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Holding Ground: to hold space, to hold up, to care for, to support, to refuse to let go. 
This exhibition is 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 Clappis, Ace Harry, Lisa Kenoras, Laura Manson, Jessica Mayhew, Feather Nault, Ross Neasloss Jr, Stephanie Papik, Coral Shaughnessy-Moon, Nabidu Taylor, and France Trepanier.
This amazing group of individuals are all contributors to social justice and frontline activism in their respective communities. They held virtual gatherings bi-weekly from February 25th – May 20th to share cultural teachings, critical understanding, and creative processes within a healing space. Through Holding Ground, they have set the powerful intention to host an open floor for the group to participate in an active interplay of creative sharing. This exhibition will generously share a glimpse into the continuum of Indigenous resistance, across generations:
“Our children are sacred and their desire to continue to advocate for our worldviews is a sacred undertaking. As such, the gallery space and the time occupied by the exhibit is reserved and recognized for them.” Marianne Nicolson
At the center of this exhibition is a curtain collaboratively made by members of the group. Traditionally these curtains hang in the Big House for ceremony such as Potlatch and act as a transitional space between the physical and spiritual realms:
“We will be creating a curtain to transform our space at the AGGV. This anchor will allow us to create our own microcosm of the universe. Within this we can re-enact the nature of our inter- relationships with each other and to the land. In community, each generational role is necessary. Isolated we are vulnerable. But in formation we have great strength in the diversity of our offerings.” Marika Swan
On July 3rd, the floor will be opened with the curtain in place to hold space for the participants to share throughout the run of the exhibition. Watch as the space evolves and we extend an invitation to revisit throughout the coming months and witness the evolution of this shifting space. We extend our gratitude and appreciation to all of the participants involved in this project for their unique contributions, their time and generosity.
“We hold the space so that what is happening in the now will have a presence.” Marianne Nicolson
Gerry Ambers, Aya Clappis, Ace Harry, Lisa Kenoras, Laura Manson, Jessica Mayhew, Feather Nault, Marianne Nicolson, Ross Neasloss Jr, Stephanie Papik, Nikki Sanchez, Coral Shaughnessy-Moon, Nicole Stanbridge, Marika Swan, Nabidu Taylor, France Trepanier.


Samantha Dickie presents
A Moment in Time
September 10 - October 31, 2021
Victoria Arts Council Gallery, 1800 Store Street, Victoria. V8T 4R4
Hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 12:00-5:00
Artist Talk: Sunday, October 17 @ 3PM, VAC Gallery


Curated by Andrea Walsh, Smyth Chair in Arts and Engagement
Qw'an Qw'anakwal - To Come Together is the 10th anniversary celebration of the Visiting Artist Program hosted by the Department of Anthropology at the University of Victoria. The exhibition features new works by 12 artists and their collaborators from Salish nations on Vancouver Island, who have participated in the Visiting Artist Program since 2010. The exhibition features knitting, wool and cedar weaving, carving, drawing, and painting.
Image credit: Amanda Laliberte, 2021.

Art Show and Sale
By Katarina Meglic
“On The Body”
October 1 – 27, 2021
Viewing hours: Monday – Friday 9:30am – 3:30pm (Goward House is closed all Statutory Holidays)
Artists’ Reception Sunday October 3rd 1:30pm – 3:30pm
For a preview of the event, visit www.gowardhouse.com/artshow


A potter and artist for almost 50 years, Geoff Searle produces pit-fired sculpture and raku in his rural Fraser Valley, BC studio. Geoff’s creativity and natural curiosity has led to some exciting work that puts him at the forefront of clay innovation. His work has found its way to collectors throughout the world.
The Avenue Gallery
2184 Oak Bay Avenue
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm, Sunday 11am - 4:30pm


View this email in your browser Antimatter [media art]
October 14 to 24, 2021 | Victoria BC & Online | antimatter.ca

The 24th annual Antimatter festival continues this weekend with screenings, installations and online programs of international media art and experimental cinema.  In-person screenings 6pm and 8pm nightly at Deluge Contemporary Art (636 Yates Street) have limited capacity and require advance ticket purchase at antimatter.ca. 
Saturday | October 16 | 6pm | Screening @ Deluge
The Length of Day
Collage, found footage and photochemical fictions by Cecilia Araneda, Kristin Reeves, A. Moon, Siegfried Fruhauf, Kathleen Rush, Charlie Egleston and Laura Conway. 
Saturday | October 16 | 8pm | Screening @ Deluge
The Mirror Neuron
Performative prosody and gestural empathy from Sarah Trad, Bea de Visser, John G. Boehme, Paul Tarragó, Adán De La Garza, Michael Heindl and Tommy Beacker. 
Sunday | October 17 | 6pm | Screening @ Deluge 
Stranger than Paradise
The body is obsolescent: it is still needed but the preparations for its abolition are in progress. Film-choreography from Tamar Zehava Tabori, Bailey Plumley and Chris Haring/Liquid Loft.
Sunday | October 17 | 8pm | Screening @ Deluge
If I Could Name You Myself
Movement and music drive meditative explorations of identity, race, gender and transcendence: Ann Oren, Michael V. Smith, Helanius J. Wilkins, Roma Flowers, Hope Strickland and Aram Karsi.
Online Programs Screening programs are available online for 24 hours (midnight to midnight) the day after in-person screenings at Deluge Contemporary Art. Streaming is free (donations appreciated).
Watch at antimatter.ca
  Online @ antimatter.ca
Some of the most rewarding and memorable experiences at Antimatter are artist talks, Q&As and informal social events with local and visiting filmmakers. As the situation this year again precludes most participants attending the festival to engage with peers and audiences, Automat presents a self-serve option. 
We coerced participating artists into making short videos that somehow “talk” about themselves and their work, whether by actually talking or otherwise. The results are as amazing as we’d hoped—spontaneous, revealing, witty and poetic insights into their lives and practices. Watch the results online at antimatter.ca.
    Deluge Contemporary Art 636 Yates Street Victoria, BC  V8W 1L3 Canada


ONE WAVE October 15 - 30, 2021 @Fortune Gallery     As a tribute to persistence during troubled times, Miles Lowry’s ONE WAVE reminds us how a wave, full of energy, eventually lets go, dissipates and disappears as if it were never there. Created during lockdowns and waves of pandemic alarm, each painting is named for a presence, a yearning, or discovery.   *Artist will be in attendance 12pm to 4pm on October 16 & 17.  537 Fisgard Street Victoria, BC Open 12-5 Closed Monday  Gallery: 250 383 1552 See the show starting Oct 15 online @ www.loveandliberty.ca   - COVID PROTOCOLS will be in place with masks required for indoor spaces. - http://www.mileslowry.ca http://www.loveandliberty.ca Be sure to 'like' Love and Liberty's Facebook Page Follow on Instagram


Madrona Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new paintings by Rick Bond.
Inspired by his travels throughout B.C, Bond's energetic painting style masterfully captures the West Coast landscape. This will be his seventh solo exhibition with Madrona Gallery.


Crush is returning in its online format in 2021. This carefully curated auction features a great selection of fine wine generously donated from the private collections of individuals and local restaurants. Whether you are an experienced oenophile or simply a lover of good wine, you will find a wonderful range of spectacular wines. Also on offer are lots from BC wineries including gift baskets and packages, dining, travel, and other unique experiences in every price bracket. www.belfry.bc.ca/crush
The Belfry Theatre
All proceeds benefit Victoria’s leading professional theatre company and its beautiful heritage venue in the heart of Fernwood. For more information please contact events@belfry.bc.ca or 250.385.6835


This workshop is presented as part of The Incubators program. Click here for more info on the other workshops in this series >>
In this workshop, local artist, curator and filmmaker Eli Hirtle will guide participants through conversation about practices & protocols specific to working with Indigenous peoples and their stories. Eli will share stories of his film-making practice, which he describes as “community-based collaborations”. We will also look at and discuss “ON-SCREEN PROTOCOLS & PATHWAYS: A Media Production Guide to Working with First Nations, Métis and Inuit Communities, Cultures, Concepts and Stories”, a comprehensive publication commissioned by ImagineNATIVE film festival in 2019.
Topics will include narrative sovereignty, screen-based protocols & principles, meaningful collaborations and building relationships based on trust, respect, responsibility, reciprocity and consent. As a case study we will watch Lekwungen: Place to Smoke Herring (2018), a film created by Eli Hirtle & Brianna Bear for a permanent art exhibition at Victoria City Hall. We will also view clips from the series Eli created for Telus’ Optik Network, Voices on the Rise (2019), to get a sense of how these protocols can be put into practice.
6pm – 10pm Pacific Time
Mentorship meetings Oct 19-21
Eli Hirtle is a nêhiyaw(Cree)/British/German filmmaker, beadworker, youth mentor and curator based on Lekwungen Territory in Victoria, BC, Canada. His practice involves making films about Indigenous cultural resurgence and language revitalization, as well as investigating his nêhiyaw identity through beadwork. Current areas of interest are learning how to speak his ancestral language of nêhiyawêwin and mentoring emerging Indigenous artists. Eli currently serves as Curator, Indigenous and Contemporary Art at Open Space Arts Society. Past curatorial projects include Sacred at Victoria City Hall, Pretty Good Not Bad Festival, IndigeVision Film Showcase, Wapakoni Cinema on Wheels Tour and Constellations of Kin in collaboration with the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre and ImagineNATIVE film festival. Film projects include RESIST: The Unistoten’s Call to the Land (2013), Voices on the Rise (2016 & 2019), and Lekwungen: Place to Smoke Herring (2018).


This event began 2021-10-12 and repeats every day until 2021-10-31

As the pandemic recedes, the artist explores her renewed appreciation for simple, quiet pleasures in this new series of figurative abstract paintings. A limited palette varies from work to work, with white paint and cold wax providing unity. The overall effect suggests moments of calm reflection on the journey to reach the place, real or imagined, where we feel most at peace.
Solo painting exhibition by Margo Cooper. 
Opening Reception Thursday, October 14, 5-7:30 pm
Artist in residence: October 12,15,20,23,27, 2-5 pm


This event began 2021-08-05 and repeats every day forever

FLUX Media Gallery presents two works by prominent filmmakers, Mike Hoolboom's The Guy on the Bed and Jorge Lozano's XRAY(S).
Videos will be playing Tuesday to Friday inside the gallery noon to 5pm, and in our Window Gallery 9pm -1am. Videos can also be seen on our website www.fluxmediagallery.org   About The Guy on the Bed 
“News from another pandemic, the one that ‘changed everything’ before it fell out of the news cycle and collective memory, except for the newly infected, or those who, like myself, managed a new life after death. Based on a text by David Wojnarowicz.” - Mike Hoolboom   About XRAY(S) 
“Visually resplendent, and philosophically political, or is it politically philosophical? It features the flow, the intensity, and the rhythm of thought itself, or perhaps even: the rhythm of new thought, of a new idea, the momentum required to overcome the dust of the past, in order to invent something else “ - Quote by Mike Hoolboom  

This event began 2021-09-14 and repeats every day forever

Paintings and Photographic works by Matt Politano 
fortune gallery 
537 Fisgard Street, Chinatown, Victoria

Matt Poltano artist statement.pages


‘Life is a passage.’
“Painting from the boat this summer I was constantly reminded of just that. With no street signs, lights or roads on the open ocean, the task of navigating is a matter of experience and judgment. The sea and surrounding land heads speak. They dictate space, depths, distance and so much more. The read and the approach is important. I love the sea. In these paintings I revisit this ancient metaphor.” – Brent Lynch
The excitement is building in anticipation of Brent’s solo show, Passages. We look forward to seeing you in the gallery to take in the magnificence of his new work.
The Avenue Gallery
2184 Oak Bay Avenue
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm, Sunday 11am - 4:30pm


Intrigued by the evocative nature of unexpected pairings, artists Georgina Montgomery and Louise Oborne probe the power of disparate elements "seen together" to stimulate new meanings, new perspectives. By combining abstract photographic prints with abstract mixed-media works--and encasing these as pairs under glass--the artists create unique works that open the door to all manner of interpretation.
Errant artSpace. Runs Fri, Sat, Sun, Oct. 22-24, 2021. Hours: 1-5 pm each day. Artists in attendance. Lots of parking out front. Masks required.


CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers is SUPER excited to announce Vancouver Island’s second edition of the One Take Super 8 Event — this time in full Kodak colour! 
A fun, non-competitive, community-driven creation and exhibition opportunity for intrigued newbies, amateur artists, and professional filmmakers alike.
Super 8 film took the world by storm in the 1960s and 70s as an accessible way to make “home movies.” Today, the format lives on as an analogue escape from our digital world. The One Take Super 8 Event began in the year 2000 in Regina SK, and since then it has inspired the creation and screening of over 1,000 films in more than 50 locations around the world. CineVic presented the island’s first edition two years ago, and we’re bringing it back for another round of fun!
Earlier this summer, 22 participants from Victoria and the surrounding region answered the open call to participate. They were given a camera, a roll of film, and one week to create their own 3-minute Super 8 movie. The only catch: no editing. The filmmakers had to shoot their scenes in order with no second chances, and they’ll witness their work for the first time along with an audience at the community screening on October 23rd. Soundtracks are optional, and because the Super 8 format does not record sound, they are created separately from the film and manually cued up on the night.
Get your advance tickets now and join us in-person or online for the limited-capacity hybrid screening event!
Saturday October 23rd 2021
7:00pm PT
Alix Goolden Performance Hall
907 Pandora Avenue
(enter through Victoria Conservatory of Music at 900 Johnson St.)
Or watch from home on YouTube
$5 advance tickets
📽 Click here for in-person screening tickets >>
* Attendees will be required to present identification and proof of at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccination, which will be scanned upon entrance * Attendees must wear a mask at all times, and remain seated for the entire event 📺 Click here for YouTube livestream tickets >>
See the world premiere of 22 new Super 8 films created by:
Alex Skorochid • Octavian Kaul • Michael Korican • Suzanne Moreau • Ian Sebelius • Jerry & Alena Kott • Sonya Chwyl • Eli Hirtle • Bowen Macy • Elvie Simons • Greg Goldberg • Megan Switzer • Rachel Evans • Jessica Beach • Tyson Laidler • Ella Privet • Jen Yakamovich • Nathan Dunsmoor • Kemi Craig • Michelle Frey • Cat Lewis
Many thanks to our event partners and sponsors: MediaNet / FLUX Media Gallery, Antimatter Media Art Festival, and Niagara Custom Lab.
CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers acknowledges and respects the long history of the Lək̓ʷəŋən-speaking people, now known as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, as well as the W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations, on whose traditional and unceded territory we carry out our activities.
CineVic gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance and support of Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, Province of British Columbia, and the CRD Arts Development Service.



This event begins 2021-10-27 and repeats every day until 2021-10-30

Frankie and Johnny, two lonely, middle-aged souls meet for a one-night-stand but discover a potential for love deeper than they ever expected. Over a night filled with intimate thoughts, outlandish coincidences, boisterous hilarity and ‘the most beautiful music in the world’, they realize that making love is easy – but falling in love is hard.


This workshop is presented as part of The Incubators program. Click here for more info on the other workshops in this series >>
Learn basic 2D and 3D stop-motion techniques from the award winning artist Amanda Strong! In this workshop, participants will explore basic methods of moving objects frame by frame, lighting, and rigging processes for stop-motion animation. Strong will be bringing in-process and completed puppets for participants to get a detailed look at design, render, and scale. As a group, participants will then get a chance to respectfully animate with Strong’s puppets to explore their functionality and get better insight to how they move. We encourage that participants bring objects or puppets they have made, to practice animating and to get feedback as well as to adapt them for animation (but this is not required).
10am – 4pm Pacific Time
Mentorship meetings Oct 31 – Nov 2
Amanda Strong is an Indigenous (Michif) Media Artist and Stop Motion Director currently working as a guest on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sə̓lílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh). She has been practicing professionally in the arts for over 15 years. She holds a degree in Photography and Interpretive Animation from Sheridan College. With a cross-discipline focus, common themes of her work are reclamation of Indigenous histories, lineage, language and culture. Amanda Strong founded Spotted Fawn Productions in 2010 and has managed the company as the Owner, Director and Executive Producer since 2014. Amanda has also formed the collectives Media Creatorz, Indigenous Roots, and most recently Frame Sovereignty Collective which are all driven to build sustainable production skills and training to participants with the hopes of helping with access, visibility and digital literacy for Indigenous artists. Most recently, Amanda was selected as the First Canadian Director and first Animated Project for the Sundance Institute Indigenous Filmmaking Lab.


This event begins 2021-10-31 and repeats every week on Sunday and Saturday until 2021-11-07

Frankie and Johnny, two lonely, middle-aged souls meet for a one-night-stand but discover a potential for love deeper than they ever expected. Over a night filled with intimate thoughts, outlandish coincidences, boisterous hilarity and ‘the most beautiful music in the world’, they realize that making love is easy – but falling in love is hard.


On October 31, the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra’s string section, conducted by music director Yariv Aloni, will take the stage in front of a live audience in the ensemble’s first indoor concert since  the start of the pandemic.
 Violinists David Stewart and Paule Préfontaine are the featured soloists. Recently calling Sooke home after a distinguished careers in Europe, the duo will perform Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Violins in A minor, and Piazzolla’s Libertango.
 This varied program has some beautiful string orchestra works: Respighi’s peaceful Ancient Airs and Dances for Strings, Elgar’s haunting and soulful Sospiri, and Weiner’s Divertimento No. 2, based on Hungarian folk melodies
 “We are eager to play for a live audience in Sooke, our wonderfully supportive home community,” says Aloni. “The performance is named ‘Together Again’ in celebration of the musicians and audience reuniting in concert, as music lovers are able to enjoy live performances once again.”
 As per the Provincial Health guidelines, proof of double vaccination and identification must be provided upon entry. Masks and social distancing will be required.

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