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Upcoming Events

From Self-portraits to Selfies: The Psychology of Representing Self

Thursday July 11 | 7 p.m.
Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory

Join Jim Tanaka, UVic Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Brain Sciences, at the Legacy Downtown for an interactive evening exploring the connections between Myfanwy Pavelic’s self portraits and our present day notion of selfies. Drawing on current ideas of what makes a good selfie and whether they can capture a person’s true essence, Jim will discuss the psychology of self portraiture and why we take selfies.

Image: Jim Tanaka, 2019.

Curator’s Talk

Myfanwy Pavelic: Mirrored Selves Within and Without

Thursday July 25 | 7 p.m.
Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory

With guest curator Patricia Bovey.
No registration required.

Image: Myfanwy Pavelic, Raincoat (Self-Portrait), 1987, Gift of Dr. Myfanwy Spencer Pavelic.

Art-making Workshop

All the People I Know Portrait Puppets

with Connie Michele Morey

Thursday August 22 | 6 to 9 p.m.
Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory

Join us in the Gallery to create soft sculpture portrait puppets of All the People You Know. In conjunction with Myfanwy Pavelic’s portrait exhibition, Mirrored Selves Within and Without, this workshop will use playful techniques to create narrative art that reflects your community within a single portrait puppet. Using storytelling, coloured wool felt, contemporary stitch work and beading, the workshop will innovate traditional portraiture to blur the boundaries between fine art, craft and storytelling. No experience necessary.
All materials provided. Material fee per person $40.
Call/email to register: 250.721.6562 | legacy@uvic.ca

Image: Connie Michele Morey, 2019.

Radiant Yoga Flow in the Gallery

A Mindful and Peaceful Practice for Beginner Yogis

with Sonja Foss

Tuesdays and Thursdays | July 16 to July 30 | 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory

Are you finding your body to be tight and rigid these days? Have you thought about doing yoga, but you just don’t know where to start? Then this short, sweet and FREE yoga series is for you!
In this 5 session series you will:

  • Learn a full body yoga sequence you can start practicing at home
  • Learn to lengthen and strengthen each body part in safe and wise ways
  • Get experienced and professional support to begin your mindful yoga practice
  • Connect with new friends
  • Experience a welcoming, no-strings attached yoga community
  • Practice yoga in a beautiful artistic setting created for community

There is limited space available, so register now to reserve your spot!
Please bring your own yoga mat


Call/email to register: 250.721.6562 | legacy@uvic.ca

Past Events

Women Artists Changing Collections

Lou-ann Neel in Conversation with Lorilee Wastasecoot

Thursday June 6 | 7pm
Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory

Facebook event

Join us for an evening of shared discussion with Kwakwaka’wakw artist and RBCM Repatriation Specialist, Lou-ann Neel and UVic Legacy Galleries Curatorial Intern, Lorilee Wastasecoot. The discussion will address the intersectional nature of working with museum and gallery collections. How can we move forward to better represent marginalized communities and better care for Indigenous art and material culture? Lou-ann and Lorilee will share how they are working to improve museum practices in order to strengthen relationships with Indigenous peoples, support cultural revitalization and build community.

Image: Meryl McMaster, Consanguinity, 2010, UVic Art Acquisition Fund.

Opening Celebration & Curator’s Talk

Myfanwy Pavelic: Mirrored Selves Within and Without

Saturday May 25 | 2-4pm
Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory

Facebook event

With guest curator Patricia Bovey.
No registration required.

Image: Myfanwy Pavelic, Raincoat (Self-Portrait), 1987, Gift of Dr. Myfanwy Spencer Pavelic.

Curators Tour and Discussion

Women Artists Changing Collections: Recent Acquisitions

Saturday May 18 | 2pm
Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory

Facebook event

With Guest Curators Bradley Clements and Lorilee Wastasecoot

Image: Pnina Granirer, In Flight, 1976, Gift of Dr. A. Jean Elder.

Opening Reception

Visual Inquiry: Research through Making

Saturday, April 27 | 1-3pm
Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St. Lekwungen territory

Join UVic's Art Education Faculty for the opening celebration of their 39th annual faculty art exhibition.

Image: Alison Shields, Studio Archive, 2018.

Artist in Gallery: Cindy Mochizuki

Other Faces of Nihonga

Friday, March 8 | 4 - 8 pm and
Saturday, March 9 | 11am - 3pm
Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory

Free * Drop-in * No registration required

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Join Vancouver based artist Cindy Mochizuki in a collective embroidery and listening experience focusing on the historical and contemporary racialized experiences of women of Japanese Canadian and Japanese descent in British Columbia. Mochizuki's project responds to the Legacy Gallery's current exhibition Translations: The Art and Life of Elizabeth Yeend Duer—Gyokusho.

Ikebana Workshop with Amanda Gaunt

Sunday, March 17 | 1 - 3pm
Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territories


*This workshop is now full! Please contact us if you would like to be added to the waitlist.*

Call/email to register: 250.721.6562 | legacy@uvic.ca

Cost per person (includes all materials): $35
No experience necessary

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Join us at Legacy Downtown for a beginner ikebana workshop and learn the Basic Upright Style Moribana, one of two styles that are the foundation for all Japanese flower arranging. The workshop will take place amid the beautiful watercolour paintings of Victoria wildflowers by Elizabeth Duer—Gyokusho..

Container, kenzan and plant materials will be provided so you can continue to create beautiful arrangements at home. Please bring a pair of clippers and a bag to carry the container and kenzan.

Amanda Gaunt is a teacher in the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. She studied in Japan for more than 12 years.

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