The Campbell River Art Gallery acknowledges that it is located on the unceded traditional territory of the Ligwiłda’xw people; the We Wai Kai, Wei Wai Kum, and Kwiakah First Nations, whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day. As uninvited guests to this territory, we use this acknowledgement in our gallery to highlight the enduring relationships Indigenous communities have with this land.
We opened in 1994 and remain Campbell River’s sole public gallery, serving the surrounding regional districts and islands. We exhibit contemporary art by professional artists in our Main Gallery and Satellite Gallery. Our annual exhibition program is at the core of all the activity at the Gallery, directing workshop themes, lectures, school tours and community outreach.
To become a critical space for thinking, producing and sharing knowledge about contemporary art and the issues it addresses within society.
- To present contemporary art exhibitions by professional artists;
- To encourage those engaged in the practice of contemporary art;
- To interpret and promote an interest in contemporary art by providing an educational space designed to advance the public’s knowledge of, and participation in artistic endeavours and art appreciation;
- And to acquire, maintain and exhibit a permanent collection of art for the public.
The Campbell River Art Gallery exhibits the work of professional visual and media artists from across Canada in our Main Gallery and Satellite Gallery. Our specific focus is on supporting artistic projects from under-represented positions within contemporary art practice.
The Gallery’s commitment to education is enacted through our public programming and outreach activities: workshops for adults and youth; school and community gallery tours (followed by an art activity); artist in the school programs, Super Saturday free art-making sessions, and other special events.
As a professional public art gallery, we pay artists CARFAC rates. What is CARFAC? Established by artists in 1968, and recognized by the Status of the Artist legislation, the Canadian Artists Representation/Le front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) is incorporated federally as a non-profit corporation that is the national voice of Canada’s professional visual artists. CARFAC is guided by an active Board, elected by the membership and has a mandate to:
- To promote the visual arts in Canada;
- To promote a socio-economic climate that is conducive to the production of visual arts in Canada;
- To conduct research and engage in public education for these purposes.
We acknowledge and are grateful for the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of British Columbia, the British Columbia Arts Council, the City of Campbell River, as well as to the many members and donors whose contributions make our work possible.