Events

Exhibitions | Lectures | Tours | Workshops | Past Events

Upcoming

August 18: Finding Shangri-La: The Life and Work of Ted Harrison

September 8: Dijit to Bridjit: A Selection of Letters from Sir William Orpen to Beatrice Elvery

September 20: Treasures & Tea: Red Ruling in Early Printed Books

September 25: Manuscripts on Mondays: Medievalist on a Roll

September 27: Treasures & Tea: The Daily Life of a Painter


Exhibitions

August 18-September 4

Finding Shangri-La: The Life and Work of Ted Harrison

Curated by Josie Greenhill

An author, teacher, and foremost, a painter, Ted Harrison was a beloved figure whose work encompasses the spirit of Canada and its people.

Harrison is best known for his vibrant, expressionistic depictions of the Yukon, his very own "Shangri La" that he called home for nearly 30 years.

This exhibition provides a glimpse into Harrison's extraordinary life and career.

Dates: August 18-September 4, 2017

Location: Special Collections and University Archives, Mearns Centre for Learning—McPherson Library, Room A005


September 8-October 14

Dijit to Bridjit: A Selection of Letters from Sir William Orpen to Beatrice Elvery (Lady Glenavy)

Curated by Jeanne Cannizzo

Sir William Orpen (1878-1931) was one of Britain’s most successful society portraitists before the First World War, during which he worked as an artist on the Western Front. While at the Paris Peace conference he painted oil studies of several Canadian Expeditionary Force generals, including Sir Arthur W. Currie, onetime resident of Victoria.

An inveterate letter writer with a wide correspondence, Orpen illustrated many of his missives with self-deprecating drawings. Beatrice Elvery (1883-1970), later Lady Glenavy, first met Orpen when they were both students at Dublin’s Metropolitan School of Art. After he returned as a teacher, she modelled for him but focused her own work on sculpture. Orpen’s 1909 portrait of Beatrice, wearing his hat, reveals both her much admired mass of red hair and an impish smile. Today her stained glass windows in Irish churches are probably her best known works.

Dates: September 8-October 14, 2017

Location: Special Collections and University Archives, Mearns Centre for Learning—McPherson Library, Room A005


Lectures

September 20

Treasures & Tea: Red Ruling in Early Printed Books

Dr. Erin Kelly (Department of English)

Ruling, lines drawn around the text block and sometimes under headings, is ubiquitous in medieval manuscripts. But why add red ruling to printed books? By displaying instances of red ruling in individual copies of early printed books (including examples from Special Collections), Dr. Kelly will demonstrate how individuals red ruled their books to customize mass-produced objects and in the process signalled how both books and texts were consumed.

Date: September 20, 2017

Time: 12:30-1:30 pm

Location: Special Collections and University Archives, Mearns Centre for Learning—McPherson Library, Room A003

Treasures and Tea brings together the campus and the community to explore and share highlights from Special Collections and University Archives. Refreshments follow the informal talks.


September 25

Manuscripts on Mondays: Medievalist on a Roll

Dr. Adrienne Williams Boyarin (Department of English)

An in-depth look at one of the most treasured items of the Bruce and Dorothy Brown Collection, a 21-foot-long genealogical roll of English kings and events before 1472 CE. Dr. Adrienne Williams Boyarin will showcase the roll’s political biases (and even some of its humour!), discuss recent work on the roll by UVic students, and reveal new discoveries about its history and connections to other libraries.

Date: September 25, 2017

Time: 1:00-2:00 pm

Location: Special Collections and University Archives, Mearns Centre for Learning—McPherson Library, Room A003

Manuscripts on Mondays provides an opportunity for the campus and the community to explore medieval and early modern manuscripts from Special Collections. These handwritten documents, including Books of Hours, a genealogical scroll, and legal documents, are a window into the past.


September 27

Treasures & Tea: The Daily Life of a Painter

Sandra Meigs (Department of Visual Arts)

Visual artist Sandra Meigs will speak about what it was like to be a painter in the 70’s and 80’s and why her donation to Special Collections of her archive from that period might be of interest to researchers. She will also show a brand new artist flap book project she collaborated on with the poet Ron Padgett.

Date: September 27, 2017

Time: 12:30-1:30 pm

Location: Special Collections and University Archives, Mearns Centre for Learning—McPherson Library, Room A003

Treasures and Tea brings together the campus and the community to explore and share highlights from Special Collections and University Archives. Refreshments follow the informal talks.



Tours

We welcome members of the campus and community for tours of our collection holdings.  To request a tour, please contact us at: .


Workshops

Special Collections and University Archives hosts workshops that prepare graduate students for in-depth research with rare books and archives.


November 6

Workshop: An Introduction to Bookbinding

Joan Byers, Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG)

This short, two hour workshop will focus on the physical aspects of books—the parts of a book and the importance of each part being made correctly for the set purpose of each book, its readability, and longevity. Participants will be encouraged to make one or two introductory sewn pamphlets.

As space is limited, please register at: https://webapp.library.uvic.ca/registrations/r/register.php?id=237

Not a student or faculty? Please email us at to register.

Date: Monday, November 6, 2017

Time: 5:00-7:00 pm

Location: Special Collections and University Archives, Mearns Centre for Learning—McPherson Library, Room A003

Free.


Past Events

Treasures and Tea, Spring 2015

Treasures and Tea, Fall 2015

Unravelling the Code(x): History of the Book Speaker Series and Symposium, 2015-16

Treasures and Tea, Spring 2016

Treasures and Tea, Spring 2017

Manuscripts in the Curriculum, Spring 2017

Past Exhibits, 2017-