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Bill Reid Gallery The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art is downtown Vancouver’s public art gallery named after the acclaimed Haida artist Bill Reid (1920 – 1998). The Gallery is dedicated to understanding and appreciating contemporary Indigenous art of the Northwest Coast of North America.


The Bill Reid Foundation was established as a registered charity in 1999, its mission being to preserve the art and perpetuate the legacies of Bill Reid. The Foundation seeks to deepen appreciation of Northwest Coast Aboriginal art and work in partnership with the Haida, hosts Coast Salish Nations, and Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultural and educational institutions.

About Bill Reid

  Bill Reid, acclaimed Haida master artist, goldsmith, carver, sculptor, writer and spokesman, was born in 1920 in Victoria, BC. His mother, Sophie Gladstone, was Haida, and his father, William Ronald Reid, was a Scottish American from Michigan. Bill Reid was in his teens before he became aware of his Haida heritage.


The Bill Reid Centre for Northwest Coast Art Studies at SFU

639 Hornby is also home to The Bill Reid Centre for Northwest Coast Studies at SFU. Bill Reid drew heavily upon museum collections as well as historical and archival photography to inform his work. The Bill Reid Centre seeks to continue his legacy by making these visual resources available and accessible to established and aspiring Northwest Coast artists, First Nation’s communities researchers and the general public.

Haida Heritage Centre at Kaay Llnagaay

The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art is proud to be affiliated with the Haida Heritage Centre at Kaay Llnagaay in Skidegate on Haida Gwaii. This internationally significant showplace encompasses the expanded and revamped Haida Gwaii Museum with its many exhibits, artifacts and audio-viduals, and as part of its many features has a Carving Shed, Canoe House, and Bill Reid Teaching Centre.

By Jerry Grey, Visual Artist
BILL REID: "Mythic Messengers" 1984
Illustration by Jerry Grey

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