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for children every Saturday morning.

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artists and artisans in British Columbia.

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Nanaimo Art Gallery Welcomes New Executive Director

Carolyn Holmes 2020 wpNanaimo Art Gallery is pleased to announce Carolyn Holmes has accepted the role of Executive Director. As the next Executive Director, Holmes will be responsible for providing direction and oversight in the development and delivery of the dynamic programs the Gallery delivers including exhibitions, education and outreach initiatives. Holmes is a collaborative leader who will develop, direct and oversee all the administrative and operational functions of the Gallery.


"I am thoroughly looking forward to joining the strong team at Nanaimo Art Gallery and connecting with the local and regional communities. This is a perfect time for embracing new challenges and opportunities and I am excited to give my all to the role of Executive Director." 


Holmes most recently served as Executive Director at Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George, BC. During her tenure at Two Rivers, she developed the art education function and built a team that has been recognized nationally. Under her direction, Two Rivers Gallery created a substantial outreach program, a maker space, MakerLab Youth Immersion for vulnerable youth and a vibrant studio program – all of which are still running today with great success.


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Nanaimo Art Gallery Statement on COVID-19 UPDATE

Dear friends and community members,

After careful consideration, and following further updates from our provincial Minister of Health, Nanaimo Art Gallery, the Gallery Store, and Art Lab are closed to the public as of today, March 17, 2020. All of our upcoming programs are postponed until further notice.


Our first priority is ensuring the health and safety of our visitors, program participants, staff, their families, and our community. Our staff will continue to work on and off-site, planning our exciting future programming. We are available for you, and if you have any questions about our plans around COVID-19 or any other matters related to Nanaimo Art Gallery please get in touch.


We look forward to welcoming you back for more inspiring Nanaimo Art Gallery programming as soon as the situation allows. In the meantime please stay connected to us through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and check back to our website, as we will continue to share ways to connect through culture, even at a distance.


As a non-profit organization we are grateful for your understanding and ongoing support. We are looking forward to seeing you again as soon as we are able to launch our next round of programming.




The Nanaimo Art Gallery Team



lygia pape divisorio 1968-2013-1024x677-2-749x495Pacific Crossings: Triangulations  

Borrowing a term from both navigation and research methods in social science that employ multiple points of view, Triangulations offers three online propositions with artists and curators in Hong Kong, Beijing and Manila, encompassing shared concerns germane to the pandemic and locational contexts. Produced as part of Pacific Crossings in partnership with Centre A: Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Nanaimo Art Gallery, and Richmond Art Gallery, Triangulations is a coordinated effort to bring forward distinct perspectives from different regions through digital means to support empathy and to cultivate shared understandings about what the future may hold for the arts sector and for the public.


The series continues with:

PART II: Let Individuals Represent Individuals
A talk with Carol Yinghua Lu & Liu Ding
Organized and Moderated by Henry Heng Lu
DATE: Thursday, June 18, 7 PM PST

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Saturday Studio At Home - Staying Connected Through Art!




Thursday, June 11 at 7:00pm 
Temporarily known as the QuaranTeens the Code Switching youth have been creating and connecting via regular art prompts and weekly zoom meetings as they prepare for their final online exhibition, I Move. Participants will use video as their canvas responding to the inquiry what moves? and more specifically thinking about themselves as they navigate through the Covid-19 Pandemic. I Move will showcase multi-disciplinary work created by participants using video to record, explore and respond to this introspective time. 

Join us for the online opening of I Move, on Thursday, June 11 at 7:00pm. Please stay posted for details regarding the official e-invite. 





NAG event JoelGood websize-67wpSupernatural Eagle Bringing the Sun Back to the World


The story behind the making of Supernatural Eagle Bringing the Sun Back to the World by father-son team William and Joel Good. Installed at the Nanaimo Art Gallery on Oct. 11, 2018. Closed-Captioned Video produced by Jennifer Wynne Webber. Photo by Sean Fenzl 







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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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