AGGV Membership and Donor Services Coordinator, Tony Adams, reminds us of all the ways AGGV Membership connects our community to the arts, and gives us opportunities to celebrate art together.

Over the past year, we’ve been taking the time to listen to our community in a new way. Our public engagement initiative about the future role of the Gallery encouraged stories and perspectives from our members and the community at large. This important feedback led to some deeply inspiring conversations.

This November, we launched our new Art Unlimited Membership program to give members more of what they love: unlimited access to our exhibitions and thought-provoking experiences. AGGV Members also enjoy the perk of exclusive access to events which is a fun way to join us at the Gallery and learn about our programming in a more intimate setting. We look forward to seeing more of you at the AGGV and to celebrating art with you!

Meanwhile, Tony Adams, AGGV Membership and Donor Services Coordinator, offers insight on how dynamic experiences at the Gallery help to make meaningful connections in the community:

“The AGGV is known for it’s engaging events that invite our community through the doors to learn more about our exhibitions. When I joined the Gallery in the summer of 2021, it was such a strange time – we weren’t able to do in-person events and most people were working from home. Events were happening exclusively online, and our devoted members were supporting us from the other side of a computer screen. Fast-forward two and a half years later, and things couldn’t be more different. It has been wonderful to meet so many members in person at the Gallery, and I’m really enjoying connecting faces to names!”

L-R: Tony Adams, AGGV Membership and Donor Services Coordinator | Members’ Preview of Unexpected: The Life and Art of Sophie Pemberton, Canadian Artist.

The return to Members’ Previews this fall and winter, allowed AGGV staff to get reacquainted with existing members and welcome new members. This also felt like a real culmination of two and half years of building community at the Gallery. We saw a full house for Unexpected: The Life and Art of Sophie Pemberton curated by Guest Curator Dr. Kathryn Bridge, and In the Flesh: The Nude in Art, Past and Present, curated by AGGV Chief Curator Steven McNeil. We also celebrated the book launch for AGGV Curator of Asian Art, Dr. Heng Wu’s Blue + White exhibition, with delicious canapés by Ugly Duckling Restaurant.

L-R: Dr. Heng Wu, AGGV Curator of Asian Art, at the Blue + White exhibition catalogue book launch.

As we build our membership program, we are excited to make new connections and think outside the box. There’s always room to experiment so if a bright idea pops into your head, shoot us a message (see contact info below) or take this quick Member Survey. Let’s make AGGV membership even better together!

Refreshments and live music.

Membership adds so much more to your Gallery experience, from unlimited admission to exclusive events, there’s something for everyone. Membership is also a vital contribution which ensures increased free access to art, care of the AGGV collection, and continued high-quality exhibitions and events that inspire our entire community.

We can’t wait to share more Members’ Events with you this spring!


Want to join the celebration?
Become an AGGV Member today.

Please contact AGGV Membership and Donor Services Coordinator, Tony Adams:


All images courtesy of AGGV.

The AGGV offers free admission for people 25 and under, support workers and Indigenous Peoples. It is thanks to the lək̓ʷəŋən speaking people – Songhees and Esquimalt Nations – that we are able to live, play and explore art here.