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Vancouver Art Gallery

Venue Rentals

2024

Vancouver Art Gallery

Venue Rentals 2024

Gather in the City's Most Unforgettable Setting

This turn-of-the-century former provincial courthouse building presents a dramatic exterior backdrop for photography and film shoots. Inside, the Gallery offers affordable meeting spaces for weddings, receptions, cocktail parties, seasonal gatherings and corporate events.

Locations include the grand foyer and rotunda—with a soaring dome and twin marble staircases—and two of the building’s original historic courtrooms, complete with judge’s stands and rich hardwoods. Or top up your event on the city’s best rooftop experience, the Gallery’s Rooftop Pavilion. Completely protected from the elements, this space enjoys a spectacular view overlooking Robson Square in a unique setting.

With so many one-of-a-kind options to choose from, it’s no wonder the Gallery is the site for Vancouver’s most memorable events!

Questions? Contact the Events team at rentals@vanartgallery.bc.ca to discuss all your event needs today!

Event Rental Spaces

Lobby

The largest function space at the Gallery is comprised of three adjoining rooms, allowing for dynamic events. The lobby and forecourt are open spaces capable of hosting dinners, receptions and live music, while the twin marble staircases of the grand rotunda make for a natural backdrop for ceremonies and announcements. Please note: the Lobby, Forecourt and Rotunda must be rented together.
AVAILABILITY: After 5 PM
CAPACITY: 200
SEATED CAPACITY: 155
SIZE: 1885 square feet

Forecourt

The largest function space at the Gallery is comprised of three adjoining rooms, allowing for dynamic events. The lobby and forecourt are open spaces capable of hosting dinners, receptions and live music, while the twin marble staircases of the grand rotunda make for a natural backdrop for ceremonies and announcements. Please note: the Lobby, Forecourt and 1st floor Rotunda must be rented together. AVAILABILITY: After 5 PM
CAPACITY: 155
SEATED CAPACITY: 110
SIZE: 1436 square feet

1st Floor Rotunda

The largest function space at the Gallery is comprised of three adjoining rooms, allowing for dynamic events. The lobby and forecourt are open spaces capable of hosting dinners, receptions and live music, while the twin marble staircases of the grand rotunda make for a natural backdrop for ceremonies and announcements. Please note: the Lobby, Forecourt and 1st floor Rotunda must be rented together. AVAILABILITY: After 5 PM
CAPACITY: 155
SEATED CAPACITY: 110
SIZE: 1436 square feet

3rd Floor Rounda

Bathed in the natural light that streams through the rotunda’s magnificent glass dome, the ethereal ambience of the third floor exhibition space is complimented in the evening by Rosetta lights set in original floral molding. This is a special, intimate space ideally suited to boutique wedding ceremonies, cocktail parties, acoustic recitals and photoshoots.
AVAILABILITY: After 5 PM
CAPACITY: 200
SEATED CAPACITY:  70
SIZE: 696 square feet

Rooftop Pavilion Interior & Exterior

The Rooftop Pavilion spaces feature city views of Robson Square and the Law Courts beyond. These versatile and exclusive spaces were purpose-built as the BC Pavilion for the 2010 Winter Olympics and feature custom hand-carved sliding doors by Arnim Rodeck that recreate the city skyline.
AVAILABILITY: Day and Evening
INTERIOR CAPACITY 100
INTERIOR SEATED CAPACITY: 70
INTERIOR SIZE: 1491 square feet
EXTERIOR CAPACITY: 125
EXTERIOR SEATED CAPACITY: 80
EXTERIOR SIZE: 1820 square feet

Courtroom 301

Built in 1911, the stately Heritage Courtrooms are recognized as a National Historic Site of Canada. The rooms boast original architectural features and serve as an elegant and versatile setting.
AVAILABILITY: Day and Evening
CAPACITY: 60
SEATED CAPACITY:  60
SIZE: 696 square feet

Courtroom 302

Built in 1911, the stately Heritage Courtrooms are recognized as a National Historic Site of Canada. The rooms boast original architectural features and serve as an elegant and versatile setting.
AVAILABILITY: Day and Evening
CAPACITY: 60
SEATED CAPACITY:  60
SIZE: 696 square feet

Catering

The Lazy Gourmet is proud to be the exclusive caterer at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Our team, with its comprehensive knowledge of the venue offers seamless a food and beverage experience. 

Founded by Susan Mendelson in Vancouver in 1979, The Lazy Gourmet has staked its claim as one of the Western Canada’s premier catering and event planning companies. In its more than four decades as an leader in the food and beverage industry, The Lazy Gourmet has helped private and corporate clients create memorable experiences via menus that showcase locally sourced ingredients and West Coast flavours served with a signature sense of hospitality by a seasoned family of service professionals. In 2023, The Lazy Gourmet joined the family at Compass Group Canada, the nation’s leading food service provider. 

Our full service events team look foward to working with you to create a custom menu that aligns with your event vision. 

Please contact us: 

t: 604 – 734 – 2507 

e: kevin@lazygourmet.ca 

Details & Policies

The Rental Fee includes:

The Venue – access to the space to set up according to your vision! We work with a wide range of vendors from furniture rental and décor companies, DJs, florists and planners. We also offer exclusive catering through The Lazy Gourmet. 

Coat check – services available in the Lobby of the Vancouver Art Gallery for the duration of your event. Additional charges may apply for events over 8hrs. Please confirm with your Rental Associate if you require coat check services so we can arrange staffing no less than 2 weeks in advance. 

Security and guards – We provide security services for your event including directional assistance for restrooms, venue access, and vendor load in. 

Signage – You will have access to our sign library, which helps guide guests around the gallery and ensure your event is kept private. These signs are held in place, where needed, in 22” x 28” lollypop sign holders. 

A/V technician and equipment – We provide access to basic A/V services and a dedicated technician for your event. A full sound plan is required prior to booking services and must be confirmed minimum of three weeks prior to your event. Please discuss with your rental associate for more details. 

Event Liaison – A liaison will be the main point of contact for your entire event, from venue access time to the final strike. The Event Liaison coordinates with our in-house team, to ensure that everything venue-related is looked after during your event. 

Access to the furniture library – The gallery has a small library of items that may be available to rent for your event. These include a limited supply of banquet tables, event chairs, easels, benches, and cocktail tables. Please ask your rental associate for more information. 

Annex Flex Space (for 1st Floor Bookings Only) – This flex space will allow you to store rentals, set-up catering stations, prepare arrangements before your event. The space is available at 3:00 PM depending on availability and other gallery programs. 

What is Not Included:

Additional Rentals – Our venue is rented as is and comes as an empty space. We have a limited furniture catalogue, but recommend out-sourcing most furniture, bar, and décor rentals. 

Catering – Catering services are not included in your rental; The Lazy Gourmet is the exclusive caterer of The Vancouver Art Gallery. 

Personal signage – We do not print custom signage for events. You are, however, welcome to bring in your rollup banners or signs to use in our 22” x 28” lollypop sign holders. 

DJ and Entertainment 

Insurance – We require minimum $5,000,000.00 liability insurance to be purchase for all events. Insurance confirmation must be provided to the venue no later than 14 days prior to the event. 

Special Events Permit for Serving Alcohol – this is required for all events and can be obtained by your caterer. 

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