The interests of the Audain Foundation are to see the visual arts in British Columbia and Canada prosper, to attract people to British Columbia to explore our art at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Contemporary Art Gallery and the many other art galleries throughout the Province, and to encourage corporations, individuals, and other potential donors to realize their responsibilities and opportunities to support the arts and culture
The Foundation has funded ideas that contribute significantly to these interests and has supported a long list of exhibitions, events, and publications since it was established in 1997
The Audain Endowment for Curatorial Studies, an endowment for the Critical and Curatorial Studies Program at the University of British Columbia, contributes to the growing need for this emerging field of scholarship and training. The program explores the roles and responsibilities of curators and critics as mediators between objects, institutions, experiences, individuals and groups and involves the investigation of ethnography, aesthetics, historical frameworks, cultural understanding, contemporary contextual issues, and practical concerns for exhibition, display, and curatorial practice.
The Audain Emerging Artists Acquisition Fund is an endowment for the Vancouver Art Gallery to purchase works to support and recognize emerging young BC artists who have not yet displayed their work in solo exhibitions in major public galleries.
The Audain Prize for the Visual Arts is an annual award to senior artists juried by their peers to recognize their contribution to the arts community in British Columbia over many years.
Recipients of Audain Foundation Donations
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Bill Reid Foundation
Contemporary Art Gallery
Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design
Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery
Museum of Anthropology
National Arts Centre
National Gallery of Canada Foundation
Simon Fraser University
University of British Columbia
Vancouver Art Gallery