Exceptional Local Artists Embrace Change

By Karen Cooper, Art Rental & Sales Consultant

With September bringing the winds of change, we start to feel something in the air. The sky is somehow bluer, the leaves begin to turn, and the breeze becomes a bit cooler. For many of us, these sensations evoke all those memories from the first day of school: anticipation, nervousness, excitement, longing, and possibility.

The Japanese-Canadian Community & the Arts Community: An Interview with Bryce Kanbara

Hamilton based artist Bryce Kanbara is not only the guest curator for AGGV’s upcoming exhibition Start Here: Kiyooka, Nakamura, Takashima, Tanabe, but also the recipient of a 2021 Outstanding Contribution Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (upcoming exhibition presented by the AGGV in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts). In anticipation of these two fall shows, the artist has agreed to share with us a little bit more about his work in an e-interview.

Holding Ground, a personal reflection 1 year later

By Nabidu Taylor

Trigger Warning: Residential Schools, MMIGW&2S, graphic descriptions.

The Holding Ground exhibition at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (July 17 – Oct 17 2021) was an opportunity for Indigenous women and 2S people to come together as a collective to contribute our own personal perspectives on Indigenous resistance and current issues we are faced with today. I am very grateful for the group of beautiful, powerful and gentle individuals, I had the absolute pleasure and honour of collaborating with on this exhibition.

Reverberations: An Expansion on Mel Granley’s #WIP Podcast Episode

By Mel Granley, Guest Curator

A few months ago, in the historic Spencer Mansion where AGGV employees work, I set up my laptop and logged onto a Zoom call to record a #WIP Podcast episode between three artists from the exhibition Reverberations: Emily Geen, Estraven Lupino-Smith, and James Summer. For the next hour and a half, although we were each in our own rooms looking into a screen, we came together and had a vibrant and endearing conversation about how relationships influenced the show, our shared experiences as emerging art practitioners, and ideas of institutional memory.

How to Paint-In

By Mina Guan, Engagement and Events Assistant

On Moss Street, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV) is preparing to welcome back some 30,000 visitors for the 33rd annual TD Art Gallery Paint-In on July 16. That’s right, after two long years of hiatus due to COVID-19, Vancouver Island’s largest art-based event is returning in-person!