Chief 7idansuu James Hart
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.
"The Bill Reid Gallery is bringing in young people, they're having shows here which is a good thing for them to use it as a sounding board into the world..." - James Hart, 2019