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

Small Gatherings

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

July 24 to August 30


At a time when many of us are in intense proximity with close family and friends but cannot gather with our broader communities to celebrate or even mourn together, we can find solace in small gatherings. In both being together and staying apart we are enacting practices of care. It is this relationship between gathering and care that is the core of this exhibition.

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.

Everyone Welcome. Tue to Friday, 12 to 5pm, Sat 10am to 5pm, and starting August 2 - Sun 12 to 5pm

Tours: Small Gatherings in Small Gatherings

Join Art Education Coordinator Yvonne Vander Kooi for engaging tours of the exhibition for groups of up to 6 visitors.

By appointment: Tuesday - Friday, 12-5
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Boarder X

Jordan Bennett, Micheal Langan/Colonialism Skateboards (in collaboration with Kent Monkman), Bracken Hanuse Corlett, Roger Crait, Steven Davies, Mark Igloliorte, Mason Mashon, Meagan Musseau, Meghann O'Brien, Les Ramsay, and Amanda Strong


Curated by Jamie Issac

Organized and circulated by Winnipeg Art Gallery

Centring contemporary works by Indigenous artists who surf, skate, and snowboard, Boarder X is an affirmation of cultural resilience and an acknowledgment of ongoing respect and reverence for the land. Paintings in the exhibition present narratives and observations of traditions, movement, balance, and entanglements of space, place, and belonging. Mobilizing traditional histories, the artworks conceptually bridge the past and present with reinventions in carving, weaving, and performance. Video and photography capture the energy of boarding with unbridled motivation and physicality.

Skateboarding, snowboarding, and surfing have always embraced intersections. Situated between sport and art, these activities encourage understanding and responding to the landscape in dynamic and expressive ways. It follows that many people who are empowered by these activities are also dedicated visual artists. Nanaimo is also a place of intersections. With three skateparks, and a fourth in development, Nanaimo is an Island destination for skateboarding, set between the world-renowned mountains of the mainland and the surf culture on the Island's west coast. Boarder X is an exciting opportunity to celebrate the rich cultures surrounding these activities, through the perspectives of eleven Indigenous artists.

Image: Bracken Hanuse Corlett
Potlatch or Die
Photo by Don Hall courtesy of McKenzie Art Gallery



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