7idansuu (Edenshaw), James Hart Photo: Paul Joseph

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


With your support, we can provide opportunities to emerging Indigenous talent, helping jump start their careers, expand their expertise and build their profiles as artists and curators.  

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With your support, we can help young artists reach new and diverse audiences by showcasing their work in hands-on demonstrations, artist talks and performances. 

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Haaw’aa (Thank You)

We are very grateful to the RBC Foundation for its lead support of the Chief 7idansuu James Hart Emerging Artist Program. The generous support from RBC Foundation and from our annual donors help make this program possible. Haaw’aa!  

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Join us in supporting emerging talent by making a contribution. Consider becoming a monthly donor which provides us with sustainable revenue year-round. Your monthly donation will directly support our ability to mentor young Indigenous curators, highlight emerging talent in our exhibitions, and host programs led by young and inspiring voices.

The Bill Reid Gallery is a registered charitable organization.

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