General Information

Frequently Asked Questions

How do the tours work?

Gallery staff does extensive research prior putting together a tour with the intent of offering a balanced mix of spaces and types of artists. For one-day tours we usually visit 5 – 6 studios and always allow time for lunch. Depending on the tour we may pre-order lunch but participants are always welcome to bring their own.

We typically spend 20 – 30 minutes at each location depending on the general level of interest from the group. Each artist will usually speak briefly about their work, creative process, background and inspirations.

Questions and dialogue are encouraged! Some tours ialso include a guided tour of a gallery or museum by one of their docents and admission is generally included in the cost of the tour.

I’ve never been on an art tour before, what should I know / expect?

We are usually on and off the bus at least five times and tour a variety of spaces. There is often some walking involved but we try to accommodate any physical liimitations participants may have. Some studios can be small and not all will have places to sit.

We often tour spaces that are not typically open to the public and ask that you be respectful and mindful that these are often the artist’s personal, private spaces.

Can I see a map of tour locations before I register?

Since our registration is made available far in advance of confirmation of the tour locations, this is not usually feasible. We also think the element of surprise makes for exciting adventures and encounters with art. However, feel free to inquire about the tour locations if it is within one month of the tour date.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

We encourage participants to bring their own water bottle which they can fill at the gallery prior to boarding the tour bus. Comfortable walking shoes are suggested and we ask that you dress appropriately for the weather. Our tour bus is lockable so you can leave any valuable items on the bus.

Can I take pictures?

Yes, but always ask the artist first.

General Tour guidelines:

  • Please refrain from wearing perfurmes or colognes as these can cause problems for those with senstivities.
  • Do not bring large bags and backpacks into studio spaces. You may leave them on the tour bus as it is secure.
  • Refrain from touching furniture, art and household items – you may ask the artist for permission.
  • We regret tours are not generally not mobility device accessible. Please contact gallery staff if you have any mobility concerns and we will do our best to accommodate.
Ferry Building Gallery
1414 Argyle Avenue
West Vancouver, BC
Gallery Hours
Tues - Sun: 11AM - 5PM
Closed Mondays
Tel 604-925-7290