Over the past 34 years, North Vancouver’s Presentation House Gallery has grown to become one of Canada’s most important and internationally-acclaimed public art galleries. Since 1981 when the Gallery first began to showcase a consistent and ambitious program, it has presented more than 200 exhibitions, earning a reputation as a cultural venue unique for its specificity, focus and global reach.
With a mandate to exhibit and disseminate photography and media art, emphasizing contemporary Canadian work within a context of historical and international art-making, Presentation House Gallery organizes national and international exhibitions, produces award-winning publications, and offers engaging public events and art education programs. Some of the world’s most important artists, both local and international, have been featured at the Gallery—from acclaimed Vancouver photographers Stan Douglas and Fred Herzog to world-renowned artists Anne Collier and Annette Kelm.
Presentation House Gallery provides communities on Vancouver’s North Shore and throughout the Lower Mainland with a wide range of accessible public programs, designed to inform and inspire new learning experiences through direct encounters with the visual arts.
The Gallery has—for more than 20 years—been working to upgrade its facility to match the calibre of its programming. Now, with more than 75% of its goal raised, the Gallery is poised to elevate its facility to a level equal with its reputation. The future Polygon Gallery, named in honour of its lead donor and the company that he built, is designed by Governor General’s Award-winning firm Patkau Architects, and will be a striking building that will gleam on Vancouver’s harbourfront, rising in waves towards the North Shore peaks, and beckoning visitors from around the region and around the world. Scheduled to open in 2017, Polygon Gallery will be a distinctive and welcoming waterfront landmark at the gateway to Vancouver’s north shore.