Message from the Director, Mary Jo Hughes

Mary Jo Hughes, Director

“Glad we found this great, friendly gallery!” - Gallery visitor

At the Legacy, we are working even harder to welcome and connect with our communities by launching an engagement strategy that sees all our employees trained and ready to talk to visitors in meaningful ways about the exhibitions. We have also extended our hours over the summer, staying open until 8pm on Thursdays to allow more opportunities for you to visit.

Even just a small selection of recent visitor comments indicate to us that we are on our way to serving our communities well:

“The best place to be downtown!”

“Great to have locally relevant artists featured this way and to have the gallery open and free of charge!”

 “Very uplifting and a joy to the heart.”

 “Thank you, this place is like a refuge. I love the art and stories of the First Peoples.”

Our hope is that during this CANADA 150 year we contribute to expanded understandings of our country’s history and how it impacts us today. Ultimately, our goal is to activate art to encourage dialogue around issues that matter.




April 8 to September 16, 2017 | Legacy Downtown


First Nations Prints and Carvings

Guest curated by Jackson McDermott with Gillian Booth and Katie Hughes

As Canada celebrates 150 years since Confederation, the Legacy Art Galleries respectfully acknowledges a much longer history by presenting First Nations narratives that move beyond limited settler versions of history. Through prints and carvings chosen by guest curator, Jackson McDermott (Dene/Cree) from the Fort Nelson First Nation, the exhibition explores centuries-old stories that continue to live in the people, communities, nations and lands of this place.


Curated by Gillian Booth and Katie Hughes

Kwakwaka'wakw artist Marianne Nicolson uses pictographic imagery and song in a quiet but powerful video installation that tells the often silenced history of the 1862 small pox epidemic in Victoria which utterly devastated thousands of West Coast First Nations people. Nicolson acknowledges the loss of her ancestors while affirming continued Indigenous presence in the land and the strength, endurance and resurgence of First Nations peoples over time.

Image credit: There's Blood in the Rocks, video installation still, Marianne Nicolson



These two exhibitions document a creative architectural legacy unique to Victoria, captured through the lens of architectural photographer John Taylor with documents from UVic's Pacific Northwest Architectural Archive. 

The Legacy of Early Modern Architecture in Victoria in the Urban Landscape

April 19 - July 8, 2017 | Legacy Downtown - Inner Gallery

The Legacy of Early Modern Architecture in Victoria: the UVic Gordon Head Campus

May 6 - October 8, 2017 | Legacy Maltwood - On Campus (at Mearns Centre - McPherson Library)

Guest curated by Martin Segger

Image Credit: John Taylor, photo of British Columbia Electric Building 1954, Thompson Berwick and Pratt, Architect





July 15 - September 16, 2017 | Legacy Downtown - Inner Gallery

Curated by Emerald Johnstone-Bedell

After five decades of stewardship, the UVic Legacy Art Galleries is returning seven Frank Lloyd Wright designed windows to their original home: the Darwin D. Martin House in Buffalo, NY. Say farewell to the art glass windows at our exhibition that celebrates this monumental gift.

Image credit: Photograph by Rob Destrube. Frank Lloyd Wright, 1904-05

PANEL DISCUSSION: Doing the Wright Thing

Saturday, September 16, 2017 | 3 - 5:00pm | Legacy Downtown 

Learn more about the repatriation of the Frank Lloyd Wright windows during a panel discussion with Mary Jo Hughes (UVic Legacy Art Gallery Director), Susana Tejada (Darwin D. Martin House Curator) and Richard Linzey (BC Heritage Branch Director). 



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

September 23, 2017 - January 6, 2018 | Legacy Downtown

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

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 these schools in British Columbia and Manitoba, the exhibition seeks to contribute to dialogues and initiatives about truth telling, reconciliation, and redress in Canada.

Image credit: Unattributed artist (Inkameep Day School), c. 1940

Post-secondary and high school tours: Book your 60-90 minute interactive tour with intergenerational survivor Lorilee Wastasecoot and educator Gillian Booth. For classes up to 30 people. 


Donors make a difference!

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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