Emerging Artist Program

Celebrating the Next Generation of Northwest Coast Artists

Bill Reid inspired many artists throughout his life and career, most notably those he mentored. Sharing his knowledge with young artists was an important part of his life. 

Mentorship plays an essential role in the intergenerational transmission of cultural and artistic knowledge.

Many of the artists Bill Reid mentored, including Chief James Hart, are now mentors themselves. Bill’s commitment to young artists helped promote Northwest Coast art as a thriving art form and strengthened the cycle of intergenerational learning.

The Bill Reid Gallery understands the importance of continuing Bill’s vision. We honour his legacy by supporting young Indigenous artists and curators through the Chief 7idansuu James Hart Emerging Artist Program.


In 2019, we named this initiative after the Gallery’s Honourary Patron, Chief James Hart in recognition of his dedication to working with emerging artists. Chief James Hart embodies the spirit and vision for this program as an extraordinary role model and mentor to young Indigenous artists.

Haw’aa | Thank you

The generosity of the Chief 7idansuu James Hart Emerging Artist Program Partner help make it possible for young Indigenous artists and curators to present innovative exhibitions and offer education programs that honour Bill Reid's legacy and continue to promote awareness of the diverse Indigenous  cultures of the Northwest Coast.

Chief 7idansuu James Hart Emerging Artist Program Partner    

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Your generous support allows us to mentor young Indigenous curators, highlight emerging talent in our exhibitions, and host programs led by young and inspiring voices.