detail of "Morning Break" by Susanne Andrey

our mission

The Nanaimo Arts Council seeks to encourage creativity.
We believe that the arts are a critical component of a healthy life and a strong community. We want a positive, productive, creative city, where all of us can thrive.

our values

We believe art doesn’t happen until an audience appreciates it. We hope to create art by putting audience in front of what we perform and make. Art becomes part of a conversation, part of our experience and part of what makes this city great.

our goals


  1. Create a gallery and performance space to showcase the efforts of local artists. 

  2. Establish easy to rent studio spaces for local and visiting artists. 

  3. Develop a space to present educational events related to art and culture. 

For almost fifty years NAC has played an integral part in the incubation and development of many of Nanaimo’s now autonomous organizations and events including the Port Theatre and the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music. NAC has worked hard to both support creators and develop audiences and is now actively involved in blurring the line between them.

Jordan Johns


photographing, collaging, fishing, walking, studying art and nature

Michelle Crowley

educator, writer, fundraiser

Dana Smiley
vice president

golfing, gardening, volunteer coordinator, bookkeeper

Dan Appell
general manager

gardening, urban planning, urban designing, graphic designing, drafting, sculpting, painting, drawing

Eddy Martin Graham


painting, clothing design, teaching, studying art and nature

our schedule

community partners


The Nanaimo Arts Council works with a number of local groups that share our mission and promote the value of our local community, including;

City of Nanaimo Cultural & Heritage Department,

Vancouver Island Short Film Festival Organization Committee,
Brenda Peck and the Festival of Banners Organization,

Vancouver Island Children's Book Festival Committee,
The groups involved in the organization of the
Islands Short Fiction Contest including the
Vancouver Island Regional Library and the
Vancouver Island University (VIU),

Pride Week Organizing Committee,

Multicultural Festival Organizing Committee,

The Nanaimo Ukulele Festival Organization Committee,

The Vancouver Island Exhibition Organizing Committee,

Art Ensemble Initiative Of the Universe (AEIOU),

Mid-Island Community Development Cooperative,

Hub City Cinema Society,

BC Federation of Artists,
Nanaimo Art Gallery,

Mid-Island Metis Nation.

Other groups that support us include:

Art 10 Gallery

Classical + Jazz Music Productions Nanaimo

Cranium Picture Framing & Fine Arts

Crimson Coast Dance Society

F.C.A. Nanaimo Chapter

Federation of British Columbia Writers

Iron Oxide Art Supplies

Nanaimo Group of Artists (NGA)

Nanaimo Conservatory of Music

Nanaimo Pottery Co-op

Nanaimo Ukulele Festival

Port Theatre
Rebel Artium

Shaw TV Nanaimo

St. Andrews United Church

The Bee's Knees

The Network Hub

The Kristo Zorkin Group

Vancouver Island Children's Book Festival

Vancouver Island Conference Centre

Vancouver Island Exhibition

VIU Creating Writing Department

VIU Visual Arts Department

Volunteer Nanaimo

Western Edge Theatre

Yours & Mine Consignment

WordStorm Society of the Arts


Alberni Outpost

Alsco Linen

Arbutus Books

The Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store

Bastion Physiotherapy

Best Buy

Blue Poppy Garden Gallery

Bocca Cafe

Canadian Tire

Canvas Plus Digital Imaging

Carlos O'Bryans

Chocolatarie Bernard Callebaut

Coast Bastion Hotel

David's Tea

Direct Access Gaming

Erickson Roofing

Fairway Market

Firehouse Grill

Gabriola Arts Council

Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce

Guillevin International Co

Hidden Gem Artz

IATSE Local 891

Inside Out Holistic Healing Studio

Iron Oxide Art Supplies

Kal Tire - Norwell Dr

Kiyo Salon and Day Spa

Lightning Bug Language Services

Little Tree Garden Center

London Drugs Town Centre Mall

Mambos Pizza

GEM Gallery Row

Harbourfront Library

Hub City Theatre

Harbour City Photography Club

Mid-Island Co-op

Mid Island Community Development Cooporative

My Favourite Fabric Store

Nanaimo Art Gallery

Nanaimo Association For Community Living

Nanaimo Fringe Festival

Nanaimo Museum

Nanaimo North Town Centre


Arts BC

Alliance for Arts & Culture

BC Arts Council

BC Association for Charitable Gaming

Canada Helps

Charity Village

Direct Access Gaming

Heritage Canada

Shaw TV Nanaimo


Volunteer Nanaimo

creative resources



Ceramic Arts Daily

Ceramics Now

Gallery of BC Ceramics


digital design

Digital Arts

Digital Artist




painting & drawing


Deviant Art


Lines and Colors

Watercolor Painting

Watercolor Painting and Projects​​​


500 px

Digital Photography Review

Digital Photography School

Fine Art America

Popular Photography


The Luminous Landscape


Ground Zero Printmaking Society

Screen Printing: Cheap, Dirty, and at Home


Art Babble



How Did You Make This?

Located at 78 Wharf St

Downtown Nanaimo, BC V9R 2X3



Dan Appell
general manager

gardening, urban planning, urban designing, graphic designing, drafting, sculpting, painting, drawing

Dan Appell
general manager

gardening, urban planning, urban designing, graphic designing, drafting, sculpting, painting, drawing

Dan Appell
general manager

gardening, urban planning, urban designing, graphic designing, drafting, sculpting, painting, drawing

"Nanaimo Arts Council acknowledges with gratitude and thanks  that we are on the traditional and unceded territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation."

We acknowledge the financial assistance from

the Province of British Columbia.


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P.O. Box 401 Stn A

Nanaimo, BC V9R 5L3