Unique art classes and activities
for children, ages 5-11 on select
Saturdays from 10:30am until noon.

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We feature one of a kind works by
Canadian and Vancouver Island artists.

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There are many ways to support
the Gallery.

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Black Diamond Dust 


September 20 to December 13, 2014

Black Diamond Dust is a multi-site art exhibition, which considers the sedimentary nature of stories and histories. The title Black Diamond Dust refers to the coal mining industry that Nanaimo was built upon; an industry that both formed and fragmented communities through economic development, racial segregation and labour inequity, and served as the foundation of global industrialization.


Image: William Notman & Son, Nanaimo Coal Mines, Vancouver Island, BC, Photograph, 1903 | McCord Museum VIEW-3654 

Public Events

Holiday Pop Up Shop

udnnamedFriday, November 28, 4:00 to 8:00pm
Saturday & Sunday, November 29
& 30,   11:00am to 5:00pm
Nanaimo Art Gallery | Art Lab
150 Commercial 

Featuring local artists and crafters including handmade chocolates, blown glass, art cards, prints, paintings, ceramics, candles, and holiday greeting cards.  There will also be a refreshment table, free activities throughout the day and a special window display by LURK aka Russ Morland, of Electric Umbrella Tattoo. Each purchase you make at the Pop Up Shop supports Nanaimo Art Gallery programs..

Illustration by LURK






Stephanie AitkenwebWednesday, December 3 | 5:00 - 7:00 pm

The Grand Hotel | 4898 Rutherford Road
Tickets are $10 per person - complementary beverage included.
Can be purchased over the phone or at both Nanaimo Art Gallery locations.

Nanaimo Art Gallery presents it’s third annual holiday fundraiser.

Please join us!
•Find that unique one of kind gift
•Enjoy wine & cheese & music & art
•Bid on more than 20 unique artworks.

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One of the great works up for auction:
Breathing Machines (study),
Watercolour on paper, 2014
Contributed by "Black Diamond Dust" artist:
Stephanie Aitken 



News and Events

Art Lab Workshops Art Lab Workshops Registration for the following Nanaimo Art Gallery workshops are through the City of Nanaimo Activity Guide.  Register online at or call 250-756-5200 and quote the registration code.  Spring workshops TBA shortly       Life Drawing  Throughout the course of history, the human body has been an enduring subject for artists. On Mondays between September and April, join an informal, friendly group ... More detail




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DOWNTOWN: 150 Commercial Street,
Nanaimo, BC V9R 5G6 
Phone: (250) 754-1750
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm

CAMPUS: #330 - 900 Fifth Street,
Nanaimo BC V9R 5S5 
Phone: (250) 740-6350
Hours: Monday - Friday: 10 am - 5 pm, 
Saturday: 12 pm - 4 pm

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