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July 24 to August 29, 2020


Sheri Bakes, Tyrone Elliott, Carole Itter, Sara Robichaud
Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Charlotte Zhang


Small Gatherings brings together three artworks from the Nanaimo Art Gallery collection with works by three local artists. Through painting, cedar weaving, drawing, video, and sculpture, the works in the exhibition embody different approaches to gathering that are initiated in the process of making, and continue to speak through new gatherings with visitors in the gallery.


Small Gatherings is not only the first exhibition at the galley since the onset of the COVID 19 pandemic, but it is also the first exhibition in our 2020/2021 inquiry What moves? We are also taking care to make sure your visit to the gallery is as safe as possible. A maximum of six visitors will be allowed in the gallery at one time, and everyone will be asked to follow physical distancing and safety protocols.


Image: Charlotte Zhang, The Lining, video, 2018. Collection of Nanaimo Art Gallery, donation of the artist.




Nanaimo Art Gallery Welcomes New Executive Director

Carolyn Holmes 2020 wpNanaimo Art Gallery is pleased to announce Carolyn Holmes has accepted the role of Executive Director. As the next Executive Director, Holmes will be responsible for providing direction and oversight in the development and delivery of the dynamic programs the Gallery delivers including exhibitions, education and outreach initiatives. Holmes is a collaborative leader who will develop, direct and oversee all the administrative and operational functions of the Gallery.


"I am thoroughly looking forward to joining the strong team at Nanaimo Art Gallery and connecting with the local and regional communities. This is a perfect time for embracing new challenges and opportunities and I am excited to give my all to the role of Executive Director." 


Holmes most recently served as Executive Director at Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George, BC. During her tenure at Two Rivers, she developed the art education function and built a team that has been recognized nationally. Under her direction, Two Rivers Gallery created a substantial outreach program, a maker space, MakerLab Youth Immersion for vulnerable youth and a vibrant studio program – all of which are still running today with great success.


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The Gallery Store is open!

We are excited to welcome you back. Our new hours are 12-5 pm Tuesday through Friday and 10 am - 5 pm on Saturdays. View our updated Visitor Code of Conduct before your next visit to the Gallery to see the extra steps we are taking to ensure our space is clean and safe for your next visit.We are also working to bring our store inventory online so that you can shop at home and pick up your order the following day. A selection of our publications are currently available for no-contact pick up and we are adding more items every day.

At this time our exhibition space and Art Lab remain closed to the public. Our curatorial team is busy hanging our new exhibition Small Gatherings which will open on July 24!



Allison-749x562Pacific Crossings: Triangulations  

Borrowing a term from both navigation and research methods in social science that employ multiple points of view, Triangulations offers three online propositions with artists and curators in Hong Kong, Beijing and Manila, encompassing shared concerns germane to the pandemic and locational contexts. Produced as part of Pacific Crossings in partnership with Centre A: Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Nanaimo Art Gallery, and Richmond Art Gallery, Triangulations is a coordinated effort to bring forward distinct perspectives from different regions through digital means to support empathy and to cultivate shared understandings about what the future may hold for the arts sector and for the public.

The series concludes with:

PART III: Dispatches From Manila

Appearing online in July 2020.


An online screening of short video works selected by Lost Frames, a short story by an unnamed artist, and an interview between Allison Collins, Mayumi Hirano and Mark Salvatus (Load na Dito).


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Saturday Studio At Home - Staying Connected Through Art!



 IMG 2257 - wpDazzle Camouflage 2020 – A Contemporary Art Immersion Program for Youth

Apply by July 17, 9 am 
Program Dates: August 4 - 21, 2020 (Tues-Fri 10am - 4pm)

This free three-week art immersion program is for aspiring artists, writers, arts and culture professionals aged 15-19! Participants receive a $150 honorarium upon project completion.

Dazzle Camouflage introduces diverse, global approaches to contemporary art and supports participants to make their own work in painting, drawing, sound, video, photography, performance, installation, animation and more. Guided by amazing professional artist mentors, participants experiment, learn, push boundaries and have fun, making projects that are featured in a two day public exhibition at Art Lab. 




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The story behind the making of Supernatural Eagle Bringing the Sun Back to the World by father-son team William and Joel Good. Installed at the Nanaimo Art Gallery on Oct. 11, 2018. Closed-Captioned Video produced by Jennifer Wynne Webber. Photo by Sean Fenzl 







artlab 001 - CopyFacility Rental

Looking for a great place to have a meeting or event? Within walking distance from the historic Nanaimo waterfront, Nanaimo Art Gallery | Art Lab offers a unique and cost-effective environment for a meeting, seminar, presentation, cocktail reception or dinner party. Located near all major hotels, coffee shops, and restaurants, your friends, family, organization or company can convene right in the centre of the arts and business district downtown. We offer a non-profit rate of $50 per hour and a corporate/private rate of $100 per hour.


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