Western Front receives funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Government of Canada, the BC Arts Council, the Province of British Columbia, and the City of Vancouver.

Individual contributions in the form of donations and membership fees provide vital support to Western Front’s programming and operations. We are indebted to our community of patrons, arts practitioners and visitors who have grown with us over the decades and greatly contribute to the growth and sustainability of Western Front.


Western Front is a non-profit society, and supporters of the organization can become members.

As a member, you will receive a quarterly members-only e-newsletter and voting rights at the annual general meeting.

Membership dues are $40 per year.

New memberships are accepted on approval of the board of directors. Applications are tabled at board meetings and take up to 30 days for processing and approval.

A scan of an early Western Front membership card that reads “The Western Front Lodge 303 East 8th Ave Vancouver BC” in type around the outside edge, and “name,” “membership card” and “renewal date” across the centre.

Western Front membership card (c. 1970s)


We welcome donations of all sizes. Even the smallest donation helps us cover necessary expenses and is greatly appreciated. Here are some examples of what your donation could provide:

  • $50: A book to share in our library
  • $350: An artist talk
  • $1,000: An artist’s travel within Canada
  • $3,000: Electricity for the year
  • $5,000: An international artist’s trip to Vancouver
  • $20,000: The production of a modest exhibition or special project
  • $40,000: The production of a major new work commission, residency, or exhibition

Please consider becoming a monthly donor to provide a reliable and ongoing source of income for Western Front. Tax receipts are issued once per year for the cumulative amount of the donations made during that calendar year.

All donations above $40 are tax-deductible. Western Front is a registered charity (119293280RR0001).
For more information on claiming a tax receipt, contact us at


The Western Front Endowment Fund was established in 2003 by the Western Front Foundation, a society of affiliated artists and long-term patrons, to ensure the future financial prosperity of Western Front. It attracts gifts and bequests from artists and patrons who share this vision.

Managed by the Vancouver Foundation, interest earned from the Endowment is disbursed to Western Front each year to support our annual artistic program and operations.

Annually we apply to Canadian Heritage’s Endowment Incentives – Canada Cultural Investment Fund, which offers matching funds for donations to not-for-profit endowments, allowing all donations received to create greater capacity for the enduring financial strength of Western Front.

The current trustees of the Western Front Foundation are Hank Bull (President), Mark Mache (Treasurer), Candice Hopkins, Caitlin Jones (Secretary), Jonathan Middleton (Vice President), Richard Fowler, and Zainub Verjee.

A black and white photograph of fifteen people seated around a long table in the Grand Luxe Hall, with glasses of wine and plates of cake. A tabby cat sits on one guest’s lap.

Dinner party in the Grand Luxe Hall (1986)


Thanks to the following individuals, foundations, and businesses for their generous support in 2021:

Heritage BC

Anonymous (1)
Maryon Adelaar
Michael & Inna O’Brian Family Foundation
SOCAN Foundation
Western Front Foundation
Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Buy-Low Foods
G&F Financial Group
Julia Chirka
Laura Clark & David Brown
Rick Erickson
Richard Fowler
Jane Irwin & Ross Hill
Naudia & Mark Mache
Partners in Art
Ron Reagan

Anonymous (1)
Grant Arnold
Joost Bakker
Cailin Broere
Hank Bull
Cloth Tone
Tony Dubroy
Endswell Foundation
David Gibbons
Kate Metten
John & Helen O’Brian
Jayce Salloum
Joel & Dana Solomon Fund
tuk + milo
Keith Wallace
Cornelia Wyngaarden

AW by Andrea Wong
Hsin Chun Chang
Cracher Dans La Soupe Parfum
Draw Me A Lion
Amber Frid-Jimenez
Carie Helm
Henderson Dry Goods
Candice Hopkins
Homecoming Candles
Hailey Hunt-Brondwin
Khan Lee
Jonathan Middleton
Nectrous Botanicals
New Look Studio
Nathalee Paolinelli
Project Weekend
Judy Radul
Sylvia Roberts
Shelly Rosenblum
See You Soon Studio
Lindsay Sherman
Anna Stauffer
Annette Wooff
Woolf Glass

Anonymous (1)
Glenn Alteen
Anita Sikma Design
Lorna Brown
Catherine V. Fraser
Cultivate Tea
Jai Djwa
Daisy Fung
Mari Fujita
Dennis Ha
Randy Iwata
Lisa Jones
Littlecrane Beadworks
Nancy Pollak
Denise Ryner
Erin Templeton
Gerri York

Western Front is a non-profit
artist-run centre in Vancouver.

We acknowledge the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations as traditional owners of the land upon which Western Front stands.