85 Vancouver Street
(08) 9841 9260
The Vancouver Arts Centre (VAC) is now the focal point for arts experiences in Albany and is the only facility dedicated to the delivery of an inclusive and diverse arts program for all sectors of the community across all art forms. Its community arts program provides opportunities for full participation in cultural expression for everyone in the community.
The Vancouver Arts Centre is housed in the former Albany Cottage Hospital, which was built in 1887 to the design of the then Colonial Architect, George Temple Poole. This building remained a hospital until 1962. For the next 10 years, it served as a school hostel and holiday accommodation, and then fell into disuse and for eight years lay neglected and prey to vandals.
In 1980, a major refurbishment program began, and the complex was transformed to a vibrant arts and crafts centre.