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Current Exhibitions

The Seriousness of Play: Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
April 20, 2016 to October 2, 2016

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas: Red (detail), 2008.

Haida Manga is a contemporary art form that offers a playful way of viewing and engaging with social issues as it seeks participation, dialogue, reflection and action. Influenced by both the tradition of Haida iconography and contemporary Asian visual culture, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas has created an artistic practice celebrated for its vitality and originality by an international audience engaged in issues of ethnicity, identity and relationships.

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Bill Reid Creative Journeys
April 14, 2016 to August 31, 2017

Bill Reid Carving
Bill Reid carving Skidegate Pole 1976. Photo: Martine Reid.

An exhibition presented in partnership with the Vancouver International Airport to mark the 20th anniversary of Bill Reid's iconic sculpture, The Spirit of Haida Gwaii.

Celebrating the three phases of Bill Reid's creative journey, Pre-Haida (1948-1951), Haida (1951-1968) and Beyond Haida (1968-1998), this exhibition provides a comprehensive introduction to the life and work of Bill Reid - on now through August 31, 2017.

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My (Re)conciliation is … a public art dialogue
June 20 to August 1, 2016 extended until August 15, 2016

My reconciliation

To encourage creative conversations around reconciliation, the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art is presenting a 30–metre public art mural on Georgia Street at Burrard. 

The chalkboard style mural designed by local Haida artists Robi Geary and Corey Bulpitt, will invite passersby to write or draw their responses to the phrase My (Re)conciliation is … Individual responses will shape an engaging public dialogue.

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BC Arts Council, Christ Church Cathedral, Simon Fraser University, the City of Vancouver and Face the World Foundation.

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The Art of Small Things: Meghann O'Brien
October 28, 2015 to October 2, 2016

MOB Baskets
Meghann O'Brien: L: Rattle Top Basket, 2012. R: Growth Rings of Cedar Basket, 2010. Photo: KK Law

Meghann takes materials from the natural world and transforms them into remarkable pieces of high-level human expression. Working with traditional materials such as mountain goat wool and cedar bark has given her a deep connection to the supernatural world, a connection to her ancestors. She describes working with cedar bark as, “travelling back in time” or “touching the cosmos”. Her creations have made a profound impact within Contemporary Northwest Coast Art.

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

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