Category Archives: Past Exhibition

Exhibitions offered by the University of Victoria Legacy Art Galleries from 1964 to present.

The Ground Above Us

July 26 – September 14, 2019 

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

Charles Campbell and Farheen HaQ with Yuxwelupton Qwal’qaxala (Bradley Dick) 

This collaborative project intersects our practices as visual artists, racialized bodies and guests on these territories. We ask the question: How does our creative work of making space for our voices and experience meet the ground and history here? 

“What I see us recording is the movement of time and the way that the rock is not solid, and the way that it’s been cracked and formed and changed and it moves…”

“The effort we’re making to find our place on this land, to touch it and be grounded by it, also speaks to our ungrounding, to the places we’ve been disconnected from, where we no longer have a place.”

– Farheen & Charles in conversation

Opening Celebration

Friday July 26 | 7 pm
Join us for the opening celebration of The Ground Above Us with artists Charles Campbell, Farheen HaQ and Yuxwelupton Qwal’qaxala (Bradley Dick). Refreshments will be provided!

IBPOC Meditation Night 

Wednesday Sept. 11 | 7pm 
Join us for an evening of quiet reflection as we take in the exhibition The Ground Above Us and sit with intention and presence on Lkwungen territory.  This meditation night is open to self identified Indigenous, Black and People of Colour. No meditation experience required. Some meditation cushions will be provided but please bring your own if you are able.

Farheen HaQ, Charles Campbell and Yuxwelupton Qwal’qaxala (Bradley Dick)

Closing Conversation

Thursday Sept. 12 | 7 – 9pm 
Join Farheen HaQ, Charles Campbell and Yuxwelupton Qwal’qaxala (Bradley Dick) in conversation as they speak about their process, lessons learned, and using art as a vehicle to deepen friendships and come into better relation with the lands of the Lkwungen people.

With support from the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Women Artists, Changing Collections: Recent Acquisitions

April 20 – July 20, 2019

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

Art by women is under-represented in most public collections and exhibitions. How can this be changed and how is it changing at the Legacy? Women Artists, Changing Collections: Recent Acquisitions presents works by women that are new to UVic’s Legacy Art Galleries’ collection. These artists come from diverse backgrounds, have multiple inspirations and help viewers to see from unique perspectives. 

Legacy’s mission is to promote dialogue around issues that matter, leading the gallery to feature art and exhibitions by Indigenous women, women of colour, and gender-diverse artists. This exhibition aims to highlight the possibilities, difficulties and importance of presenting works by under-recognized groups.

Featured artists include Pitseolak Ashoona, Eva Campbell, Pnina Granirer, Angela Marston, Meryl McMaster, Carol Moiseiwitsch, Ellen Neel, Lou-ann Neel, Susan Point, Mary Pratt, Jennifer Stillwell, Marika Echachis Swan, and Jennifer Waelti Walters. The exhibition is curated by Young Canada Works intern Bradley Clements (MA, 2018) with BC Arts Council intern Lorilee Wastasecoot, (BA, 2018).

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada.

Curators Tour and Discussion – With Guest Curators Bradley Clements and Lorilee Wastasecoot

Saturday May 18 | 2pm
Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St. 
Lekwungen territory

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Image: Meryl McMaster, Consanguinity, 2010, UVic Art Acquisition Fund.

Lou-ann Neel in Conversation with Lorilee Wastasecoot

Thursday June 6 | 7pm
Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St. 
Lekwungen territory

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Join us for an evening of shared discussion with Kwakwaka’wakw artist and RBCM Repatriation Specialist, Lou-ann Neel and UVic Legacy Galleries Curatorial Intern, Lorilee Wastasecoot. The discussion will address the intersectional nature of working with museum and gallery collections. How can we move forward to better represent marginalized communities and better care for Indigenous art and material culture? Lou-ann and Lorilee will share how they are working to improve museum practices in order to strengthen relationships with Indigenous peoples, support cultural revitalization and build community. 

Translations: The Art and Life Of Elizabeth Yeend Duer—Gyokushō 玉蕉

January 12 – April 6, 2019

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St. | Lkwungen Territory

Translations showcases the movement of ideas, aesthetics, politics, and people between England, Japan, and Victoria, Canada, by looking at the life and work of Anglo-Japanese artist Elizabeth Yeend Duer (1889–1951). Born a British citizen in Nagasaki to an Englishman and a Japanese woman, Duer studied Nihonga, a traditional Japanese-style painting, with the renowned painter and teacher Atomi Gyokushi 跡見 玉枝. Duer took on the artistic identity of Gyokushō 玉蕉. She immigrated to Victoria in 1940 and is among the remarkably few people of Japanese heritage who were not interned during World War II. Instead, she Japanized her new environment by producing Nihonga-style paintings of local indigenous wildflowers while her own identity was being anglicized.

Co-curators: Carolyn Butler Palmer, Legacy Chair in Modern and Contemporary Art of the Pacific Northwest, Art History & Visual Studies, University of Victoria; Mikiko Hirayama Associate Professor of Asian Art History and Director of Asian Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Cincinnati; and Janice Okada, B.A., M.M.St.

A project of the Williams Legacy Chair in Modern and Contemporary Art of the Pacific Northwest.

Image: Kamass Camassia quamash; Camas, Elizabeth Yeend Duer—Gyokushō 玉蕉, 1941.


Curators Tour

Saturday, February 2, 2019 | 2PM

Join Williams Legacy Chair Carolyn Butler Palmer (Associate Professor, UVic Art History and Visual Studies) and exhibition co-curator Janice Okada (B.A., M.M.St) to learn more about the exhibition and Elizabeth Duer’s fascinating story.

This event is happening during UVic’s Alumni Week! Check out other Alumni Week events.

Research Symposium

Saturday, January 19, 2019 | 9AM – 5PM

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This symposium examines intersections between Victoria, England and Japan from the late nineteenth century to the 1950s on a range of topics including Japan’s influence in England, the history of Japanese Gardens in Victoria, artist travellers to Japan, Japanese-Canadians and internment in British Columbia, interracial families in Japan, and Duer’s life, wildflower paintings, and ethnobotany.

View the symposium schedule on Eventbrite (archived).

Artist in Gallery: Cindy Mochizuki 

Other Faces of Nihonga

Friday, March 8 4 – 8pm | Saturday, March 9, 11am – 3pm

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We are excited to welcome Vancouver-based artist Cindy Mochizuki to the Legacy Gallery this March! Join Mochizuki in a collective embroidery and listening experience focusing on the historical and contemporary racialized experiences of women of Japanese Canadian and Japanese descent in British Columbia. Mochizuki’s project responds to the Legacy Gallery’s current exhibition Translations: The Art and Life of Elizabeth Yeend Duer—Gyokushō 玉蕉.

Image: 105 Chrysanthemums, as part of 13 Ways to Summon Ghosts at the Gordon Smith Gallery North Vancouver, photo credit: SITE photography, 2017.

Ikebana Workshop with Amanda Gaunt

Sunday, March 17 | 1 – 3PM

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Join us at the Legacy Downtown for a beginner ikebana workshop and learn the Basic Upright Style Moribana, one of two styles that are the foundation for all Japanese flower arranging. The workshop will take place amid the beautiful watercolour paintings of Victoria wildflowers by Elizabeth Duer—Gyokushō 玉蕉.

Container, kenzan and plant materials will be provided so you can continue to create beautiful arrangements at home. Please bring a pair of clippers and a bag to carry the container and kenzan.

Amanda Gaunt is a teacher in the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. She studied in Japan for more than 12 years.

Visual Inquiry: Research through Making

Alison Shields, Studio Archive, 2018.

April 13 – May 18, 2019

Legacy Downtown  630 Yates St. | Lekwungen territory

This 39th annual Art Education faculty exhibition presents the creative explorations of 19 UVic artist-educators, researching the relationships between the field of art education, their studio practice and teaching.

The BC school curriculum recently underwent significant change across all subject areas and grade levels. The new curriculum is in many ways modeled after studio art practice and focuses less on rote facts and more on “Big Ideas.” Through processes of inquiry, students are challenged to engage with core competencies of communication, creative thinking, critical thinking, personal awareness and responsibility, positive personal and cultural identity and social responsibility.

Each artist’s work can be viewed as research through making. Links are made between the craft, materials, concepts and philosophies of individual Art Educators and the “Big Ideas” articulated in the BC Art Education Curriculum. Viewers are invited to discover the patterns that emerge across the works of these creative colleagues that reflect directions in the field of art education that will prepare their pre-service students for the role of teaching in BC’s schools.

Opening Reception |Saturday, April 27 | 1-3pm

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St. |  Lekwungen territory

Join UVic’s Art Education Faculty for the opening celebration of their 39th annual faculty art exhibition.

Testify: Indigenous Laws + the Arts

Sept 29, 2018 – Dec 22, 2018

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.

Visit the Testify website here

This exhibition is a celebration of Indigenous Laws as expressed through art. This ongoing project is a curated pairing of artists and legal thinkers, working in conversation with each other to create art and written work about Indigenous laws and the opportunities for their dynamic expression as part of Canadian society.

The Testify project invites dialogue that puts the idea of reconciliation into practice. It creates a space for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians to dream a way forward, which respects and reflects the diversity, strength and hope embodied within Indigenous traditions. The goal of Testify is to change the way society thinks about law and to challenge the absence of Indigenous laws in the landscape.


Testify Opening Weekend |Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.

Saturday, September 29th

  • 1 – 2:30pm | Kitchen Table Talk and Screening  –  Indigenous laws to protect children – with Halie Bruce and Nadya Kwandibens. Followed by a screening of the video triptych (Re)turning Home.
  • 7 – 9pm | Gala Opening & Performances  –Join us for refreshments and performances – Performances: Not a Juridical Terra Nullius, Testify Collective & (Il)legal: Let Us Live, Mariel Belanger

Sunday, September 30th

  • 10 – 12pm | Bannock Brunch & Screening  –Meet the artists and writers, and take part in a walkthrough description of the project. Followed by a screening of When a Heart Falls Into the River, Jade Baxter.

Friday, October 26th

  • 7 – 9pm | Script Reading & Panel Discussion – Script reading of LNG/Boundary Bay screenplay, Justin Neal. Followed by land based law/learning panel discussion with Maxine Matilpi, Sarah Morales and Justin Neal.

Saturday, October 27th

  • 1pm | Panel Discussion | Legacy Downtown – An Indigenous Law Response to the Boushie/Fontaine Verdicts – panel discussion with Gwaai Edenshaw, Robyn Gervais, Andrea Hilland and Ardith Walkem.
  • 6 – 7pm | Panel Discussion | UVic Campus | Fraser Building (Law) – Indigenous Women and the Recovery of Laws about Protection and Crime – panel discussion with Halie Bruce, Nadya Kwandibens, Joanna Recalma and Kali Spitzer.
  • 8:30 – 10:30pm | Burlesque Performance | UVic Campus | Fraser Building (Law) – Rm. 159 – Virago Nation at Testify: Indigenous Burlesque in conjunction with images from Testify, celebrating the power of Indigenous Women/Law.

Making It: A Celebration of 30 Years of the Camosun College Fine Furniture Program

July 14 – Sept. 22, 2018

Organized by Ken Guenter & Cam Russell, (retired instructors) Camosun College

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.

Click here to view the exhibition catalogue

If you like design in wood, this exhibition is for you. In the past 30 years, the Fine Furniture program at Camosun College has produced over 500 graduates, many of which have gone on to contribute to the furniture-making industry on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. Thirty-seven of these exceptional artists have been invited to create new works that celebrate the process of designing and building seating, a foundational component and tradition of the program.

The UVic Legacy Galleries has a longstanding relationship with the instructors and students of the program including hosting the first exhibition of local furniture-makers in 1982, which helped to found the Vancouver Island Woodworkers Guild and the renowned Camosun program. Visit us and get inspired by the latest in local furniture design!

Image: Cam Russell, Morning Coffee in the Sun – Afternoon Tea in the Shade, White Oak and Bicycle Parts, 2018.


The Chair Experience

An interactive tour with curators Ken Guenter and Cam Russell

Thurs. August 9, 2018 | 5 – 6pm
Thurs. August 23, 2018 | 7 – 8pm

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.

Join the curators from Making It: A Celebration of 30 Years of the Camosun College Fine Furniture Program to learn about furniture design in wood by west coast designers. This tour will have you moving around the exhibition to take a closer look and — in a bold move to bust museum stereotypes — to actually sit on a few of the innovative pieces in the show.


Open Action Collective Founders live performance in Making It

Sat. August 25, 2018 | 2 – 4pm

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.

Performance artists and founding members of Victoria’s Open Action Collective, John G. Boehme, Judith Price and Grace Salez will perform live at the Legacy Gallery in the exhibition Making It. Join us during Victoria’s Integrate Arts Festival as they respond to 36 chairs designed and built by local woodworkers.

OPEN ACTION is a collective of performance artists based in Victoria, BC, Canada, dedicated to site-specific actions performed in public spaces. The first action was in June, 2010.

OPEN ACTION is comprised of an event that occurs once a month at a randomly selected location for a determined amount of time in and around the Capital Regional District (CRD) of Victoria, British Columbia.

OPEN ACTION is a free laboratory and all are welcome to participate.

John G. Boehme identifies as a cisgender white male settler of German and Scottish heritage and is an un-invited guest from the Kumeyaay territory now known as La Jolla and currently is an un-invited guest on the Lekwungen/Esquimalt, Songhees W?SÁNE? territory currently known as Victoria. His early art practice included painting, sculpture, performance video and digital technology, installation and photography. Boehme describes recent work as “trans-disciplinary” often employing performance, video, audio and objects in a number pieces simultaneously, Boehme is not constrained to any particular creative mode and therefore utilizes integrated approaches to realize the work. John continues to have exhibitions, screenings and participate in festivals across Canada, Australia, the Americas, United Kingdom, Europe and China. John is and Artist and Educator, teaching Performance Art, Ceramics and Sculpture as a continuing faculty of the Visual Arts Department at Camosun College.

Judith Price has maintained a transdisciplinary art practice for over 29 years since attending the University of British Columbia. (MFA1988). She also has a 30+ year background in modern dance. Her body of work includes performance pieces, performative videos, video installations, site-specific installations and short films. She merges parallel backgrounds in visual arts and modern dance to explore non-verbal physical and gestural language as tools of communication and intervention. She has participated in exhibitions, performance festivals, screenings, and symposiums and has both participated in and conducted workshops (most recently on performative video). The British Columbia Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the City of Victoria have funded her works and they have been shown nationally and internationally.

Her performances display her ongoing exploration of site-specific street actions, interventions, and interactive, collaborative and durational works. She has also done many solo performances in galleries and at festival events, which have included still images and video projections, found objects and sculptural objects. She also incorporates perfomance and video into installations.

Price lives on Vancouver Island where she is retired from teaching post-secondary courses in time-based art (performance, video, film) and visual culture. Judith is an uninvited guest on the Lekwungen/Esquimalt, Songhees W?SÁNE? territory currently known as Victoria.

Grace Salez has been engaged in a multi disciplinary art practice since graduating from Emily Carr University of Art + Design (BFA1998). Her body of work includes short unconventional films & videos, video installations, performance art, and documentation of artists and their practice. Grace’s art activities/processes are interventions into the ever-changing fabric of public/private space and public/private life. Her intention as an artist is to draw in the viewer to witness the work, and for the witness to create new unpredictable understanding of their experience of viewing work done by an artist – have the viewer challenge our collective perceptions, perspectives and assumptions. Her work has been seen in various venues: film/video festivals, art galleries, art non-profit spaces, museums, in public spaces, and in print. Grace is an un-invited guest on the Lekwungen/Esquimalt, Songhees W?SÁNE? territory currently known as Victoria.

Image: Courtesy of Open Action Collective

Our Relations

September 2018 – Closed

Curated by Wyatt Schiefelbein, Young Canada Works Graduate Intern

First Peoples House, UVic Campus 
Lekwungen territory

For hours & location click here

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

Origin Stories II

Serigraph prints from the UVic Legacy Art Galleries

Guest curated by Jackson McDermott (Dene/Cree), organised by Wyatt Schiefelbein

On until the end of August, 2018

First Peoples House, UVic Campus

This exhibition of serigraph prints was created in response to the Government of Canada’s celebration of 150 years since Confederation. It is intended to acknowledge a much longer history by presenting Indigenous narratives that move beyond limited settler versions of the history of where we live and where we come from. Through serigraph prints chosen by guest curator, Jackson McDermott (Dene/Cree) from the Fort Nelson First Nation, this exhibition explores centuries-old stories that continue to live in the people, communities, nations and lands of this place.

Image: Kwaht-Yaht is Born, Art Thompson (Tsa Qwa Supp), 1989.

Landmarks: The Art of The Malahat Review

January 25 – August, 2018

Legacy Maltwood (at the Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

Curated by Caroline Riedel, Legacy Art Galleries, UVic.

The Malahat Review one of Canada’s most iconic and long-standing literary journals. In its fifty-year run, its pages have featured the work of established writers, emerging talent and critical essays on both literature and the visual arts. The synergy between art and literature is particularly evident in the cover art and essays of the journal’s first decade, which presented new work by internationally acclaimed artists such as Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Andy Warhol, and Roy Lichtenstein. These prestigious contributors were followed by the gradual introduction of west coast Canadian artists who at the time were making their mark on the emerging modern art scene of Victoria and Vancouver in the 60s and 70s. Thereafter, Canadian artists were equated with the visual identity of the magazine.

This exhibition pays tribute to the role of art in the journal – selected from 200 cover images over the past 50 years- and focuses in particular on works from the journal’s home institution, the collection of the University of Victoria. Featured artists include Maxwell Bates, Robert De Castro, Glenn Howarth, P.K. Irwin, Davidee Kavik, Jack Kidder, Tony Hunt Sr., Elza Mayhew, Eric Metcalfe, Myfanwy Pavelic, Margaret Peterson, Bill Reid, and Gordon A. Smith.

Commemorative limited-edition publication The Malahat Review at Fifty: Canada’s Iconic Literary Journal

Click here to view the PDF | This publication was produced by UVic Libraries as part of its imprint and publication series.

The limited-edition monograph highlights The Malahat’s achievements while looking forward to the future, and is richly illustrated with archival material from UVic Special Collections and University Archives and art from the UVic Legacy Art Galleries’ collection. Essays, critical commentaries and memoirs were provided by past and present editors, contributors and editorial board members—as well as nationally prominent writers with long associations with the journal—including Jan Martel and UVic Chancellor Shelagh Rogers, as well as Phillip Kevin Paul, Derk Wynand, Eve Joseph, Jay Ruzesky, Jan Zwicky and others.

Image: Head of Cadmium, Margaret Peterson.

The Time of Things: The Continuum of Indigenous Customary Practices into Contemporary Art

Gestation, Maureen Grueben, 2016.

April 11 – July 7, 2018

Guest curated by France Trépanier

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.

View the exhibition publication online & posters BOYER GRUBEN PAVEL REECE SWAN

THE TIME OF THINGS proposes to challenge the binary of traditional and contemporary art. It considers the continuum of Indigenous customary practices into contemporary Indigenous art through the work of five women artists – Daphne Boyer, Maureen Gruben, Susan Pavel, Skeena Reece, and Marika Echachis Swan.  Through their various Indigenous perspectives, this exhibition explores how the concept of time informs the production of Indigenous art today. It looks at how time influences connections to materials and process and it delves into the influence of intergenerational memory and knowledge passed through time on art making.

Opening Celebration
Thursday, April 12, 7-9 pm | Facebook Event Page

Curator Talk: With France Trépanier
Saturday, May 26, 2pm | Facebook Event Page

Performance: Conceptual Carving with artist Skeena Reece.
Thursday, June 7, 7pm | Facebook Event Page

Workshop Coast Salish Wool Weaving with Chief Janice George and Willard ‘Buddy’ Joseph Sunday, June 10th, 2018 | 10am – 4pm | Facebook Event Page

Join acclaimed weavers Chief Janice George and Willard ‘Buddy’ Joseph for an in-depth course on the cultural significance and traditional methods of Salish wool weaving. Working with individual looms, participants will learn the twill and the twine techniques of Salish wool weaving and create a unique wall hanging to take home. This workshop is organized in conjunction with our newest exhibit, The Time of Things and will take place in the exhibition.

SkwetsimeltxWillard ‘Buddy’ Joseph and Chepximiya Siyam’ Janice George are accomplished weavers and teachers from the Squamish Nation They have co-founded L’hen Awtxw Weaving House to share the teachings and practice of traditional Coast Salish wool weaving.

Along with Leslie Tepper, they also co-authored the 2017 book, Salish Blankets: Robes of Protection and Transformation, Symbols of Wealth.

Innocence: West Coast Art and Artists Through a Visitor’s Eyes

 Image: Film Still, In Search of Innocence, 1963.

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St. | Inner Gallery

January 20 – March 29, 2018

Curated by Art History & Visual Studies graduate student Nellie Lamb with supervision by Williams Legacy Chair Dr. Carolyn Butler Palmer, UVic

This exhibition presents Leonard Forest’s 1963 NFB film In Search of Innocence and examines the notion of innocence as it pertains to the West Coast in the 1960s and the artists Forest featured in his film. This exhibition includes work by Jack Shadbolt, Margaret Peterson, Roy Kiyooka, Fred Douglas, bill bissett, Joy Long, Sing Lim, Jack Hardman, and Donald Jarvis.

Curator’s Tour                                                                                                                      February 3, 2018 | 3 – 4:30pm | *free | Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.

Guest curator Nellie Lamb will talk about her research on In Search of Innocence, tell stories that have emerged through this research, and discuss the idea of innocence as it relates to the West Coast as space/place. There will be a conversational question period following the tour. Participants are invited to share their own stories of the arts on the West Coast in the 1960s.

Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects: The University of Victoria Transgender Archives meets the Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art (MOTHA)

January 13 – March 29, 2018

Legacy Downtown – 630 Yates St.

Guest curated by Chris E. Vargas, Executive Director of the Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art (MOTHA)

Exhibition publication

Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects brings together art and archival material from UVic’s world-renowned Transgender Archives to narrate an expansive and critical history of transgender communities. It is the third iteration in a multi-exhibition, multi-venue project organized by Chris E. Vargas.

Media: Galleries West | Border Crossings | CBC

  • Cassils Becoming An Image Performance Still No. 4 (National Theater Studio, SPILL Festival, London), 2013 c-print 22 x 30 inches edition of 5 photo: Cassils with Manuel VasonCourtesy the artist and Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York


Curator’s Talk & Tour

Curator Talk with Chris Vargas & Exhibition Tour with Aaron Devor, Chair in Transgender Studies, Founder and Academic Director, The Transgender Archives, University of Victoria

Legacy Downtown  630 Yates St. |  January 13, 2018, 2pm | *free

Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects brings together art and archival material from UVic’s world-renowned Transgender Archives to narrate an expansive and critical history of transgender communities. It is the third iteration in a multi-exhibition, multi-venue project organized by Chris E. Vargas.

Public Talk  

Gender in the Round: Trans, Non-binary and Two-Spirit Reflections on Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St. | February 21, 2018 | 7pm | *free

Join gender diversity facilitator Kingsley Strudwick for an evening of audience engaged conversation with 4 guest speakers.

Facilitator: Kingsley Strudwick, founder of Ambit Gender Diversity Consulting, has been working in the community engagement and education sectors for ten years. Kingsley’s work focuses on transforming relationships as a means for greater social change.

Guest Speakers: Christine Fletcher comes from English settler families. She was a teenager in the ‘70s in the lands between prairie and foothills in Alberta, where gender was a rule, and journeys through or around it were drug assisted fantasies. She sits on the board of the Inner Activist, a non-profit whose mission is to help change workers improve the personal sustainability and systemic effectiveness of their work. While being grateful for advances made in recent decades, she writes songs and other stuff about how much more work there is to do.

Serena Bhandar is an uninvited settler on unceded WSANEC, Kosampson and Songhees territory. Her essays, stories and poetry have appeared in publications across Canada and the United States, and are featured in the print collections Fear This Queer and Nameless Woman. She works in community relations with the Anti-Violence Project, UVic’s sexual assault centre, and is in the midst of writing a manuscript on the embodied dualism of energy and entropy.

Waishan Yan

Public Performance

Cassils: Becoming an Image

March 7, 2018 | 7:30pm | *free | UVic Visual Arts Building | Room 150 | On the UVic Campus

Artist Talk with Cassils

March 8, 2018 | 7:30pm | *free | Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.

Los Angeles-based Canadian visual and performance artist Cassils performs Becoming an Image. Originally conceived as a site-specific work for the ONE Archives in Los Angeles, this performance and artist talk are presented by UVic Legacy Art Galleries in conjunction with the exhibition Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects. This is a collaboration with UVic Visual Arts and Open Space with generous support from BC Arts CouncilCamosun College Visual ArtsUVic Libraries, and the UVic Chair in Transgender Studies.

Visit Cassils Website for more info.

Curator’s Talk

Introducing the Museum of Trans Hirstory & Art (MOTHA)

With Chris E. Vargas, Executive Director of the Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art (MOTHA)

March 22, 2018 | 3pm | *free | Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.

In this talk MOTHA Executive Director, Chris E. Vargas will introduce the past and future plans and programs for this “forever under construction” institution. Vargas will also talk specifically about the museum’s on-going exhibition and book project Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects which is a creative and critical exploration of transgender archives and collections.

Chris E. Vargas is a video maker and interdisciplinary artist originally from Los Angeles, CA, currently based in Bellingham, WA. His work deploys humor and performance in conjunction with mainstream idioms to explore the complex ways that queer and trans people negotiate spaces for themselves within historical and institutional memory and popular culture. From 2008–13, Vargas collaborated with Greg Youmans to make the web-based trans/cisgender sitcom Falling In Love…with Chris and Greg. He also co-directed with Eric Stanley the movie Homotopia (2006) and its feature-length sequel Criminal Queers (2015). He is the Executive Director of MOTHA, the Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art, a conceptual arts and hirstory institution highlighting the contributions of trans art to the cultural and political landscape.