December 30 2019

PUBLIC PLACE / SACRED SPACE is a multi-year program that integrates Indigenous place-naming, public art, full circle tea garden, exhibitions, installations, cross-cultural sharing, performance, video screenings, workshops, gatherings and residencies. Together, these projects are seen as a step toward reconciliation and recognition of the historic relationships the K’ómoks peoples have had with this Valley for thousands of years.

This undertaking was a collaboration between the Comox Valley Art Gallery, participating artists, curators, Elders, the K’ómoks First Nation community and the City of Courtenay.

The Comox Valley Art Gallery acknowledges with gratitude that we are on the Unceded Traditional Territory of the K’ómoks First Nation. CVAG’s Convergent Program Public Place / Sacred Space is supported by Canada Council for the Arts New Chapter Program and Engage and Sustain Program, BC Arts Council, Government of Canada, Province of BC, Kòmoks First Nation, City of Courtenay, Town of Comox, Village of Cumberland, Comox Valley Regional District, City of Victoria, University of Victoria Legacy Art Gallery, North Island College, BC Gaming, Campbell River Museum, Royal BC Museum and Library and Archives Canada. Local businesses and community partners include: Phillipa Atwood Architect, Valley Prototyping & Custom Cutting,  Industrial Plastic & Paints, ABC Printing & Signs, West Coast Home Theatres, Imperial Welding Ltd., McLoughlin Gardens Society, SD71 Print Shop, Sure Copy and Hitec Printing. We are especially grateful for the support of consulting Elders and Cultural Carriers, guest artists and curators, program participants and collaborators, gallery volunteers, donors and members.

This exhibition Nump Ma Noche Gyai Yoo Lahss / We All Come From One Root by John Powell was originally presented at Campbell River Museum, co-curated by Ken Blackburn and Liz Carter. George Littlechild has supported the work since its inception.

In Defiance production, presentation and didactic materials were supported by the Legacy Art Gallery – the host gallery for the originating exhibition.


Produced and Published by the Comox Valley Art Gallery

580 Duncan Avenue, Courtenay, British Columbia V9N2M7/ P 250.338.6211 / E


Comox Valley Art Gallery ‘s Creative Team

Administration – Glen Sanford and Sharon Karsten

Creative Direction / Content Design / Curatorial – Angela Somerset and Denise Lawson

Technical / Production – Leigh Selden, Sam Pateson, Alun Macanulty

Photography – Alun Macanulty and the CVAG Production team

Additional Graphics provided by: Andy Everson, Valley Prototyping, Phillipa Atwood Architect, City of Courtenay

Planning Department, K’ómoks First Nation Treaty Team, MAP: Make Art Place contributing communities

Cover Image: Full Circle Tea Garden: Wild Strawberry Runners, Comox Valley Art Gallery. photo: Leigh Selden

ISBN: 978-1-989497-00-5

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