Hands-on, exploratory art activities 
for children every Saturday morning.

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A selection of unique items made by
artists and artisans in British Columbia.

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Join us for the opening reception June 22 at 7 pm
June 23 to July 22, 2018
An exhibition by Arvo Leo
Curated by Jesse Birch and Emma Sise

Saturday, June 23, 2 pm, FREE




Join us for a special tour with artist Arvo Leo

Tuesday, July 3, 12-1 pm, FREE

Join Gallery staff over the lunch hour for a discussion based tour.


nutsumaat (togetherness) on Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21 | 4-8 pm
Maffeo Sutton Park | Free

Join us at Maffeo Sutton Park for this community event hosted by the Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre, Mid Island Metis Nation and the Boys and Girls Club. Participate in a fun button making activity and contribute to a collaborative mural as we dream, discover and explore the question scekwul yuxw'alu kws nec's tu sqwal ct? how can we speak differently through an Indigenous lens. 

Open Bulrush Poetry Reading at Buttertubs Marsh

Sunday, July 8, 1–3pm | Free

The way we speak about plants shapes the way we perceive them. Join us as local poets and performers read their works about flowers, mosses, ferns and forests on a walk around Buttertubs Marsh. Afterwards we'll unwind with snacks and drinks at the Miner's Cottage.

Film Screening | Maker of Monsters: The Extraordinary Life of Beau Dick

Monday, July 9, 7 pm
Avalon Cinema, Nanaimo

Tickets $20 Available at

Maker of Monsters is an inspiring portrait of Beau Dick, a celebrated Kwakwaka'wakw artist and activist who worked with ancient traditions in a contemporary context. His powerful carvings resonated in his own remote community on the Northwest Coast of British Columbia, and drew attention and acclaim across Canada and internationally

Film Screening of the Little Shop of Horrors (1960) at Bowen Park

Friday, July 20, 8–10 pm, FREE

Join us for an evening of silver screen in the greenery! The original The Little Shop of Horrors is a kitsch classic about a down-and-out flower shop, a plant with morally questionable eating habits, and a sadistic dentist. Bring a picnic blanket and some snacks to the Millstone River just West of Wall St. and enjoy the film with family and friends.


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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 minimum $100 per hour.


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150 Commercial Street
Nanaimo, BC V9R 5G6
Tue - Sat: 10 am - 5 pm, Sun: 12 -5 pm (as of April 8)



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