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.

Image The 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 recent UVic graduate, Ruby Arnold. Takashima filmed about 40 volunteers signing 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.

Opening Reception

Thursday | April 9 | 5PM - 7PM

Artist Talk

Thursday | May 14 | 7PM

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

Generously funded by the BC Arts Council



The Hot Line

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 Maybe the Rooster Came First Karl Spreitz | Gouache and ink on paper, ca. 1978. Gift of Myfanwy Spencer Pavelic.

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)



Exhibition Opening

Join us in celebration of our two new exhibitions at the Legacy Art Gallery.

Bridge Over Troubled Water Yoko Takashima with Ruby Arnold

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

Thursday | April 9 | 5PM - 7PM

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

630 Yates Street | free

For more information, see the Facebook event here



Artist Talk

Yoko Takashima of Legacy Art Gallery's Bridge Over Troubled Water

Thursday | May 14 | 7PM - 9PM

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

630 Yates Street | free

City Talks Lecture Series

A Distinguished Lecture Series Sponsored by the University of Victoria’s Committee for Urban Studies A Public Dialogue about the Prospects and Challenges of Cities

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

630 Yates Street | free

Spring 2015

Racism, Memory, and Politics in the European City

Thursday, April 16, Doors 7 | Talk 7:30

How Can the European Left Deal with the Threat Posed by Xenophobia?

Glyn Forde | Steering Committee of Unite Against Fascism and former member of the European Parliament

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Upcoming Closures

Upcoming Closures

The Legacy Art Gallery will be closed Wednesday, April 1st for exhibition installation. The gallery will re-open Thursday, April 2nd.

The gallery will be closed for Good Friday | Friday, April 3rd.

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