Where

ARTs and culture
in richmond

How to start participating in the arts

The arts are thriving in Richmond and it’s easy for you to get involved in a way that’s right for you. Click here for a list of some great places to start right here in Richmond. 

 

 

Gateway Theatre

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6500 Gilbert Road,
Richmond, BC

604 270 1812

The Gateway Theatre is the home of Richmond’s only live professional theatre company, staging six annual productions in their Signature Series, including work from established and emerging Canadian playwrights. Their annual Pacific Festival showcases world-class contemporary theatre from Asia and Canada, presented in Cantonese and Mandarin with English subtitles.

Gateway Academy for the Performing Arts offers year-round acting, musical theatre and technical training classes for adults and youth aged 6–18. Professional actors, directors, playwrights and choreographers instruct the classes, giving students practical, real world skills.

The Gateway Theatre’s 540-seat MainStage and 100-seat Studio B venues are also often rented by professional and community groups.  

 

Richmond Media Lab

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7700 Minoru Gate,
Richmond, BC

604 247 8303

Located in the Richmond Cultural Centre, the Richmond Media Lab has been in operation since March 2011. This City of Richmond initiative is designed to increase technology literacy, accessibility and creativity in our community, particularly for youth. Media Lab participants are taught skills and techniques for applying media and computer technology towards artistic activities and practical marketable skills. 

Building on academic research that shows the impact of media education on society, the Media Lab has developed a measurable track record of success and garnered support from several community partners. The Media Lab also supports local innovators, Cinevolution Media, creators of the Your Kontinent Richmond International Film and Media Arts Festival.

 

Richmond Art Gallery

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7700 Minoru Gate,
Richmond, BC

604 247 8300

Weekdays: 10am to 6pm
*except Thursday nights at 9pm
Weekends: 10am to 5pm
Closed on Statutory Holidays

Established over 30 years ago, the Richmond Art Gallery has served as a centre of excellence for the visual arts in the city and Lower Mainland. The Richmond Art Gallery offers a vibrant programming schedule, which takes place throughout the year for people of all ages. In order to serve the community as widely as possible, this educational programming includes school visits, exhibition tours in different languages, monthly free Family Sundays, professional workshops for artists, and more. 

The Richmond Art Gallery mounts a variety of exhibitions in the primary gallery space each year, along with art in auxiliary spaces in City Hall. The focus of the exhibitions at the Gallery is typically contemporary art by emerging and established artists, from the region, Canada and beyond. Through excellence in exhibitions and education, the Richmond Art Gallery seeks to enhance everyone’s understanding and enjoyment of contemporary art.

 

Community Centre
Arts Programs

South Arm Community Centre
Steveston Community Centre
Thompson Community Centre
West Richmond Community Centre
Cambie Community Centre
City Centre Community Centre
Hamilton Community Centre
Sea Island Community Centre

Richmond’s eight community centres each offer classes and programs in a variety of art forms including dance, music, performing arts, and visual arts for preschoolers, children, youth, adults and older adults (55+ years).

 

Festivals and more

The City of Richmond is proud to present a number of annual events and festivals that showcase the arts including the Richmond Maritime FestivalRichmond World FestivalChildren’s Arts FestivalDoors Open Richmond, and Culture Days.

Throughout the year, there are many opportunities to enjoy, learn about and participate in the arts with a range of events, performances and programs including the Lulu SeriesWriter-in-Residency programMinoru Chapel OperaPechaKucha Nights among many more.

Richmond’s events calendar and Richmond Arts Coalition calendar are great places to look online for artful experiences in Richmond. 

 

Local Arts Businesses

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There are many Richmond businesses that offer opportunities to explore your creative side and/or experience the arts. From dance classes to arts supplies to martial arts, you can shop locally to get your arts fix.

 

 

Richmond Arts Centre

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7700 Minoru Gate,
Richmond, BC

604 270 1812

The Richmond Arts Centre is Richmond's arts education and creation hub for courses, events, organizations and artists. Located on the second floor of the Richmond Cultural Centre, its amenities include dance, performance, music, painting, printmaking, pottery, fabric arts, sound and lapidary studios. 

The aim of the Richmond Arts Centre is to make the arts accessible to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Programs and projects include the Arts Education Program with courses that range from introductory levels to more advanced explorations, and Arts in the Community initiatives consisting of critically acclaimed events that take place on site or throughout different neighbourhoods in Richmond. 

The Arts Centre is also home to a number of local Resident Art Groups: Richmond Artists Guild, Riverside Arts Circle, Cathay Photographic Society, Richmond Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Club, Richmond Gem and Mineral Society, Richmond Photo Club, Richmond Potters Club, Richmond Reelers Scottish Country Dance Group, Richmond Weavers and Spinners Guild and Textile Arts Guild of Richmond. 

 

Richmond Public Art Program

By placing artwork in the everyday environment, the Public Art Program sparks community participation in the building of public spaces, offers public access to ideas generated by contemporary art, encourages citizens to take pride in public cultural expression and creates a forum to address relevant themes and issues.

The benefits of public art are numerous. It has the power to energize public spaces, arouse thinking and transform the places where we live, work and play into more welcoming and beautiful environments that invite interaction. Public art can make strangers talk, children ask questions and calm a hurried life. Beyond its enriching personal benefits, public art is a true symbol of a city’s maturity. 

There are six mini-tours of public art available featuring three to four artworks within a ten-minute walking distance of each other. Tour maps are available in print at the Richmond Cultural Centre and City Hall or online.

Richmond’s Public Art Program also includes events, ephemeral works and community-engaged art programs. Click here for up-to-date listings of what’s on offer.

 

Richmond
Cultural Centre

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7700 Minoru Gate,
Richmond, BC

604 247 8300

Weekdays: 9am to 9:30pm
Weekends: 10am to 5pm
Closed on Statutory Holidays

Opened in 1993, the Cultural Centre, located in the same building as the Richmond Public Library Brighouse Branch, is Richmond’s arts hub and more. The Cultural Centre is home to the Richmond Arts Centre, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond Media Lab, Richmond Museum, Richmond Archives and indoor and outdoor venues for cultural events, activities and programs including the Performance Hall and Rooftop Garden.

 

Minoru Place Activity Centre

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7660 Minoru Gate, 
Richmond, BC

604 238 8450

Located directly across from the Richmond Cultural Centre, Minoru Place Activity Centre is Richmond's only older adult community facility and is home to a variety of performing arts groups including Glee Club, Platinum Players acting troupe and The Happy Chorus which sings popular songs in English and Mandarin. The Centre also boasts a woodworking shop, computer work stations, multi-purpose rooms for programs and events and casual seating space for reading, cards or socializing. Visit the Minoru Place Activity Centre to pick up a newsletter for details on their programs and services. 

Community Organizations

Richmond is home to dozens of arts and cultural groups to explore creative pursuits and hone artistic skills with like-minded people. There are clubs and associations dedicated to visual, literary, performing, media arts, and much more.

 

 

Richmond Public Library

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Brighouse Branch (7700 Minoru Gate)
Cambie Branch (11590 Cambie Road)
Ironwood Branch (11688 Steveston Hwy)
Steveston Branch (4111 Moncton Street)
Hamilton Saturday Service (5140 Smith Drive) 

Since 1976, the Richmond Public Library has provided informational, educational, cultural and recreational library materials and services in a variety of formats and technologies. In addition to being a place to borrow books, ebooks, DVDs, music and more, the library offers arts and cultural events, activities and programs for all age groups from Family Storytime to 3D printing. 

To get a free library card, visit one of the four library branches and bring in a piece of identification with your address on it.