Vancouver Arts Centre is an active community arts centre and gallery, which is also home to many local arts and craft groups.

Our key purpose is to develop the creative capacity of our region and we focus on supporting the practice of art-making, through delivering a diverse and engaging artistic program that empowers our community and the cultural sector.

In practical terms that means we run an annual program of touring, private and curated exhibitions, workshops, community arts projects and performing arts events which aim to serve our existing customers and reach new audiences. Our facilities are available to hire by individuals and groups for cultural activity.

Based in a historic building (the original hospital), our venue is special and unique and attracts visitors from outside the region to visit the gallery and enjoy a self-guided heritage tour.

Our opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm and Saturday 10am - 3pm. We open on occasional Sundays for special events.

Download our Annual Report below for more information.

The Story of Wool

Presented by the Vancouver Arts Centre

Curated by Annette Davis

Opening on 6 May at Vancouver Street Festival until 10 June 2017

Immerse yourself in a multi-artform exhibition celebrating the history and culture of wool in Albany. From the arrival of the first sheep on the Brig Amity in 1826, sheep and wool have been important to the livelihood and creativity of the Albany Community. Immerse yourself in a textural experience as you enter the main gallery, where the rhythms of shearing, spinning and weaving will envelope you.  Listen to stories of industry and creativity and appreciate the skill of local craftspeople. Be intrigued by the work of local contemporary artists and designers as you make your way through to the Verandah gallery, and reflect on the history of the Albany Woollen Mills in the Small Gallery.

FREE entry


Great Southern Art Award

Presented by the Vancouver Arts Centre

Albany Town Hall, York Street

Until 3 June 2017

Open daily at the Albany Town Hall between 10 and 4pm, the exhibition features over 100 artworks representing a spectrum of styles and talent from across the region.

Winners of each category were announced at the official opening on the evening of the 13th.

Visit the exhibition and vote for your favourite artwork. The Popular Choice Award will be announced at the end of the exhibition.

For more information please see


Vancouver Street Festival
Presented by Act-Belong-Commit
Sat 6 May, 11am – 4pm

A day of gourmet food, heritage celebrations, entertainment and an artisan market.

The ever-popular Vintage Tweed Ride weaves through the historic streets of Albany before arriving with fanfare at the festival, which this year offers four sensorial worlds.

The Story of Wool is an immersive experience of Albany’s identity through craft, contemporary art and photographs.

The Parlour is filled with vintage fashion, poetry and gourmet delicacies while The Gentlemen’s Club is heavy with soul, swing and sea shanties.

Young people will love the Manga Milkbar which fuses a 1950s vibe with vintage anime.

Supported by Healthway promoting the Act-Belong-Commit message, Lotterywest, the WA Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts, Tourism WA and the Department of Regional Development through its Royalties for Regions program.

For more information please see the Facebook event page for the Vancouver Street Festival 2017

Vancouver Arts Centre offers an ongoing workshop program for children and adults; both term long painting series and one off workshops on weekends or during the holidays as opportunities arise to access visiting artists and specialist skills in the region.

Keep up to date with our workshop program by viewing our latest newsletter or program.

THE STORY OF WOOL - The Building Wrap

The Vancouver Street Festival on Saturday 6 May, 2017, will focus on wool – the history of wool in Albany (including the Albany Woollen Mills), traditional craft techniques such as spinning, weaving, felting, knitting and crocheting, as well as showing how wool is used by contemporary artists.

One of the activities in the lead-up to the Festival was the a community collaboration in the creation of a ‘scarf’ which will be tied around the entire Vancouver Arts Centre building.   The  scarf has been created by large numbers of school students and community members and we are pleased to announce that we think we will have enough to wrap the entire building (230 metres!)

Visit the Vancouver Street Festival to see if we have been successful!

This exhibition is currently on at the Albany Town Hall until 3 June.

For more information please visit the official

The Vancouver Arts Centre offers two types of residency which are open to artists working in any discipline or across art-forms.

1 Studio only residencies for Great Southern based artists. Residencies of up to 8 weeks will be offered from March 2016 to local artists to support research and development.

2 Residential residencies are offered to visiting artists for 4-6 weeks. Resident artists are expected to engage with the local community whilst in residence, either through project involvement, open studio or artist talk. The self-contained cottage is situated next door to the arts centre and hosts up to two adults and one child.

Applications are assessed by the Artistic Programs Focus Group and can be made at any time. There are no costs involved for artists and there is the opportunity for artists in residence to earn some revenue through offering workshops. Please contact us for an application form.

See our latest Newsletter HERE

To download copies of forms to complete for hiring our galleries, workshop spaces or accommodation please click on the relevant links.

A number of art and craft groups have their homes at the Vancouver Arts Centre and meet regularly throughout the year: Albany Pottery Group, Albany Weavers, Albany Spinners, ACE Camera Club and the Albany Film Society. All groups meet regularly, run their own programs and are keen to attract new members. For more information please contact us and we will try and put you in touch with a representative from the group that you are interested in.

General Enquiries and Bookings: 08 6820 3740 or

Vancouver Arts Centre Coordinator: 08 6820 3745

Arts Development Officer: 08 6820 3746

Visual Arts Officer: 08 6820 3747

Arts Administration Officer: 08 6820 3748

Follow us on Instagram: @Vancouver_arts

Find us at 85 Vancouver Street, Albany, WA, 6330