Artist Talk with Marianne Nicolson 

Saturday, April 22, 2:00 PM, Shaw Auditorium, Vancouver Island Conference Centre, 101 Gordon St
Marianne Nicolson (‘Tayagila’ogwa) is an artist of Scottish and Dzawada̱’enux̱w First Nations descent. The Dzwada̱’enux̱w People are a member tribe of the Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw Nations of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Her training encompasses both traditional Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw forms and culture and Western European based art practice. She has completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design (1996), a Masters in Fine Arts (1999), a Masters in Linguistics and Anthropology (2005) and a PhD in Linguistics, Anthropology and Art History (2013) at the University of Victoria. She has exhibited her artwork locally, nationally and internationally as a painter, photographer and installation artist, has written and published numerous essays and articles, and has participated in multiple speaking engagements. Her practice engages with issues of Aboriginal histories and politics arising from a passionate involvement in cultural revitalization and sustainability. 
Marianne Nicolson's new out door artwork for Nanaimo will be unveiled in June and is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Nanaimo Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.
Marianne Nicolson 
Always the New Day Dawns 
Carved glass and moving light installation 

Broadcast Archipelago

As a part of Nanaimo Art Gallery's celebration of 40 years, we ask the question What does it mean to live on an Island? through a widely distributed contemporary art project called Broadcast Archipelago. Through radio, and other broadcasting media, we will consult multiple voices, and share them with audiences across Nanaimo and beyond.

Throughout the year, a radio transmitter will be stationed in the gallery as a second space to exhibit audio based programming and recordings. Projects will also be broadcast and distributed through local and regional independent radio stations, and globally, through a gallery podcast. As a slow, yet widely accessible medium, radio has historically encouraged communal gathering and sustained listening. It has long been an important means of communication to and from remote locations, and it remains crucial to many regional islands and communities to disseminate information and sustain culture. By opening up a new space to encounter art, Broadcast Archipelago activates alternative modes of engagement beyond the visually dominant sphere of art.
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Past Events

2017 02 01 BlackDiamondDust webBlack Diamond Dust | Book Launch & Readings

Thursday, March 16, 7 pm

Join us to celebrate the launch of Nanaimo Art Gallery's first major publication Black Diamond Dust. The event will feature readings by local historian Lynne Bowen, curator and co-editor Jesse Birch, and Vancouver based artist and writer Elisa Ferrari, who will share the work of the late Nanaimo poet, Peter Culley. There will also be a reception with beverages, book signings, and an opportunity to see our current exhibition Landfall and Departure: Prologue.

The publication expands on the contemporary art exhibition by the same name that took place at Nanaimo Art Gallery in 2014. Black Diamond Dust refers to coal mining, an industry that formed and fragmented communities through economic development, racial segregation, and labor inequity, while fuelling the modern world. This book brings to light forgotten or under-acknowledged histories, through artworks, poetry, essays, literature, folk songs, and archival images.

Black Diamond Dust is co-published with Sternberg Press in Berlin and edited by Jesse Birch with Will Holder. It is the first of three curatorial projects to engage the main resource industries of Vancouver Island (coal mining, forestry, and fisheries) through contemporary art. 


soundwalkSound Walk with Elisa Ferrari | [In a quiet voice.] Meet me in silence where Esplanade meets Port Way Friday, March 17 & Saturday, March 18, 2:00 pm

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

Participants will meet at the intersection of Esplanade and Port Way in South Nanaimo. 

As part of both Landfall and Departure: Prologue and Broadcast Archipelago, join artist Elisa Ferrari for a sound walk called [In a quiet voice] "Meet me in silence where Esplanade meets Port Way” that takes participants into the urban environment to explore the unique acoustic ecologies of the Nanaimo Harbour and shipping wharf. Through encounters with ambient and pre-recorded sounds, the group will map the waterfront through the act of listening. 
Elisa Ferrari works with archival fragments to consider the act and implications of retrieval, through installation, performance, sound, and photography. Born in Italy and based in Vancouver, Ferrari is a graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design's MAA program. Since 2013 she has served as Events and Exhibitions Curator at VIVO Media Arts Centre. Elisa was one of the inaugural residents on Access Gallery's 23 Days at Sea floating residencies aboard container ships. 
Meeting location:
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ART21: Vancouver Screening at the Vault Cafe

Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 7:00 PM | Free

Come down and join us at The Vault Cafe for a special screening of ART21’s Art in the Twenty-First Century: Vancouver episode. The documentary highlights Vancouver-based artists Stan Douglas, Brian Jungen, Liz Magor and Jeff Wall. Liz Magor’s work was previously featured at the Nanaimo Art Gallery in the exhibition Silva Part II: Booming Grounds. The upcoming exhibition Landfall and Departure: Prologue will feature a large scale photographic work by Stan Douglas. The screening of Art in the Twenty-First Century: Vancouver is free to the public and open to all interested in learning more about contemporary Canadian art. 
Be sure to save the date for the opening of Landfall and Departure: Prologue at the Nanaimo Art Gallery on January 26th at 7:00 PM! For more information, visit our website:
Special thanks to The Vault Cafe for hosting this event! 
Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 8: Vancouver 
Courtesy of ART21
ART21 is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging and educating audiences about contemporary visual art and artists.
Image: Liz Magor, LightShed, public art installation (cast aluminum), Coal Harbour, Vancouver, 2005

Artist Talk with Marina Roy | Saturday, February 11, 7:00 pm

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.

Marina Roy is a Vancouver-based artist working across a variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, animation, video, and writing. She has participated in exhibitions across Canada, as well as in Europe, India, and the US. Roy is Associate Professor of visual arts in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of British Columbia. Roy is interested in creating new visual languages in which human, animal, plant, mineral and microbial life coalesce into new formations, challenging the way industrialized countries think about the natural world we inhabit. 


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