Current Exhibitions


Legacy Downtown

Legacy Downtown

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

Legacy Downtown is open!

We are so excited to welcome you back into the downtown gallery to see our two new exhibitions.

Our new hours will be:

Weds, Friday & Saturday: 10 - 4pm

Thursdays: 12 - 7pm

To Fish As Formerly

A Story of Straits Salish Resurgence

June 17 - November 21, 2020

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.
Lekwungen territory

Curated by XEMŦOLTW̱ Dr. Nicholas Claxton, UVic, School of Child and Youth Care (Uvic Alumni, BSc ’00, MA ’03, PhD '15) and Katie Hughes, UVic Department of History, graduate student (UVvic Alumni, BA '06, Graduate Professional Certificate, Cultural Heritage Studies '17).

With artists: TEMOSEN Charles Elliott, J,SIṈTEN John Elliott, Chris Paul, Dylan Thomas, Sarah Jim (UVic Alumni, BFA '19), Temoseng, aka Chasz Elliott and Colton Hash (UVic Alumni, BSc ‘18).

To Fish as Formerly tells the story of the SX̱OLE (the Reef Net Fishery) through contemporary art, traditional knowledge and historical documentation. The exhibition shares the story of the efforts of generations of W̱SÁNEĆ people who are revitalizing the belief systems, spirituality, knowledge and practices inherent to the SX̱OLE.

To W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich) people, the SX̱OLE is more than a fishing technology. Challenged with no substantial salmon bearing rivers in the territory, the W̱SÁNEĆ and other Straits Salish peoples developed a unique and sophisticated fishing technology that formed the basis for their way of life. Though the Douglas Treaty of 1852 promised that the W̱SÁNEĆ would be able to “fish as formerly”, the SX̱OLE was systematically reduced by colonial systems and finally was banned altogether in Canada in 1916. In recent years, XEMŦOLTW̱ Nicholas Claxton is undertaking community-based work that has brought new life to the restoration of the SX̱OLE that continues today. Through collaboration and reconnection with their U.S. based Xwelemi (Lummi) relatives, the W̱SÁNEĆ people fished using traditional reef net technology for the first time in more than 100 years.

Image: Temoseng aka Chasz Elliott, SHELIS - Life, 2020.

This program is generously funded in part by the Salish Weave Collection.

TUKTUUYAQTUUQ (Caribou Crossing)

Maureen Gruben

June 17 – November 14, 2020

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St. | Inner Gallery
Lekwungen territory

We made a website for this installation - check it out here!

'Tuktuuyaqtuuq’ is the Inuvialuktun name of Maureen Gruben’s (UVic Alumni, BFA ‘12)home on the Arctic coast (known in English as 'Tuktoyaktuk'). It means, 'Looks Like a Caribou.’ The tuktu/caribou are integral to Inuvialuit life, providing food, clothes, tools, stories. In TUKTUUYAQTUUQ, Gruben works with multiple facets of the animal: the translucent heart sac, the intricate patterning of bone seams on skulls that are reminiscent of waterways curving through the land. In her careful attention to life-sustaining physical elements, Gruben also traces the caribou’s vast immaterial presence in her culture.

Image: Maureen Gruben, 2020.

Safety Plan

Legacy Downtown is open!

We are so excited to welcome you back into the downtown gallery to see our two new exhibitions.

Our new hours will be:

Weds, Friday & Saturday: 10 - 4pm

Thursdays: 12 - 7pm.

In order for you to have a safe visit we have developed a BC Restart Safety Plan.

Legacy Art Galleries Safety Plan During Covid-19

Following BC’s Restart Plan Phase 2 Legacy Art Gallery (downtown) will be open to the public starting June 17, 2020. In preparation the Gallery staff has developed a thorough workplace and gallery safety plan, which details the protocols we will follow as set by the Provincial Health Office, Work Safe BC and UVic’s Occupational Health, Safety and the Environment guidelines. The following Public Safety Plan is outlines how we will protect the visitors from the risks of COVID-19 during their engagement with the gallery. The full plan can be reviewed here


To open the Legacy Art Gallery (downtown) as a safe cultural site for community audiences to enjoy and learn from art exhibitions.

Assuring Visitor Safety

1. A sign posted on front door asks visitors to self assess before entering the gallery according to the self-assessment tool at No one who is sick, experiencing symptoms, or has been travelling internationally within the last two weeks will be permitted in the gallery.

2. Visitors are asked to use hand sanitizer available upon entry.

3. Signage in lobby and throughout gallery reminds visitors to respect physical distancing of 2 meters while in the gallery.

4. A maximum of 10 visitors are allowed in the gallery at a time. Staff will manage numbers and encourage people to return later if capacity is reached. Because we are limiting visitor numbers to 10, we believe physical distancing is possible but do invite visitors to wear personal protective masks if they choose to do so.

5. Maximum capacity of interior galleries is posted and managed by Gallery staff. Maximum 2 people in Inner Gallery and in under mezzanine space.

6. Visitors will be greeted and oriented to the space by Gallery staff from behind a plexiglas screen at the front desk. They will be shown the floor arrows that will guide them safely through the exhibitions.

7. As a gallery free to the public, there are no issues with exchanging payment. Sale of gallery publications is currently on hold.

8. Exhibitions are designed with no-touch interaction.

9. Interior gallery doors are propped open to prevent the need to touch handles.

10. Prior to coming to work, it is mandatory that each Legacy Gallery staff member self assess according to the self assessment tool at: No staff member who is feeling ill or has symptoms will be permitted to enter the gallery.

11. The gallery receives a deep clean and sanitization each morning. Staff sanitize all surfaces such as handles, knobs, switches and washroom fixtures half-way through the day according to Work Safe BC guidelines and as needed.

12. Staff are trained in and follow physical distancing, cleaning and personal hygiene protocol as according to Work Safe BC guidelines. Staff are committed to all aspects of the gallery’s full safety plan.

13. There are no in-person events or public programs organized in the gallery until such time that the PHO allows for resumption of mass gatherings. Legacy staff are developing digital resources to augment exhibitions.

14. Collection Research is currently restricted to digital access at this time. In person collections research/examination by academic and community clients will be on hold until further notice.

15. We are dedicated to serving you safely. Please let us know if you have any question at or 250-721-6562. Alternatively the gallery Director can be contacted via email here.

June 2020

Mary Jo Hughes

Director, University of Victoria Legacy Art Galleries

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Legacy Maltwood

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

The Legacy Maltwood Gallery is closed until further notice.

First Peoples House

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

The exhibition at First Peoples House is currently closed until further notice.

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