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Art from the Archives

Photo the Surrey Arts Centre (then known as the Centennial Arts Centre) ca. 1975.

Surrey Art Gallery has a 45-year rich history, exhibiting, publishing, and programming.

#ArtFromTheArchives explores the wealth of stories, artworks, and ideas that have shaped the Gallery, from essays about works in the permanent collection to teacher guides and recordings of past events and performances.  

This page will be updated on an ongoing basis with links to historic resources for art education and scholarship.

Sammy Chien performing at Sentient Circuitries

Sentient Circuitries Symposium

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Surrey Art Gallery’s TechLab, one of the first gallery spaces in Canada dedicated to new media art, the Sentient Circuitries Symposium on November 19, 2019 brought together critical voices to discuss the state of interactivity in art today.

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Robert Davidson artist talk

Robert Davidson Artist Talk

With curator Ian Thom, listen and learn about Robert Davidson’s art practice with an interview from May 2, 2010. Vancouver Art Gallery’s travelling exhibition Eagle Transforming: The Prints of Robert Davidson was on view at Surrey Art Gallery from April 17-June 21, 2010.

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Additional Resources

  • An Open Book is Surrey Art Gallery's long-standing essay series on works in the permanent collection, with works from artists like Vikky Alexander, Don Li-Leger, David Neel, Nancy Paterson, and many more.
  • The Surrey Art Gallery Presents publication line focuses on exhibitions and projects from the Gallery's history. Essays focus on works by artists such as Sylvia Grace Borda, Marianne Nicholson, Nicolas Sassoon, and more.
  • Many of Surrey Art Gallery's exhibition catalogues are freely available online. Recent uploads highlight artists such as Nicoletta Baumeister, Don Hutchinson, and Nep Sidhu.
  • Teacher Guides expand upon exhibitions in-depth, providing educators with fun learning activities, key themes and concepts, and background on all of our major exhibitions. Recent guides have focused on exhibitions with artists such as Kathy Slade, Jim Adams, Omer Arbel, and many more.