Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

ABOUT CENTRE A

Centre A is a leading public art gallery currently situated in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown, on the unceded Coast Salish Territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

Centre A’s mandate is to be an engaged participant in the ongoing production of a pluralistic and democratic society. We strive to activate contemporary art’s vital role in building and understanding the long and dynamic Asia-Canada relationship while tackling questions of broader concern from Asian and Asian-diasporic perspectives. Amidst the absence of institutional commitment in Canada to contemporary art as a vital site for social engagement and critical cultural production in local, migrant, and global Asian contexts, the gallery has continued to be dedicated to:

Supporting the creation of new works by Asian and Asian-diasporic artists in Canada, particularly emerging artists and artists within the Asian milieu whose voices are underrepresented due to the particular intersectional spaces that they occupy; facilitating collaboration and creative exchange between Asian artists in Canada and abroad, in order to engage critically with local, regional and national concerns from a global perspective; fostering meaningful relationships with local arts organizations, collectives, community organizations and groups within the Asian community and beyond; and engaging meaningfully with the call for Reconciliation and contribute to the understanding and navigation of non-European settler identities from Asian perspectives.

While we play an active role in community enlivenment and conviviality, we are a means for broader cultural productivity; a local and transnational community-building apparatus that acts as a conduit for the contest of ideas and a site for the contemplation of issues of contemporary concern.

In addition to our exhibition space, we house a reading room with one of the best collections of Asian art books in the country, including the Finlayson Collection of Rare Asian Art Books. In these facilities and beyond, we rigorously engage in culture-making through research, curatorial engagement with artists, mentorship of emerging arts professionals, presentation of works, public dialogues and various forms of documentation.

History

Centre A was founded in 1999 by Hank Bull (Founding Director), Zheng Shengtian and Stephanie Holmquist, who assembled an all-star board consisting of such distinguished figures as Milton Wong, Joanne Louie Mah, Joe Wai and Anndraya Luui. Through their, and subsequent boards’ leadership, as well as the contributions of our curators and directors (Sadira Rodrigues, Alice Ming Wai Jim, Makiko Hara, Haema Sivanesan and Tyler Russell), and a robust list of donors, volunteers, interns and staff, Centre A continues to make an important impact on Vancouver’s art scene and community at large.

Over the years, Centre A has worked with countless artists including Yoko Ono, Ho Tam, Vanessa Kwan, Young Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Hong Kong Exile, Khan Lee and Subodh Gupta. Additionally, we have collaborated with numerous organizations, locally and internationally, such as the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, the Vancouver Art Gallery and Long March.

BOARD OF DIRECTOR

April Liu (President)

Morris Lum (Vice President)

Natalie Cheung (Treasurer)

Elisa Yon (Secretary)

Kristin Cheung

Trey Le

Robert Epp

STAFF

Yun-Jou Chang, Interim Executive Director

Henry Heng Lu, Curator

Emma Richards, Development Officer

Mohammad Zaki Rezwan, Curatorial Assistant Intern



Contact Us

T: 604.683.8326
F: 604.683.8632

E: info@centrea.org

Mailing Address:

205-268 Keefer St.

Vancouver, BC, Canada

V6A 1X5 

Funders and Sponsors

Centre A gratefully acknowledges the generous support and financial assistance from The Canada Council for the Arts, the BC Arts Council, BC Community Gaming Grant program, the City of Vancouver, Cultural Services, Young Canada Works, and John Fluevog

Partners

Rungh Magazine, RAT school of ART