University of Victoria Legacy Art Galleries


The Legacy Art Gallery Downtown is closed for installation and will reopen Saturday, October 3rd



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. This exhibit explores Yeats’ work as a poet and playwright with artwork, rare books, and printed ephemera drawn from the Legacy Gallery and Special Collections and University Archives. The exhibition also features unique items documenting the artistry of his family, including father John Butler Yeats, brother Jack Butler Yeats, and sisters Susan Mary Yeats (Lily) and Elizabeth Corbet Yeats (Lollie), all of whom were noted artists.

Yeats 2015 Facebook Page /// Offical Yeats 2015 Site

Image Exhibition Poster. Portrait of W.B. Yeats by his brother Jack Yeats from Mosada: A Dramatic Poem (Dublin: Printed by Scaly, Bryers and Walker, 1886).

Natural | Supernatural

Natural | Supernatural

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

Curated by Allison Grey Noble and Caroline Riedel

First Peoples House

For hours & location click here

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)



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, 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 8, 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

with unlimited edition curator, Tania Willard (Secwepemc)

Saturday, September 26, 2pm

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown | 630 Yates Street

unlimited edition is organized by the Kamloops Art Gallery.

Tania Willard was the Aboriginal Curator in Residence, Kamloops Art Gallery 2014-2015. Her exhibition, 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 UVic's Legacy Art Galleries and Carleton University 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.

Tania Willard is an artist, curator and writer who works within the shifting ideas of contemporary and traditional as they relate to cultural arts and production. Often working with bodies of knowledge and skills that are conceptually linked to her interest in intersections between Aboriginal and other cultures. Willard has worked as an artist in residence at Gallery Gachet, Vancouver; the Banff Centre's visual arts residence, and was a curator in residence at grunt gallery. Her recent curatorial work includes the touring exhibit Beat Nation: Art Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture, which opened at the Vancouver Art Gallery and Custom Made at the Kamloops Art Gallery.

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



Celebrating W.B. Yeats at 150

Join us for a series of Yeats events, organized by University of Victoria Special Collections
For more info click here


September 24, 2015, 4:30pm | With Dr. Ann Saddlemyer

Legacy Maltwood (at the Mearns Centre – McPherson Library) | Room A003 (hospitality at 4:00 pm Room A025)

W.B. Yeats and Artistic Collaborators

The poetry of Nobel Laureate William Butler Yeats reverberates throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, his phrases echoing and re-echoing every time a momentous event occurs. But Yeats was also an innovative playwright, an astute politician who served in the first Senate of the Republic of Ireland, a serious occultist, and co-founder of the Irish National Theatre. Enthusiastic in every project he took up, he always worked closely with fellow writers and artists. This lecture will talk about some of those collaborators, ranging from the members of his artistic family, fellow founders of the Abbey Theatre, and other companions in Ireland and England with whom he experimented as author, director, editor, magician and even at times composer.

Ann Saddlemyer is an internationally known expert in the field of Anglo-Irish literature. Among her most recent works are Becoming George: The Life of Mrs W.B.Yeats (2002) and W.B.Yeats and George Yeats: The Letters (2011), both published by Oxford University Press. Previous publications include editions of the work of John Millington Synge and Lady Gregory. Professor Saddlemyer taught at the University of Victoria before moving to the University of Toronto, where she served as Director of the Graduate Drama Centre and Master of Massey College.



With former National Gallery of Canada Curator of Canadian Art, Charles Hill.

Topic: “Artists, Architects and Artisans: Canadian Art 1890-1918”

Thursday, October 29, 7pm /// Doors 6:30pm

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

630 Yates Street

Free & open to the public /// *** please note, seating is limited.

The groundbreaking exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada last year looked at the interaction among artists, architects, and artisans, as well as critics and collectors from 1890-1918. Deriving their goals from both the Beaux-Arts and Arts & Crafts movements, practitioners of the various arts encouraged an aesthetic that saw art manifest in all aspects of daily life. Painters produced murals and architects designed furniture; clubs formed to bring writers, musicians, artists and architects together; and collectors and governments commissioned paintings, furnishings, and sculpture for public and private buildings. Photography rivaled painting and crafts became applied design. Curator of Canadian Art Emeritus Charles Hill explores how architecture, monumental sculpture, urban planning, mural and decorative painting, graphic design, decorative arts, and photography came together in Canada during these prosperous decades.
Charles Hill began work at the National Gallery of Canada in 1972 and was appointed Curator of Canadian Art in 1980. His exhibitions include Canadian Painting in the Thirties (1975), John Vanderpant Photographs (1977), To Found a National Gallery: The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts 1880- 1913 (1980), Morrice A Gift to the Nation, The G. Blair Laing Collection (1992), William Kurelek (1992), The Group of Seven: Art for a Nation (1995), Tom Thomson (2002), Emily Carr: New Perspectives on a Canadian Icon (2006), and Artists, Architects and Artisans: Canadian Art 1890-1918 (2013). He has had a consistent interest in the relationships between art and society and in the integration of art in the public and private sphere. Hill was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in 2000 and received an Honorary Doctorate from Concordia University, Montreal, in 2007.


Image Front cover, exhibition catalogue for Artists, Architects and Artisans: Canadian Art 1890-1918

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.


The City Talks

A distinguished lecture series sponsored by the University of Victoria’s Committee for Urban Studies.

Doors 7pm | Start 7:30 pm

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown
630 Yates Street

Free & open to the public

View the Poster here

Fall 2015: Street Art and the Politics

Join scholars for public presentations and discussions of the conflicts, pleasures, of Urban Place-Making and politics of city life.

September 17

Urban Street Art and Social Movements in Oaxaca, Mexico: 1968/2006/2015 with Héctor Espinosa, Founder of Galeria Anomolía

October 22

Pop Culture, Place, and Politics: Graffiti and Street Art in Montreal with Anna Waclawek, Department of Art History, Concordia University

November 19

Let’s Talk about Free Walls: Community Perspectives on Decriminalized Sites of Uncommissioned Public Art

Panelists to include:
Lisa Helps (Mayor of Victoria), Erik Volet (Trackside Art Gallery), Wendy Welch (Vancouver Island School of Art), Erika Heynrman (Wildfire Bakery), and Ken Kelly (Downtown Victoria Business Association)

Education Resources

Exhibitions at UVic’s Legacy Art Galleries Available as Teaching Resource

Exhibitions at UVic’s Legacy Art Galleries Available as Teaching Resource Legacy announces its exhibition and program season and invites faculty to consider including visits to the galleries as part of cross-disciplinary classroom learning opportunities or as part of assignments. With venues on campus (Legacy Maltwood in the Mearns Centre for Learning) and downtown (Legacy Art Gallery) the Legacy program is varied. Class tours, lectures and research visits can also be arranged with notice.

To view the PDF with the information for the 2015-16 season click here


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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