Information Artspeak,


233 Carrall Street
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6B 2J2

On the unceded Territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw, and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ First Nations.

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Nya Lewis

Curatorial Assistant
Jas Lally

Gallery Operations Manager
Katrina Goetjen

Julie Peeters, Scott Ponik

Web Developer
Zachary Davis

Blaine Campbell
Dennis Ha


Artspeak was founded in 1986 by curator Cate Rimmer, artist Kay 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 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 their cv to

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 by 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.


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


$100 and includes INDIVIDUAL benefits plus Arabella Campbell’s Building Postcards (2012).


A one time fee of $240 or $20 monthly includes a copy of a new catalogue published within the year of your subscription, Arabella Campbell’s Building Postcards edition (2012) and a piece of our gallery merch.


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 recent publications; notifications of Artspeak's publishing activities; and invitation to all Friends and Neighbour events. 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).