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The Nanaimo Arts Council Grows into a new Location

The Nanaimo Arts Council is pleased to announce that as of August, 2015, we will be opening in our new location in the Old City Quarter at 426 Fitzwilliam Street (downstairs – enter off Richards Street) and closing the Nanaimo North Town Centre Gallery.  We are incredibly grateful to Nanaimo North Town Centre for their support over the years but it is time for us to join Nanaimo’s Arts District. 

We are also pleased to announce the addition of two new year-round exhibition spaces in the Vancouver Island Conference Centre and the Wellington Library. We will be letting you know more about these changes over the next few months and are looking forward to some exciting times.




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Nanaimo Arts Council Achievement Awards

Nanaimo Arts Council to Honour Achievement Award Recipients at Awards Ceremony

The Nanaimo Arts Council is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Arts Achievements Awards, and would like to invite the community to join us in celebrating their accomplishments at the Awards Reception on Thursday, July 23rd at 4:00 pm in The Port Theatre Harmac Room (upper lobby).

The recipients hail from a variety of creative backgrounds including music, visual arts, creative writing, and dance and demonstrated a commitment to their practice and to furthering their education in their chosen fields.

2015 Arts Achievement Award Winners:

Katrina Berg – Dance

Ciro Di Ruocco – Visual Arts (ceramics)

Elaine Felicia Lay – Creative Writing

Eddy Martin Graham – Visual Arts

Ethan Olynyk – Music (drums)

Sarah Segal – Creative Writing

Hans Verhoeven – Music (drums)

Award Winners Biographies

This is the seventeenth year that the Nanaimo Arts Council has been providing support to local artists to continue their education and they have awarded over $50,000 in that period. The public is invited to join in the celebration of these inspiring individuals as they strive towards excellence. There will be music, snacks and refreshments. For more information contact 250-729-3947 or



First-place winner in the Adult category was Judy LeBlanc of Fanny Bay, BC for her story “Senanus Island,” of which judge Robert Hilles remarked: “This is a powerful story that conveys the tragic repercussions of an argument between a husband and wife during a kayak trip . . . It will keep readers engaged until its harrowing last sentence."

Second-place in the category went to Carol Gall of Heriot Bay for her story “Chicken Soup,” while Craig Spence of Victoria won third-prize for “A State of Repose.” Hilles also awarded honourable mentions to Harold Macy of Courtenay for “Nightingale,” Antony Stevens of Nanaimo for “10:15 Departure,” and Irene Wende of Nanaimo for “The Other Side.”

In the Youth (ages 13 to 18) category, the first-place winner was Taelon Pinto of Nanaimo for “The Wilting Flower.” Second-place was awarded to Skylar Gruys of Nanaimo for “The Magician,” and third-place to Rebecca Snow of Parksville for “Ethereal.”

The Junior (12 and under category) was won by Sara Lewis of Nanaimo with her story “Rueben, Not Susanna.” Uma Lilly McIninch Terweil of Salt Spring Island won second-prize for her story “The Whisperer,” while third-place was awarded to Isabela Martin of Salt Spring Island for “That Rooster.”

All three first-place winners were present to read their stories at the event, which was also attended by other finalists and writing fans from throughout the region. A record 122 entries were received this year, and over $2000 in cash and prizes was distributed.

The contest, open to writers on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, is co-sponsored by the Nanaimo Arts Council, the Vancouver Island Regional Library, and the Vancouver Island University Department of Creative Writing and Journalism. It is made possible by financial support from the Government of British Columbia and The City of Nanaimo.

The winning entries will be posted on the websites of both the Nanaimo Arts Council and the VIU Creative Writing Department with Judge Robert Hilles’ comments on each of the three Adult prize winners

2014 winners' work can be found at

2015 winners' work can be found at



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

First Quarter Review 2015

Second Quarter Review 2015

Second Quarter Review 2014

Third Quarter Review 2014

Fourth Quarter Review 2014


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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