Upholding One Another
upholding one another
A comprehensive program of projects and community events, that unfolds over time, and includes:
Exhibitions | Installations | Cultural Sharing | Video Programs | Community Conversations + Art-Making | Activism Events — empowered through intersectional discourse, vulnerability, and respect for each other.
Community collaborations stitch together creative actions + cultural teachings + knowledge-sharing to instigate social change through a convergent program that explores the topics of misogyny, gender-based + racist violence, and resiliency.
Inheritance | Magic For Realists — GATHER:PLACE Gallery + George Sawchuk Gallery
Understanding, accepting, and transcending genetic, cultural, and emotional inheritance.
Fibre Works | Time-Based + Video Performance | Interactive Installation
ARTIST WILL BE ON-SITE: Wednesdays + Fridays from 2PM – 4PM and Thursdays + Saturdays from 10AM – 2PM.
Consent — Window + Plaza Media Gallery
A curated video program of thematically engaged artist projects.
This digital program represents fragments of what it means to give, receive, acknowledge, and examine consent through various modes and mediums. It is an on-going visual conversation — one that empowers through intersectional discourse, vulnerability and respect for each other.
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 strength, empowerment, and advocacy.
Arts-based – Installations | Conversations | Interactive Engagement
Gwen Monnet | Elder, Dr. Evelyn Voyageur | Diana McKenzie | Comox Valley Transition Society | Indigenous Women’s Sharing Society | Lil’ Red Dress Project | Noojim Owin Kwe + More
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES | EVENTS
Thursday, November 16 | 6:30PM – 9PM — Opening Event — Inheritance | Magic For Realists | Comox Valley Art Gallery
Friday, November 17 | 5PM – 8PM — Moonlight + Magic — SHOP:MADE Artisans + Tarot with Lindsay Celeste | Comox Valley Art Gallery + Downtown Courtenay
Saturday November 25 | 11AM – 5PM — Indigenous Winter Festival — Organized + Presented by the Indigenous Women’s Sharing Society | Florence Filberg Centre, Courtenay
November 25 – December 10 — 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence — National Campaign | Resources, Actions to Take, Films to Watch, + More
Saturday, November 25 | 11AM – 5PM — Pick Up a Purple Ribbon to Wear During the 16 Days of Activism — Comox Valley Art Gallery
Wednesday, November 29 | 11AM – 1PM — Making Ribbons + Felted Pins — With Diana McKenzie + Elder Donna Mitchell | Comox Valley Art Gallery
Saturday, December 2 | 2:30PM — Marker of Change: The Story of the Women’s Monument — Film Screening + Community Conversation with the Filmmaker | Presented by World Community + Comox Valley Transition Society | Stan Hagan Theatre at North Island College
Wednesday December 6 | 12PM –– Vigil — Commemorating the National Day of Remembrance + Action on Violence Against Women | Organized by the Comox Valley Transition Society | Public Plaza at the Comox Valley Art Gallery
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.
Programming is open to the public during CVAG hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 10AM – 5PM + by appointment. All ages are welcome.
The Comox Valley Art Gallery is committed to creating safer spaces where everyone can participate in CVAG Programming.
CVAG spaces are accessible, and programs are barrier-free (no cost). DONATIONS: are appreciated and contribute to ongoing community interactive programming.
PUBLIC HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS: we ask that visitors choose not to visit if they are experiencing symptoms of colds and flus. Hand sanitation dispensers are available at CVAG. Wearing a mask is at the discretion of the visitor.
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.
This convergent program 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, Hitec Screen Printing, Shine-Eze Ltd., 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
IMAGES: Alun Macanulty, Taylor Robinson, Griffin Halpin, Dave Lawson, Gordon Ross, Gwen Monett, Lindsay Celeste, Diana McKenzie
A sanctuary for learning from one another shoulder to shoulder and hand to hand through art.December 6 2023 - January 13 2024
Understanding, accepting, and transcending genetic, cultural, and emotional inheritance.November 16 2023 - January 13 2024
A curated video program of thematically engaged artist projects.September 16 2023 - January 13 2024
In collaboration with the Comox Valley Transition Society, there will be a vigil at CVAG Plaza.December 6 2023 / 12:00 - 1:00pm
At NIC's Stan Hagen Theatre, there will be a screening of the film "Marker of Change: The Story of the Women’s Monument" followed by discussion with the director, producers, and members of the Women's Monument Committee.December 2 2023 / 2:30 - 5:00pm
An annual international campaign to call out and speak up on gender-based violence, and to renew our commitment to ending violence against women, girls, and 2SLGBTQI+ individuals.November 25 - December 10 2023
Join us at CVAG Plaza during this year's Moonlight + Magic event in Downtown Courtenay!November 17 2023 / 5:00 - 8:00pm
Join us at CVAG for an art opening and talk with artist Lindsay Celeste.November 16 2023 / 6:30 - 9:00pm