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Legacy Downtown

Legacy Downtown

Legacy Downtown is located at 630 Yates Street, Victoria BC Canada.

TEMPORARY CLOSURE

In response to the ongoing and global spread of the COVID-19 virus, the UVic Legacy Art Gallery Downtown will temporarily closed to the public beginning Tuesday, March 17 until further notice.

All events and public programs during this time are now cancelled until at least May, 2020.

UVic is continuing to follow the advice of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the provincial health officer in this rapidly evolving situation.

For further updates, please continue to check our social media channels and our website.

For information on how UVic is responding to COVID-19, please go to uvic.ca

Legacy Maltwood

Legacy Malwood is located on campus at the Mearns Centre – McPherson Library

Woven, Embroidered and Stitched in Tradition

Women’s Textile Labour in 20th Century Asia

Feb 8 to May 24, 2020

Legacy Maltwood | at the McPherson Library – Mearns Centre, UVic campus, Room 025 and at UVic Libraries Special Collections and University Archives Room A005

This exhibition is part of a three day symposium, “Gendered Threads of Globalization: 20th Century Textile Crossings in Asia Pacific.", March 27-29, 2020. Full symposium details here

Curated by Claire Aitken (AHVS undergrad student) with consultation by Hitomi Harama, local kimono and Japanese culture expert and Yorika Terada (AHVS undergraduate student). Project supervised by Melia Belli Bose, Associate Professor of South Asian Art History with Caroline Riedel, Curator of Collections, UVic Legacy Art Galleries.

This exhibition showcases a dazzling array of luxury textiles from the University of Victoria’s collection and on loan from private collections. These pieces, exquisitely crafted in China, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, and Bangladesh, shed light on women’s roles as makers, consumers, and connoisseurs between the late 19th century to today. This era witnessed monumental shifts in the production, accessibility, and commodification of garments globally. In the process, particularly women’s skilled textile labour was devalued. This exhibition draws attention to not only women’s heritage textiles throughout Asia, and their modern adaptations, it also closely considers their traditional makers and consumers.

Image: Gypsy Wharf-Sojan Badiar Ghat (Detail: Dulali reaching for a lotus flower).
Design by Surayia Rahman, embroidered by artisans of Arshi in Dhaka, Bangladesh, (2006). Photo courtesy of Kantha Productions LLC, (c) Maritime City Photography. Used with permission.

| Legacy Art Galleries + Art History & Visual Studies

First Peoples House

Located on campus, First Peoples House displays artwork from the University Collection through rotating exhibitions.

Our Relations

September 2018 - ongoing

Curated by Wyatt Schiefelbein, Young Canada Works Graduate Intern

First Peoples House, UVic Campus
Lekwungen territory

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This exhibition focuses on the notion of relationship mîyo-wîcehtowin or good/beautiful relationship. Some pieces tell stories of relationships that have been formed and maintained since the Beginning and which continue to develop to this day. Other pieces show the formation of new relationships based on respect and kinship, while still others reflect the interconnectedness of all things.

By better understanding the ways in which relationships function in our everyday lives, we can learn how to create and maintain mîyo-wîcehtowin on Turtle Island.

Image: The Dance of Life and Death, Abraham Apakark Anghik Ruben, n.d.

We acknowledge the support Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage

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