Message from the Director

Mary Jo Hughes, Director

Director’s Message

At Legacy Downtown until January we offer you Perpetual Salish, guest curated by artist lessLIE who examines how traditions are perpetuated in the context of the new ideas and practices of contemporary Coast Salish artists. Through this significant exhibition Legacy is able to achieve its goal of reaching out to both campus and the broader communities.

We have had many university classes visiting Legacy Downtown over the term to take advantage of this exhibition as a jumping off point for various related topics. These classes include a broad spectrum of disciplines such as Art History, History, Visual Arts, Social Sciences, and Cultural Resource Management.

We have also been a hive of activity through Grade 4 and 5 school tours of the exhibition. While catering to school age needs is not something we can do on a regular basis, funding from George and Christian Smyth has made this undertaking possible. These tours are specially developed to dovetail with the British Columbia Social Studies curriculum related to First Nations culture.

Not in grade 4? We invite you to come and enjoy the exhibition on your own Wednesday through Saturday. Our friendly staff members are available to answer your questions and give you more information. On campus enjoy the Arts of World War I, at the Legacy Maltwood (at the Mearns Centre – McPherson Library), a commemorative exhibition produced in collaboration with Department of Art History and Visual Studies and Special Collections. In these ways, we feel Legacy allows UVic to more broadly share its rich resources with the community.

Mary Jo Hughes



New Exhibition

The Arts of World War I

November 7, 2014 to March 2, 2015

Curated by Marcus Milwright (Department of Art History and Visual Studies)

Legacy Maltwood (at the Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

For hours & location click here | free & open to the public

This exhibition marks the centenary of the start of of the "Great War" with a cross cultural focus on the visual and material culture of World War I. The exhibition includes books, prints, and personal objects drawn from the Legacy Art Galleries, the UVic Libraries (Special Collections and Archives), and private collections in Victoria. 

For more information click here

ImageLittle Grey Home In The Wet, Volume 1, J.M. Sketchbooks, 1917-1918

University of Victoria Archives


Ongoing Exhibitions

Perpetual Salish: 

Contemporary Coast Salish Art from the Salish Weave Collection

August 15, 2014 to January 10, 2015

Curated by lessLIE

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown | 630 Yates Street

In this exhibition the theme of perpetuation unifies the work of five contemporary Coast Salish artists who live and work in this region. 

This exhibition presents a wide range of art forms and ideas, and visitors will gain a better understanding of the cultural and stylistic elements that unify and inspire these contemporary artists in their own artistic practices. Artists featured are Maynard Johnny Jr., lessLIE, John Marston, Susan Point and Dylan Thomas.

For more information click here

Image: Spirit of the Forest - Mother Nature, 2013, John Marston


Salish Reflection: 

Coast Salish Art and Artists on Campus

August 15, 2014 to January 10, 2015

Curated in collaboration by Caroline Riedel, Justine Auben Drummond & Dr. Andrea Walsh

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown | 630 Yates Street | Small Gallery

This exhibition honours Coast Salish artists Chris Paul, Maynard Johnny Jr., and knitters May Sam and the Olsen family (Adam, Joni, and their mother Sylvia) who were part of the University of Victoria's Artist in Residence Program through the Department of Anthropology between 2011 and 2013. 

The Artist in Residence Program is facilitated by Dr. Andrea Walsh, who teaches the Anthropology of Art, and the program is supported by donors George and Christiane Smyth.

For more information click here

ImageConservation, Chris Paul


City Talks | Lecture Series

Thursday, November. 20th | 7:30pm doors at 7pm 

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown | 630 Yates Street | free and open to the public

Fantasy Islands: Environmental Justice in China and Beyond
Julie Sze, Professor, Associate Professor and Director of Urban Studies, University of California, Davis Environmental Justice and the City

For more information click here

17th Annual Victoria Gallery Walk 

Thursday, November 27th, 2014 | 3pm - 8pm | free & open to the public

One of Victoria's much-loved holiday events, the 17th Annual Victoria Gallery Walk, takes place at six downtown galleries on Thursday, November 27 from 3pm to 8pm. The popular Gallery Walk offers participants a chance to view six spectacular art exhibitions, enjoy seasonal beverages & nibbles and enter to win a draw for prizes.

Participating Galleries

UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA LEGACY ART GALLERY | 630 Yates Street | couch* | 1010 Broad Street

WINCHESTER MODERN | 758 Humboldt Street | ALCHERINGA GALLERY | 665 Fort Street

MADRONA GALLERY | 606 View Street | WEST END GALLERY | 1203 Broad Street


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


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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