A colour photograph that looks north onto Western Front’s dark green facade, shaded by trees.

Western Front exterior (c. 1995)


Hours

Please note that we will be closed from December 19, 2021 – January 3, 2022. Our gallery will reopen on January 21, 2022 with a new exhibition.

Gallery:
Tuesday – Saturday: 1 – 5 p.m.
Sunday – Monday: Closed
Free admission

Office:
Tuesday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Archives:
The archives are open by appointment to all researchers on Thursdays and Fridays. Please contact our archivist, Anna Tidlund, to plan your visit.


Getting Here

303 E 8th Ave
Vancouver BC V5T 1S1
Canada

Link to map

By bus:

There are many bus stops on Kingsway, Main St, and Broadway.

By skytrain:

The nearest stations are Main Street–Science World and Broadway–City Hall Station. From either station, Western Front is a 10-minute bus ride or 15-minute walk.

By bicycle:

There are racks for locking bikes in front of Western Front. There is a Mobi by ShawGo docking station on the corner of E 8th Ave and Scotia St.

By car or taxi:

There is street parking available on the blocks surrounding Western Front, and it is possible to drop off passengers at the main entrance.


Accessibility

For first-time visitors to Western Front, it is useful to understand accessibility in our beloved but challenging heritage building:

  • The second floor is currently not accessible to wheelchair users. The second floor is accessed by a flight of 26 stairs and houses the Grand Luxe Hall, media studios, archives, library, and guest accommodation. We are working towards making this floor an accessible space for wheelchair users in the future.

  • The ground floor is wheelchair accessible. The ground floor houses the box office, gallery, EDAM dance studio, and staff offices. An accessible bathroom is also located on this floor.

  • Our didactic material is available in English, and our events are typically spoken in English unless otherwise noted.

  • Assistance animals are always welcome.

  • As we are in a shared building, we cannot guarantee a scent-free space. However, we aim to provide a scent-reduced space.

  • Unfortunately, we do not have reserved accessible parking in front of our building. Car and taxi drop-offs are possible.

  • Visitors with an Access 2 card or CNIB card are entitled to free admission for a support person to ticketed events. Please contact us to reserve a ticket for your support person at the time of your booking.

  • We can offer American Sign Language interpretation. Please reach out to us two weeks in advance in order for us to secure an interpreter.

  • This website has been developed to conform to the W3C accessibility guidelines for level AA compliance. We have endeavoured to conform to all the presented guidelines in level AA, wherever possible. It is possible to increase (or decrease) the size of all the text on the pages of most websites. You can do this by using the font size controls integrated in your web browser.

If you require a reservation for an access requirement, or you have an access requirement that we have not listed, please get in touch in advance of your visit at info@westernfront.ca or +1 (604) 876 9343. We will make our best endeavours to help you.

If you are interested in supporting Western Front in improving our accessibility, either by sharing your knowledge and experience, or by making a financial contribution, please contact Executive Director Susan Gibb.


COVID-19 Protocols

  • Masks are mandatory inside Western Front. If you don’t have your own mask, we will provide one.

  • If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, or have had close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19 within the last 14 days, we ask you to visit another time.

  • Maintain social distance from other visitors.

  • Use the hand sanitizer provided.

  • Be patient as there is a limit of six visitors allowed in our Gallery space at any time. You may be asked to wait should we reach a limit.

Western Front is a non-profit
artist-run centre in Vancouver.

We acknowledge the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations as traditional owners of the land upon which Western Front stands.