Education Programs

10 MUST-READS BY BLACK AUTHORS

John Manson, AGGV Gallery Shop Coordinator, presents a new Reading List focusing on books by Black authors and artists in celebration of Kemi Craig’s program, Blackspace Library.

ORIGIN STORIES OF A FAMILY NATURE

By Cheryl L’Hirondelle

kinanāskomitinawaw – thank you to the lək̓ʷəŋən People, whose land the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is on and whose language and stories engage with this place more eloquently and accurately than these words and this short story can ever hope to. Regardless, thank you to the dedicated and caring AGGV staff and curator Jaimie Isaac for inviting me to share.

SPACE TO CREATE: WINTER IN THE STUDIO

By Hilary Potosnak

Our Fall studio classes are in full swing at the Gallery and we have our sights set on exciting classes and programming for the winter session beginning this January. Some changes have come to the AGGV Studio, most notably in the departure of our treasured instructor and Studio Coordinator, Oona McClure.

I DIDN’T KNOW I WAS AN ARTIST

By Tyrone Elliott

I’ve been Cedar weaving since I was 4. In my mind, there was a distinct disconnect between what I did and what artists did. I’ve come to learn that while not necessarily everything is art, most things, if not everything, can be made into art.

EXPLORING FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION WITH KEMI CRAIG

Over the last few months, local film and dance artist, Kemi Craig (also Victoria’s newly selected Artist in Residence, 2022/24) has been hosting the Blackspace Sci-Fi Club at the AGGV. This exciting in-person series has been unfolding in conjunction with Kemi’s AGGV project Blueprints for the Afrofuture, which has (so far) featured a variety of virtual offerings and one in-person evening of sound and music with Hidden Variable.

Making Meaning Through Art Making

By Oona McClure, Studio Coordinator

We recognize that making art is rather magical. It provides exceptional opportunities to build skills, create connections, boost confidence, explore ideas, and express feelings. It also offers a space to learn about ourselves and others as well as fostering meaning and inspiration.

Intimate Pedagogies in the Feminist Art Field School

By Dani Neira

I took the Feminist Art Field School from my kitchen table. I’d watch the weekly conversation as I cooked myself spaghetti, have my morning coffee during our synchronous Thursday sessions, and talk lesbian haunted houses over drinks with friends. My kitchen table, a place I associate with nourishment, care, and conversation, became the intimate space through which I learned.