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Legacy Downtown

Legacy Downtown

Legacy Downtown is located at 630 Yates Street, Victoria BC Canada.

Myfanwy Pavelic: Mirrored Selves Within and Without

May 25 - September 21, 2019

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory

Curator Talk
with Patricia Bovey
Thursday, July 25 | 7pm

This exhibition is presented in two parts:
Legacy Maltwood | at the Mearns Centre – McPherson Library | May 18 - Sept 15
Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St. | May 25 - Sept 21

Victoria-born artist Myfanwy Pavelic (1916-2007) was fascinated with the inner and outer dimensions of being human. Imbued with prescient human insights, and largely self-taught, she created insightful and compelling portraits in pencil, collage, acrylic and oil.

In an exhibition that spans her entire career, guest curator Patricia Bovey explores Pavelic’s keen observation, empathy and knowledge of anatomy allowed her to capture her subjects’ inner essence – fears, vulnerabilities and strengths - consistently revealing the tensions between within and without. Her self-portraits honestly convey her own inner explorations and she used this experience to probe the depths of celebrities including acclaimed violinist Yehudi Menuhin, Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, and renowned actress Katharine Hepburn. Multilayered in feeling and expression, her works exude dignity, beauty and the depths of joy, sadness and despair.

Image: Myfanwy Pavelic, Raincoat (Self-Portrait), 1987, Gift of Dr. Myfanwy Spencer Pavelic.

Women Artists Changing Collections: Recent Acquisitions

April 20 - July 20, 2019

Inner Gallery
Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory

Lou-ann Neel in Conversation with Lorilee Wastasecoot
Thursday June 6 | 7pm

Guest Curated by Bradley Clements (Young Canada Works Curatorial Intern) and Lorilee Wastasecoot (BC Arts Council Curatorial Intern)

Art by women is egregiously under-represented in most public collections and exhibitions. How can this be changed and how is it changing at the Legacy?

Women Artists Changing Collections: Recent Acquisitions presents works by women that are new to the Legacy collection. These artists come from diverse backgrounds, have multiple inspirations and help viewers to see from unique perspectives. Come to get acquainted with emerging and well-known women artists who are changing the Legacy collection; come to question what more can be done and which artists remain absent.

At the Legacy we strive to present the work and stories of diverse artists. Our 2019 exhibits focus on the art of women, non-binary, two-spirit and trans people.

Please note the exhibition will be closed May 22-23 during installation in the main gallery.

Image: Pnina Granirer, In Flight, 1976, Gift of Dr. A. Jean Elder.


Legacy Maltwood

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

Myfanwy Pavelic: Mirrored Selves Within and Without

May 18 - September 15 , 2019

Legacy Maltwood (at the Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)
Lekwungen territory

Opening Celebration & Curator’s Talk with Patricia Bovey
Saturday, May 25 | 2-4pm | 630 Yates Street

This exhibition is presented in two parts:
Legacy Maltwood | at the Mearns Centre – McPherson Library | May 18 - Sept 15
Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St. | May 25 - Sept 21

Victoria-born artist Myfanwy Pavelic (1916-2007) was fascinated with the inner and outer dimensions of being human. Imbued with prescient human insights, and largely self-taught, she created insightful and compelling portraits in pencil, collage, acrylic and oil.

In an exhibition that spans her entire career, guest curator Patricia Bovey explores Pavelic’s keen observation, empathy and knowledge of anatomy allowed her to capture her subjects’ inner essence – fears, vulnerabilities and strengths - consistently revealing the tensions between within and without. Her self-portraits honestly convey her own inner explorations and she used this experience to probe the depths of celebrities including acclaimed violinist Yehudi Menuhin, Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, and renowned actress Katharine Hepburn. Multilayered in feeling and expression, her works exude dignity, beauty and the depths of joy, sadness and despair.

Image: Myfanwy Pavelic, Raincoat (Self-Portrait), 1987, Gift of Dr. Myfanwy Spencer Pavelic.

First Peoples House

Located on campus, First Peoples House displays artwork from the University Collection through rotating exhibitions.

Our Relations

September 2018 - December 2019

Curated by Wyatt Schiefelbein, Young Canada Works Graduate Intern

First Peoples House, UVic Campus
Lekwungen territory

For hours & location click here

This exhibition focuses on the notion of relationship mîyo-wîcehtowin or good/beautiful relationship. Some pieces tell stories of relationships that have been formed and maintained since the Beginning and which continue to develop to this day. Other pieces show the formation of new relationships based on respect and kinship, while still others reflect the interconnectedness of all things.

By better understanding the ways in which relationships function in our everyday lives, we can learn how to create and maintain mîyo-wîcehtowin on Turtle Island.

Image: The Dance of Life and Death, Abraham Apakark Anghik Ruben, n.d.

We acknowledge the support Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage

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