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 Marina Roy Mal De mer

January 27 to March 25, 2017
Opening: January 26  
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 Michael Belmore, Stan Douglas, Elisa Ferrari, Emily Luce and Klewetua, Rod Sayers, Marina Roy, Allan Sekula & Noël Burch, Tommy Ting, Hajra Waheed, and others.

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




Our public exhibition space and The Gallery Store are now closed for renovations. Because of generous contributions from the Government of Canada, The Province of BC, BC Arts Council, many individual gifts, and support from the City of Nanaimo, the Gallery will complete Phase II of the facility development plan we created in 2013.  We are in the process of upgrading exhibition lighting, collection storage, and shared work spaces. 
The Gallery will re-open on January 26 to launch our 40th anniversary year and kick off a year-long program of exhibitions and activities that explore the question, “what does it mean to live on an island?”   



Art Lab December 3 & 4, 11 am - 5 pm

This weekend, as part of Nanaimo Artwalk, Nanaimo Art Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new artwork by youth in Code Switching: An expanded art platform for youth at Art Lab. 
Since the program launched in September, twelve teen artists have been meeting regularly to explore the language of photography in historical and contemporary art, consider the role of the photograph in cultural expression, and the potential of the medium in their individual practices. As part of their first exhibition, designed to coincide with Nanaimo Artwalk, Code Switching artists will present a range of projects from 'Sculptureaday' (spontaneous gestures and happenstance observations in the sculptural vernacular) to interactive installations that require the viewer to activate the work!
Code Switching operates out of Art Lab in partnership with the Vancouver Island Regional Library. Through workshops led by professional artists, field trips to galleries, and studio explorations, and mentorship, this two year program offers young people in our community the opportunity to become fluent in the language(s) of contemporary art, engage in meaningful dialogue about art and ideas, explore art making techniques. and experiment with new forms of expression. 
We gratefully acknowledge the support of BC Arts Council for funding this youth engagement initiative.
Looking forward to seeing you this weekend! 


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Silent Auction Item: Sculpture & Construction Art Basket
until December 10
To raise funds in support of Gallery programs, Art Lab is currently hosting a silent auction on an amazing jam-packed Sculpture & Construction Art Basket which contains all kinds of art materials for you and your family to experiment and play.  This is well-timed for gift-giving!
Bidding opens at $75 and we ask that people bid in $10 increments. 
The basket is valued at $250 and was assembled by Heather Pastro who is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at VIU, an expert in Art Education, and a Gallery Board Member. It was generously donated by Dr. A.L. Pastro Dentistry.  
The deadline for the auction is Saturday, December 10 at 1 pm.  Stop by and visit Art Lab this weekend to see our Code Switching exhibition and place your bid.  We'll also accept bids by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




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 January 19 | 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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