Upcoming exhibitions

Legacy Downtown is located at  630 Yates Street

imageLegacy Downtown is open!

We are so excited to welcome you back into the downtown gallery to see our two new exhibitions.

Our new hours are:

Wednesday to Saturday: 10 - 4pm

In order for you to have a safe visit, we have developed a BC Restart Safety Plan.

imageLife Stories

December 2, 2020 - April 3, 2021

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory

Curated by Dr. Erin Campbell, UVic, Professor, Art History and Visual Studies (BA, MA, & PhD, University of Toronto). Co-curated by Jaiya Anka, UVic Art History and Visual Studies PhD Candidate (UVic Alumni, MA ‘17); Holly Cecil (UVic Alumni, BA ’16, MA ’19). The Bed Room Installation by Elly Heise (UVic Alumni, MFA ’20).

With artists: Nina Raginsky, Frank Pimentel, IITTAASHTEXAALIASH Winona Plenty Hoops, Ulli Steltzer, Maxwell Bates and more.

Art shapes our life stories, our sense of self and our relationships, as we journey through the life stages: Beginnings, Childhood, Coming of Age, Maturity, Later Life, and Passages. Life-stages imagery and objects may inspire memories and reflection, offer comfort, joy, and healing, and foster a sense of belonging. However, such imagery can also be a source of cultural stereotypes, engender marginalization, cause pain, and create feelings of loss.

Paintings, drawings, photographs, textiles, ceramics, and furnishings from the university collections evoke a plurality of experiences across the life course. Artist Elly Heise’s installation The Bed Room highlights the intertwining of memory, materiality, and life passages. Interwoven with the artworks are voices of writers, artists, scholars, and curators offering diverse perspectives on significant stages informing our lives.

Image: Jack Wilkinson, Girl In Blue Flowered Nightgown. Oil on canvas, 104 x 78.5 cm, 1972-1975. U996.25.57. Gift of Dr. Myfanwy Spencer Pavelic.

Supported by a grant from: Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada. 


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

The Legacy Maltwood Gallery is closed until further notice.