Arts and culture

Sue Macartney of Oak Bay published her first children’s book in June. (Courtesy of Sue Macartney)

Oak Bay woman’s first children’s book encourages self-compassion, environmentalism

‘Benjamin’s Blue Feet’ takes place on the Galapagos Islands

Sue Macartney of Oak Bay published her first children’s book in June. (Courtesy of Sue Macartney)
Lisa Beare Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. Ministry staff photo

Province announces $2M in arts and culture funding under BC Arts Council

The program will go toward renovating arts and cultural spaces in BC and to buy special equipment

Lisa Beare Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. Ministry staff photo
Society for Arts on the South Island (SASI) board members Kathryn Fudge (left), Sheryl Parsons and Niki Green are packing up the remainder of the Coast Collective Art Centre in Colwood. Their operation has come to an end due to the pandemic. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

Colwood art centre shuts its doors indefinitely

Board members look for new location when feasible, continue online

Society for Arts on the South Island (SASI) board members Kathryn Fudge (left), Sheryl Parsons and Niki Green are packing up the remainder of the Coast Collective Art Centre in Colwood. Their operation has come to an end due to the pandemic. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
The Juan de Fuca Performing Arts Centre Society is proposing Colwood Place, an arts and economic hub, to be built at the current Colwood Park and Ride site. (Courtesy of Jim Dodd)

Artistic, economic hub proposed for Colwood Park and Ride site

Juan de Fuca Performing Arts Society to make proposal at June 8 committee meeting

The Juan de Fuca Performing Arts Centre Society is proposing Colwood Place, an arts and economic hub, to be built at the current Colwood Park and Ride site. (Courtesy of Jim Dodd)
A screengrab of the virtual tour at the Nature Gallery shows the coloured dots where visitors can ‘stand’ to see the gallery. (batemanfoundation.org)

Victoria’s Bateman gallery goes online to bring nature, art into homes

Bateman Foundation collaborates with Black Press Media for the Mental Health Resource Guide.

A screengrab of the virtual tour at the Nature Gallery shows the coloured dots where visitors can ‘stand’ to see the gallery. (batemanfoundation.org)
Victoria’s youth poetry slam goes digital to accommodate COVID-19

Victoria’s youth poetry slam goes digital to accommodate COVID-19

Victorious Voices participants hit the stage virtually

Victoria’s youth poetry slam goes digital to accommodate COVID-19
Stephanie Greaves takes centre stage

Stephanie Greaves takes centre stage

Victoria songstress is fueled by the music

  • Dec 18, 2019
Stephanie Greaves takes centre stage
The art of Kelly Corbett

The art of Kelly Corbett

Landscapes and wildlife of British Columbia

  • Dec 9, 2019
The art of Kelly Corbett
Kelly Derrickson’s music with a message

Kelly Derrickson’s music with a message

Musician traded in a law career for her musical journey

  • Nov 18, 2019
Kelly Derrickson’s music with a message
Victoria-based Audie Murray took home the Juror’s Choice Prize at the Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP). (File contributed/ SSNAP)

Victoria-based artist takes home prestigious art prize

Audie Murray won the Juror’s Choice prize at the Salt Spring National Art Prize

Victoria-based Audie Murray took home the Juror’s Choice Prize at the Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP). (File contributed/ SSNAP)
Fashion for fall and for art

Fashion for fall and for art

Three arts professionals show off autumn styles

  • Oct 4, 2019
Fashion for fall and for art
Artist Kathryn Fudge’s garden sculptures created from t-shirts

Artist Kathryn Fudge’s garden sculptures created from t-shirts

Coast Collective executive director’s dream is to have West Shore arts centre

  • Aug 14, 2019
Artist Kathryn Fudge’s garden sculptures created from t-shirts
Artist Blu Smith creates colourful abstract West Coast landscapes

Artist Blu Smith creates colourful abstract West Coast landscapes

Artistic journey from sign painting to fine art

  • Jul 10, 2019
Artist Blu Smith creates colourful abstract West Coast landscapes
Logan Simonson performing in the semi-finals of the 2018 Vic Voices Festival (Facebook/ Victorious Voices Festival)

10th annual Victorious Voices Festival coming to Victoria

The spoken word championships allows students from across Vancouver Island to compete

Logan Simonson performing in the semi-finals of the 2018 Vic Voices Festival (Facebook/ Victorious Voices Festival)
B.C. Finance Minister Carole James, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria director Jon Tupper and Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Lisa Beare gathered in 2018 for a funding announcement relating to the Next Gallery Project expansion. The province this week announced a three-year, $15 million funding boost for the BC Arts Council, which provides operating grants to organizations including the Art Gallery. Don Descoteau/Black Press

BC Arts Council receives another funding boost in 2019 provincial budget

Greater Victoria arts organizations helped in latest round of operating assistance grants

B.C. Finance Minister Carole James, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria director Jon Tupper and Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Lisa Beare gathered in 2018 for a funding announcement relating to the Next Gallery Project expansion. The province this week announced a three-year, $15 million funding boost for the BC Arts Council, which provides operating grants to organizations including the Art Gallery. Don Descoteau/Black Press
Christine Gollner opened her home for the fall 2017 studio tour. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Local artists wanted for Oak Bay studio tour

The Oak Bay Artists’ Studio Tour needs artists

Christine Gollner opened her home for the fall 2017 studio tour. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Artist Archie Andrew shows off one of his carved masks. Don Denton photography

Indigenous Artist Archie Andrew Chases A Vision

Creating Carvings, Paintings, Prints and a Monumental Canoe

  • Jan 7, 2019
Artist Archie Andrew shows off one of his carved masks. Don Denton photography
Artist Nicole Sleeth Paints the Figure

Artist Nicole Sleeth Paints the Figure

Challenging the viewer with her paintings of women

  • Sep 28, 2018
Artist Nicole Sleeth Paints the Figure
Members of Answer, an all-female drumming group, rehearse for this weekend’s production of Pendulum: An Indigenous Showcase, running Feb. 23 and 24 at the Belfry Theatre. Michelle Munki photo

‘Pendulum’ swings Indigenous arts onto the Belfry Theatre stage

From contemporary to traditional, ‘it’s a magic show’ says Indigenous Artist in Residence

Members of Answer, an all-female drumming group, rehearse for this weekend’s production of Pendulum: An Indigenous Showcase, running Feb. 23 and 24 at the Belfry Theatre. Michelle Munki photo
Masayoshi Avery Redman Suzuki receives the Dianne Cross Award at Stelly’s Secondary School awards ceremony. Left to right: Art teacher Stephen Strutynski, Suzuki, ArtSea Vice President Lesley Turner. (Photographer: Devesh Komaromi)

Saanichton student receives inaugural Dianne Cross Award

Masayoshi Avery Redman Suzuki plans to use his $750 in Concordia University’s Fine Arts program

  • Jul 31, 2017
Masayoshi Avery Redman Suzuki receives the Dianne Cross Award at Stelly’s Secondary School awards ceremony. Left to right: Art teacher Stephen Strutynski, Suzuki, ArtSea Vice President Lesley Turner. (Photographer: Devesh Komaromi)