Month: September 2021

Holding Ground: Intergenerational Legacies of Art and Resilience 

By Nikki Sanchez 

Before a global pandemic sent the world into wave after wave of lockdowns, there was a different wave of change rolling across Canada — a unified solidarity that was shutting down business as usual. It was a wave of solidarity with the Wetsu’wet’en communities of Unist’ot’en and Gidimt’en, who were under military occupation in their own territory as they stood in opposition of the Coastal Gas Pipeline. When Wet’suwet’en matriarchs called for the country to stand in solidarity with them, their call was heard from Vancouver to Winnipeg, Tyendinaga to Tkaranto. 

The Story of Blue and White

By Audrey Wang, AGGV Volunteer

Did you ever wonder why fine porcelain is called “china”? Or why the habit of pouring milk into a porcelain teacup before pouring the tea became outdated? It all harks back to the origins of blue and white porcelain from the Yuan and early Ming Dynasties and its far-reaching influence on the rest of the world.

Serendipitous technologies: a human-human-machine collaboration

By Marina DiMaio, Digital Potentials Advisory Coordinator

Sometimes the projects that we do at the AGGV do not always ‘fit’ within the standard white-cubed gallery spaces you will find in our building on Moss Street. Sometimes our curatorial projects take place in remote communities, deep in the basement archives, in collaboration with other arts institutions, or in this case, within a kind of algorithmic museum!

Artist In Our Collection: Glenn Howarth (1946-2009)

by Audrey Wang, AGGV Volunteer

Wandering along narrow Fan Tan Alley in Victoria’s Chinatown, you might come across a nondescript door with the name “HOWARTH” on it. This was the artist Glenn Howarth’s studio, where in 1987, he founded the Victoria Drawing Academy.

Say What? Art Terms For Beginners, Part 18

Buying at auction is one of the ways to acquire artworks. Find out more about this business model by familiarizing yourself with the terminology specific to this part of the art market.

The AGGV Gallery Shop Reading List

By John Manson, Gallery Shop Coordinator

The theme for this quarter’s reading list is The Passage of Time. Summer passed by rapidly, and now we find ourselves in September, which always marks a time of change.

The AGGV Celebrates Art

By Julia Pauselius, Event Production and Curatorial Projects Supervisor

The AGGV’s 2021 Celebration of Art wrapped successfully this July, thanks to the enthusiasm of the artists and the support from many members of our wonderful community here on Vancouver Island.

Notes from the AGGV Studio

By Oona McClure, AGGV Studio Coordinator

This summer, the AGGV Studio developed an exciting program called ‘Invitation to Create’. The idea centered on connecting the Studio with families near and far, by offering some simple and engaging creative prompt or art-making activity.

10 Things to Know About Botanical Art

Botanical art illustration brings together art and science, with artists aiming to accurately depict the visual characteristics of plant and flower species, while producing an image that is pleasing.