Did You Know We Are On Treaty Land?

By Nicole Stanbridge, Curator of Engagement

In 1850, James Douglas, an agent of the Crown, was appointed authority by the colonial office in London to establish a colony on Vancouver Island. The fourteen purchase agreements (Douglas Treaties or Vancouver Island Treaties) that Douglas completed with Vancouver Island Indigenous nations are transcribed on the Government of Canada website. These treaties are contentious and have been the subject of much discussion and research.

Impassioned Discourse at Communities + Collections Panel Discussion

By Audrey Wang, AGGV Volunteer For the exhibition Form As Meaning: First Nations Prints from the Pacific Northwest, the AGGV relied on an esteemed panel of four Indigenous curators who had chosen the works and created the didactic panels for the show. AGGV curators Michelle Jacques and Nicole Stanbridge explained how they invited Marcia Crosby, […]

The Gallery As Authority?: Place

Since June 2016, the Communities + Collections series has been hosting a community conversation called “The Gallery as Authority?”. The question mark in the title is significant. It challenges both the institution and its audience to think about the Gallery’s role in today’s ever-changing social and political landscape. This season’s installment takes on the theme […]

‘Collecting’ Collectors – Shaping The AGGV’s Asian Art Collection

By Audrey Wang, AGGV Volunteer Pictured above: Praying monk | Burma (Myanmar) | wood, lacquer, gilt pigment, glass | ht. 33.2 cm. | Harold and Vera Mortimer-Lamb Bequest, AGGV 1980 Victoria’s geographical location makes it Canada’s closest city to the Far East, so it seems fitting that the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria should have one of […]