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February 2015

.ThemAll: VIU Student & Alumni Art & Design Art Show

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 5th, 7pm

Join us at the Nanaimo Arts Council gallery to see a great mix of art from VIU art & design students past and present. ThemAll brings together a great diversity of art forms from young emerging artists in Nanaimo. 

Join us for fantastic art work, live music, and some nibbles. This is a great opportunity to speak with the artists and cast your people's choice vote!

The show will run for the month of February.

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March Feature Show

The In With The New entry form may be downloaded here


April Feature Show

Entry forms and rules can be downloaded here.


Festival of Banners

The 2015 Festival of Banners is a partnership presentation of the Nanaimo Arts Council and the Nanaimo Art Gallery.  Information about the festival is available at the Festival of Banners web site.  Entry forms can be downloaded here.



 Saturday, January 17 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Harbourfront Library the Nanaimo Arts Council and Swap-o-Rama-Rama will be hosting a free “UnFinished Objects (UFO) Day”.  Bring anything portable that you want to finish.  Sewing, crafting, painting, drawing, if you can carry it you can bring it.  Bring your supplies and tools as well.  There will be a sink, electrical outlets, tables and chairs available.  If you can bring any of the following that you would be willing for others to use let the Nanaimo Arts Council know:  an iron, ironing board and/or full length mirror.  Feel free to bring snacks to be eaten with fingers and there will be tea and coffee available.

 You can come and work on your own; however, UFOs are usually unfinished for a reason. Do you need some kind of help or motivation to get going again?  If so UFO Day is for you.  Participants can help and motivate each other.  Another way to get rid of a UFO is to pass it forward and there will also be a UFO Swap Table.

For more information contact the Nanaimo Arts Council at 250-729-3947 or


Islands Short Fiction Contest 2015

Click here to download the Entry Form and Rules



Volunteers needed

These are exciting times for the Nanaimo Arts Council as we are gearing up for some big changes.  To do this we require people with a variety of skills including marketing, promotion, project management, fundraising and development and financial management combined with passion and energy.  We particularly require someone with financial management experience as Treasurer (click here for more information) as well as someone willing to act as Secretary (click here for more information).

If you are interested in helping bring our Vision of a Creative Space to fruition as a Board Member, please contact our Executive Director, Sarah Schmidt at or 250-729-3947.  For information about what is a required of a Board Member click here.

Our Annual General Meeting is Thursday, November 13, at 6:00 pm at the NAC Gallery.  This is when your year long term would start so we need to hear from you asap if you are interested in coming on board.


Nanaimo Arts Council Quarterly Reviews 2014

First Quarter Review

Second Quarter Review

Third Quarter Review



Short Fiction Contest Winners 2014



Congratulations to all the winners of the 2014 Short Fiction Contest.  Read their stories by clicking on the links below.

Adult (19 & over) Winners:

    First Place:      “Oh, Lamb” – Lorin Medley

·        Second Place:  “Flannelette Sheets and Blinkster”  – Kimberly Clark

·        Third Place:     “Trains” – Brendon Abbott


Honorable Mention:
Letting Go of Yuko” - Kimberly Kemmer

   “Migration” - Sarah Needles

   “five purple bulbs on a string of white lights - Petronella van Oyen

   “Suicide Watch for Seniors - Margot Fedoryk

   “A Grave Before Dark” - Sandra McCulloch


Youth (13 – 18) Winners:

   First Place:      “Life in a Vial” – Lauren Bush

·         Second Place: “Monster” – Leora Middleton

·        Third Place:     “Catching Stars”  - Skylar Gruys


Junior (12 & under) Winners:

   First Place:      “Lost In A Dream” – Erin Burnley

·        Second Place:  “Seeing Through Mist” – Sara Lewis

·        Third Place:      “Journey Up Kerona Mountain” – Brianna Boichuk

Nanaimo Beading Circle

Steeped in tradition, the art of beading is one of many cultural arts that the Mid-Island Metis Nation is making available for everyone to try, in during their Wednesday night Beading Circles at the Nanaimo Harbourfront Library.

View a video about the Nanaimo Beading Circle
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