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Campbell River Art Gallery and Arts Council celebrating 42nd Annual Members’ Show

Opening on January 13th at the CRAG, local art in the 42nd Annual Members’ Show is sure to wow the community! A long standing tradition of collaboration has come again this year to Campbell River. This will be the 42nd Annual Members’ Show, showcasing a diversity of artists in our community.  “The Member’s Show continues to be the primary focal point for showcasing the amazing creativity and diversity of talent that lives in our community.” Read more…

Statement regarding the Permissive Exemption from Taxation Bylaw No. 3920, 2023

The October 12 Council meeting led to some hopeful results. The not-for-profit sector at large received their full Permissive Tax Exemptions, which we know was a relief for many.  The Campbell River Art Gallery did not receive a Permissive Tax Exemption.  Watch the video of the October 12 council meeting here (the Permissive Tax Exemption discussion begins at 1h23m): https://video.isilive.ca/campbell/2023-09-28.mp4.html However, Council committed to working with the Art Gallery on a productive solution and path Read more…

Campbell River Art Gallery hosting group exhibition by Canadian 2SLGBTQ2S+ artists

‘Celestial Bodies’ is a first of its kind exhibition in Campbell River and the North Island The group exhibition ‘Celestial Bodies’ aims to create space for visibility and advocacy for Canadian 2SLGBTQ+ communities. The show opens at the Campbell River Art Gallery on Sept. 2. The seven artists in the exhibition celebrate sexuality and gender through the lenses of love, advocacy, erotics, and the right to safety. “The CRAG is thrilled to create safe space Read more…

Room with ocean projected on a curve wall, pillars and table in centre of room.

Campbell River Art Gallery hosting film night August 12th

We will be showing three films directed by award-winning Canadian Directors and Producers Join the Campbell River Art Gallery for a film night on August 12th, featuring three short films by award-winning directors Sylvia D. Hamilton, Claire Prieto and Les Rose.  The films are a curated selection by the guest curator Ellyn Walker of the current exhibition Interrelations: a third perspective by artist Abdi Osman. The exhibition will be running until August 19th in the Read more…

Campbell River Art Gallery hosting poetry reading and workshop

Learn from poet Cecily Nicholson Cecily Nicholson, Governor General’s literary award winning poet and UBC assistant professor, will be doing a reading and hosting a poetry workshop, on July 29th, at the Campbell River Art Gallery and Robert V. Ostler Park. Inspired by our current exhibition Interrelations: a third perspective by Abdi Osman, participants will explore questions of place and place-making inspired by the water, through poetry.  Attendees will meet at the Campbell River Art Read more…

CRAG receives funding from Island Health’s Community Wellness Grant Recipients for Art Hive

Community resilience will be supported by 51 new projects across Vancouver Island and surrounding coastal communities because of Island Health’s Community Wellness Grant Program, one of which is the Campbell River Art Gallery’s Art Hive. The Community Wellness Grant program helps promote health and wellness across the region Island Health serves by fostering local partnerships and grassroots initiatives. Nearly $800,000 from the Community Wellness Grant Program will fund a mix of projects and initiatives. “We’re Read more…

Curatorial Essay: ‘Interrelations: A third perspective’

A solo exhibition of new works by Abdi Osman By Ellyn Walker, curator A mesh of roots makes slow haste 1 the gaping sea beckons and breaks you. the impotence the imploring the inured. the inexact. the crisis. the crease. port is increasingly distant. you ache for a semblance of. the vantage of this one. the proliferation. they are out of sight until they are a sightline.2 –Asiya Wadud I recall waking up each day Read more…

What does this art mean?

The CRAG is a safe place to explore the meaning behind art and all the feelings it might bring up Have you ever had a child hand you a piece of paper with a scribble on it and a proud twinkle in their eyes?  “What is it?” you might have asked, with kindness and curiosity in your voice. “It’s a dead bird, like the one that flew into the window yesterday,” they respond. And here, Read more…

Campbell River Art Gallery’s latest exhibition ‘Interrelations: a third perspective’, opening June 9

Explore questions of place and place-making through a focus on water as a migratory body and living relation, in Campbell River Art Gallery’s latest exhibition Interrelations: a third perspective by Abdi Osman, curated by Ellyn Walker. Water brings with it complex histories of global Indigeneity and diaspora, enslavement and indentureship, (im)migration and freedom-seeking. With every tide these histories come to the fore, reminding us of water’s ongoing-ness as a force that has brought and continues Read more…

‘Mu’la’  wraps with a Ceremonial Fire and Feast

More than 100 people attended the oceanside ceremony and the feast at the CRAG The sun shone on the closing ceremony of Mu’la, April 29. A beautiful celebration of gratitude and community, the ceremonial fire was led by Indigenous Artist Shawn Decaire.  Decaire burned  the drum Goliath, which was featured in Mu’la. He made the drum back in 2013 with the help of Jorge Lewis, who has since passed away. “Traditionally we don’t hang on Read more…