Current exhibitions

imageGule Wamkulu: Dancing Indigenous Governance

January 14 - April 8, 2023

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory

Gule Wamkulu invites the visitor to bear witness to the Great Dance that serves as the governance structure of the Chewa people. This immersive exhibition features photographs, films, and objects that celebrate how we, as diverse African Canadians, build community while being relationally respectful of all Coast Salish expressions of sovereignty.

—Guest curator, Dr. Devi Mucina, Program Director, School of Indigenous Governance & Kl. Peruzzo de Andrade  

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Dance Like Everybody's Watching

January 14 - April 8, 2023

Legacy Downtown Sidewalk Gallery | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory

Local artist Simone Blais presents her debut documentary, Dance Like Everybody's Watching. The short film exposes the lives of three Black dancers in Victoria, BC (lək̓ʷəŋən territory) as they expose their worlds of flamenco, hip hop, and dancehall. While the dancers grapple with racism, tokenism, and stereotypes, we are reminded that dance is always political. This film deals with themes of cultural appropriation in dance and is uniquely a BC production. 100% of the production, cast and crew are based in Victoria, BC.

Image: still from Dance Like Everybody's Watching

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Legacy Maltwood is located on campus at the Mearns Centre – McPherson Library

French Exit, painting by Rain Cabana Boucher

Shaping Relations, Tethered Together

November 25, 2022 - August 25, 2023

Legacy Maltwood Gallery | On campus in the Mearns Centre – McPherson Library
Lekwungen territory

Curated by Mel Granley.

Shaping Relations, Tethered Together dives into Legacy's permanent collection to explore ideas of togetherness and that which cultivates relationships. Each work examines a different facet of the relationships people form with one another, the world around us, and our relationships with ourselves. Tenderness and the importance of connection are meditated on throughout the exhibition, through a diverse selection of media and artists.

Showing at the Legacy Maltwood Gallery on campus, please come visit this eclectic show and spend some time with us.

Opening Reception 

Friday, November 25 | Mearns Centre – McPherson Library | Room 025 | 4 - 6 pm

Details here

Image: Rain Cabana-Boucher, French exit (detail), 2021.

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Located on campus, First Peoples House displays artwork from the university's collection through rotating exhibitions.

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To Come Together

Artist Portraits

Jan 22, 2022 - ongoing

First Peoples House | UVic Campus
Lekwungen territory

8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday
Visitors are permitted to view the exhibition but must follow COVID-19 protocols.

Visit the exhibition website

Curated by Andrea Walsh, Smyth Chair in Arts and Engagement

Amanda LaLiberte's photo portraits showcase 12 Coast Salish artists who participated in the Visiting Artist Program hosted by the UVic Department of Anthropology.

Image credit: Amanda Laliberte, 2021.

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