Upcoming events and programs

All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.

On Beaded Ground Bubble Tours

30 minutes | Max 6 people

These in-person tours will examine the ways in which historic and contemporary Indigenous beadwork inform one another, with a focus on the colonial legacy of museum practices and collections.

Bookings available Thursday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Please book minimum one week in advance

Contact Mel Granley, Young Canada Works Curatorial Intern

On Beaded Ground Summer Event Series


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Flat Stitch Beading Workshop - FULL

Wednesday, June 16th & Thursday, June 17th 2021 | 11am-1pm PDT
Online via Zoom | Registration is now full!

Workshop fee: $5 | Free for Indigenous participants

Nicole Mandryk and Lynette LaFontaine will be knowledge sharing flat stitch beading, with a one needle and thread technique to create a floral pin. The design allows for learning several techniques transferrable to many designs and projects. Through a virtual circle, the artists will share stories of their mentorship relationship and personal beading journeys.

Materials will be available for pickup at Legacy Art Gallery Downtown (630 Yates St) one week before workshop. Fee can be paid in cash at this time, and is non-refundable.


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Fostering Indigenous Cultural Practices through Museum Collections

Moderated by Michelle Jacques

Thursday, September 9 2021 | 7-8:30pm PDT
Online via Zoom | Registration opening soon

Join artists Daphne Boyer and Bev Koski alongside Dr. Maureen Matthews, Curator of Cultural Anthropology at the Manitoba Museum and Michelle Jacques, Head of Exhibitions and Collection and Chief Curator at the Remai Modern, as they discuss Indigenous beading and the role of museums in supporting Indigenous artists to connect with their histories.


The Online Summer Event Series is generously supported by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

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 Event banner for Kitchen Table Talk: The Beauty of Beading. The background of the banner is two tones of blue. Portraits of Gregory Scofield and Sherry Farrell-Racette are cropped in circular frames. Both artists are smiling and looking at the camera.

Kitchen Table Talk: The Beauty of Beading

Thursday, June 3rd 2021 | 6-7pm PDT
Recording coming soon - check our YouTube channel

Join Gregory Scofield - poet, beader and associate professor of Writing at UVic - and Sherry Farrell Racette - artist, curator and associate professor of Visual Arts at University of Regina - as they share stories and images and chat the heck out of beads and bags!


Event banner for Potlatch Punk and Contemporary Beading. The background of the banner is two tones of blue. Portraits of Whess Harmon, Audie Murray and Teresa Vander Meer-Chasse are cropped in circular frames. The artists are all looking at the camera.

Potlatch Punk and Contemporary Beading

Thursday, May 6th, 2021 | 7-8:30pm PDT
Recording coming soon - check our YouTube channel

Bring your latest beading project and join artists Whess Harman, Audie Murray and Teresa Vander Meer-Chasse as they bead, share stories and discuss their work in On Beaded Ground.

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Watch the event recording

Wednesday, March 17 | 7-8 pm
Online via Zoom | Register online
Facebook Event

Join us online with Victoria-based artist Connie Morey (UVic MEd ’07, Phd ‘17) for a discussion about her performance work Hearing Voices and her broader practice as an artist and educator. 

An oil painting in yellow and orange tones of a child sitting and writing at a desk. Writing from Life Stories

A workshop with Carla Funk

Saturday, March 6 | 1-4pm
Online via Zoom 
Email legacy@uvic.ca to be added to the waitlist
Facebook Event

In this three hour online workshop, writers will draw inspiration from Life Stories, an exhibition that illuminates the various stages and rituals of life through visual and material culture.

Participants will engage with a series of guided prompts and literary experiments designed as a tour and a treasure hunt through both the exhibit and one’s own personal gallery of memory and experience. All literary genres and levels of experience are welcome.

As part of the workshop, writers will have the opportunity to have their work included as part of the interactive Life Stories journal.

Image: Myfanwy Pavelic, Tessa Writing, 1954Gift of Dr. Myfanwy Spencer Pavelic. 

Connie Morey walks with her back turned to the camera. She is wearing a sculptural backpack made up of images of abandoned homes. She is walking on gravel in front of a red brick wall. Performance - Hearing Voices

Connie Morey responds to Life Stories

Saturdays, February 20, 27 and March 6 | 11am – 12pm
Downtown Victoria
Facebook event

While the exhibition Life Stories gives space to the objects and associated memories that inhabit our lives, Connie Morey’s (UVic Alumni, MEd ’07, Phd ‘17) performed sculpture Hearing Voices explores the voices and stories of life in seemingly uninhabited spaces. As a way to extend Life Stories beyond what we see and hear in the Gallery into the surrounding downtown neighbourhood, Connie will carry an assemblage of abandoned spaces on her back as she walks through the streets and alleys of Victoria. Through walking, she activates spaces that are seen as inactive, exploring what it might look like to hear the voices of those who inhabit spaces deemed vacant. What is the voice of a decomposing building, of the overgrowth of nature on concrete walls, of the layered processes of graffiti on unkept structures? What are the life stories of the spaces we don’t often see?

Orion Lecture in Fine Arts: Jennifer Baichwal

Wednesday, February 3 | 4pm
Online Via Zoom
Open to the public | Register online

imageUVic's Faculty of Fine Arts, in sponsorship with the Art History & Visual Studies department, presents an Orion Lecture Series webinar with Canadian documentary filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal, in conversation with writer and director Barbara Todd Hager. Jennifer Baichwal will highlight the “life story” of our planet and how its life stages shape the life stories of human and non-human species. A link to her award-winning, feature-length documentary Anthropocene: The Human Epoch will be available to registered webinar guests for a limited time before and after the discussion. More info.

Presented by UVic’s Department of Art History & Visual Studies
For more information on this lecture please email: ahvsasst@uvic.ca

Life Stories Curator Tour and Interview

UVic Alumni Association Event

Wednesday, January 27 | 5pm
Online Via Zoom
Open to the public | Register online

imageJoin the UVic Alumni Association for an online exploration of Legacy's current exhibition. Life Stories is a poignant exploration of  how art shapes our life stories, our sense of self and our relationships, as we journey through the life stages. Curated by three UVic Art History and Visual Studies scholars:  Dr. Erin J. Campbell, Professor, Jaiya Anka,  PhD Candidate (UVic, MA ‘17); Holly Cecil (BA ’16, MA ’19), Life Stories draws from UVic’s rich art collection. The evening will include a short tour of the exhibition followed by a live interview led by Legacy Director Mary Jo Hughes with the curators and featured artist and alumna Elly Heise (MFA ’20). We will end the evening with your questions.

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If you have any questions, please contact Alumni Relations at 250-721-6000.

Image: Jack Wilkinson, Girl In Blue Flowered Nightgown, 1972-75Gift of Dr. Myfanwy Spencer Pavelic.