University of Victoria Legacy Art Galleries


unlimited edition

July 4 to Sept 26, 2015

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

630 Yates Street

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

View the catalogue here

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
With artists from the University of Victoria Art Collection: Doug Cranmer, Kwakwaka’wakw | Joe David, Nuu-chah-nulth | Stan Greene, Coast Salish | Roy Henry Vickers, Tsimshian Haida heilstuk | Susan Point, Coast Salish

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.

Image Spirit Owl, Kenojuak Ashevak (Inuit), from Kenojuak Lithography series, 1979

Join us

CURATOR'S TALK /// Saturday, September 26, 2pm | Legacy Art Gallery Downtown 630 Yates Street

/// Free & open to the public



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Karl Spreitz:

March 7 extented to August 16, 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)



Celebrating W.B. Yeats at 150

August 22 to January 18, 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 in 1865.  This exhibition explores Yeats’ work as a noted poet and playwright as illuminated by artwork, rare books, and printed ephemera drawn from the University of Victoria’s Legacy Gallery and Special Collections and University Archives. 

A prolific author, Yeats’ writings can be traced not only in his books, but also through his contributions to magazines and to the theatre.  Yeats’ first publication Mosada:
A Dramatic Poem
 was originally published in the Dublin University Review and throughout his career Yeats’ writings were widely distributed through his contributions to magazines and journals.  Yeats’ involvement in the theatre, most notably the Irish Literary Theatre (which became the Abbey Theatre) represented an important creative and political outlet for Yeats. 

In addition to penning plays for production, Yeats also participated in managing the theatre, from selecting plays to hiring (and firing) actors.  The exhibition also features unique items documenting the artistry of Yeats’ family, including his father John Butler Yeats, brother Jack Butler Yeats, and sisters Susan Mary Yeats (Lily) and Elizabeth Corbet Yeats (Lollie), all of whom were artists of note.

Yeats 2015 Facebook Page /// Offical Yeats 2015 Site

Image Silver Apples, Jack Butler Yeats, hand-coloured woodblock print, C. 1910


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, John Ruskin, 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.

Image Paired Peacock and Dragon Drapery, William Morris and Co., 1878


Magna Mater:

Katharine Maltwood and the Arts & Crafts

October 3, 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

Events & Programs

Curator's Talk

unlimited edition

Join us CURATOR'S TALK /// Saturday, Septembert 26, 2pm

With Tania Willard (Secwepemc), Aboriginal Curator in Residence, Kamloops Art Gallery

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

630 Yates Street

unlimited edition is organized by the Kamloops Art Gallery.

Image Spirit Owl, Kenojuak Ashevak (Inuit), from Kenojuak Lithography series, 1979


Integrate Art Festival


Join us at the Legacy Art Gallery Downtown as we participate in this event. More information to follow

Integrate Arts Festival website

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.

Teacher's Resources


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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