University of Victoria Legacy Art Galleries

Legacy Downtown

The Hot Line

Making a Scene!
Victoria’s Artists in the 1960's

April 2 to June 27, 2015

Curated by Emerald Johnstone-Bedell

With contributions by Josie Greenhill, Jenelle Pasiechnik, Caroline Riedel, Kate Riordon and Naomi Shields

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

630 Yates Street

The 1960s marked a growing cultural awareness and pride in the contemporary visual arts of Victoria. Events such as the B.C. centennial celebrations in 1958 and Expo ‘67 created a widespread impetus for experimental cultural production. The opening of the University of Victoria’s Gordon Head campus expanded local arts education, which coincided with the opening of new commercial and public galleries. Both developments drew professional artists, often with international roots, to Victoria. At the same time a cultural resurgence was taking place in Indigenous art partly supported by the Provincial Museum’s Thunderbird Park carving program as well as new Indigenous owned and operated galleries and commercial ventures.

This exhibition features a selection of work by resident artists including Maxwell Bates, Henry Hunt, Eric Metcalfe, Margaret Peterson, Herbert Siebner, Robin Skelton, and Ina D.D. Uhthoff to demonstrate the spontaneous activity and networks that brought contemporary art to the forefront of B.C.’s capital city.

As of Saturday, June 6th /// SMALL GALLERY /// Come see our expanded show with ten new artists added to the exhibit including John Di Castri, Joseph Egoyan, P.K. Irwin (aka P.K. Page) Molly Privett, Leroy Jensen, Godfrey Stephens, Jack Wise and Jan Zach. This exhibition features a selection of work by resident artists and demonstrates the spontaneous activity and networks that brought contemporary art to the forefront of B.C.’s capital city at a time of growing civic and national pride in Canadian and regional art.

Join us

On Thursday, June 11 at 7:30pm for a FREE MOVIE NIGHT /// To Sir with Love /// Doors at 7pm / popcorn / cash bar / 1960’s dress-up encouraged.

Popcorn! /// Cash bar! /// 1960’s dress-up encouraged :)

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Image Exhibition PosterThe Hot Line Robin Skelton | Collage on paper, ca. 1956-1968. UVic Special Collections, Robin Skelton fonds, SC114 Acc.#1991-093, 1.1.


Bridge Over Troubled Water

Yoko Takashima with Ruby Arnold

April 9 to May 30, 2015

Organized by Mary Jo Hughes

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown | 630 Yates Street | Small Gallery

Bridge Over Troubled Water is an interactive video and sound installation created by Victoria artist Yoko Takashima, with technical assistance in collaboration with recent UVic graduate, Ruby Arnold. Takashima filmed about 40 volunteers singing the Simon and Garfunkel classic Bridge Over Troubled Water. Her manipulation of these recordings allows for the faces and voices to blend and transform over time in such a way that no identical image or performance will ever be seen. Unexpected narratives and raw human connections are forged between performer and viewer in this constantly self-generating installation.

Bridge Over Troubled Water is the second installment of IN SESSION, a series of exhibitions featuring UVic sessional instructors in the Visual Arts Department.

Image Still from Yoko Takashima’s installation Bridge Over Troubled Water, 2015

Generously funded by the BC Arts Council



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Karl Spreitz: Self-Propelled

March 7 to July 26, 2015

Curated by Emerald Johnstone-Bedell & Naomi Shields

Legacy Maltwood (at the Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

Spreitz uses whimsy and paradoxical imagery to challenge the conventions of mundane life. This self-driven, multi-talented connoisseur developed an authentic artistic style that echoes his character and life experiences. Anti-authority satire, human mechanization, and formal compositions derive from his Austrian upbringing, athletic training, and film and photography career. This selective retrospect presents various artwork, film, photographs and ephemera documenting Spreitz’s life and cultural contributions.

Image Exhibition Poster

Natural | Supernatural

Natural | Supernatural

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

June 16, 2014 to May 31, 2015

Curated by Allison Grey Noble and Caroline Riedel

First Peoples House

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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)


unlimited edition

July 4 to Sept 26, 2015

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

630 Yates Street

Kenojuak Ashevak (Inuit) • Carl Beam (Ojibwe) • Robert Davidson (Haida) •Charles Greul • Chuuchkamalathnii (Nuu-chah-nulth)• Mark Henderson (Kwakwaka’wakw) • Richard Hunt (Kwakwaka’wakw) • Ellen Neel (Kwakwaka’wakw) • Pudlo Pudlat (Inuit) • Daphne Odjig (Odawa-Potawatomi) • Walter J Phillips • Bill Reid (Haida) • Chief Henry Speck (Kwakwaka’wakw) • Art Thompson (Nuu-chah-nulth) • Art Wilson (Gitsxan)

unlimited edition attempts to construct an art historical framework that looks at how prints by Aboriginal and Inuit artists represented in the Kamloops Art Gallery's permanent collection, supplemented by works on loan from the Carleton University Art Gallery and Legacy Art Galleries, represent a drive to preserve, portray and popularize oral histories and address social inequities in the medium of printmaking. Featuring prints from Northwest Coast, Woodlands and Inuit artists with a focus on an early period of printmaking in the 50s through to the 70s, unlimited edition showcases prints that relate to ideas of cultural story, politics of land, and the beauty of Indigenous aesthetics.

unlimited edition is organized by the Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, B.C. Curated by Tania Willard (Secwepemc), Aboriginal Curator in Residence, Kamloops Art Gallery

Image Sea Monster - Ya–gish, Chief Henry Speck, 1963



FREE Movie Night

To Sir with Love

Thursday | June 11

Doors 7pm | Movie 7:30pm

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

630 Yates Street | free

In celebration of our current exhibition MAKING A SCENE: Victoria's Artists in the 1960's, join us on Thursday, June 11 at 7:30pm for a FREE MOVIE NIGHT /// To Sir with Love /// Doors at 7pm

Popcorn! Cash bar!
1960’s dress-up encouraged :)

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