Skip navigation

About Surrey Art Gallery

Inside the entrance of Surrey Art Gallery. Photo by Ed White.

Surrey Art Gallery is the second largest public art gallery in the Metro Vancouver region.

Internationally recognized, the Gallery showcases diverse artistic practices, including digital and audio art by local, national, and international artists. Gallery interpretive programs include talks, symposia, demonstrations, workshops and school programs with artists, educators, and other specialists.

Surrey Art Gallery recognizes that our building is situated on the unceded traditional lands of the Salish Peoples including the Katzie, Kwantlen, Musqueam, Semiahmoo, Stó:lō, and Tsawwassen Nations.

Mandate & Goals

Surrey Art Gallery's mission is to engage the public in an ongoing dialogue about issues and ideas that affect our numerous communities, as expressed through contemporary art, and to provide opportunities for the public to interact with artists and the artistic process. We accomplish these aims through exhibitions, programs, and publications of contemporary art. To meet our mandate, Surrey Art Gallery also acquires, manages, researches, preserves, and exhibits work from its contemporary art collection, held in trust for present and future citizens of the City of Surrey. The Gallery focuses on contemporary art made since 1975.

The purpose of the Gallery is to facilitate learning, understanding, and enjoyment of contemporary art practice. To achieve these goals, the Gallery intends to be:

  • a public forum for conversation about ideas and issues that affect both visual arts and the community at large,
  • a centre for reflection, learning and the sharing of knowledge and experience,
  • a place where, through the medium of art, the community can engage in personal, internal dialogues as well as conversations with others about subjects that affect their lives.


Surrey Art Gallery is a municipal art gallery. Our operation is financially supported by the City of Surrey and the Surrey Art Gallery Association. Our programming depends on operating grants from the Province of British Columbia through the Arts Council of British Columbia and the Canada Council for the Arts, as well as project grants from the Vancouver Foundation, Creative BC, the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, and other organizations and private businesses. We are also supported by gifts and donations from individuals.

To learn more about Surrey Art Gallery and its exhibitions and programs, take a look at our current program guide and our Year in Review Reports:

Portrait of 2016

Portrait of 2015

Portrait of 2014

Portrait of 2013

Portrait of 2012

Portrait of 2011

Portrait of 2009 & 2010