #41534
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Silence is Not An Option: The Art of Kara Walker
Postponed to Monday, March 26 | 7–9 p.m. 
Course #41540
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Featured Programs

The Artist's Toolkit from A to Z with Annie Briard
Thursday, February 22, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Cost: $25 (includes refreshments). Register at 604-925-7270 (course #43887) or online.

Many aspects of an artist’s career involve professional documentation and written materials, be they for proposals to galleries or grantors, sales, and presenting one’s work to the public online. This workshop will introduce best practices for the artist’s professional portfolio, including the artist resume, biography, statement, and artwork documentation. Participants will be guided through determining which approach is best suited to their needs, and will consider samples to leave better equipped to refine their own materials.

Annie Briard teaches photography, art theory and professional practice courses at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

Special BC Heritage Week Presentation: The Many Histories of This Site We Call Ambleside
Friday, February 23, 2018, 10 a.m–12 p.m.
Admission by donation. Limited space, register at 604-925-7270 (course #44052) or online.

The history that is currently available and more commonly known about the Ambleside area relates to the old ferry station. Representatives from the Squamish Nation and the West Vancouver Historical Society will discuss and invite a conversation that acknowledges a larger scope in the history of this site.

Find Ferry Building Gallery programs online!

It's easy! Visit the Leisure Guide website and try the "Find Program" feature. Set the location to Ferry Building Gallery and watch all your favourite arts programs appear.



Ferry Building Gallery
1414 Argyle Avenue
West Vancouver BC  V7T 1C2 





Tuesday to Sunday: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.


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Spring/Summer Programming

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Ambleside Waterfront Concept Plan

In the draft Ambleside Waterfront Plan,  Art remains a strong long-term presence on the waterfront through the creation of a new community art building west of the Ferry Building Gallery. Green space is maintained to the east and west of the Ferry Building, preserving the prominence of this important heritage building and allowing for the continued arts-related use of these landscaped areas for programs like “Painters’ Landing”.

Ambleside Waterfront Concept Plan

Rent the Gallery

With its neighbouring pier, lawn and waterfront landing, the Ferry Building Gallery is a stunning venue for your private event. After-hours rental is available, depending on the current exhibition.

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Volunteers in the arts make a difference and have a terrific time! Call Laura for gallery volunteer opportunities.


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