The Polygon Gallery

  • 101 Carrie Cates Court
  • North Vancouver, BC V7M3J4
  • Phone: 604.986.1351

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. Admission is always by donation, courtesy of BMO 


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.

The Polygon has won the following prestigious architecture awards for it’s design and impact on the community:
2022 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize Outstanding Project
2021 RIBA International Award for Excellence (Royal Institute of British Architects)
2021 AIA Architecture Award
2020 Governor General’s Medal in Architecture
2019 Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Medal in Architecture

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until July 30, 2023

The work of Nigerian-born artist Abraham O. Oghobase meditates on the legacies of mining across Africa, as well as the resulting displacements and migrations of people. His visual montages lift schematic diagrams of metal-refining processes from A Text-book of Rand Metallurgical Practice, a handbook published in 1912 that heavily informed early extractive industries in South Africa and elsewhere. Presenting these drawings outside of their original context, and super-imposing them upon images of his own body, Oghobase… more

June 23, 2023 - September 24, 2023

The Polygon Gallery presents the North American premiere of Jeremy Shaw’s Phase Shifting Index from June 23–Sept. 24, 2023. Created for a solo exhibition at the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the immersive seven-channel video installation is Shaw’s most ambitious project to date. Phase Shifting Index uses various outmoded 20th-century media — from 16mm film to Hi-8 video tape — to depict an imagined future in which human beliefs and survival are at stake. Seven distinct subcultures are seen engaging in embodied… more