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August 3 to October 6, 2018
Roger Aksadjuak, Shuvinai Ashoona, Pierre Aupilardjuk, Shary Boyle, Jessie Kenalogak, John Kurok, and
Leo Napayok

Curated by Shary Boyle in collaboration with Shauna Thompson

Organized and circulated by Esker Foundation, Calgary


Image: Pierre Aupilardjuk and Shary Boyle, Facing Forward, 2016, 34 x 18 x 28 cm, smoke-fired stoneware and hand-painted porcelain. Photo: M.N. Hutchinson




campaignA Project for the Heart of Nanaimo: Supernatural Eagle Bringing the Sun Back to the World

The Gallery is commissioning Snuneymuxw father and son team, Joel and William Good, to create a new large scale public artwork especially for our place. Carved in cedar and inspired by a Coast Salish origin story, William and Joel will create an eight-foot wide sculptural artwork that will become a landmark on Commercial Street, installed permanently and prominently above the Gallery’s entranceway.  
You can help us realize this dream by contributing to the costs of production, installation, and acquisition of Joel and William’s work for the Gallery’s permanent collection, so the artwork can remain in place for years to come. Our campaign to raise $10,000 in 45 days is live now!  



Tour of Earthlings

Friday, September 28, noon, FREE

In honour of Culture Days, join us for a free lunch-hour tour of Earthlings to learn about the artists and their work.



Artist Talk with Shary Boyle

October 4 at 7 PM 
Vancouver Island University 
Building 355 (Arts and Sciences), room 203 
Presented in partnership with Vancouver Island University’s Department of Art & Design 
All are welcome, admission free
In conjunction with the exhibition Earthlings, artist Shary Boyle will present a talk about her practice. Shary Boyle lives in Toronto and works across diverse media, including sculpture, drawing, installation, and performance. Collected and exhibited internationally, Boyle represented Canada with her project Music for Silence at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. Boyle's work was included in Ceramix: Art and Ceramics from Rodin to Schutte(2016), organized by the Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, and la maison rouge, Paris. In 2017 her sculptures were featured in the Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, and in the publication Vitamin C: Clay and Ceramic in Contemporary Art (Phaidon, London). Boyle’s first public art commission will be installed this year at the Gardiner Ceramic Museum in Toronto.



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Looking for a great place to have a meeting or event? Within walking distance from the historic Nanaimo waterfront, Nanaimo Art Gallery | Art Lab offers a unique and cost-effective environment for a meeting, seminar, presentation, cocktail reception or dinner party. Located near all major hotels, coffee shops, and restaurants, your friends, family, organization or company can convene right in the centre of the arts and business district downtown. We offer a non-profit rate of $50 per hour and a corporate/private rate of $100 per hour.


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