Legacy Art Galleries

detail of "SHELIS - Life" by Temoseng aka Chasz Elliott showing a net laid atop a circular wooden relief sculpture with a salmon escaping through a hole in the net.

On now - To Fish as Formerly

To Fish as Formerly tells the story of the SX̱OLE (the Reef Net Fishery) through contemporary art, traditional knowledge and historical documentation. The exhibition shares the story of the efforts of generations of W̱SÁNEĆ people who are revitalizing the belief systems, spirituality, knowledge and practices inherent to the SX̱OLE.

To Fish as Formerly
An exhibition image of To Fish As Formerly

Opening Prayer and Territory Acknowledgement

In lieu of the event we would have had to commemorate the opening of To Fish As Formerly, we invite you to watch Songees Elder Frank Bangus George give an opening prayer and territory acknowlegement for the exhibition. 

Territory Acknowledgement
Sarah Jim holds her painting, "Moon Tide", in front of greenery

To Fish As Formerly Artist Interview Series

To Fish As Formerly

Artist Interview Series
detail of an artwork in TUKTUUYAQTUUQ by Maureen Gruben depicting a curly wire casting shadows onto caribou hide.


'Tuktuuyaqtuuq’ is the Inuvialuktun name of Maureen Gruben’s home on the Arctic coast (known in English as 'Tuktoyaktuk'). It means 'Looks Like a Caribou.’ The tuktu/caribou are integral to Inuvialuit life, providing food, clothes, tools, stories. In TUKTUUYAQTUUQ, Gruben works with multiple facets of the animal: the translucent heart sac, the intricate patterning of bone seams on skulls that are reminiscent of waterways curving through the land.

The words "Re-opening June 17" appear in big white letters in the foreground. In the background depicts the exterior of Legacy's downtown gallery. It has a filter applied on top of it that makes the blues in the image extra vivid.

Legacy downtown is open

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

Now open

Legacy Art Galleries

black line illustration of Legacy's downtown locationUniversity of Victoria Legacy Art Galleries is the university’s art museum.

We reach across disciplines, within and beyond the university, to engage visitors in learning and dialogue about issues that matter.

Our two main goals are:

  • To develop engagement opportunities that grow and enhance links between UVic and the wider community.
  • To provide learning opportunities through exhibitions, public programs, publications and community-based research projects related to UVic's collection of Canadian, Indigenous and international historic and contemporary art.

We acknowledge with respect the Lekwungen peoples on whose traditional territory the University of Victoria stands, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.