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Until July 2
Curated by Jesse Birch and Liz Park

Nanaimo Art Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Marianne Nicolson, a Victoria BC based artist of Scottish and Dzawada̱'enux̱w First Nations descent. Nicolson's work first came to prominence in 1998 when she scaled a cliff face near her ancestral village Gwa'yi to paint a 11.5 meter high by 8.5 meter wide pictographic crest symbol that shows the origin story of her people.  

Image: Marianne Nicolson, cliff painting in progress, Kingcome Inlet, 1998  



June 25, 12 pm
60 Wharf St (at the rear of the Gallery)
Please join us on Sunday, June 25 at noon to celebrate the launch of a new public artwork on the exterior of Nanaimo Art Gallery by Marianne Nicolson, an artist of Scottish and Dzawada̱'enux̱w First Nations descent. Commissioned by the Gallery, Nicolson’s artwork responds to this site, while expanding on themes in her solo exhibition Awi’nagwiskasu: Real Land.



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June 21 | 4 - 8pm
Maffeo Sutton Park
Join us for National Aboriginal Day Celebrations hosted by the Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre, Mid Island Metis Nation and the Boys and Girls Club of Central Vancouver Island. Participate in a fun activity and add playful colour as we dream, discover and explore the question what does it mean to live on an island through an Indigenous lens and create a collaborative large scale mural of Vancouver Island. Hul'q'umi'num and language maps of BC will inspire our collective vision, as we imagine a new narrative for Canada 150 and beyond.  

Island Life  
Ages 5-7
July 10 - 14,    9:30 am - 12 pm      
July 17 - 21,    9:30 am - 12 pm      
 Ages 8-12
July 10 - 14,     1 - 4 pm  
July 17 - 21,     1 - 4 pm 
Young artists will explore a variety of approaches to art making. Camps fill up fast, register early 250.754.1750 



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