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Established 1975
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History & Mandate

History & Mandate

We support and promote the contemporary visual arts through the critical and technical exploration of print media. Through the excellence of our facilities and programs, we create a vibrant, productive and sustainable community of artists and enthusiasts.


Malaspina is a provincially incorporated society and a registered Canadian charity, founded in 1975 by a group of printmaking students, fellows, and instructors from the Vancouver School of Art (now the Emily Carr University of Art + Design). Their objective was to secure federal funding for an international printmaking exhibition. In the past 45 years, Malaspina has developed into a support organization for print culture by building strong relationships with artists, organizations, and cultural practitioners throughout the world. Its programs have been expanded beyond exhibitions to include studio rentals, workshops, mentorships, archives, residencies, and sales. Malaspina has been situated in a 2,500 square foot facility on Granville Island since 1981.

Purposes & Mandate

To increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of the arts by curating exhibitions and managing a public gallery for the display of contemporary art that pushes the boundaries of, and expands discourse around, print media;

To promote the development of, and excellence in, print media by providing studio facilities, which includes specialized equipment and tools, to enable artists to practice and produce their work, thereby increasing the affordability of, and accessibility to, resources that are otherwise rare or unavailable;

To advance education by providing structured learning activities, such as workshops, classes, demonstrations, and/or lectures, about print media, and by providing opportunities for students and artists to research and practice their work in conjunction with these learning activities;

To increase public knowledge and interest, and feature contemporary movements, in print media by archiving and/or collecting and making viewable to the public examples of high-quality works.


Image: Deborah Koenker, Meditation on Fragmentation, 1977, lithograph