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Maud Lewis

June 18, 2022 - October 30, 2022 Organized by McMichael Canadian Art Collection

One of Canada’s most beloved folk artists, Maud Lewis (1903—1970) was famous in her lifetime for her brightly coloured and endearing paintings of rural Nova Scotia. This show highlights Maud Lewis’s achievement, looking carefully at her serial repetition of images and motifs across her career. From her black cats and kittens, to her cart horses and oxen hauling logs, to her quayside scenes of ships in port and the Maritime landscape in all seasons, Maud Lewis made paintings that delight in their optimism and buoyant vitality.


April 2, 2022 - September 25, 2022 Curated by Nicole Stanbridge, Heng Wu, and Mel Granley

Reverberations aims to bring fresh eyes and minds to reflect on works from AGGV’s permanent collection through an intergenerational, cross-disciplinary and cross cultural project. Artists, makers, and creators were invited to select works from our collection that they felt a resonance to and in turn share their own work bringing into conversation a diverse range of expressions.

Denyse Thomasos


December 11, 2021 - March 13, 2022 Organized by McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

Denyse Thomasos (1964–2012) was a Trinidadian-Canadian artist whose epic paintings incorporate imagery from a range of sources, including Caribbean textiles, historic slave ships, industrial shipyards, graveyards, villages and maximum security prisons.

The Places We Live

Founders Gallery

October 30, 2021 - April 25, 2022 Curated by Mel Granley, Nicole Stanbridge and Heng Wu

How do we describe and share our views of The Places We Live? Through the works in this exhibition we move from intimate space to vast space, from micro to macro considering the many ways that artists relay their interpretations of the natural world, our place in it, and its place in us.

Holding Ground

Founders and Drury Galleries

July 17, 2021 - October 17, 2021

Holding Ground: to hold space, to hold up, to care for, to support, to refuse to let go. This exhibition was the culmination of many conversations held through hosting of the Indigenous Intergenerational Exchange led by artists Marianne Nicolson, Marika Swan and educator/media maker Nikki Sanchez, in collaboration with 12 invited participants: Gerry Ambers, Aya […]

Emily Carr: Seeing + Being Seen

Graham Gallery

July 17, 2021 - September 6, 2022 Co-curated by Mel Granley and Nicole Stanbridge

Emily Carr: Seeing and Being Seen is split into two sections. Half the gallery showing how she documented what was around her, highlighting many of the works she is praised and admired for today. The other half focusing on how artists and historians of various backgrounds and worldviews have, and continue to react to, and interpret her legacy and body of work.


Retainers of Anarchy

June 12, 2021 - October 24, 2021 Collaboratively organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the Ottawa Art Gallery. The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria iteration curated by Michelle Jacques.

Retainers of Anarchy is a solo exhibition featuring new work from Howie Tsui that considers wuxia as a narrative tool for dissidence and resistance. Wuxia, a traditional form of martial arts literature that expanded into 20th-century popular film and television, was created out of narratives and characters often from lower social classes that uphold chivalric […]

Blue & White

Pollard Gallery

January 30, 2021 - May 30, 2022 Curated by Heng Wu, AGGV Curator of Asian Art and Michelle Jacques, Head of Exhibitions & Collections/Chief Curator Remai Modern

This exhibition examines blue and white porcelain as a global product that contains diverse cultural traits in its birth, development and thriving. It is truly a fruit of cross-cultural communication and exchange.

Celebrating the AGGV Collection

May 19, 2020 - July 14, 2021 Curated by Michelle Jacques, Heng Wu and Nicole Stanbridge

Now, as we think about re-opening the gallery in a world changed by the pandemic, we will be filling more spaces with work from our collection – the installations of Canadian historical and contemporary art will be joined by a gallery of new acquisitions in Asian art and one of figure and portrait drawings from the collection.

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