Who We Are

The Polygon Gallery is a vibrant art institution that inspires and provokes cultural insight through adventurous programming. The Gallery is committed to championing artists and cultivating engaged audiences. Its lens of inquiry creatively responds to shifting perceptions of the world, through the histories and evolving technologies of photography and related media.

Operating as Presentation House Gallery for forty years, the organization has produced over 300 exhibitions and numerous publications, earning a reputation as an adventurous public art institution. The Polygon’s innovative programming has featured a range of artworks from acclaimed Vancouver photographers and world‐renowned artists to private collections and vernacular photography.

A Landmark Designed by Local Architects

The Polygon Gallery is a place for art and an incubator for new ideas. Award‐winning firm Patkau Architects envisioned the design as a response to the history and character of both the gallery and its new location at the Shipyards on Lower Lonsdale: “It is an historically resonant site — home to the port industries on which North Vancouver was built, where the mountains meet the sea.”

The Polygon Gallery’s distinctive architecture is prominent along the North Vancouver harbourfront, appearing as a singular, cohesive form. It’s reflective cladding, animated by the changing light of day, echoes the nature of the surrounding landscape. The main floor’s glass exterior invites the public to not only look inside but to see through the gallery. Conversely, the upper floor maintains an enclosed gallery space.

Acknowledgements

The Polygon Gallery is a public cultural facility operated by the British Columbia Photography and Media Arts Society, a federally registered charity. It is grateful for the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the British Columbia Arts Council, the Province of British Columbia, and the City of North Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver through the North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Commission.

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Open Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00am – 5:00pm.

101 Carrie Cates Court
North Vancouver, BC V7M 3J4

Situated on the unceded territories of the Skwxwú7mesh, Tsleil-Waututh, and xwməθkwəýəm Nations.

The Polygon Gallery continues the forty-year reputation of Presentation House Gallery in engaging the public with the most visionary artists of our time. A new waterfront landmark on Vancouver's North Shore, The Polygon offers a one-of-a-kind space to encounter contemporary visual art with a focus on photography.

Admission always by donation, courtesy of Slice 1