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.

PIAF Great Southern 2017


Lynette Wallworth

 A virtual journey to sacred land.

Collisions is a short, personal film experience like no other. Using pioneering virtual reality technology, Lynette Wallworth takes you on a thought-provoking journey to the remote desert with Martu elder Nyarri Nyarri Morgan as your guide.

With Morgan we experience the dramatic collision between his traditional world view and the cutting edge of science when he witnesses a secret atomic bomb testing in the South Australian desert.

Please note headsets are supplied and will need to be worn throughout this film.

Sessions run every 30mins


Vancouver Arts Centre

 Fri 10 – Sat 18 February

 Mon – Fri, 9am–4pm

 Sat & Sun, 10am–3pm



City of Albany Art Collection

Curated by Indra Geidans

Main Gallery

21 January - 30 April 2017

We are taking advantage of a rare opportunity between shows to exhibit works from the City's expansive art collection. The works chosen are a cross section of past and present and showcase the breadth of the collection. 

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 Ladies’ Parlour is filled with vintage fashion, poetry and gourmet delicacies while The Gentlemen’s Club is heavy with jazz, folk and spice-laden food. 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.

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.

TERM 1 2017

Painting Classes at the Vancouver Arts Centre

Susan Angwin

Realism - Abstraction - Beyond

Instruction in painting; including oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolour, mixed media and charcoal, including drawing techniques.

Beginners through to Advanced.

Dates Friday 3 February - Friday 3 March (5 weeks)

Time 10am - 1pm

Venue  Vancouver Arts Centre

Cost  $125

Bookings Susan 0400 037818


Helen Leeder Carlson

This term will focus still life and interiors using acrylics and inspired by Margaret Olley’s work.

Dates  8 February – 22 March

Time    Wednesday morning 9.30am to 12.30pm and

             Wednesday afternoon 1pm to 3.30pm

Cost     $140

Bookings VAC 6820 3740

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.

We invite you to be involved

One of the activities for the Festival will be creating a ‘scarf’ which will be tied around the entire Vancouver Arts Centre building.   The idea is that the scarf will be created by the whole community – and we would love to have lots of contributions by school students and community members.   The total perimeter of the building measures 230 metres so that is a very long scarf!

For more information contact the VAC on 68203741 or email

The Biennial Great Southern Art Award takes place in 2017 with entries opening this month. The Award is open to Great Southern residents for works completed during the past 2 years.
Please see below for more information and check the website for Terms and Conditions.
Important Dates
Entries Open: NOW
Entries Close: 6 February 2017 4pm
Exhibition: 13 April – 3 June 2017

Entry fee: $30
Enter at

Categories and Prizes

City of Albany Acquisitive Award $5000 and supported solo exhibition (or 4 weeks studio time at the Vancouver Arts Centre)

Painting Award (non-acquisitive) $1000

Works on Paper Award (non-acquisitive) $1000

Print Award (non-acquisitive) $1000

3D Award (non-acquisitive) $1000

Hot FM Acquisitive Award $1000

Popular Choice Award (non-acquisitive) $500

For more information please visit the official or contact the City of Albany's Visual Arts Officer on 08 6820 3740

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