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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.




Vancouver Island and Gulf Island writers will be celebrated on April 23rd when the winners of the 2015 Islands Short Fiction Contest are announced at an event in Nanaimo.


Jointly sponsored by the Nanaimo Arts Council, the Vancouver Island Regional Library, and the Vancouver Island University Department of Creative Writing and Journalism, the contest received a record 96 entries this year. Over $2000 in cash and prizes will be awarded in three categories: Adult (19 and over), Youth (13 to 18), and Junior (12 and under).


The contest is open to writers on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.


Judge of the Adult category this year was Robert Hilles, who is also an instructor in the VIU Department of Creative Writing and Journalism. Winner of the Governor General’s Award for literature, Hilles is the author of four books of prose and 13 books of poetry. “The calibre of the stories was overall very high,” he says of the 2015 entries.


VIRL librarians Jennifer Seper and Justin Unrau were judges of the Youth and Junior categories. The awards will be presented at the Nanaimo North branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library (6250 Hammond Bay Rd.) on Thursday, April 23rd at 6 pm. Excerpts from the winners in all three categories will be read. The event is open to the public and admission is free.


Achievement Awards

Download further information and application forms here.



En Plein Air Journey

Download En Plein Air information sheet here.




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”  – Kim Clark

·        Third Place:     “Trains” – Brendan 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. The meeting is temporarily relocated to the The Nanaimo Association for Community Living office located at 83 Victoria Crescent while the downtown library undergoes renovations.

View a video about the Nanaimo Beading Circle
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