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Marina Roy Mal De mer

until March 25, 2017
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 Doug Allen, Michael Belmore, Allan Sekula and Noël Burch, Heather Cameron, Stan Douglas, Elisa Ferrari, E.J. Hughes, Emily Luce and Klehwetua Rod Sayers, Max Maynard, Marina Roy and Graham Meisner, Charles H. Scott, Jack Shadbolt, Tommy Ting, Hajra Waheed.

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




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SOUND WALK WITH ELISA FERRARI | Friday, March 17 & Saturday, March 18, 2:00 pm

[In a quiet voice.] "Meet me in silence where Esplanade meets Port Way"

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

As part of both Landfall and Departure: Prologue and Broadcast Archipelago, join artist Elisa Ferrari for a sound walk that takes us outside of the gallery and into the urban environment to explore the unique acoustic ecologies of the Nanaimo Harbourfront and shipping wharf. Participants will map out the distinct audio landscape of this area through encounters with ambient and pre-recorded sounds.







bddBLACK 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.


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.


Black Diamond Dust publications are available now at The Gallery Store for $30.00. The publication can also be ordered by calling 250.754.1750, shipping charges will apply.





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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