Upcoming events and programs

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

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

A Storytelling and Drawing Art Hive
May 28, 2022 | 11-3pm
UVic Legacy Art Gallery Downtown | 630 Yates St.

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

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

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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.