Don’t let your reception be forgettable. Too many times we’ve seen events held at boring venues – generic, straight-from-the-mold, template-worthy sites. Location matters.

Galleries are a hidden gem for most corporate events. They’re refined, sophisticated, and lend an air of modern luxury. You’d need a Martha Stewart eye and lots of time to do the same at the office. Here’s our top list of unique galleries for your next standout reception.

1) Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art

Named after one of Canada’s greatest artists, Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art is a magnificent venue for your next reception. Ideal for corporate receptions, cultural events, and private dinners, the gallery also offers guided tours for a dramatic cultural experience. Highlights include over 40 pieces of Bill Reid’s gold and silver jewelry, Reid’s bronze masterpiece Mythic Messengers, and a full-scale totem pole carved by James Hart of Haida Gwaii.

Website: http://www.billreidgallery.ca/PlanVisit/FacilityRental.php

Neighbourhood: Vancouver, Downtown

Maximum Capacity: 100

2) Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery

Ideally situated in Yaletown and Gastown, the Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery is a unique marriage of tradition and modern luxury. Established in 1996, the leading First Nations gallery showcases Northwest Coast and Inuit artwork from British Columbia’s master carvers. The Coastal Peoples has earned a reputation for discovering gifted artists who push the boundaries with new work in this legendary art form.

Website: http://www.coastalpeoples.com/index.php?mpage=services

Neighbourhood: Vancouver, Yaletown

Maximum Capacity: 75

3) Harrison Galleries

For artful sophistication and modern luxury, the Harrison Galleries is a fine choice. One of Vancouver’s foremost fine art dealers, the family-owned and operated Harrison Galleries is an institution of Vancouver’s art community. The gallery carries a selection of work from renowned regional, Canadian and internationally recognized artists, in addition to the city’s up-and-coming artists. Harrison Galleries boasts an extensive collection of traditional and contemporary art, from classical painting, to modern and abstract and fine art photography. Located in Yaletown at Homer and Smithe, the venue is just minutes from the heart of Vancouver’s downtown.

Website: http://www.harrisongalleries.com/page/Vancouver-Special-Event-Rentals.aspx

Neighbourhood: Vancouver, Downtown

Maximum Capacity: 250

4) The Robert Bateman Centre

With floor-to-ceiling windows, oceanfront views, and masterpieces of one of Canada’s most loved artists, your meeting, reception, or dinner, The Robert Bateman Centre is a venue your guests will remember.

Located on the second floor of the historic Steamship Terminal on Victoria’s Inner Harbour, it’s just across the street from the Parliamentary Buildings of British Columbia and is just minutes from Victoria’s downtown core. Book any combination of the central gallery (61’ x 17’) and the eight adjoining galleries.

Website: http://batemancentre.org/venue-booking/

Neighbourhood: Downtown, Victoria

Maximum Capacity: 125

4) Vancouver Art Gallery

There is no more iconic landmark in the city than the Vancouver Art Gallery. Surround your guests with over 10,000 original pieces of art. Host a reception in the grand foyer and rotunda—with a soaring dome and twin marble staircases— and offer a reception on the Gallery’s Rooftop Pavilion. Guests will have their breath taken away by the spectacular view overlooking Robson Square.

The Gallery offers affordable meeting spaces for weddings, receptions, cocktail parties, seasonal gatherings and corporate events. From meetings with 10 people to a sophisticated gala with over 200 guests, the VAG can cater to your requirements.

Website: http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/rent_the_gallery/rent_the_gallery.html

Neighbourhood: Vancouver, Downtown

Maximum Capacity: 470

5) Bau-Xi Gallery Contemporary Fine Art

The oldest contemporary gallery in Vancouver, the Bau-Xi gallery offers a unique space for receptions and parties. BAU-XI (boe she) translates to “great gift”, a fitting name for a gift from you to your guests. Surround your guests with contemporary works from the city’s best emerging artists. The Gallery has been a member of the Art Dealers Association of Canada since the early 1970s, and in Vancouver, a founding member of the South Granville Gallery Association.

Website: http://www.bau-xi.com/about.asp

Neighbourhood: Vancouver, Fairview

Maximum Capacity: 80

6) The Beaumont Gallery

The Beaumont Gallery is a non-profit art gallery located within the Beaumont Studios’ Artist Society. Committed to programming exhibitions and showcasing events, this space is home to hundreds of artists. With in a 750 square foot Main Gallery and a 475 square foot Front Gallery, the versatile gallery space is ideal for workshops, live performance events and festivals. An all new and wickedly versatile event venue at the Beaumont features 2400 square feet of open space which easily converts into 3 smaller ‘pods’ so no matter what size or type of the event you are hosting Beaumont can transform into a perfect venue for you.

Website: http://thebeaumont.org/

Neighbourhood: Vancouver, Mount Pleasant

Maximum Capacity: 500

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Kimberly Rohachuk

Kimberly Rohachuk

Over my career I've had the honor of working on some major events, including the World AIDS Conference in Vancouver, G8 Foreign Ministers meeting, and the Vancouver 2010 Olympics bid delegation to Prague. I’ve also worked with a number of corporate clients all over the world delivering hundreds of events for groups ranging from 50 to 1,500 people.

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