Legacy Art Galleries

detail of "Girl In Blue Flowered Nightgown", Jack Wilkinson.

On Now - Life Stories

Art shapes our life stories, our sense of self and our relationships, as we journey through the life stages. Life Stories brings to light a provocative array of visual and material culture from the University of Victoria Art Collections that engages with life stages and related rituals.

Life Stories
A cropped image of the exterior of Legacy Gallery Downtown with a blue hue and the text "Legacy Downtown Safety Plan"

Read our Safety Plan

We are dedicated to ensuring a safe experience for gallery visitors. Review our safety plan before your visit to learn how we are working to keep Legacy Downtown a safe cultural site to enjoy and learn from art exhibitions. 

Legacy's Safety Plan
Sarah Jim holds her painting, "Moon Tide", in front of greenery

To Fish As Formerly Artist Interview Series

What role does art have in eco-cultural revitalization? In this interview series with the emerging artists featured in the exhibition To Fish As Formerly, hear how art can be a research tool, connect us with community knowledge, and allow us to explore new perspectives.

Artist Interview Series

TUKTUUYAQTUUQ exhibition website

Visit the exhibition website for Maureen Gruben's exhibition TUKTUUYAQTUUQ (Caribou Crossing).

Visit the exhibition website
Claire Aitken places an Ikat textile from Indonesia. In background: Bride’s Coat, Qing Dynasty (early 20th century); in foreground: beaded slippers from Malaysia (21st century). Photo: Leon Fei

Textiles in focus at Legacy’s interrupted exhibition

The textile exhibition, Woven, Embroidered and Stitched in Tradition: Women’s Textile Labour in 20th Century Asia, opened Feb. 8 at Legacy Maltwood and was intended to run through the first week of May.

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Legacy Art Galleries

black line illustration of Legacy's downtown locationUniversity of Victoria Legacy Art Galleries is the university’s art museum.

We reach across disciplines, within and beyond the university, to engage visitors in learning and dialogue about issues that matter.

Our two main goals are:

  • To develop engagement opportunities that grow and enhance links between UVic and the wider community.
  • To provide learning opportunities through exhibitions, public programs, publications and community-based research projects related to UVic's collection of Canadian, Indigenous and international historic and contemporary art.

We acknowledge with respect the Lekwungen peoples on whose traditional territory the University of Victoria stands, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.