The City of Albany offers a range of arts and cultural services aimed at building the cultural and social fabric of our community and reflecting Albany's identity as a highly creative and arts engaged regional hub.

The City of Albany manages the Vancouver Arts Centre, which is based in a historic building on Vancouver Street and offers an annual program of events and cultural services for the local community and visitors to the region. For more information please view the Vancouver Arts Centre Page

Vancouver Street Festival

Saturday 6 May 2017

A new and enhanced street layout will conquer the autumn weather and provide a new experience for visitors to the festival.  We invite stallholders and food vendors to express their interest in having a stall at the festival.  We are particularly searching for stalls that fit within the four ‘worlds’ of the festival.

The Story of Wool needs artisans selling woollen products and food vendors who well… specialise in lamb dishes.

The Gentlemen’s Club needs vendors offering barber services, millinery, vintage badges, vinyl records, vintage books and gentlemen’s attire.  

The Ladies' Parlour needs vendors providing hairstyling, natural beauty remedies, vintage fashion, fresh flowers and cupcakes.

The Manga Milkbar needs vendors of bubble tea, dumplings, vintage comics, anime inspired craft and 1950s milk bar fashion.  
As always, highest priority is given to vendors who provide a hand-crafted, gourmet experience.  Family friendly activities encouraged.

For more information email Annette Carmichael, Arts Development Officer,  

The City of Albany permanent art collection comprises of more than 300 works of art with an emphasis on early 20th century works by Australian artists donated by Sir Claude Hotchin in the 1950’s and 60’s, and artworks acquired through the Albany Art Prize and Great Southern Art Award. These latter items are largely by Western Australian artists practising in the late 20th century and early 21st century. There are a number of other works, which have been donated or bequeathed over the years since 1950.

Objectives of the Collection

  • To further develop and maintain a visual art collection of state and local significance and repute that reflects the cultural aspirations of the community.
  • To collect works of visual art of demonstrable excellence by artists of significance and who have a connection with Western Australia or the Great Southern region, with particular emphasis on contemporary WA art, all art of local significance, particularly that by local artists.
  • To collect works of visual art of heritage and historical value.
  • To collect or commission selectively, works of art which enhance the civic buildings and public areas of the City and which foster an understanding, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts among members of the general public.
  • To collect works of significance for the fostering of research and reference.
  • To ensure the preservation and safe keeping of the collection.
  • To maximise accessibility to the collection.
  • To heighten the public profile of the collection leading to greater community awareness, involvement and support.

Much of the collection can be viewed at the Library, the City's administration building on North Road and the Vancouver Arts Centre. The Vancouver Arts Centre regularly curate exhibitions that draw on the City's collection and the City of Albany Art Prize acquires a new work for the collection annually. The Great Southern Art Award acquires a work for the collection from the local community on a biennial basis.

For all enquiries relating to the Collection please contact the City of Albany's Visual Arts Officer who is based at the Vancouver Arts Centre on 08 9841 9260 or email

The Albany Art Prize is a national survey of contemporary Australian painting which is part of a suite of Cultural Services offered by the City of Albany and made possible through significant sponsorship by the Jack Family Charitable Trust.

The objectives of the Prize are:

  • To encourage and recognise the artistic, creative and innovative skills of professional Australian artists;
  • To provide community access to a visual art exhibition of high quality for education and appreciation purposes;
  • To acquire a high quality contemporary artwork for the City’s Art Collection; and
  • To raise awareness of the City of Albany as WA’s premier regional City.

The Prize features the following awards:

  • A Major Acquisitive Prize of $25,000 sponsored by the Jack Family Trust + residency at the Vancouver Arts Centre with a $2500 assistance for residency.
  • A Commendation Award of $2,500 sponsored by the Jack Family Trust (non-acquisitive)
  • A People’s Choice Award of $2,500 sponsored by the City of Albany (non-acquisitive)

For more information please visit the official Albany Art Prize website.

The Albany Art Prize is coordinated by the City of Albany's Visual Arts Officer who can be contacted at the Vancouver Arts Centre on 08 9841 9260 or email

The City of Albany is a key partner and sponsor of the Perth International Arts Festival, Great Southern Festival.

In 2016, the City partnered through the Vancouver Arts Centre on a community cultural development project which celebrated the historic Snake Run, one of the oldest skate parks in the world, which turned 40 and resulted in a choreographed performance and one day event on Saturday, 13 February 2016.

Click here to watch the Snake Run Performance Highlight Video

Click here to watch the Snake Run Project Event Highlights Video

Snake Run Performers - Image by Nic Duncan

This annual event is coordinated the City of Albany's Vancouver Arts Centre and takes place along Vancouver Street and in the historic Vancouver Arts Centre building.

Click here to watch the Vancouver Street Festival Highlights Video

Looking forward to next year? Join us for Vancouver Street Festival 2017 on Saturday 6 May. Lock it in your diary now!