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Art Rental is now open!

We have put measures in place to keep staff and renters safe:

  • we ask visitors to use hand sanitizer upon arrival
  • 1 visitor (or family bubble) at a time in Art Rental Salon
  • art is ‘quarantined’ upon return before unwrapped or re-rented

If you would like to rent or purchase art, you are welcome to visit in person, or browse the online collection.

About Art Rental

Art rental is an affordable and flexible way to enjoy original 2-dimensional art. Our Art Rental Programme represents approximately 150 artists with over 450 original works in a wide variety of styles and subjects. Artworks include paintings, photography and mixed media with pieces ranging in size from 8″ x 8″ to 60″ x 48″. View the Art Rental Collection through our online gallery or in person during gallery hours.

To rent artwork*, you need to have a current membership with the NVCAC ($25-35 annually for basic, $150 for corporate) and complete a Art Rental Client Contract.  This is done in person during gallery hours.


New! Virtual 3D galleries of the Art Rental Collection

While North Van Arts was closed to the public, we explored ways to safely engage with the community during the pandemic. As one of our new initiatives, we launched a virtual gallery platform to highlight selected works from our Art Rental Collection. The new virtual gallery feature is presented in a series of themed and curated 3D exhibitions accessible through our website. So far, we’ve presented four virtual exhibitions for the public to enjoy from the comfort of their home.

The initial feedback from artists and clients has been overwhelmingly positive. While North Van Arts programmes, CityScape Community ArtSpace and the Art Rental Collection have now re-opened to the public, we’ve decided to continue to offer these popular virtual galleries on an on-going basis. More virtual galleries are being designed and will be rolled out as they are completed. 

We invite you to explore the current virtual exhibition Light, Shadows & Colour: Works from the Art Rental Collection.


Rent Art for your home

If you are intending to purchase original art, you can rent work while deciding which piece to invest in. If you just moved into a new space, you can rent art to fill bare walls and create a lived-in feeling. When you plan to sell your home, home staging with original artwork can increase the aesthetic appeal of your residence. Art Rental is also an inexpensive way to impress your guests or create a distinctive mood for a special event or dinner party.

Rent Art for your place of business

Enhance the atmosphere of your work environment. Use artwork at a restaurant, spa or office to create ambiance and energize the space. Art Rental provides exposure for local artists and acts as a tax-deductible expense for your business. Browse the collection online then visit us in person to confirm your selections, fill out the paperwork and pick up the artwork. The Arts Council also offers a selection, delivery & hanging service for a fee.

Rent Art for Film and TV

Visit our online gallery or come in person for your Set Dec needs. All of our artwork is copyright cleared. Rental to the film/television industry for set decoration is subject to different fees and services, and additional conditions. Please contact the Art Rental Coordinator for more information at 604-988-6844.

Purchasing Art

If after renting you decide to purchase an artwork, up to three months of rental fees will be deducted from the selling price.

*Note that membership is not required for the outright purchase of art from our collection.


TIPS to help you navigate Art Rental online:

  • from the left menu click all, available, rented or sold to use the search and filter functions

  • To search for something specific, click the SEARCH & FILTER button to expand the menu.

    • Use the SEARCH field and enter a term that best describes what you are looking for eg. “tree”, or “blue” or “landscape” or other descriptive tags.

    • Below the SEARCH button are more filters to narrow your search by Price (monthly rental fee), Artist (listed by first name), Medium, Height, Width.

    • Once you’ve clicked on an artwork, a RELATED ITEMS frame will display other similar artworks that may also be of interest to you.

  • KEYWORDS is a clickable area that highlights artworks with the most commonly tagged descriptive words. This area is limited in its scope so if you don’t see what you want, use the SEARCH field.


How to Create a Wishlist (under development – coming soon!)