Safety Guidelines

Visiting the Gallery

  • Please stay home if you are feeling sick or displaying respiratory symptoms.
  • Masks are required upon entry. Supplies are available to all visitors.
  • Maximum capacity of 6 individuals inside at a time.
  • We will be taking down contact information for contact tracing purposes (Name, email/phone, date and time of visit). Information will be stored in a password protected database for 30 days and destroyed afterwards.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided at the entrance of the Gallery and visitors are encouraged to use upon entry.
  • Doors are one-way only, enter through the front door and exit through the back, with the exception of individuals with wheelchairs and other mobility limitations.
  • Please ring the doorbell at the front entrance and an attendant will let you in.
  • Please follow directional arrows in the space to the best of your abilities.
  • Paper programs will not be distributed during exhibitions, visitors are encouraged to go online for more information.
  • While you’re inside, please be mindful of other people and maintain a 2 meter distance.
  • Any transactions will be managed by staff, using cashless payment methods when possible.
  • Entrances will be left open to reduce contact with door handles.
  • Kitchen access is prohibited to the public at this time.

Interactive artwork guidelines

Many of our artworks are meant to include viewer interactions. Proper signage will be posted by the art with specific guidelines for safe interactions.

In order to ensure your own safety, the safety of our staff and the safety of our other guests please:

  • Use the provided hand sanitizer prior to touching the artwork, as well as again afterwards.

This piece will also be sanitized by gallery staff after every interaction to slow the spread of germs.


  • Update (5/28/2021): We are currently developing a policy to safely welcome back our group members to use the space for arts activities. Thank you for your patience, and we can’t wait to see you again!
  • Outdoor activities that require chairs will have limited capacity in the backyard. Chairs and tables will be spaced 2 meters apart to ensure physical distancing.
  • Chairs and other equipment used by the public will be wiped down after each use with disinfectant.

*These guidelines are subject to change in light of changing circumstances and recommendations from provincial health authorities.

Conditions for returning to in-person events

In light of the current circumstances, all BAC gatherings, workshops and events will take place online, with the exception of visits to the Deer Lake Art Gallery exhibitions.

We are closely monitoring updates from the regional and provincial health authorities to assess the feasibility of returning to in-person events. With that in mind, gatherings will be prohibited at the gallery until the following conditions are satisfied:

  1. Existing Provincial Health Order restrictions on gatherings and events are lifted.
  2. For large-scale festivals, BC must be in Phase 4 of the provincial Restart Plan. 

2020 Update Archive


We’re officially re-opening!

Thank you for staying home and waiting patiently for us these past few months. It’s been too long since art filled the walls of our gallery, and we’ve missed bringing exhibitions with the community.

Now that the province is in Phase 3, we feel ready to welcome you all back into the Deer Lake Gallery, starting with a scaled-back version of our 50th anniversary exhibition. 2020 was meant to be a year filled with celebration, as the Burnaby Arts Council enters its 50th year. We have entered a new chapter, it just looks a little different than expected.

So please join us in this small celebration through a showcase of local Burnaby artists as they imagine the city through their eyes, and a retrospective of the BAC in the past 50 years. 

Safety is our first priority, in opening up our doors again. So if you do plan a trip to the gallery, please do review our Safety Guidelines (below) beforehand.

Visit the Art Since 1970 page for more information about the exhibition.

Update 6/1/20

The Deer Lake Gallery remains closed, but we are actively working on bringing you ways to appreciate the arts online, or at safe distances!

We’re hosting 2 upcoming outdoor events, do check them out!

Live at the Gallery

Outdoor Painting with Farhad 


In light of the current situation regarding COVID-19 and the rapidly changing conditions, I am sad to announce that we will be postponing our upcoming exhibition, Luminescence V, indefinitely, along with all our events and programming. 


The Burnaby Arts Council has taken all factors into consideration and after much discussion, we have made the difficult decision to close our office and the Deer Lake Art Gallery to the public. The office will still be operating during normal office hours, and our staff team will still be available to contact via e-mail if you have any ongoing questions or concerns. 


  • To all our volunteers

Thank you for your continued support of the Deer Lake Gallery and for taking the time to come out and attend the gallery. While we will not be needing any volunteers for the foreseeable future, we look forward to working with you again once the situation has calmed down.


  • To our supporters

While we will be closed for a period, we will continue to update everyone on our social media channels, so please follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and subscribe to our newsletter for the latest news. Thank you for always supporting us by coming to our exhibitions, live music events, and participating in workshops and artists talks. 


The health and safety of all our members, staff, volunteers and visitors is our number one priority. Over the next few weeks, we will be closely monitoring the situation for any changes. 


As we evaluate our current plan, please bear with us for a bit as we work on a strategy for future activities. Responses may be slower than usual. 


In the meantime, we will be working on renovating our current website so we can continue bringing you amazing local art along with ways to support the individual artists. 


While social distancing means avoiding crowded places, the sun has been shining and Deer Lake Park is the perfect place to get some fresh air and relax during an uncertain time.

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Please don’t hesitate to contact us by e-mail.