Message from the Director

Mary Jo Hughes, Director

Time is running out to experience Bridge Over Troubled Water, a truly powerful experience at the Legacy Gallery Downtown. This interactive sound and video installation by Yoko Takashima and Ruby Arnold is only on until May 30. People who come to see it are really deeply touched by it as they witness 37 singers in an infinite combination. You will never see the same performance twice!

Following Bridge Over Troubled Water we will mount an expansion of Making A Scene!. This popular exhibition looks at Victoria’s burgeoning art scene of the 1960s. Part of our celebration of the 60's includes trying something new: join us as we host our first free movie night with cash bar, popcorn, and an invitation to dress like you did in the Summer of Love! Join us June 11 as we screen the 1967 classic, To Sir with Love – a Sidney Poitier film that brings the decade to life but still holds such resonance today. Great music too!

Legacy Art Galleries has a new team member! Welcome to Roger Huffman who brings his installation expertise with him from the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria where he previously worked. In addition to heading up our exhibition preparation and installation and looking after our huge permanent collection, Roger is our go-to guy for Legacy’s Art on Campus program, which includes over 1800 artworks installed in almost every UVic building.

Warm wishes,

Mary Jo



FREE Movie Night 

To Sir with Love

Thursday, June 11 | Doors 7pm | Movie 7:30pm

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown | 630 Yates Street | free

In celebration of our current exhibition:

MAKING A SCENE: Victoria's Artists in the 1960's, join us on Thursday, June 11 at 7:30pm for a FREE MOVIE NIGHT /// To Sir with Love /// Doors at 7pm

Popcorn! Cash bar! 
1960’s dress-up encouraged :) 

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Ending Soon

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 | free 

Bridge Over Troubled Water is an interactive video and sound installation created by Victoria artist Yoko Takashima, with technical assistance in collaboration with recent UVic graduate, Ruby Arnold. Takashima filmed about 40 volunteers singing 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.

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

Generously funded by the BC Arts Council


Ongoing Exhibitions


Making a Scene! 

Victoria’s Artists in the 1960's

April 2 to June 27, 2015


Curated by Emerald Johnstone-Bedell | Legacy Art Gallery Downtown | 630 Yates Street | free

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.

As of Saturday, June 6th /// SMALL GALLERY /// Come see our expanded show with ten new artists added to the exhibit including John Di Castri, Joseph Egoyan, P.K. Irwin (aka P.K. Page) Molly Privett, Leroy Jensen, Godfrey Stephens, Jack Wise and Jan Zach. 

For more information, click here

Image Exhibition Poster The Hot Line Robin Skelton | Collage on paper, ca. 1956-1968. UVic Special Collections, Robin Skelton fonds, SC114 Acc.#1991-093, 1.1.


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) | free

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.

Upcoming Exhibition

 unlimited edition

July 4 to Sept 26, 2015

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown | 630 Yates Street | free

Full list of artists here

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.

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

Image Spirit Owl, Kenojuak Ashevak (Inuit)1979


Rent the Gallery

The Legacy Art Gallery Downtown is a dynamic space ideal for meetings, lectures and special events. Located in a historic building in the heart of downtown Victoria, the gallery offers a unique and affordable venue with curated exhibitions as a backdrop to your event. 

For more information visit our website or contact us Wed. to Sat. at 250.721.6562

Image Ameris Photography | 2013


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Help support the future of the collection, exhibitions, facilities, and community-based research initiatives. For more info contact Curator of Collections, Caroline Riedel e-mail 250.472.5619 

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