Capture the spirit, artistry and authentic nature of First Nations culture
Authentic First Nations art is local, diverse, and expresses a vital cultural heritage that has been thousands of years in the making. It’s on the cusp of being the latest trend in worldwide art collection. Its time is now.
Coastal Peoples Gallery has brought insight to a global audience and shed light on the art and cultural diversity of Canada’s First Nations and Inuit peoples. Established in 1996, the Gallery has welcomed visitors and collectors to experience a superb collection of the finest artists and their work. By supporting the artists and acquiring these artworks, your generous patronage is contributing to their families and communities, which allows them to thrive and the culture to remain alive.
Celebrating over 20 years of excellence, Coastal Peoples has become renowned for its museum-quality works which entice inquisitive newcomers as well as seasoned collectors to delve further into this fascinating and legendary art form. The Gallery represents master artisans and has earned a reputation for discovering a new generation of gifted talent who create beyond the boundaries of the traditional.
For centuries, First Nations peoples have flourished along the Pacific North West Coast of Canada and the Northern Arctic, living amongst spectacular sweeping landscapes and mountainous regions. Emerging from this abundant land of natural beauty is a diverse group of artists who captivate us with their mythic stories and culturally expressive art works.
The Gallery’s collection encompasses both the traditional and contemporary, and speaks to the deeply rooted oral traditions of those who handcraft these magnificent creations.
We offer our gratitude to these artists who have dedicated themselves to their art and thank them for their passion, creativity and sense of pride.
With respect, we acknowledge the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl’il’wətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) as well as all the Pacific Northwest Coast Indigenous peoples on whose traditional and unceded territories we live, work and play.
Coastal Peoples Gallery believes it is essential that everyone feels comfortable in our space.
We welcome people from all international backgrounds, including First Nations artists, whom we serve with fairness, dignity and decency.
For over 20+ years, we’ve strived to create an openly supportive, responsible and respectful environment for visitors, the artists we represent, and our staff.
Cultural diversity is a fundamental element of our gallery’s mandate, and we ensure that each and every staff member is well aware to follow our professional protocols with a sense of humanity.
Charitable Community Organizations Supported by the Gallery
DEWC – Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre | VGH Foundation | JCC Sports Dinner | and many more
Historic Gastown – the original birthplace of Vancouver
Ideally situated in the prime downtown location of Gastown by the waterfront, Coastal Peoples recently relocated in 2017 to the restored historic Le Magasin building (1912). The Gallery’s expansion has brought even more attention to its unparalleled collection of contemporary art which identifies the distinct styles and diverse nations inhabiting both the communities of the Northwest coast and Arctic regions of Canada.
This area is one of Vancouver’s key districts for art galleries. With its dynamic revitalization and new developments, Gastown is an eclectic mix of courtyard cafes, eateries, fine boutiques and shops as well as day and night time entertainment. Every June, the renowned Vancouver International Jazz Festival holds a lively street festival here, which is attended by thousands of music lovers.
Within walking distance to the Skytrain station (Waterfront), Cruise ship terminal, and the award-winning Vancouver Convention Centre.
Gallery Virtual Tour & Google Map
Take yourself on a virtual tour inside our Gallery by viewing the video shown below. Google Map location is shown below as well.