Legacy Art Galleries

Honouring the Children

The staff at Legacy are committed to addressing the realities of Canada's past and present, and strive to honour residential school and inter-generational Survivors as well as remember the children who never made it home.


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Body Language

Body Language: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest is about the reclamation of cultural tattooing in the Pacific Northwest. On loan from the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, this exhibition takes an intimate look at historic and contemporary cultural tattooing from the perspectives of 5 Indigenous artists.

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Derrumbeat: The Beat of Collapse

Derrumbeat: The Beat of Collapse is an interactive sonic collage that combines images and sounds of decomposing buildings in Havana, Cuba.

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Eric Metcalfe: Pop Anthropology

Pop Anthropology is an exhibition of multimedia artist Eric Metcalfe’s oeuvre, spanning over sixty years, in celebration of the artist’s honorary doctorate from UVic. This exhibition continues the playful and charged work of Metcalfe’s life: reimagining images, tropes and stereotypes as poignant and plentiful scraps from which to pull meaning.

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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

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 and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.