Information Artspeak,


233 Carrall Street
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6B 2J2

On the unceded Territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.

T (604) 688-0051
F (604) 685-1912


Bopha Chhay

Associate Director
Erik Hood

Julie Peeters, Scott Ponik

Web Developer
Zachary Davis

Photographer (2006–Present)
Blaine Campbell

Artspeak was founded in 1986 by curator Cate Rimmer, artist Keith Higgins, and writer Jeff Derksen. Our early association with Kootenay School of Writing served to situate Artspeak within a unique interdisciplinary community of visual artists, writers, and critics. Artspeak is operated by artists from the visual and language arts who share concerns in relation to the theory and practice of contemporary art. The mandate of the gallery is to encourage a dialogue between visual art and writing. Artspeak actively contributes to cultural communities through our commitment to artists producing challenging, innovative work in diverse media, our affiliation with other organizations, and the public interest we generate in contemporary art.

Artspeak has played a significant role in addressing the historical, social, and intellectual conditions of contemporary visual and language arts production from the West Coast. We aim to support the practices of emerging and established artists and writers from this region and beyond by providing opportunities to exhibit, publish, and present new work to enthusiastic audiences. Artspeak actively contributes to cultural communities through our commitment to artists producing challenging, innovative work in diverse media, our affiliation with other organizations, and the public interest we generate in contemporary art.

Artists and curators who wish to update us about their work are welcome to send documentation and their cv to



Jamie Hilder, President
Karilynn Ming Ho, Vice President
Michelle Fu, Treasurer
Lucien Durey, Secretary
Mandy Ginson
Susan Grossman
Lyse Lemieux
Elizabeth Milton
Danielle Sabelli


Jeff Derksen
Kay Higgins
Cate Rimmer
Lorna Brown
Geoffrey Farmer
Jeanne Randolph
Lisa Robertson
Marina Roy

Support Us

The success of Artspeak is directly connected to the generosity and encouragement of our community, and your contributions are a recognized investment in our organization. Consider becoming a member or making a donation today. In doing so you will be supporting Artspeak's program and our long-term commitment to the development of visual arts and writing practices.


Donations of any amount are always welcome and eligible for a charitable tax receipt.


An annual INDIVIDUAL membership is $35 and includes: access to our archives; 25% discount on Artspeak publications; regular and special mailings; voting privileges at our Annual General Meeting.

FRIEND membership is $100. Friends receive INDIVIDUAL benefits plus Arabella Campbell’s Building Postcards (2012).


Flat annual fee of $240 or $20 monthly includes Friend membership benefits; an annual subscription to the Artspeak periodical Coffee News; an additional 3 mailings per year of commissioned artist projects, editions and publications; and the secret TBA tote bag.
Subscription Options
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The Publishers Circle supports the development of Artspeak’s publishing program, including artist books, critical texts, and other print and digital projects. Members receive copies of all publications; notifications of Artspeak's publishing activities; invitation to all Friends and Neighbour events; and publication and website acknowledgment. Contributions begin at $1000.


Artspeak gratefully acknowledges the support of The Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of BC through the BC Arts Council, the City of Vancouver, the BC Gaming Commission, our members, donors, and volunteers. Artspeak is a member of the Pacific Association of Artist-Run Centres (PAARC).


The Artspeak Internship Program provides a unique opportunity for individuals to be involved in the development and execution of a progressive and engaged contemporary arts program. The internship is designed to offer in-depth training and first-hand experience to those interested in pursuing a role in the fields of curating, exhibition production, or arts administration. The position is ideal for a recent university graduate, or MA/MFA level student, with interests in non-profit arts organizations and an existing engagement with contemporary art. The post is for a four-month period (with the possibility to extend this if appropriate), and requires a commitment of one day a week, including two Saturdays per month.

How to Apply

Individuals interested in applying must submit a cover letter and resume to by the deadline.

Fall: September–December
Application Deadline: August 1

Spring: January–April
Application Deadline: December 1

Summer: May–August
Application Deadline: April 1