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Our programs offer children a chance to foster their creativity, critical thinking and a lifelong love of art. 

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We feature works by Canadian and Vancouver Island artists with a focus on one-of-a-kind handmade creations.

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Progressions 2014 | Arts 486 Explorations 


IMG 4081smApril 28 to May 30, 2014
Monday, April 28, 7:00pm Awards Ceremony (gallery doors open at 5:00pm)
VIU Progressions features the best in student visual art, with paintings, sculpture, ceramics, drawings, photography, and printmaking showcased at Nanaimo Art Gallery on campus and the Visual and Applied art building. Arts 486 program presents Explorations. This exhibit features an eclectic mix of media and style from students.



Ekphrasis: Writing the Collection


wpidrumWe are pleased to invite you to join us on Friday, May 9 to celebrate the launch of Art Lab, Nanaimo Art Gallery’s exciting new dedicated centre for art education, and the opening of Ekphrasis: Writing the Collection, the first exhibition in our newly renovated downtown gallery.

May 10 to June 7, 2014
Join us for the opening reception featuring spoken word and poetry Friday, May 9, 7:00 - 10:00pm

Definition: Ekphrasis is the written translation of a visual work of art.
Presenting Ekphrasis: Writing the Collection, an exhibition of works from the permanent collection.

Image: Sonny Assu, iDrum: Personal Totems #3, acrylic on hide, 2009

News and Events

ArtRageous ArtRageous Nanaimo Art Gallery offers unique art classes and activities for children, ages 5-11 on select Saturdays from 10:30am until noon. A fantastic opportunity to engage and inspire young artists! All education activities take place at Art Lab, Nanaimo Art Gallery’s new education space at 150 Commercial Street Please call 250-740-6350 to register. Saturday, May 17Blue Water (Part one) This special art class is held in conjunction with RBC Royal Bank’s “Blu... More detail
Nanaimo Art Gallery Welcomes Interim Director Nanaimo Art Gallery Welcomes Interim Director (Nanaimo – January 14, 2014) Nanaimo Art Gallery is pleased to announce the appointment of Interim Executive/Artistic Director Jesse Birch. His year-long term will begin on March 1, 2014. Birch steps in for Julie Bevan, who will commence a period of parental leave at the end of February. “Nanaimo Art Gallery is going through a significant period of growth and development. I am honoured to be able to contribute to the vitality and sustainability of Nanaimo's cul... More detail
 New Additions To Permanent Collection New Additions To Permanent Collection (NANAIMO, BC - June 12, 2013) Nanaimo Art Gallery (NAG) has been chosen as the honoured recipient of several historically significant and valuable pieces of art from the private collections of two estates. Recognizing the relevance of the work to the region, and the gallery’s commitment to building a diverse collection, the families have generously donated select pieces by two prominent BC artists: Ian Garrioch and Alistair Bell. In addition to these donations, th... More detail

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