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News 2011

December 1, 2011 (Bill Reid Gallery)
Bill Reid and the Haida Canoe Book Launch Press Release

“Join Dr. Martine Reid, principal author and editor of Bill Reid and the Haida Canoe at the Bill Reid Gallery, Thursday, December 8th, 5:00 to 7:00pm for the launch of this new book, published by Harbour Publishing.”

The Bill Reid Gallery acknowledges the generous support of TELUS on this project. TELUS LOGO

November 28, 2011 (Inside Vancouver, Tourism Vancouver)
Featured Attraction of the Week: Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art

“The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art opened in May 2008 in downtown Vancouver.”

October 17, 2011 (The Globe and Mail, Carolyn Jack )
Vancouver is hopping even when it's sopping

“Downtown, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Bill Reid Gallery, and Contemporary Art Gallery are easy walking distance from most hotels.”

September 26, 2011 (The Peak, Wendee Lang)
Bill Reid art gifted to SFU

“Iconic Haida artist and veritable Renaissance man Bill Reid created more than 1500 works of art over the course of his career, $10 million worth of which has been recently bequeathed to Simon Fraser University.”

September 26, 2011 (Queen Charlotte Islands Observer)
Landmark gift includes over 100 works by Bill Reid

“A $10 million dollar art collection has been donated to Simon Fraser University as part of a partnership arrangement between the university and the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in Vancouver.”

September 18, 2011 (Troy Media, Mike Robinson)
Innovative thinking helps West Coast art gallery gain its freedom

“In these heady days of the Arab Spring, disappearing dictators and Middle Eastern youth revolting in the cause of democracy, it can sometimes slip past our scrutiny that mature democracies still struggle with the freedom of their civil society institutions. ”

September 15, 2011 (The Globe and Mail, Marsha Lederman )
Bill Reid Foundation gifts collection to SFU

“The Bill Reid Foundation has gifted its entire collection of Northwest Coast art to Simon Fraser University.”

September 15, 2011 (The Georgia Straight, Janet Smith)
Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art hooks up with SFU

“The Bill Reid Foundation has gifted its entire $10 million collection to SFU in a new deal that should help sustain its gallery into the long term.”

September 15, 2011 Press Release
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“SFU receives landmark gift of Bill Reid art.”

June 17, 2011 (The Vancouver Sun, Steve Whysall)
VanDusen adds new buildings, new works of art

“Meanwhile, the garden itself at VanDusen is looking terrific and there is a new art exhibit - Haida artist Bill Reid's Black Eagle Canoe , which has been placed on the banks of Heron Lake.”

March 24, 2011 (The Vancouver Sun, Kevin Griffin)
Sentinels surrender to time

“The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art is displaying a unique exhibition of photographs of totem poles in the process of being reclaimed by the forrest.”

March 23, 2011 (National Post, Nathalie Atkinson)
Exotic Canada: Souvenirs you'll want to keep

“You'd expect nothing less than the mantra “shop local” from the land of om that gave the world Lululemon. Here are a few favourite haunts for souvenirs you'll actually want to take home.”

March 18, 2011 (The Vancouver Sun, Kevin Griffin)
Adeleide de Menil: New Silences of Totem Poles

“I don’t know what I expected when I walked into the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art to see an exhibition of totem pole photographs. I guess I expected to see totem pole photographs along the lines of other totem pole photographs I’d seen before. I wasn’t prepared to see totem poles in a completely new way.”

March 16, 2011 (The Province, Lena Sin)
Totem poles before their fall

“The first time artist and curator Peter Morin saw the photos, he cried.”

January 6, 2011 (Westender, Jessica Barrett)
Hornby bike lane steering people away?

“Three weeks after the controversial Hornby Street bike lane opened, the director of a tourism-reliant business on the busy one-way street says he's nervous changes to traffic patterns will negatively affect trade this coming spring.”

News 2010

September 30, 2010 (Westender, Steven Schelling)
Traditional techniques meet modern flair

"Male anthropological bias has run rampant in the art world since, well, probably since the first caveman traced his hand on a rock. Through the eons that followed, women’s contributions to the art world were few, not for any marked lack of talent, but because women weren’t considered capable of creating great art. "

September 29, 2010 (The Observer)
Massett artist wins two awards

"Winning a BC Creative Achievement Award for First Nations Art topped off a great summer season for Massett-based textile artist Lisa Hageman Yahgulanaas. She is one of six First Nations artists who will receive a $2,500 prize and the use of the BC Creative Achievement Award seal to signify her creative excellence."

August 31, 2010 (Rebecca Bollwitt, Miss 604)
Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art

"One of downtown’s hidden gems is the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, just off Georgia, on Hornby Street. Here you’ll find a breathtaking collection of Reid’s art that varies from wire sculptures and a diamond necklace, to tribute carvings and statues."

August 19, 2010 (The Vancouver Sun, Kevin Griffin)
Simple woven hat links past and present for Haida woman

"In an exhibition of remarkable northwest coast textiles, it would be easy to overlook a spruce root hat woven by Delores Churchill. Neither the most colourful nor the most impressive among the works in Time Warp, it isn't physically the biggest or covered in any of the traditional ovoids and other two-dimensional designs of the northwest coast. In comparison with the other textiles and weavings, her version of a historic hat found in a remote corner of B.C. looks a little underwhelming. But the story of its creation illustrates how specific weaving skills were forgotten and then rediscovered by weavers such as Churchill."

August 16, 2010 (The Vancouver Sun, Kevin Griffin)
Bill Reid Gallery Shows Textiles as Art

"When Culture Seen dialed, Delores Churchill picked up the phone within a ring or two."

August 10, 2010 (The La Source, Lou Corpuz Bosshart)
Textile show pays homage to the past and the future

"At the Bill Reid Gallery’s ongoing exhibition “Time Warp” last week, a lively, mixed group of teens and older adults were pouring into the entrance. The hubbub was undeniable; the keen interest on their faces was a delight to see."

August 8, 2010
CBC Radio: North by Northwest (hosted by Sheryl MacKay)
Interview with Delores Churchill, Evelyn Vanderhoop and Carrie Anne Vanderhoop Bellis

Click the play button below to listen to the interview.

June 19, 2010 (Rebecca Bollwitt, Miss 604)
Public Aboriginal Art Walk from the Bill Reid Gallery

"The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art is hosting the Public Aboriginal Art Walk throughout the city from June 17th until July 11th. This coincides with National Aboriginal Day this coming Monday, June 21st."

May 8, 2010
The Raven's Call

A successful launch of The Raven's Call, a virtual exhibition celebrating Bill Reid: one of Canada's Greatest Artists, was held at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art on May 8, 2010. The launch also coincided with the Gallery's second anniversary making it a great day to celebrate!

The Raven's Call is the largest, most current and comprehensive website on Bill Reid. It is an excellent resource for educational groups and many other groups and individuals interested in learning more about Bill Reid. It is also an exploration of identity, offering a chance for us all to reflect on our own cultural roots.

The launch was an interactive event with audience members presenting their take on an ending to an unfinished story by Bill Reid entitled The Raven's Call.

January 30, 2010 (Globe and Mail, Cinda Chavich)
First Nations art, inside and out

"From the airport to northern villages, vibrant colours and carvings catch the eye."

January 21, 2010 (Telegraph, UK)
Winter Olympics: Vancouver city guide

"Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art: Small but special, this museum is a tribute to Canada's best-known 20th‑century First Nations artist."

News 2009

December 17, 18, 2009 (aired on Shaw TV, The Express)
Tradition in the making and breaking

"The smooth voice of legendary Haida artist Bill Reid echoes under the high ceilings of the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art..."

November 18, 2009 (Where Travel, Kristina Urquhart)
Hot Art: Homage

"Prolific Haida artist Bill Reid may be a tough act to follow, with more than 1,500 pieces in his repetoire, but the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art salutes the work of contemporary First Nations artists in Continuum: Vision and Creativity on the Northwest Coast ."

November 3, 2009 (The Vancouver Sun, Shelley Fralic)
Day 5: The Olympic torch and Haida Gwaii, when old history meets new

Haida elder Percy Williams carried the Olympic torch aboard Lootaas (the canoe carved by Bill Reid for Expo '86) on Day 5 of the relay.

October 3, 2009 (Lori Henry, independant travel writer)
Martine Reid Discusses Haida Art at the Bill Reid Gallery

"“Bill [Reid] is taking you by the hand and taking you through his gallery,” Martine Reid tells us as we step into the Bill Reid Gallery in Vancouver. She was the wife of Bill, celebrated Haida artist and CBC radio announcer (1920-1998), who describes herself as Bill’s “wife, partner and best critic."

July 24, 2009 (The Vancouver Sun, Kevin Griffin)
Trickster artist pushes boundaries of Northwest Coast art

"Shawn Hunt likes to catch people off guard with his art. He'll look at something and wonder why it has to be that way. If it's Northwest Coast jewelry in a display case and masks on a wall, he'll question why the jewelry can't be on the wall or the masks in the display case.

Although no one has put together pop culture and Northwest Coast imagery quite like him before, Hunt does it because he can't imagine making art any other way. He sees something in his head and then works to make it appear in the world."

July 20, 2009 (The Vancouver Sun, Kevin Griffin)
A Confident Raven Lands on the Coast

"If you want to see where Northwest Coast art is going, check on the exhibition Continuum at the Bill Reid Gallery. It has everything from contemporary pop cultural references mixed with traditional imagery to new mediums and ways of telling traditional stories. I was taken on a tour by Martine Reid, the consulting curator for the gallery, and then talked to artist Shawn Hunt who has painted Trickster which combines a little of Andy Warhol and Bill Reid in one powerful image. It's so visually startling, I wouldn't be surprised to soon see it on posters and T-shirts."

July 16, 2009 (The Georgia Straight, Robin Laurence)
Ancient and new blur in Continuum

"Continuum is a small yet ambitious show, striving to find a voice within both modern-day art production and eons-old First Nations culture. Featuring new work by 23 emerging and mid-career aboriginal artists from Alaska, British Columbia, and Washington state, the exhibition is at unfortunate odds with its temporary location. It is installed in the chopped-up galleries and amid the competing fixtures and permanent displays of the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art."

January 1, 2009 (The Globe and Mail, Fiona Morrow)
"I had a desire to complete the circle."

After eight years at Calgary's Glenbow Museum, Michael Robinson returns to his West Coast roots and his passion for Haida art with a new job at the helm of Vancouver's Bill Reid Gallery.

Vancouver -- Michael Robinson is coming home. The Vancouver-born former chief executive officer and president of Calgary's Glenbow Museum starts his new job as executive director of the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art Jan. 1, just before his 58th birthday. It's a move he describes as "somewhat salmonoid..."

2008 News

December 10, 2008 (Maureen Verkaar, Bill Reid Gallery Press Release)
Michael P. Robinson, New Executive Director of The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art

The Bill Reid Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Michael Robinson as CEO of the Bill Reid Trust and Executive Director of the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, as of January 1, 2009. Michael Robinson has over 20 years leadership experience, including eight years as President and CEO of the Glenbow Museum in Calgary (2000-2007)...

November 28, 2008 (The Bill Reid Foundation)
Bill Reid Gallery Celebrates Claude Levi-Strauss's 100th Birthday

Eminent French anthropologist, Claude Levi-Strauss, will be 100 years old on Friday, November 28, 2008. Professor Levi-Strauss is an Honourary Director of the Bill Reid Foundation and, on that day, the Foundation, together with the Consulate General of France, will celebrate his centenary with a special program developed in his honour...

Oct 7, 2008 (TravelVideo.TV)
One Vancouver Gallery  Proves a Showcase for First Nations Art

In British Columbia, Aboriginal artists have long made their mark by creating great works depicting their heritage; broad strokes and deep etches emblazoned on woven canvasses, celebrated in vivid sculptures and imprinted within wooden structures...

Sept 19, 2008 (Smithsonian Museum)
Fashion Designer Dorothy Grant Receives Prestigious Smithsonian Award

Vancouver, BC: Fashion Designer Dorothy Grant will be honored at a fall benefit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in New York, the George Gustav Heye Center, on Thursday, September 25, 2008. "A Single Thread: Celebrating Native American Design and Style" will include preview tours of the exhibition "Identity by Design: Tradition, Change and Celebration in Native Women's Dresses" and benefit the museum's education programs and activities...

May 10, 2008 (Ann Rosenberg, Preview, The Gallery Guide)
Gallery Views: A Gallery Befitting a Haida Giant

On May 10, 2008 the chapel-like building that used to be the Canadian Craft Museum, will begin a new life as the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art and as the headquarters of the Bill Reid Foundation...

May 8, 2008 (Malcolm Perry, The Vancouver Sun)
New Bill Reid gallery was a labour of love and negotiation

Lt.-Gov. Stephen Point will formally open the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art tonight on Hornby Street between Cathedral Place and the Hy’s Encore steakhouse…

May 7, 2008 (, with files from Paul Grant)
Coast Salish welcome Haida at opening of Bill Reid Gallery. (

The opening of the Bill Reid Gallery in Vancouver Tuesday was a meeting of Northwest First Nations cultures. Bill Reid, the artist for whom the new gallery of Northwest Coast art is named, was Haida, but the gallery sits on the traditional territory of the Coast Salish people in downtown Vancouver…

May 7, 2008 (Kevin Griffin, The Vancouver Sun)
First nations ceremony welcomes city’s new Bill Reid gallery: Haida art to take world stage.

When Bill Reid art was chosen to adorn the $20 bank note, it was a sign that the Haida artist had become a Canadian icon. Now the organizers of the new downtown Bill Reid gallery are hoping it will capitalize on the growing interest in art of the northwest coast and catapult Reid to an international art superstar…

News 2007

July 11, 2007 (The Bill Reid Foundation)

Gallery Announcement

The Bill Reid Foundation today announced its intention to create a Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in Vancouver. The announcement follows the July 10 decision of Vancouver City Council to award the sublease of the purpose-built art gallery at 639 Hornby Street to the Bill Reid Foundation. The sublease for 639 Hornby Street, a City cultural amenity space originally occupied by the Canadian Craft Museum and more recently by the Chief Dan George Centre, was awarded after an extensive public bid process.

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

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