Upcoming events and programs

Close up image of painting by Robert Burke

Mask making with Lindsay Delaronde

Saturday, June 8th | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory


Details coming soon!


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Two people conducting an interview

Stories on Fire: Sharing Lived Experiences with Climate Change

Two-day workshop

Saturday, May 11th & Sunday, May 12th
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory

Create powerful testimonies of climate change in this two-day workshop with the editors of UVic’s Climate Disaster Project. 

In this two-day workshop, the editors of the University of Victoria’s Climate Disaster Project will teach you the trauma-informed process to create powerful first-person testimonies from fellow participants’ experiences of climate change.

Past testimonies have been published by Reader’s Digest, the Royal BC Museum, and The Tyee, and interviews from this workshop may be shared by similar publications and organizations.

Through learning how to compassionately listen to other people’s stories and telling them, you can help show the world that climate change isn’t something that’s far away. Instead, it’s something close at hand that’s affecting each of us in countless ways: from the smoke that keeps us indoors during the summer to the blazes that have taken so many homes away.  

Register online for this free event. 

Spirit Mask by Robert Burke (detail)

Opening Reception for Masked Identity:
Artworks by Robert Burke

Saturday, April 27th | 2:00 PM 

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory

Join us in celebrating the opening of Masked Identity: Artworks by Robert Burke at Legacy Downtown. 

Read more about Robert Burke here

snacks + refreshments | free + open to the public

Image: Robert Burke, Spirit Mask (detail), 2003. 


Charcoal drawing by Sara-Jeanne Bourget

Opening Reception for Fire Season

Saturday, April 20th | 2:00 PM 

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory

Join us in celebrating the opening of Fire Season at Legacy Downtown with remarks by co-curators, Amory Abbott and Liz Toohey-Wiese. 

Read more about the curators here

snacks + refreshments | free + open to the public

Image: Sara-Jeanne Bourget, Charcoal Ritual III (detail), 2021. 

Artist standing in front of a painting

UVic Visiting Artist Series: Robert Burke

March 27th, 2024 | 7:30 PM 

Visual Arts Building, Room A162 | UVic Campus 
Lekwungen Territory 

Robert Burke (Denesuline/Black) spent 10 years in residential schools in Fort Resolution and Edmonton. He spent much of his adult life in the forestry industry before pursuing his long-time passion for art at age 53, when he began painting the story of his life, including the challenges and social and political injustices he has experienced as a Survivor of mixed heritage. 

This talk is a part of the UVic Visual Arts Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Follow the link to add the event to your calendar. 

UVic Visual Arts logo

Image: Anahita Ranjbar

Intervening in the Collections Vaults

Curator and Artist Talk

Saturday, March 9, 2024 | 1 pm – 3 pm
Legacy Downtown
 | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory

Artist sits facing a sculpture on a plinth in storage room

Join curator Dr. Carolyn Butler Palmer and artist Lynda Gammon for a conversation about how their work in the Latent exhibition contributes to the ongoing body of research about women artists in museum collections. The event will include a short meditation session led by Lynda Gammon, based on her photographic series, Intervening in the Collections Vaults.

About the Curator
Carolyn Butler Palmer

Carolyn Butler Palmer is Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Studies and Legacy Chair at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. She earned an M.S. in Folklore and Architectural Studies from the University of Utah and a Ph.D. in the Histories of Art and Architecture from the University of Pittsburgh. She is an engaged art historian who practices and writes about engaged art history. In terms of content, she focuses on Indigenous and Settler relations to art in the Pacific Northwest region, theories and practices of curating, digital presentation of art historical work, and advocacy within the discipline of art history for engaged art history. Her program of research is community-based, public, and open.

Carolyn authored "Big Art History: Art History as Social Knowledge" for the Journal of Canadian Art History, is currently contributing to new CAA Standards for the Practice of Art History that include public scholarship, curating, community-based research, and digital scholarship. At present, she is also working on a book manuscript tentatively titled "Writings from the Edges of Art History" along with an array of other book and curatorial projects. 

About the Artist
Lynda Gammon

A significant area of Lynda Gammon’s artistic production has dealt with ideas of space and time through the disciplines of photography, sculpture, performance and assemblage. A number of her projects explore artistic production in relation to feminist practices and present alternative strategies for the representation of inhabitation through ephemeral, temporal and contingent conceptions of the spatial.

Gammon, studied at The University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, [B.A. English] and York University [M.F.A.]. She is currently Associate Professor Emeritus in the Visual Arts Department at the University of Victoria where she taught for over thirty years. Lynda Gammon’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and she has been the recipient of  numerous BC Arts Council and Canada Council grants. In 2004 Gammon established flask a micro press dedicated to the production and publication of books by artists and writers. She served as a Board member at Open Space and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and currently serves on the board of the Victoria Art Council.

Working with Indigenous Artists

Friday, February 16, 2024 | 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Spectrum Community School | 957 Burnside Rd. W
Lekwungen territory


In partnership with the Tapestry Conference for K-12 Southern Vancouver Island Educators, we will be offering a hands-on professional development workshop with Métis mural artist, Jesse Campbell. The workshop will include a presentation from Jesse on how to work with Indigenous artists in the classroom, provide a hands-on art activity from a past exhibition, and supply educators with resources. 

Educators must be registered for the Tapestry Conference in order to attend.
Register here.

Learn more about conference fees and funding eligibility. 
View here.

Critical Conversations about Collections

Saturday, January 27, 2024 | 10 am – 4 pm

Legacy Downtown
 | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory

A series of public lectures and a roundtable discussion about art collections, organized in conjunction with the Latent exhibition. 

Distinguished Women Scholars Lecture
"Getting the Keys to the Vault: How Feminist, Decolonizing and Anti-Racist Work is Changing Collections", Dr. Anne Dymond, Associate Professor of Art History, Department of Art, University of Lethbridge
Watch here

ORION Visiting Scholar Lecture

"Curating in Crisis: Benin Bronzes to Extreme Weather", Dr. Alice Ming Wai Jim, Professor of Art History and Concordia University Chair in Critical Curatorial Studies and Decolonizing Art, Department of Art History
Watch here

Roundtable Discussion
Critical Conversations about Collections
Watch here

Latent opening reception

Saturday, January 6, 2024 | 2 pm – 4 pm
Legacy Downtown
 | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory

Join artist Lynda Gammon and curator Carolyn Butler Palmer to celebrate the opening of Latent at Legacy Downtown.

Light refreshments provided  |  Free & open to the public

White bird with a tear in its eye

Under the Shade of the Lotus Tree

Panel Discussion


Saturday, November 18, 2023 | 2 pm – 4 pm
Legacy Downtown
 | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory

Under the Shade of the Lotus Tree: Pari Azarm Motamedi and Rozita Moini Shirazi is an exhibition that features the works of two Persian-Canadian artists as they examine the impacts of leaving one’s homeland and the need for a connection to one’s roots. Join Legacy Art Galleries for a discussion panel examining the shared human experiences of connecting to one’s communities through displacement, longing, and culture. The panel will touch on cultural identity, freedom through social movements, and women’s empowerment.

Pari Azarm Motamedi, Artist
Rozita Moini Shirazi, Artist and Instructor, Emily Carr University
Dr. Peyman Vahabzadeh, Professor, Sociology, University of Victoria

Anahita Ranjbar, Curator of Collections, Legacy Art Galleries

Image: Rozita Moini Shirazi, The Valley of Unity (detail), 2022. 


Untitled ṮEṮÁĆES Artist Talk

Saturday, October 7, 2023 | 5 pm – 7 pm
Legacy Downtown
 | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory

Join artists TEMOSEṈ Charles “Chazz” Elliott (Lekwungen/W̱SÁNEĆ), Jesse Campbell (Métis) and Dr. Kim Shortreed to discuss the creation of the interactive haptic map, Untitled ṮEṮÁĆES, with panel moderator Myrna Crossley. The artists will talk about their personal experiences bringing together three different mediums to form the map. The panel will explore the role of play in the map and its design, how community collaborated on the piece, and the importance of SENĆOŦEN placenames.

Free | Open to the public

Image: Chazz Elliott,Jesse Campbell, Kim Shortreed, Untitled ṮEṮÁĆES (detail), 2023

A white bird with a tear in its eyePoetry Reading with Pari Azarm Motamedi and Rozita Moini Shirazi

Saturday, September 23, 2023 | 2pm – 4pm
Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory

Join the artists from Under the Shade of the Lotus Tree for a Persian poetry reading and discussion in Farsi and English.

View the booklet

Free | Open to the public  

Image: Rozita Moini Shirazi, The Valley of Unity (detail), 2022. 

thing 4Under the Shade of the Lotus Tree: Pari Azarm Motamedi and Rozita Moini Shirazi Opening Celebration

Friday, September 22nd | 5 - 7 PM 
Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory

Celebrate the opening of Under the Shade of the Lotus Tree: Pari Azarm Motamedi and Rozita Moini Shirazi at Legacy Art Gallery. The exhibition, organized by the West Vancouver Art Museum and curated by Hilary Letwin and Anahita Ranjbar, explores the power of Persian poetry for self-expression and cultural preservation through the works of two Persian-Canadian artists.

The evening will include an introduction to the exhibition. Persian snacks and tea will be served.

Free | Open to the public

Image: Pari Azarm Motamedi, Freedom, 1994. 

Francis Dick seated on animal print sofa

Closing Celebration for Walking Thru My Fires

Saturday, September 2nd | 12 - 2 PM 

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory

Join us on Saturday, September 2 to celebrate the success of Walking Thru My Fires. Visitors can enjoy reflections and storytelling by Francis Dick, and a last chance to explore the exhibition before it closes.

Free & open to the public. 

Art Making Workshop with Francis Dick

Sunday, July 16th  | 11 - 2:30 PM 

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory

Participate in an art making workshop inspired by Francis Dick's art practice.

Registration required | $30 per person

Registration full. Please email legacy@uvic.ca to be added to the waitlist. 

Atla'gimma (Spirits of the Forest)

Saturday, June 17th | Doors at 11:30 AM | Event from 12 - 3 PM

Wawadit'la (Mungo Martin House) | 675 Belleville Street
Lekwungen territory

The Atla’gimma shares a very old Kwakwaka’wakw story of a man from Wuikinuxv (Rivers Inlet). The man is a grouse hunter, but he no longer hunts only for food and is now killing much more than he needs to survive. In doing so, he is damaging the balance between himself and the natural world. In his dreams, the hunter is visited by the Spirits of the Forest who teach him how to make amends for what he has done and restore balance.

This timely cultural offering carries the possibility to bring healing, not only to the natural world but also to the relationships between people. The Atla’gimma was the cultural property of the late Chief Kwaxsistalla wath-thla (Adam Dick) and is now danced again with permission by his daughter, Francis Dick.

The mask dance will be followed by a community feast. 

Free & open to the public. 
Limited space available. 

Francis Dick wearing wolf headdress

Opening Ceremony for Walking Thru My Fires

Saturday, April 29th | 5 - 7 PM 

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory

Join us in celebrating the opening of Walking Thru My Fires, a new solo exhibition by Francis Dick, at Legacy Downtown. The celebration will include a territorial welcome from UVic Elders-in-Residence Doug and Kathy LaFortune, an introduction to the exhibition by co-curators Lorilee Wastasecoot and Francis Dick, and music by Kate Roland.

Doors open at 4:30pm.
Light refreshments provided.

Free & open to the public. 

Two masked dancers in motion

Gule Wamkulu to Welcome Newborns & Young Folks

Sunday, April 2nd | 3:00 - 4:30 pm

All families raising BIPOC children are invited to participate in this Gule Wamkulu to honour and welcome these young community members. 

Advanced registration is required for this event. 


Mapping Black Creativity in the Arts, Sciences, Technology, and Business

Saturday, March 11 | 5 - 7 PM 

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory

Join us for an evening with Black scholars working at the crossroad of the arts, sciences, technology, and business. Panelists include Distinguished Professor and choreographer Dr. Henry Daniel with international guest researchers Adjua Akinwumi, Edward Sembatya, and Shauna-Kaye Brown.

Devi Mucina, curator of Gule Wamkulu: Dancing Indigenous Governance will lead the panel in a discussion of the journey that led each of them to their current area of research and how approaching research through the lens of Blackness generates new knowledge and futurities.

Click here to register

Registration is required for this event.


Poetry Reading with Dr. Afua Cooper

Thursday, March 2 | 7 - 9 PM 

On Campus | Cornett A121

Presented by UVic School of Indigenous Governance

Details: view here


Drawing Our Humanity: Teachings of Ubuntu 

Friday, February 17th | Noon - 4 pm
Saturday, February 18th | Noon - 4 pm

Join us in the gallery for a free Family Day activity inspired by our latest exhibition, Gule Wamkulu: Dancing Indigenous Governance.

Visitors of all ages are invited to create crafts using the Adinkra symbols that appear throughout the exhibition and reflect and celebrate the importance of diverse traditions in our families and communities. 

Light refreshments will be available.


Exhibition Opening Event

Saturday, January 28th, 2023 | 3-5 pm 

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory

Gule Wamkulu: Dancing Indigenous Governance Opening Event

Celebrate the opening of Gule Wamkulu: Dancing Indigenous Governance at Legacy Art Gallery with an introduction by guest curator Dr. Devi Mucina, Program Director of the School of Indigenous Governance at UVic.

The celebration brings together speakers Barbara Hudlin (BC Black History Awareness Society) and Simone Blais (director of Dance Like Everybody’s Watching), alongside a contemporary dance performance and the opportunity to bear witness to a Gule Wamkulu masked dance ceremony to honour Ubuntu ancestors and Elders.

This event is free & open to the public, but guests are encouraged to bring loonies and toonies to offer as tokens of gratitude for the knowledge and teachings of the Gule Wamkulu mask carriers.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided by Stir It Up.

Limited space available. Doors open at 2:30 pm, event begins at 3 pm. 

Image: Kl. Peruzzo de Andrade, Quintal, 2018. 

imageShaping Relations, Tethered Together

Exhibition opening reception

Friday, November 25th, 2022 | 4-6 pm 

On campus | Mearns Centre – McPherson Library | Lower level, Room 025 

Join Shaping Relations, Tethered Together curator Mel Granley for a tour of the new exhibition and conversation with artist Rain Cabana-Boucher. Snacks, fefreshments, and free parking available. 

RSVP here

Legaspi Magnolia StillPiers

Exhibition opening reception 

Thursday, September 29th, 2022 | 7 pm 

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory

Join us for the opening of Piers, an exhibition curated by Kim Dhillon. Piers features work from Visual Arts faculty, sessional instructors, and staff alongside work by artists they consider mentors and artists they have mentored throughout their careers.  

Free | Open to the public | Light refreshments & cash bar 

UVic Visiting Artist Lecture Series 2022-23 & Legacy Gallery Present: 

a performance by participating Piers exhibition artist James Legaspi

Wednesday, September 28th, 2022 | 7:30 PM

Visual Arts Building A162 | UVic + Online

As part of the programming ofr the upcoming Legacy Art Gallery's exhibition Piers, the UVic Visiting Artist Lecture Series presents a critical conversation about art, writing, and pedagogy between emerging artist James Legaspi and faculty member Beth Stuart, introduction by Piers curator Kim Dhillon. The conversation will be followed by a performance by Legaspi. 

Woman walking outdoors with portable roof over headOut of Place 

Opening event with performance by Connie Morey

Friday, July 8 | 7-9pm

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory

For the opening of her solo exhibition Out of Place, Connie Michele Morey will perform Rootless, which explores the embodied experience of being displaced from the earth-as-kin in the face of the industrialization of living things. 

Image: Connie Morey, Roof Over My Head, Slag Heap, Coal Mine #1, K'omoks Traditional Territory (Comox Valley, BC), 2019


Painting of large dark cedar treeStill Standing: Ancient Forest Futures 

Opening reception

Friday, June 25 | 4-6pm

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory

Join us for the opening reception of the new exhibition curated by Jessie Demers. Still Standing: Ancient Forest Futures brings together Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists to reflect on our relationship with old-growth forests in B.C. from a range of cultural and philosophical perspectives. The exhibition explores the relationships between art, ecology and activism in order to envision futures which honour reciprocal relationships with nature.

Image: Jeremy Herndl, The Black Cedar, 2021.

Gift of Food Art Hive

With Natasha S. Reid (Assistant Professor of Art Education, UVic)

Saturday, June 18 | 12-3pm

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory

Free and open for all ages

Come join us for a pop-up art hive in the gallery! Visitors are invited to experiment with art-making in a welcoming drop-in community setting. As a starting point, Natasha S. Reid will facilitate an activity that explores various fruits and vegetables commonly grown in Jamaica.

At the end, you can give your finished artwork to ISSAMBA’s La Teranga Food Distribution to be added to a food hamper or you can bring it home and gift it to someone you know.

This art activity is an extension of Natasha’s artwork Plantain Belt currently exhibited in the Breaking the Mold exhibition at UVic’s Legacy Gallery (630 Yates Street).

Image: Natasha S. Reid, Plantain Belt, 2022.

A photo of participants making art around a table. CANCELLED: With the Seasons

A Storytelling and Drawing Art Hive

Saturday, May 28 | 11-3pm

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory

Stories and drawing with Inuk artist-curator Asinnajaq | 11-12pm
Drop-in multi-media art-making with Natasha S. Reid | 12-3pm

This event is now canceled. Please see the below information for the rescheduled art hive at Legacy on June 18th.

Free and open for all ages

During this pop-up art hive (www.arthives.org) at Legacy Gallery downtown, Inuk artist-curator Asinnajaq (curator of With the Seasons​ at the McClure Gallery) will engage participants in a drawing session while telling stories about the in-between spaces of the weather and the land. The art hive will continue until 3pm, facilitated by Natasha S. Reid, Assistant Professor, UVic Art Education. In an art hive, everyone is welcome and recognized as an artist. We invite you to play with the materials provided or bring your own project to work on in this community art-making space. 

Sponsored by and live-streamed from McClure Gallery, Montreal, PQ

With support from the Canada Council for the Arts

McClure Gallery logo      CCA logo

A photo of someone working with clay. 'that to which we cling'

Drop-in clay hand-building workshop
May 14, 2022 | 11-3pm
UVic Legacy Art Gallery Downtown | 630 Yates St.

with Regan Rasmussem, UVic Art Education

Free and open for all ages

This workshop is dedicated to the theme of resilience. Using local mollusk shells as inspiration and applying clay hand-building techniques, participants will respond to a ceramic sculpture installation from the exhibition Breaking the Mold by making their own small ceramic artifact while considering the question: What beliefs and practices do we cling to for sanctuary and resilience in times of adversity?

Japanese Canadians in the arts: "Did you think it'd come true?"

Opening reception and Lansdowne Lecture with Bryce Kanbara
Governor General’s Award in Visual & Media Arts (2021)

April 23, 2022 | Doors 6:30pm | Event start 7pm
UVic Legacy Art Gallery Downtown | 630 Yates St.

Exploring Japanese Canadian artists, issues of identity, and intergenerational relationships, Bryce Kanbara will be the keynote speaker for the opening of the exhibition, Isshoni: Henry Shimizu’s Paintings of New Denver Internment. Introductory remarks by curator Samantha Marsh. Reception to follow. 

About the speakers:
A photo of Bryce Kanbara

Bryce Kanbara received the 2021 Governor General’s Award for outstanding contributions in Visual and Media Arts. A painter, sculptor, and printmaker, he aspires to bring together Japanese Canadianess, abstract expressionism, locality, literature and community. The proprietor of you me gallery in Hamilton, Bryce Kanbara was a founding member and first administrator of Hamilton Artists Inc. He has held curatorial positions at Burlington Art Centre, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, and Art Gallery at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (Toronto). A lifelong activist in the Japanese Canadian community, he has worked extensively building bridges with other communities.


A photo of Samantha Marsh

Samantha Marsh (she/her) is a mixed-race yonsei cultural worker and independent curator, currently based in Vancouver, the traditional and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and Sel̓íl̓witulh peoples. Both within her personal and professional life, Samantha is passionate about making art and culture engaging, relevant, and accessible for underrepresented communities. Since completing her Msc in Museum Studies from the University of Glasgow, Samantha has worked with the Powell Street Festival Society and the Japanese Canadian community to create intercultural and intergenerational programs, events, and initiatives. 

Live Tattoo Demo and Artist Talk

with Audie Murray and Nicole Neidhardt

March 12 2022 | 12-4pm
UVic Legacy Art Gallery Downtown | 630 Yates St.

Join artists Nicole Neidhardt (Diné) and Audie Murray (Michif) for a live demonstration of cultural tattooing in person and online. Nicole will be demonstrating hand-poke tattooing in person at the Legacy Art Gallery Downtown while Audie demonstrates skin-stitch tattooing remotely.
Opening prayer and artist talks begin at noon, with tattoo demonstrations to follow.
Entry is first come first serve and subject to gallery capacity. Please note that proof of vaccination will be required to enter the gallery on the day of the event. The event will be available to watch on Facebook Live. 

A photograph of the exterior of a dilapidated building. Sounds That Bring us Together

Panel discussion

Feb 24, 2022 | Doors 6:30pm | Event start 7:00pm
UVic Legacy Art Gallery Downtown | 630 Yates St

Please note the capacity for this event is 40 attendees. Proof of vaccination is required for this in-person event. We will be checking proof of vaccination at the door.

A live stream link will be available for those unable to attend in person. Join the Facebook event or access the live stream at this link: https://uvic.zoom.us/j/85188049931

Attending to the sounds around us can offer new perspectives on the spaces we inhabit. Sound is also a powerful tool to convey emotion and connect us with our past. Inspired by the current exhibition Derrumbeat – The Beat of Collapse, anthropologists, artists, musicians and composers will discuss how they think about and integrate sounds in their work with a focus on how sounds contribute to new forms of connection, collaboration, relation, and synthetization in the participants’ ways of thinking, reflecting and imagining.


Adi Laflamme, Composer, Producer, Performer, MA candidate School of Music, UVic
Sue Frohlick, UBC Okanagan, Professor, Anthropology, Gender and Women’s Studies, UBC-Okanagan
Paul Walde, Sound and Visual Artist, Associate Professor, Visual Arts, UVic


Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier, Associate Professor, Anthropology, UVic

A photo of Asia Youngman. Asia is sitting on a bench outdoors. She is smiling and her hands are crossed. A denim jacket is draper over her shoulders. She has long brown hair that falls over her shoulders.

Asia Youngman Screening with Q&A

Feb 12, 2022 | 6 - 7:30PM
UVic Legacy Art Gallery Downtown | 630 Yates St.

Join us for an evening with Cree-Métis filmmaker, Asia Youngman. We will host a screening of Asia Youngman's film This Ink Runs Deep, a documentary short about the revival of cultural tattooing, and nx̌aʔx̌ʔitkʷ (na-haha-eet-ku), a narrative short about a teenager who must navigate peer pressure when her next door neighbour convinces her to explore a nearby island in search of a legendary lake monster.

A Q&A session with Asia will follow each film.

Capacity is limited to 30 people. Proof of vaccination is required for this in-person event.