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 Marina Roy Mal De mer

January 27 to March 25, 2017
Join us for the opening reception and to launch the Gallery's 40th year in our newly renovated exhibition space, Thursday, January 26 at 7 pm 
Nanaimo Art Gallery is located one block away from the city’s working harbour, a site that is distinctly local, but through oceanic networks of distribution, is connected to harbours around the world. Landfall and Departure: Prologue is a contemporary art exhibition that responds to the harbour as a place where goods, labour, and stories are exchanged. This exhibition features the work of Doug Allen, Michael Belmore, Allan Sekula and Noël Burch, Heather Cameron, Stan Douglas, Elisa Ferrari, E.J. Hughes, Emily Luce and Klehwetua Rod Sayers, Max Maynard, Marina Roy and Graham Meisner, Charles H. Scott, Jack Shadbolt, Tommy Ting, Hajra Waheed.

Image credit: Marine Roy, Mal de mer, Video, 2016




$15 for Members | $20 Non-Members

We are honoured to welcome Pearl Harris from the Stz'uminus First Nations to share better understandings of Indigenous language revitalization and how Hul'q'umi'num is connected to the land for this upcoming Art Lab Adults event.

We will also explore the web-based tools and support First Peoples' Cultural Council and First Voices to learn creative and respectful examples for including Indigenous language into daily routines and professional practice. A




Free for Members | $5 Non-Members

Join us for a talk by Vancouver-based artist Marina Roy. By using techniques of play and bricolage, Roy deconstructs the "pile-up of language and spectacle" to unearth new meanings and conceptions of reality. Mal de Mer, a new video work that Roy made in collaboration with sound artist Graham Meisner, is on display as part of Landfall and Departure: Prologue.

SOUND WALK WITH ELISA FERRARI | Friday, March 18 & Saturday, March 19, 2:00 pm

[In a quiet voice.] "Meet me in silence where Esplanade meets Port Way"

Participants will meet at the intersection of Esplanade and Port Way in South Nanaimo.
Free | Registration required as space is limited. Contact the gallery at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (250) 754-1750

As part of both Landfall and Departure: Prologue and Broadcast Archipelago, join artist Elisa Ferrari for a sound walk that takes us outside of the gallery and into the urban environment to explore the unique acoustic ecologies of the Nanaimo Harbourfront and shipping wharf. Participants will map out the distinct audio landscape of this area through encounters with ambient and pre-recorded sounds.


Draw: March 4, 12 pm

January 17 to March 4 you have the opportunity to enter for your chance to win a fabulous prize and support the Gallery! Raffle tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25. Only 250 tickets are available and are ready for purchase at the Gallery.
Win one of three fabulous prizes & experience art:
1. Vancouver 
Fly to Vancouver courtesy of Helijet & visit The Vancouver Art Gallery. 
2. Victoria
Enjoy a night at The Oswego Hotel & visit The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
3. Nanaimo 
You and 9 friends will savour delicious appetizers and a live performance of Mozart by Vancouver Island Symphony as part of Symphony Soundbites. 
We gratefully acknowledge the contribution of our sponsors: Helijiet, The Vancouver Art Gallery, The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, The Oswego Hotel, Vancouver Island Symphony. 
BC Gaming Event License #90588. Chances are 1 in 83 to win a prize.
Know your limit, play within it. Problem Gambling Help Line: 1.888.795.6111 


Join us for a monthly reading and discussion seminar for practicing artists and community members to explore issues related to contemporary art. Sessions will be facilitated by art historian, Marie Leduc, PhD, with special guests, and will include a reading on a pre-selected topic or question. The first session will consider “what is contemporary about contemporary art?” Subsequent topics will be decided by the group and announced prior to each session.

Thursdays, Monthly, 7-9 pm | February 23 | March 23

$18 Members | $22 Non-Members | $100 for 6 sessions  


Within walking distance from the historic Nanaimo waterfront, Nanaimo Art Gallery | Art Lab offers a unique environment for a meeting, seminar, presentation, cocktail reception or dinner party. Located near major hotels, funky coffee shops and outstanding restaurants, your group can convene in the centre of the arts and business district downtown.







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