Vancouver IslandUniversity




Identity: Art as Life

The View Gallery and TimberWest present Identity: Art as Life, an exhibition
featuring three Indigenous artists from three different Nations on Vancouver Island:
Curtis Wilson (VIU alumnus) from Wei Wai Kum in the Kwakwaka’wakw territory,
Richard Thomas from Snuneymuxw in the Coast Salish territory, and Vince Smith
(VIU alumnus) of the Ehattesaht tribe in the Nuu-chah- nulth territory.


The View Gallery and Harbour City Photography Club present “Photo Salon 2017”, an exhibition of 83 prints by photographers from several Vancouver Island Photography clubs. With a range of subjects and approaches, the Photo Salon showcases the diverse talents of Island artists as well the beauty of our natural surroundings. The exhibition runs June 26 to July 13, and is open Monday to Friday, 1-5pm.



The View Gallery presents “Chronicle: The Graduation Show”, an exhibition by the 2017 Visual Art Major Graduating Class. In paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures, Emily Bourke, Brittney Dorman, James Halliday, and Denise Tierney give a visual record of their artistic education and explorations at VIU. Looking to both the past and the future, “Chronicle” tells the story of four Vancouver Island artists in a range of colours, forms, and moods. Though their work is richly varied in media, subject and execution, there is a common thread of storytelling throughout -- of personal narrative, contemporary beliefs and ancient mythology.


Coastal Colours

The View Gallery presents Coastal Colours, an exhibition of digital art prints by a class of upper level VIU Graphic Design students. The series of works were created for a colouring book that highlights the beauty of Vancouver Island. The final colouring books are available for sale at the VIU Bookstore.


Post Portrait

The View Gallery presents Post Portrait, an exhibition about identity formation and visual representation. Curated by VIU Visual Art student Amber Morrison, Post Portrait features thirty-five artworks by current students in Art and Design, in a mix of styles, approach, and media. Posting selfies in the gallery is highly encouraged! #theviewgallery 



The View Gallery presents “Shift”, an exhibition of paintings by Stephen Laidlaw that document the multiple stylistic and technical shifts in the life of an artist. With personal identity as a focus, Shift explores the private and public development of self through various formats and approaches to painting, including works on paper and the use of text on canvas. Born in Montreal and based in Nanaimo, Laidlaw maintains an active studio practice and is the gallery technician for the Nanaimo Art Gallery.