Held Space – Arts-Based Installations | Conversations | Interactive Engagement

Held Space
South Gallery

A sanctuary for learning from one another shoulder to shoulder and hand to hand through art — hand work, installation, performance, lens-based work, words + text — as a way of fostering resilience, empowerment, and advocacy.

Gwen Monnet | Elder, Dr. Evelyn Voyageur | Diana McKenzie | Comox Valley Transition Society | Indigenous Women’s Sharing Society | Lil’ Red Dress Project | Noojim Owin Kwe

As part of the convergent program upholding one another

Stolen Sisters — Sculptural + Video Installations | Cultural Teaching | Ceremony

Bringing awareness to missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls through adapted traditional creative practices, and sharing the teaching of cedar and bark weaving.

Gwen Monnet | Elder, Dr. Evelyn Voyageur | Jane Willie | Grace Pottsmith | Carla Voyageur | Jeannine Lindsay | Karver Everson | Edward Milne Community School students | Latisha Wadhams Pelkey | Isaiah Wadhams, Tommy Brown | Shawn Decaire | Zac Whyte

Story Sanctuary | Resilience — Interactive Art-Making Installation | Time-Based Instigations | Movement Practice

An evolving body of work that counters misogyny and upholds resilience by bringing together those with lived experience, advocates, artists, and community of all ages for shared conversations, stitching circles, art making and movement practices.

Diana McKenzie | Individuals involved in programming with the Comox Valley Transition Society Amythest House | Genevieve Johnson | Community Participants

Noojim Owin Kwe — Interactive Installation

Through song, prayer and dance we express the energy that upholds our teachings, our identity, strength and resilience.

Noojim Owin Kwe circle in the Comox Valley — Manidoo Waabiwin An Cultural Society

Reading materials such as Resilience: 50 Indigenous Art Cards and Teaching Guide are available for reading in CVAG’s Hub or for purchase in CVAG’s SHOP:MADE.
To view the teaching guide PDF, click here.


Comox Valley Transition Society

Indigenous Women’s Sharing Society

SD 71 Indigenous Education

Lil’ Red Dress Project

The REDress Project

Comox Valley MIKI’SIW Metis Association

Kumugwe Cultural Society

Métis Nation British Columbia – Ministries

National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center

Native Women’s Association of Canada

Resilience Project


Artist + fabricator Lori Ann Kenney – customizing of dress forms and design and creation of table covers.

The Comox Valley Art Gallery is grateful to operate on the Unceded Traditional Territory of the K’ómoks First Nations.

CVAG is honored to collaborate with artists, writers, guest curators, community partners + volunteers. We are grateful for the support of our members + donors.

The convergent program upholding one another is made possible through the support of our FUNDERS: City of Courtenay, Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, Government of Canada, Province of BC, The Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation, Comox Valley Regional District, Town of Comox | LOCAL SUPPORT: School District 71 Printshop, Sherwin Williams, BoomBright Media, Helen’s Closet Patterns | COMMUNITY COLLABORATORS: Comox Valley Transition Society, Indigenous Women’s Sharing Society, SD 71 Indigenous Education, Lil’ Red Dress Project, MIKI’SIW Métis Association, Noojim Owin Kwe, Kumugwe Cultural Society







The thematic materials in the upholding one another convergent program may trigger strong emotional responses. Elders + trauma care support + resources for finding community support will be available to visitors during gallery hours and at events.