Nanaimo Art Gallery welcomes a major donation of West Coast pottery from the Estate of Diane Carr. The donation consists of a total of twenty-seven ceramic works which includes nineteen works by Hornby Island-based potter Wayne Ngan, seven works by the late Salt Spring Island potter Lari Robson, and a single piece by Vancouver-based potter Charmian Johnson. The generous donation and acquisition of Works from the Diane Carr Collection marks a significant cornerstone to the Nanaimo Art Gallery Collection as a major holder of regional pottery traditions and practices.
Diane Carr was an art historian and arts administrator living in Victoria, BC. She owned the Potters Wheel Gallery in Victoria in the 1970s and in the year 1980, she became the founding Director/Curator of Cartwright Street Gallery (now known as the Canadian Craft Museum) in Vancouver. She curated numerous exhibitions of ceramics and other contemporary and traditional crafts, including Back to the Land: Ceramics from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands 1970-1985 for the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in 2012.
**Thank you to Katherine Surridge and John Harris for helping to facilitate this acquisition.
Image from left to right: Charmian Johnson, Lari Robson, Wayne Ngan
Biography of Diane Carr from Salt Spring Island Potters Guild