University of Victoria Legacy Art Galleries




There is Truth Here

Creativity and Resilience in Children’s Art from Indian Residential and Day Schools

Legacy Downtown - 630 Yates St.

September 23, 2017 to January 6, 2018

Guest curated by Dr. Andrea N. Walsh, Anthropology, University of Victoria

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There is Truth Here brings a new line to bear on the role of art as part of children’s knowledge, identity, and experiences of Indian Residential and Day Schools. Through paintings, drawings, sewing, beading, drumming, and singing, and drama produced by children and youth who attended them in British Columbia and Manitoba the exhibition seeks to contribute in vital and new ways to dialogues and initiative about true telling, reconciliation, and redress in Canada.

The first person perspectives of Survivors and former students, their families, and communities are told via children’s creativity to bring a multi-generational perspective on the lives of children in the schools. The exhibition explores the common thread of historical resilience in the creation of the artworks, and speaks to the importance of the art today as nodes of healing and resurgence.

Panel Discussion & Public Celebration September 30, 2017
Panel 2:30 - 4pm | Celebration 4 - 5pm

Image: Courtesy of Osoyoos Museum Society.



Disobedient Women

Defiance, Resistance and Creativity Past and Present

Legacy Maltwood (at the Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

October 18 - January 21, 2018

Guest curated by Dr. Darlene Clover, Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership, UVic

Opening Reception Disobedient Women
Thursday, October 19 | 5 - 7pm

Workshop Oppose/Propose: Intersections Between Art and Activism
Saturday, November 18th, 2017 | 10:30am - 4:30pm | Facebook Event Page

In response to the Government of Canada’s celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, this exhibition addresses missing narratives of the lives, struggles and creative acts of women who have for decades overtly and covertly disobeyed, resisted, challenged and subverted patriarchal authority and colonial powers, and gender injustices and constraints.

Image: Trudy Williams, 1990. Photo courtesy Georgina Nelson.

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

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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)


Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects

The Transgender Archives meets the Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art (MOTHA)

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.

January 13 - March 29, 2018

Guest curated by Chris E. Vargas, Executive Director of the Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art (MOTHA)

Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects brings together art and archival material material from UVic's world-renowned Transgender Archives to narrate an expansive and critical history of transgender communities. It is the third iteration in a multi-exhibition, multi-venue project organized by Chris E. Vargas.

Image: Misty and Joey at Hornstrasse Berlin, Nan Goldin, 1992.


West Coast Art and Artists Through a Visitor's Eye

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.
Inner Gallery

January 20 - March 29, 2018

Curated by graduate student Nellie Lamb with supervision by Williams Legacy Chair Dr. Carolyn Butler Palmer, UVic

Léonard Forest’s film In Search of Innocence (1963) presents Vancouver and the West Coast as embodying the utopian ideals of innocence, abundance, creative freedom and connection to nature. This exhibition presents Forest’s film and works by artists featured in it: Jack Shadbolt, Margaret Peterson, Roy Kiyooka, Fred Douglas, bill bissett, Joy Long, Sing Lim, Al Neil, and Donald Jarvis.

Image: Film Still, In Search of Innocence, 1963.



Opening Reception

Disobedient Women

October 19, 2017 | 5 - 7pm

Rm A025 - at the Mearns Centre - McPherson Library

Join us for the opening reception featuring performances – drumming, songs, skits and words- by some of the disobedient women in the show including the Raging Grannies. West Coast League of Lady Wrestlers, and Indigenous women drummers.

Image: Unattributed artist (Inkameep Day School), c. 1940. Courtesy of Osoyoos Museum.

Victoria Gallery Walk 2017

Saturday October 21 | 10 - 5:30pm

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One of Victoria’s much loved art events, the Annual Victoria Gallery Walk, established in 1998 takes place at Alcheringa Gallery, Madrona Gallery, University of Victoria Legacy Art Galleries, West End Gallery, Winchester Galleries Ltd. and TAG - Trounce Alley Gallery on Saturday October 21 from 10am-5:30pm and Sunday October 22 between 12-4pm.


Panel Discussion & Public Celebration

Join us for two back to back public events on Orange Shirt Day.

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.

September 30, 2017 | 2:30 - 5pm

Public Celebration | 4 - 5pm

There Is Truth Here: Creativity and Resilience in Children’s Art from Indian Residential and Day Schools

Beginning at 4 pm, Legacy Art Gallery will host a public celebration of the exhibition There is Truth Here. This will include welcoming speeches, a performance by A.N.S.W.E.R. drumming group (All Nations Strong Womyn for Education and Reconciliation), and refreshments and light food from Seefood Catering.

Panel Discussion | 2:30 - 4pm

Creative Acts: Art and Resilience in an Era of Reconciliation

Residential school Survivors, artists, students, and museum- based scholars will share their diverse range of experiences and perspectives on how creativity and art can be used as acts and forms of resilience. Set within the context of the exhibition There is Truth Here, the six panelists and moderator Dr. Andrea Walsh will explore how art in various forms in public spaces can be critical tools for change in the wake of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and in the midst of the National Inquiry for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls.

Panel Participants

Mark Atleo was born in 1952 in Tofino, British Columbia and he is a member of the Ahousaht First Nation. He grew up in Ahousaht with his mom, dad, and 9 siblings. At 8 years of age he began attendance at the Alberni Indian Residential School (AIRS) until the age of 16. In 1968 he moved to Victoria and finished his high school diploma at Oak Bay High School. In 2013 Mark joined the University of Victoria’s project to repatriate children’s art from the Alberni Indian Residential School after his own painting was returned to him at the National Event for Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Vancouver. Through his work with the University of Victoria research group, his story is now part of the permanent exhibition of residential school history in the new Canada Hall at the Canadian Museum of History. He continues to share his story with a personal goal of educating present and future generations about residential schools in Canada, and is a supporter of continued dialogue about the schools as a form of reconciliation.

Lindsay Delaronde is an Iroquois, Mohawk woman, born and raised on the Kahnawake reservation. She holds a BFA from the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design and a MFA and a Masters of Counselling from the University of Victoria. In 2016 Legacy Art Gallery featured her exhibition IN DEFIANCE that challenged stereotypes of Indigenous women. She is currently the Indigenous Artist in Residence for the City of Victoria.

Dr. Jennifer C. Robinson has recently defended her PhD thesis in Visual Anthropology and Materiality in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Victoria. She holds an MA from University London, and has studied at University of British Columbia and Mount Royal University. She has won many academic awards including University of Victoria President’s Research Scholarship and Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council, Doctoral Fellowship. Her research is driven by her love of arts and culture, and by her belief that exhibitions, galleries, and museums can be spaces that create change. As a Visual Anthropologist, her research is focused on the diversity of Canadian culture.

Lorilee Wastasecoot is an Ininu iskwew (Cree woman) with roots in York Factory Cree Nation and Peguis First Nation in Manitoba. Lorilee grew up in Winnipeg, MB and respectfully acknowledges the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations on whose territory she currently resides. She is a recent Political Science graduate of the University of Victoria. In 2015, Lorilee and her family first became aware of a painting her father, James Wastasecoot, created in Robert Aller's art class in Dauphin, MB at the Mackay Indian Residential School where her father spent 12 years of his life. Lorilee is a fourth generation inter-generational residential school survivor.

Gina Laing (Cootes) and her daughter April Laing are members of the Uchuklesaht First Nation, and their home community is Kildonan Reserve on the Alberni Inlet. Gina was a student of Robert Aller's in the late 1950s and she has worked alongside her daughter April to use her childhood art, and experience of residential school to teach Canadians about this era of their country's history. In 2015 they recorded the story of the repatriation of Gina's childhood paintings from the Alberni Indian residential school from Gina's perspective as a Survivor, and April's perspective as an Intergenerational Survivor at the Canadian Museum of History. Gina's painting and their story as mother and daughter now appear in the new Canada Hall at the national museum.?

Image: Unattributed artist (Inkameep Day School), c. 1940. Courtesy of Osoyoos Museum.




Oppose/Propose: Intersections Between Art and Activism

Rm A025 - at the Mearns Centre - McPherson Library

Saturday, November 18th, 2017
10:30am - 4:30pm

*Free | 15 ppl max

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

Oppose/Propose: Intersections Between Art and Activism

Is there something you have always wanted to see changed, but don’t know where to start?

Join artist activists Kemi Craig and Kim Croswell to work through ideas and share in discussion about how to oppose problematic social forces and build alternatives through collaborative actions. This activities-based workshop will offer artistic strategies to overcome internal resistance, create dialogue toward possibilities, and engage in creative deconstruction/reconstruction. This day is for anyone who sees opportunities for change and wants to apply inspired solutions.

We will be using smartphones, so please bring one with full battery power, and approximately 500 MB to 1 GB of storage space, or room for 3 minutes of film. If you do not have access to a smartphone, please bring a small printed photograph.

Image: Trudy Williams, 1990. Photo courtesy Georgina Nelson.



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


Kwaht-Yaht is Born

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. Full tours of some exhibitions are available including There is Truth Here for October - December 2017. We have classroom space for up to 30 people.

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

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