Past Events

Performing Memories with pianist Michael Park

Performing Memories with Michael Park Unravelling a queer boy’s coming out, through recollections at the piano Co-presented by Erato...

sticky extensions: Romi Kim in Collaboration with Queer Based Media

sticky extensions: Romi Kim in collaboration with Queer Based Media Exhibition runs Oct 13 to Dec 8 Gallery hours: Tue–Sat, 12...

Queering the Air with Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa

QUEERing the air with rachel kiyo iwaasaSept 23, 7:30pm An evening of music by Queer and Trans composers, performed by pianist Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa SUM Gallery


SUM gallery co-presented in partnership with Vancouver Queer Film Festival Opening reception: Sat, Aug 13, 7 to 10pm Installation runs Aug 16 to 20,...

Don Kwan: Beyond Exclusion

JUL 28 TO DEC 4: DON KWAN: BEYOND EXCLUSION EXHIBITION Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 578 Carrall St., Vancouver Beyond Exclusion is Don...

Pride in Chinatown

July 24-30, 2022 Founded by On Main’s Artist Director, Paul Wong and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden,

Vanishing Act at Centre A: Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

Jul 2 - Sep 1, 2022 Centre A: Unit 205, 268 Keefer St. Gallery hours: Wed-Sat, 12 to 6pm The extension to QAF 2022: Hauntings...

Futurosity in the Midst of History

A Queer Black Art Share Sat Feb 26, 3 - 6pm

The Masc and Femme We Wear—A night of readings from QTBIPOC writers

Virtual event: Sat, Mar 26, 3 - 5pm Buy Tickets on Eventbrite

Gender Pirates

gender1: a constructpirate1: one who robs on the high seasalso: one who commits acts resembling robberyVirtual Event: Mar 31 at 7pm

SUM gallery is one of less than a handful of permanent queer-mandated art galleries in the world. SUM produces, presents and exhibits with a curatorial vision favouring cutting-edge, thought-provoking multidisciplinary work that pushes boundaries and initiates dialogue. SUM brings diverse communities together to support artistic risk-taking, incite creative collaboration and experimentation and celebrate the rich heritage of queer artists and art.

The artist-run SUM gallery was founded in 2018 by Artistic Director SD Holman as a permanent space supporting multidisciplinary exhibitions, events and artist residencies. At the time of the founding, SUM was the only queer-mandated gallery in Canada—not the first, but earlier attempts have succumbed to gentrification, or exhaustion, or both. And we salute you.

SUM gallery came to BC Artscape’s space in the Sun Wah Centre as a partnership with Full Circle First Nations Performance, the Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival, and multimedia titan Paul Wong’s On Main Gallery. We populate the empty 4th floor, previously left in shell condition since the 1980’s when it was built.

The SUM gallery name honours our location with multi-layered meaning:

○ Originally envisioned as a Dim Sum (點心) restaurant, our space features the traditional round window, now a striking feature of our office

○ The name pays tribute to the Pearl River Delta immigrants who settled our neighbourhood 150 years ago: Sum (心) means heart in their Cantonese dialect

○ Words for queer people in Chinese include the Sum 心 character

○ SUM = summation (∑), the sum of its parts, the sum total, 2LGBTQIA+

○ Some (art)