The following article was submitted by The Polygon Gallery, a Tourism Vancouver member, opening on November 18, 2017

Are your clients tired of mundane ballrooms and crystal chandeliers? The solution: book your next event at your local art gallery! From traditional to cutting edge, galleries and museums make a unique backdrop for social and corporate events. A few years ago, art gallery weddings and galas were about as common as a pig roast at a company picnic, but as we see a growing trend for more personalized, dramatic and inspirational event environments, so too has grown the need for unique venues.

Here are 5 reasons you should book your next event at an art gallery:

1. Art Makes You Feel good

Nothing boosts creativity more than visiting an art gallery. Whether it is housed in a historical mansion or a state-of-the-art facility, the mere action of entering a space designed to inspire and encourage reflection and constructive thinking makes an art gallery an incredible canvas for your event or inspiring corporate meeting. (link to rentals page)

2. Built-in Guest Entertainment

With art as your backdrop, take advantage of all that your local gallery has to offer and organize a private guided tour of the feature exhibition for your clients during the cocktail hour. Likewise, wedding guests can walk around and enjoy the gallery, while the wedding party is off having their photographs taken. Art Galleries and museums are also very inspiring places to host team building events such as painting nights, yoga sessions, professional development classes – even wine tastings!

3. Ideal For Multifaceted Events

Often offering multiple gallery spaces, dramatic architectural details, soaring skylines or exclusive behind-the-scene access, art galleries top the chart when it comes to unique, multifaceted event venues. Investigate all available spaces (link to rentals page) for break-out rooms suitable for cocktail lounges, dessert bars, sushi stations or even intimate slide shows of the newlyweds. As well, many art galleries provide the unique opportunity to accommodate both wedding ceremonies and receptions in one convenient location. This money-saving option also saves the wedding party and guests the inconvenience of traveling from place to place.

4. Inspired Catering

Whether it is an elegant dinner for 10 or a gala reception for 500, encourage your caterer to theme your menu around the current exhibition. It personalizes your event and makes for a great conversation piece around the table! Food stations also work well in gallery spaces as they encourage people to mix and mingle and facilitate the exchange of ideas - a true social network.

5. Supporting Your Community

Even Museums that offer free admission need your support to keep their doors open. In most cases, the facility rental fee at an art gallery goes directly towards maintaining the exhibitions and educational activities offered within. What better way for your corporate event or wedding to ‘give back’ to the community than with a philanthropic donation to your local arts organisation? (link to support the gallery)

If you are looking for an art gallery space to host your next event, contact your local art gallery to see if it has space available. Even if a gallery doesn’t advertise rental space for events, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re not open to the idea.

Happy planning!