IN THIS PLACE
In This Place reaches into the past to root us in this place and time. Remembering and honouring the ancestors, upholding the land, and creating a place of welcoming, gathering and healing are the foundation of this convergent program.
Nump Ma Noch Gyai Yoo Lahss / We All Come From One Root is a multi-media exhibition by Kwakwakwk’wakw artist John Powell. This extensive body of work articulates the powerful interconnectedness of First Nations identities embedded within art and cultural practices, diversity, ceremony, and the everyday. Recognizing the impact of colonization on First Nations identity, the artist/archivist/witness welcomes, gathers and transforms stories, names, places and experiences as a means of creating space for healing traditional lands and people.
PUBLIC PLACE : SACRED SPACE incorporates place-naming, public art installations and an Indigenous garden. This undertaking by the Comox Valley Art Gallery in partnership with the K’omoks First Nation community and City of Courtenay, aims to unearth the significance of the land upon which the Centre for the Arts plaza has been constructed
Honouring: Speaking to Memory / Project of Heart is an arts-based collaboration developed by CVAG together with School District 71 Indigenous Education Services. This responsive legacy project honours the intent to promote reconciliation and healing embedded in two projects;
Speaking to Memory: Images and Voices from St. Michael’s Indian Residential School and
Project of Heart: Illuminating the Hidden History of Indian Residential Schools in BC.
The North Island Hospital Art Project design brief illustrates the ongoing development and installation of public artwork developed by CVAG’s creative team, local artists and cultural carriers for the new hospital. The imagery invites contemplation and rooting to the land, historical and current cultures of the region.
An ongoing multi-year program that integrates themes of welcoming, gathering and healing through on and offsite projects and installations.October 27 2018 - January 1 2024
“Photography, archive and memory are intimately connected. Memory and photography both involve the process of recording images that may be used to recall the past. Memory itself is often characterized as an archive: a store house of things, meanings and images. This gives the impression that one can appeal to memory in order to recover…October 16 - November 17 2018
A collaboration between SD 71 Indigenous Education Services and Comox Valley Art Gallery. This exhibition is a responsive legacy project that honours the intent of two projects; Speaking to Memory: Images and Voices from St. Michael’s Indian Residential School and Project of Heart: Illuminating the Hidden History of Indian Residential Schools in BC.September 17 - December 7 2018
View the design briefs on display at the gallery by the CVAG creative team for the new North Island Hospital.October 13 2017 - December 29 2018
Public artwork by artist Andy Everson.April 5 - December 31 2020
CVAG will be serving up warm cider offering and an all-ages Make Art project from 2 – 5pm on October 31, 2018 Fashion a mysterious mask and/or create a spooky monster from supplies provided by the gallery staff. This event is in conjunction with the City of Courtenay and the Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Association’s…October 31 2018 / 2:00 - 5:00pm
You are invited to a Welcoming & Unveiling Ceremony and to share in a celebration of partnership between the Comox Valley Art Gallery (CVAG), K’omoks First Nations community and the City of Courtenay.October 27 2018 / 10:00am - 12:00pm
Join us Saturday October 20 for the opening of John Powell’s solo exhibition.October 20 2018 / 1:00 - 4:00pm
On Saturday October 20, 1– 4pm the community is invited to participate in an art making station as part of the concurrent exhibition Nump Ma Noch Gyai Yoo Lahss / We All Come From One Root.October 20 2018 / 1:00 - 4:00pm
Join us Friday, Oct 19th and Saturday, Oct 20th for a free printmaking workshop as well as a Make Art. Nadine Bariteau & her NIC Fine Arts Students are facilitating printmaking workshops on Friday, Oct 19th from 9am–12pm and Saturday, Oct 20th from 11am–1pm. They will be held in a bus parked in front of…October 19 - 20 2018