University of Victoria Legacy Art Galleries



Beauty for All:

The Arts & Crafts Movement in Europe and North America

October 3, 2015 to January 9, 2016

Curated by Holly Cecil

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

630 Yates Street

An exhibition and film project at UVic's Legacy Art Gallery features work by some of the best-known designers of the time: William Morris, C.R. Ashbee, the Roycroft Workshops, Tiffany Studios, Frank Lloyd Wright, Edward Burne-Jones, and Liberty and Co., all from the nationally recognized permanent collection at the University of Victoria.The exhibition demonstrates founder William Morris's belief in a return to simplicity, and that beautiful, well- made objects in the home could promote a better life for both the user and the maker:"If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it: "Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."- William Morris, 1880.

To check out the Arts and Crafts Movement Film Project, click here


Magna Mater:

Katharine Maltwood and the Arts & Crafts Movement

October 8, 2015 to January 9, 2016

Curated by Caroline Riedel

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

630 Yates Street

In 1911, Katharine Maltwood presented her first critically acclaimed sculpture, commissioned for the Roycroft Institute, one of the most important communal craft workshops of the North American Arts and Crafts Movement. Entitled Magna Mater, this piece was installed on the grounds of their headquarters in East Aurora, New York and was intended as a visual embodiment of the ideals held by some of the major proponents of the American Arts and Crafts Movement.

This exhibition investigates the role of the prevailing Arts and Crafts Movement in late 19th century Britain in Maltwood’s art, her research and" discovery" of the Glastonbury Zodiac, her art collecting interests, and subsequently how her bequest defined the collecting priorities of the University of Victoria for the next decade. Indirectly her life’s work helped to build one of the finest Arts and Crafts collections in the country and visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about this highly regarded sculptor's work.

Image Head of Canada, Katharine Maltwood, 1912



Celebrating W.B. Yeats at 150

August 22 to February 1, 2016

Curated by the University of Victoria's Special Collections and Archives staff

Legacy Maltwood (at the Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

2015 marks 150 years since the birth of Irish poet and Nobel laureate William Butler Yeats. This exhibit explores Yeats’ work as a poet and playwright with artwork, rare books, and printed ephemera drawn from the Legacy Gallery and Special Collections and University Archives. The exhibition also features unique items documenting the artistry of his family, including father John Butler Yeats, brother Jack Butler Yeats, and sisters Susan Mary Yeats (Lily) and Elizabeth Corbet Yeats (Lollie), all of whom were noted artists.

Yeats 2015 Facebook Page /// Offical Yeats 2015 Site

Image Exhibition Poster. Portrait of W.B. Yeats by his brother Jack Yeats from Mosada: A Dramatic Poem (Dublin: Printed by Scaly, Bryers and Walker, 1886).

Natural | Supernatural

Natural | Supernatural

Nuu-chah-nulth Serigraph Prints from the University of Victoria's Permanent Collection

Curated by Allison Grey Noble and Caroline Riedel

First Peoples House

For hours & location click here

This exhibition of serigraph prints by artists Patrick Amos, Joe David, Ron Hamilton (Chuuchkamalthnii), Tim Paul, Art Thompson (Tsa-Qwass-Upp), and Glen Webster visually articulates knowledges of histories and stories that are important to the people of the Nuu-chah-nulth nations. These prints are from the university's permanent collection and originate from the print making studio of Vincent Rickard, who worked with these artists in the 1980s and 1990s. Rickard and donors George and Christiane Smyth have given the university nearly 3,000 contemporary Northwest Coast prints, making UVic's collection the most comprehensive in Canada.

Image: Supernatural, Joe David (Nuu-chah-nulth)



Emerging Through the Fog

Tsa-qwa-supp and Tlehpik – Together

February 13, to May 28, 2016

Curated by Hjalmer Wenstob | With supervisory guidance from Williams Legacy Chair, Dr. Carolyn Butler-Palmer

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

630 Yates Street

This is an exhibition of two Nuu-chah-nulth men, “Fog-God” Art Thompson from Ditidaht (1948-2003) and Hjalmer Wenstob from Tla-o-qui-aht. Two artists, two friends. Two lives together.

Featuring the prints and paintings of Art Thompson/Tsa-qwa-supp from the collection of the Legacy Art Galleries and interactive carvings by contemporary artist Hjalmer Wenstob/Tlehpik, whose work is inspired by and resonates with that of his teacher and friend Tsa-qwa-supp. Tsa-qwa-supp taught for many years and inspired a number of artists who continue his work in this day.

Emerging Through The Fog seeks to honour and commemorate the life and work of the dedicated teacher Tsa-qwa-supp on the occasion of Tlehpik’s B.F.A from the University of Victoria’s Visual Arts Department. We invite you to join us in celebrating the life of Tsa-qwa-supp, an inspiring and caring teacher.

Image Courting Ravens, Art Thompson, 1990.


PRAXIS: Studio/Classroom

Current work by art educators from the University of Victoria

January 16 to February 6, 2016

Current work by art educators from the University of Victoria.

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

630 Yates Street

Approximately 20 art educators are featured in the exhibition, including: Bill Zuk, Michael Emme, Don Bergland, Michelle Wiebe, and Bob Dalton. All are faculty members or sessional instructors within the Art Education section of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

An important avenue of research and professional development for art educators from the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Education may be seen in their studio practice. Both the classroom and the studio are sites of research and learning. Through decades of collaboration, exchange and annual group exhibitions, they recognize and value the interdependence of teaching and creative production, each informing and enhancing the other. Teaching in studio areas as diverse as ceramics, digital arts, sculpture and photography, the studio work is richly varied. Drawing upon diverse personal and professional experiences and inspirations, the exhibition of their creative production represents an exciting array of ideas, imagery and processes.

Image Michael J. Emme with New Muses, Don Bergland.

Events & Programs

Public Talk

Dr. Allan Antliff (Art History and Visual Studies, UVic)

Topic: Anti-Colonialism, Post-Industrialism and the Arts and Crafts

Thursday, November 26, 7pm /// Doors 6:30pm

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

630 Yates Street

Free & open to the public /// *** please note, seating is limited.

Dr. Allan Antliff will explore a little known facet of the Arts and Crafts: anti-colonial currents in Britain and India which called for humanity to renounce industrial capitalism and State power along with it. Allan began his appointment as Canada Research Chair at University of Victoria in 2003. He has taught courses on activism and art; anarchist aesthetics; Russian Constructivism; New York Dada and numerous topics on modernism and contemporary art. He is also Director of the Anarchist Archive at UVic, has authored three books, and is editor of Only a Beginning, an anthology of the anarchist movement in Canada. Active as a theorist and art historian, he has written on a wide range of topics including pedagogy; post-structuralism; new media; and aesthetics.



With former National Gallery of Canada Curator of Canadian Art, Charles Hill.

Topic: “Artists, Architects and Artisans: Canadian Art 1890-1918”

Thursday, October 29, 7pm /// Doors 6:30pm

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

630 Yates Street

Free & open to the public /// *** please note, seating is limited.

The groundbreaking exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada last year looked at the interaction among artists, architects, and artisans, as well as critics and collectors from 1890-1918. Deriving their goals from both the Beaux-Arts and Arts & Crafts movements, practitioners of the various arts encouraged an aesthetic that saw art manifest in all aspects of daily life. Painters produced murals and architects designed furniture; clubs formed to bring writers, musicians, artists and architects together; and collectors and governments commissioned paintings, furnishings, and sculpture for public and private buildings. Photography rivaled painting and crafts became applied design. Curator of Canadian Art Emeritus Charles Hill explores how architecture, monumental sculpture, urban planning, mural and decorative painting, graphic design, decorative arts, and photography came together in Canada during these prosperous decades.
Charles Hill began work at the National Gallery of Canada in 1972 and was appointed Curator of Canadian Art in 1980. His exhibitions include Canadian Painting in the Thirties (1975), John Vanderpant Photographs (1977), To Found a National Gallery: The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts 1880- 1913 (1980), Morrice A Gift to the Nation, The G. Blair Laing Collection (1992), William Kurelek (1992), The Group of Seven: Art for a Nation (1995), Tom Thomson (2002), Emily Carr: New Perspectives on a Canadian Icon (2006), and Artists, Architects and Artisans: Canadian Art 1890-1918 (2013). He has had a consistent interest in the relationships between art and society and in the integration of art in the public and private sphere. Hill was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in 2000 and received an Honorary Doctorate from Concordia University, Montreal, in 2007.


Image Front cover, exhibition catalogue for Artists, Architects and Artisans: Canadian Art 1890-1918

SAORI Weaving Workshop

Learn Saori weaving with Saori freestyle weaver and designer Terri Bibby of Saori Salt Spring.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

630 Yates Street

The Legacy Art Gallery will be offering two workshops:
Sunday, November 29th:
Workshop 1 // 9am - 12pm
Workshop 2 // 1pm - 4pm
$75 per person / per workshop *cash only please
Saori looms and all materials provided. Light snacks and beverages included.

To register for a SAORI Weaving workshop at the Legacy Art Gallery Downtown, please call 250.721.6562 or e-mail us to reserve your spot. Due to very limited availability, please register only if you plan to attend.

For more information on Saori Weaving, Terri Bibby and Saori Salt Spring click here

The University if Victoria Legacy Art Galleries is non-profit. All proceeds go to the artist.


The City Talks

A distinguished lecture series sponsored by the University of Victoria’s Committee for Urban Studies.

Doors 7pm | Start 7:30 pm

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown
630 Yates Street

Free & open to the public

View the Poster here

Fall 2015: Street Art and the Politics

Join scholars for public presentations and discussions of the conflicts, pleasures, of Urban Place-Making and politics of city life.

September 17

Urban Street Art and Social Movements in Oaxaca, Mexico: 1968/2006/2015 with Héctor Espinosa, Founder of Galeria Anomolía

October 22

Pop Culture, Place, and Politics: Graffiti and Street Art in Montreal with Anna Waclawek, Department of Art History, Concordia University

November 19

Let’s Talk about Free Walls: Community Perspectives on Decriminalized Sites of Uncommissioned Public Art

Panelists to include:
Lisa Helps (Mayor of Victoria), Erik Volet (Trackside Art Gallery), Wendy Welch (Vancouver Island School of Art), Erika Heynrman (Wildfire Bakery), and Ken Kelly (Downtown Victoria Business Association)

Education Resources

Exhibitions at UVic’s Legacy Art Galleries Available as Teaching Resource

Exhibitions at UVic’s Legacy Art Galleries Available as Teaching Resource Legacy announces its exhibition and program season and invites faculty to consider including visits to the galleries as part of cross-disciplinary classroom learning opportunities or as part of assignments. With venues on campus (Legacy Maltwood in the Mearns Centre for Learning) and downtown (Legacy Art Gallery) the Legacy program is varied. Class tours, lectures and research visits can also be arranged with notice.

To view the PDF with the information for the 2015-16 season click here


Perpetual Salish:

Coast Salish Art in the Classroom

Perpetual Salish: Coast Salish Art in the Classroom is an online resource for teachers, offering cross-curricular lesson plans to engage students and facilitate their understanding of Coast Salish culture and art.

This site is based on the exhibition Perpetual Salish: Contemporary Coast Salish Art from the Salish Weave Collection, curated by Coast Salish artist lessLIE, and originally presented at the University of Victoria's Legacy Art Gallery Downtown (August 15, 2014 - January 10, 2015). The Legacy presented tours of the exhibition for grade four classes to educate the students about Coast Salish art and culture. Coast Salish Art in the Classroom aims to bring this educational initiative to a broader audience.

Click here to visit the website Coast Salish Art in the Classroom

Image wHOle W(((h)))orl(((d))) - lessLIE, Serigraph on paper, 2014

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