The Vancouver Arts Centre is housed in the former Albany Cottage Hospital, which was built in 1887 to the design of the then Colonial Architect, George Temple Poole. This building remained a hospital until 1962. For the next 10 years, it served as a school hostel and holiday accommodation, and then fell into disuse and for eight years lay neglected and prey to vandals.
In 1980, a major refurbishment program began, and the complex was transformed to a vibrant arts and crafts centre.
Vancouver Arts as a focal point
Found on the historic Vancouver Street in Albany, the Vancouver Arts Centre is the region’s key focal point for arts experiences. With three galleries and numerous workshop spaces it offers an inclusive and diverse annual program of arts activities and experiences for anyone aged 2 to 102.
The centre coordinates and hosts touring and local exhibitions, artists in residence, interactive and engaging ArtSpaces, adult and children’s workshops, community projects and a range of diverse events on its own and in partnership with others. The centre is home to a number of active arts and craft groups and artists and is well used by the local community whilst at the same time warmly welcoming all visitors through its doors.
Built in 1887 and designed by architect George Temple Poole, the sandstone brick building originally served as the Albany Cottage Hospital until 1962. A self guided heritage trail published in our current program allows visitors to explore and appreciate its unique heritage value and its beautiful location.