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, Plains and Inuit peoples. Established in 1996, the Gallery welcomes everyone to experience a superb collection of the finest artists and their work. By supporting these Indigenous artists who are native to these regions, and acquiring their artworks, your generous patronage is contributing to their families and communities, which allows them to thrive and the culture to remain alive.
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.
Currently celebrating over 25 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.
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.
You’re invited to explore this expansive collection virtually online or in person where you can enjoy magnificent totem poles, marvelous masks, fine gold & silver jewelry, amazing argillite carvings, gorgeous glassworks, beautiful bentwood boxes, basketry, bowls, ladles, feasting dishes, panels, paddles, pottery, prints, original paintings, talking sticks, frontlets, soul catchers, drums, rattles, textiles, sculptures in various mediums, books, and more.
We offer our gratitude to these accomplished 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.
“Our passionate fascination with Indigenous art and culture inspired Raymond and I to establish Coastal Peoples Gallery in 1996. We feel privileged to have respected artists share their knowledge with us and hear their voices, and we value our deeply-rooted connection with their families and communities. We have witnessed and participated in the growth and inter-generational artistic expression of their work throughout the years. Our home is here and we appreciate experiencing all that British Columbia has to offer. We welcome you to explore our collection, experience the art & culture, and engage with us.” – Svetlana
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 25+ years, our Indigenous art gallery has 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 | St. Paul’s Foundation | 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.