ArtWalk is an annual collaboration between Whistler's businesses and artists September 1 – November 31, where over 40 venues exhibit the work of talented local artists. All of the works are for sale, making it a great opportunity to discover a new artists and take a piece of authentic Whistler art home.
Art Gallery Tour
Many of Whistler's art galleries are locate within walking distance around the Village. The Whistler Visitor Centre have put together a guide to help you walk between them and explore some of the public art along the way.
Public Art Tours
As well as a number of art galleries that house collections of world-class fine art, Whistler has a thriving public art program supported by the municipality and the private sector, and includes legacy works that were commissioned by the organizing committee of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). Artworks are located throughout the Village, Village North, Upper Village and Whistler Creek as well as in the Village and on the Valley Trail.
A self-guided walking tour of Whistler's public artworks is a great way to experience Whistler's art and culture scene and landscape. Each piece of art on the tour is identified with an interpretive sign, with additional information accessed through a phone or QR code.
Photo Walks - by Coast Mountain Photography
Improve your photography and learn the art of taking pictures. The Photo Walk tours teaches guests how to take better photos with any device. Professional photographers demonstrate and critique ways to improve photography including lighting, composition, directing a photo, camera settings etc. This is a soft adventure walk through Whistler Village. Guests are asked to bring their own cameras or device, comfortable walking shoes and appropriate outdoor clothing.
- Tour times are 10:00 AM and 12:30 PM daily
- Price is $69.95 per person for a 2 hour tour
- Private photo walks are available for $149.95 (up to two people)
Whistler's community is committed to improving the arts and culture scene. The following institutions work tirelessly to promote the arts and provide opportunities for locals and visitors to experience Whistler's unique culture:
Whistler Arts Council
Whistler Arts Council (WAC) are a passionate bunch – passionate about Whistler, about arts, and about making arts and culture an integral part of day-to-day life. The magic happens at the Maury Young Arts Centre, right in the heart of Whistler Village, where WAC run a variety of creative classes and workshops, showcase a lineup of exciting live shows for the Performance Series, and host year-round free admission exhibits in The Gallery. Annual events include the Whistler Children’s Festival, Whistler Street Entertainment, Bizarre Bazaar, ArtWalk and Art Workshops on the Lake. As a non-profit organization established in 1982, the only thing that WAC seeks to make richer is Whistler’s love for arts and culture.
Whistler Film Festival Society
The Whistler Film Festival Society (WFFS) is a charitable cultural organization dedicated to furthering the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent culminating with the must attend, 5-day Whistler Film Festival for artists, the industry and audiences in Whistler over the first weekend of December. The WFFS produces one of Canada's leading film festivals and plays a leadership role in offering project development programs and opportunities for filmmakers.
Art Gallery Association
The Whistler Gallery Association was formed in 2012 by the eleven commercial art galleries with locations in the Whistler area. Most of the galleries are in Whistler Village, with two located in the Function Junction district, 8 minutes south of Whistler Village and one in Whistler Creekside, 5 minutes south of the Village. The Association represents the interests of Whistler’s commercial fine art dealers, and provides a venue for co-operative marketing campaigns such as the Whistler Gallery Walk.
Whistler’s Public Art Program Committee
The Whistler Public Art Program Committee meets monthly to discuss art projects and sets the program for obtaining and implementing public art. The Committee consists of ten volunteers who are appointed by Council and includes: artists, gallery owners, Whistler Arts Council members, business community members, urban designers and developers, a member of Council; and Whistler residents who are passionate about art. Members have knowledge of contemporary art, are committed to excellence, and represent the community. They are also responsible for managing all public art projects to ensure that they are safe and durable.