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Life with Clay: Pottery & Sculpture by Jan and Helga Grove

Pottery and sculpture by Jan and Helga Grove

January 21, 2017 - January 21, 2017

January 21 – May 28 2017 | Curated by Allan Collier | Pollard Gallery 

This retrospective of pottery and sculpture by Victoria artists Jan and Helga Grove is the most extensive exhibition of their work ever held. Comprised of roughly 60 pieces of pottery and 40 sculptures, the exhibition includes work made by the Groves from…

It’s In the Making

October 29, 2016 - October 29, 2016

Oct 29 2016 – February 12 2017 | Curated by Haema Sivanesan and Nicole Stanbridge | Founders and Drury Galleries

The artists in this exhibition use the act of making as a process of thinking. They investigate relationships between ideas, materials and things. They take familiar materials and ways of making things and present us with…

Carol Sawyer

The Natalie Brettschneider Archive

October 1, 2016 - October 1, 2016

October 1 2016 – January 8 2017 | Curated by Michelle Jacques | Pollard Gallery 

Carol Sawyer: The Natalie Brettschneider Archive. For more than fifteen years, Vancouver-based Sawyer has been creating photographs, texts, video, and music recitals reconstructing the life and work of genre-blurring, fictional artist Natalie Brettschneider. Brettschneider’s story is enhanced with new chapters inspired by…


Asian Art Through the Ages

September 17, 2016 - September 17, 2016

Sept 17 2016 – April 2 2017 | Curated by Curator of Asian Art Barry Till | Centennial and Ker Galleries

Few people realize that the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria houses one of the most outstanding collections of Asian Art in North America. This exhibition features seventy of the most stunning, interesting and rare examples…

China’s Favourite Pottery for Tea, Yixing Ware

July 1, 2016 - July 1, 2016

July 1 – October 16, 2016 | Founders Gallery | Curated by Barry Till

The brown Yixing stoneware teapots caught the fancy of many tea connoisseurs throughout the years. They rose to prominence with the Chinese literati of the Ming and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties who used the stoneware as their preferred vessels. To this day, they…


Ancient Chinese and Japanese Erotic Images

June 18, 2016 - June 18, 2016

June 18 – October 16, 2016 | Drury Gallery | Curated by Barry Till

The exhibition offers about one hundred erotic works of art from China and Japan.  These works contain sexual content and may not be suitable for all audiences.

Most early Chinese erotic images were quite tame, but by the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) erotica became…

Trans-Pacific Transmissions

Video Art Across the Pacific

June 4, 2016 - June 4, 2016

June 4 – September 5, 2016 | Curated by Haema Sivanesan | Centennial and Ker Galleries

Trans-Pacific Transmissions: Video Art Across the Pacific brings together the work of artists from around the Pacific Rim* to examine a broad history of trans-Pacific exchange as it has captured the imaginations of artists working in video. The works in this…

Modernization in Meiji Japan (1868-1912)

Images of Changing Architecture, Transportation and Wars

April 22, 2016 - April 22, 2016

April 22 – August 28, 2016 | Pollard Gallery | Curated by Barry Till

Meiji woodblock prints are fascinating in that they reveal to us a country in total transition. During the short period of Emperor Meiji’s reign (1868-1912) of nearly 45 years, Japan made an astonishingly swift metamorphosis from a feudal state into a modern…


Literati Painting of Old Japan

April 9, 2016 - April 9, 2016

April 9 – June 26, 2016 | Curated by Barry Till | Founders Gallery 

It was only in the 18th century that the literati style Chinese Southern School painting of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911), came to be studied on a regular basis in Japan. The works that resulted in Japan were called bunjinga (paintings in…

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