Bill Reid, Mythic Messengers , Photo By: Kenji Nagai


The Bill Reid Gallery has small, significant collection of art and archives related to Bill Reid and his legacy. A majority of the collection (161 works in a variety of media from jewelry to prints and sculptures) is the Simon Fraser University Bill Reid Collection.

Thank you to the Museum Assistance Program of Canadian Heritage for funding to create this database.

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Access to the Collection

Researchers are invited to make an appointment to access any of the Bill Reid Gallery's collection, archives and reference materials. Contact

Artifact Appraisals

The Bill Reid Gallery is a non-profit public institution and does not provide appraisal and authentication services. For such expertise, we suggest you contact local commercial galleries or a member of the Art Dealers Association of Canada.

Donations to the Collection

The Bill Reid Foundation (BRF) and Bill Reid Gallery (BRG) of Northwest Coast Art's mandate is to reveal the vital and diverse Indigenous cultures of the Northwest Coast through the extraordinary work of Bill Reid and inspirational contemporary art.

We have a small but significant permanent collection related to Bill Reid and his legacy. The majority of the collection is the Simon Fraser University Bill Reid Collection. The gallery has a Management Services Agreement with SFU, which gives the BRG authority for storage, curatorial care, interpretation and exhibition of the collection.

The Bill Reid Gallery is interested in expanding the collection based on the following criteria:

First Priority is given to the art, archives and photographs of Bill Reid
Second Priority - Art and artists related to Bill Reid and his legacy
Third Priority - Northwest Coast Indigenous artists

The gallery takes into consideration the cultural significance of the work for Northwest Coast art history, the physical condition of the work, as well as any concerns regarding maintenance, conservation, storage, access for research and display of the work of art. Only works for which clear legal title can be firmly established will be considered for acquisition. The Bill Reid Gallery will not knowingly collect culturally sensitive objects.

The BRG routinely issues tax receipts for all donations.

It is strongly advised that all donors consult their accountants and/or the Revenue Canada website.

Most donations are appraised by external appraisers and the donor is issued a tax receipt in accordance with the conditions stated in the Canadian Income Tax Act. If a donation or a purchase is being proposed for Cultural Property certification the process is more complex.

If you have items you wish to donate, or to be considered for the collection, please contact the Curator for more information at