Art Galleries & Public Art in Richmond, BC
From fine art to street art and everything in between.
Those visiting Richmond can get a sense of its authentic nature and cultural influences through its art scene. Head to one of the city’s galleries and let your creative juices flow—you may even see some cool public art along the way.
You’ll find the Richmond Art Gallery at the Richmond Cultural Centre. It houses collections of art and sculpture from local and international artists. Admission is free, though donations are appreciated, and the exhibits change regularly, offering something new to see with every visit. Those seeking contemporary art should visit Lipont Place, a striking 21,000 square-foot arts and cultural centre advocating the integration of business, art, design, and culture through contemporary exhibits and pop-up events.
Much of Richmond’s urban beauty comes from its 50+ pieces of public art (and counting). Those looking to see it all are encouraged to grab a 10 Minute Art Tours map from the Richmond Cultural Centre or to take a self-guided walking tour. There are also a few art-centric public events, such as the Grand Prix of Art. Here, registered artists are challenged to complete a piece of art within 3 hours for their chance to win prize money. You’ll also find many hands-on creative exhibits during Culture Days in the fall, a Canada-wide celebration of local art and culture.
- Minoru Horse: a sculpture of the racehorse Minoru, owned by King Edward VII and winner of the 1909 Epsom Derby. It’s located at Minoru Park, the former site of the Minoru Race Track.
- Water Sky Garden: a red zigzag bridge, a water garden, and two very large net sculptures located outside of the Richmond Olympic Oval.
- Sei: a polished silver and copper sculpture depicting a whale breaching out of the water, located in the piazza of McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport.
- Steveston Fishermen’s Memorial: a memorial for fishermen lost at sea consisting of a tall net needle and a bronze mural of fish boats and sea life located at Garry Point Park.
- Dog Party: a group of whimsical steel figures of dogs reflecting the atmosphere of the off-leash dog area in the park east of No. 3 Road & Dyke Road.
Artwork at YVR
Vancouver International Airport’s art and architecture showcases the best of British Columbia and draws on the themes of land, sea, and sky. YVR’s amazing collection of Northwest Coast Native art includes The Spirit of Haida Gwaii: The Jade Canoe by Bill Reid, which was once featured on the Canadian $20 bill; and the Clayoquot Welcome Figures by Joe David, which have traditionally been positioned on the beach in front of villages, with arms stretched out to welcome and greet guests. It’s another reason why YVR is one of the most awarded airports in Canada, and most loved around the world!
Learn more about the artwork on display at YVR here.