University of Victoria Legacy Art Galleries




The Continuum of Indigenous Customary Practices into Contemporary Art

April 11 - July 7, 2018

Guest curated by France Trépanier

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.

Opening Celebration: Thursday, April 12, 7-9 pm * Artists will be in attendance | Facebook Event Page

Curator Talk: With France Trépanier Saturday, May 26, 2pm

THE TIME OF THINGS proposes to challenge the binary of traditional and contemporary art. It considers the continuum of Indigenous customary practices into contemporary Indigenous art through the work of five women artists – Daphne Boyer, Maureen Gruben, Susan Pavel, Skeena Reece, and Marika Echachis Swan.  Through their various Indigenous perspectives, this exhibition explores how the concept of time informs the production of Indigenous art today. It looks at how time influences connections to materials and process and it delves into the influence of intergenerational memory and knowledge passed through time on art making.

Image: Gestation, Maureen Grueben, 2016.



The Art of The Malahat Review

Legacy Maltwood (at the Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

January 25 - May 13, 2018

Curated by Caroline Riedel, Legacy Art Galleries, UVic.

The Malahat Review one of Canada’s most iconic and long-standing literary journals. In its fifty-year run, its pages have featured the work of established writers, emerging talent and critical essays on both literature and the visual arts. The synergy between art and literature is particularly evident in the cover art and essays of the journal’s first decade, which presented new work by internationally acclaimed artists such as Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Andy Warhol, and Roy Lichtenstein. These prestigious contributors were followed by the gradual introduction of west coast Canadian artists who at the time were making their mark on the emerging modern art scene of Victoria and Vancouver in the 60s and 70s. Thereafter, Canadian artists were equated with the visual identity of the magazine.

This exhibition pays tribute to the role of art in the journal – selected from 200 cover images over the past 50 years- and focuses in particular on works from the journal’s home institution, the collection of the University of Victoria. Featured artists include Maxwell Bates, Robert De Castro, Glenn Howarth, P.K. Irwin, Davidee Kavik, Jack Kidder, Tony Hunt Sr., Elza Mayhew, Eric Metcalfe, Myfanwy Pavelic, Margaret Peterson, Bill Reid, and Gordon A. Smith.

Commemorative limited-edition publication The Malahat Review at Fifty: Canada’s Iconic Literary Journal

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This publication was produced by UVic Libraries as part of its imprint and publication series.

The limited-edition monograph highlights The Malahat’s achievements while looking forward to the future, and is richly illustrated with archival material from UVic Special Collections and University Archives and art from the UVic Legacy Art Galleries’ collection. Essays, critical commentaries and memoirs were provided by past and present editors, contributors and editorial board members—as well as nationally prominent writers with long associations with the journal—including Jan Martel and UVic Chancellor Shelagh Rogers, as well as Phillip Kevin Paul, Derk Wynand, Eve Joseph, Jay Ruzesky, Jan Zwicky and others.

Image: Head of Cadmium, Margaret Peterson.

Origin Stories II

Serigraph prints from the UVic Legacy Art Galleries

Guest curated by Jackson McDermott (Dene/Cree), organised by Wyatt Schiefelbein

First Peoples House, UVic Campus

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This exhibition of serigraph prints was created in response to the Government of Canada’s celebration of 150 years since Confederation. It is intended to acknowledge a much longer history by presenting Indigenous narratives that move beyond limited settler versions of the history of where we live and where we come from. Through serigraph prints chosen by guest curator, Jackson McDermott (Dene/Cree) from the Fort Nelson First Nation, this exhibition explores centuries-old stories that continue to live in the people, communities, nations and lands of this place.

Image: Kwaht-Yaht is Born, Art Thompson (Tsa Qwa Supp), 1989.



Upcoming Events

Opening Reception

The Continuum of Indigenous Customary Practices into Contemporary Art

Curated by France Trépanier

Thursday, April 12, 7-9 pm

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.

* Artists will be in attendance

Facebook Event Page

This new exhibition, guest curated by France Trépanier, a visual artist, curator and researcher of Kanien’kéha:ka and French ancestry, will explore how deep connections to land and Indigenous concepts of non-linear time inform Indigenous art today. It will challenge the binary of traditional and contemporary art while also remembering and honouring the generations of Indigenous women who have nurtured their own creative gifts and transmitted knowledge and skills to the next generation.

Image: Gestation, Maureen Gruben, 2016.




Professional Development for Educators

Rethinking Gender: Educating Beyond the Binary

Legacy Downtown & Royal BC Museum

February 23, 2018 | 9am -2:30pm | *free

Visit the registration page.

This workshop will offer strategies on how to talk about transgender identities with students and colleagues and model respectful understanding and awareness of gender diversity within and beyond the classroom.
The first part of the day will take place at the University of Victoria Legacy Gallery Downtown, in the exhibition Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects. The second part of the day will take place at the Royal BC Museum where participants will envision ways to insert trans stories into museum spaces and within the curriculum.

Questions? Contact Gillian Booth, Academic & Community Programs Coordinator | 250.721.0831



Educational Resources

UVic Legacy Art Galleries - Where art works for teaching & learning.

The UVic Legacy Art Gallery downtown and the Legacy Maltwood on campus provide rich academic art experiences for UVic students and faculty.

- Book our downtown classroom space
- Schedule our on-campus workshops
- Book a free facilitated visit
- Access to our collection for research & study
- Book a Post-secondary & high school tours of our upcoming exhibition, There is Truth Here

On Campus Workshop

Teaching Visual and Critical Thinking Skills Through Looking at Art

In this three-part series, participants will be invited to engage individually and communally in a variety of experiential activities that explore how to build visual and critical thinking skills through looking at and discussing art. With artworks from the Legacy collection, participants will be introduced to Visual Thinking Strategies, a teaching technique that uses the practice of extended observation of visual imagery and discussion to help students develop the following skills:

- Critical thinking
- Thoughtful and extended examination of data
- Communicating ideas clearly
- Holding multiple perspectives
- Listening to and considering the views of others

Three-part series | FREE | Thurs. September 14, 28 + October 12 | 10 - 11:30am

Rm A025 - at the Mearns Centre - McPherson Library

To register contact - Gillian Booth, Academic & Community Programs Coordinator | 250.721.0831


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



Book your class visit to the Legacy

We welcome visits from UVic classes.

We can offer an introduction to any exhibition at the Legacy Downtown. We have classroom space for up to 30 people.

Contact - Gillian Booth, Academic & Community Programs Coordinator | 250.721.0831


Grade 4-8 Contemporary Indigenous Art Tour, April 12 – June 30, 2018

Through the artworks of five contemporary Indigenous women artists, student will experience world views and knowledge that straddle Indigenous and western ways of knowing. Through a variety of interactive activities, students will explore the following themes:

- Artistic practices rooted in the land
- The continuity of traditions carried into the contemporary world
- The importance of inter-generational memory and knowledge passed on through family traditions and cultural practices
- The importance of art in the revitalization of language and culture

Teacher’s resources will be added to our tour booking website:

Update: All of our guided tours are booked for the spring. Classes are welcome to schedule a self-guided tour by contacting

This program is generously funded in part by the Salish Weave Collection.

Image: Daphne Boyer. All my relations, 2018 (Detail)

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