gabriola arts councilWe engage, enhance, and inspire the community’s cultural vitality through collaboration, leadership, and service
Gabriola Arts Council (GAC) respectfully acknowledges that the land on which we live and create is the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation whose presence here reaches back to time immemorial. GAC respects and affirms the inherent rights and title of Snuneymuxw First Nation.
We endeavour to honour Coast Salish land and its treaties by strengthening our relationship and responsibilities to them. We are grateful to Snuneymuxw First Nation, who continue to share their knowledge about the history of the lands and water and their relations to them. We believe that the Arts can contribute to the healing and decolonizing journey we all share together and commit to honouring Indigenous self-determination, sovereignty and resurgence.
Thanksgiving Studio Tour
October 7 - 9, 2023
Gabriola’s biggest art event of the year is here – the Thanksgiving Studio Tour. Gabriola artists will open their studios and their hearts to visitors from far and wide
Join Dr. Jennifer Chan, professor emerita, as she walks you through her travel photography in refugee camps. Witness the power of the capture and hear about her incredible
mark your calendar
july 1– july 9, 2023
Celebrating theatre, music & art over nine days amidst the natural wonders of the island. The Gabriola Arts Council is proud to present a festival that reflects the essence of Gabriola.
october 7 – 9
Tour 57 artist’s studios for free on a self-guided route through Gabriola Island. Now in its 27th year, Gabriola’s Thanksgiving Studio Tour continues to be one of the grandest art events in the Pacific Northwest.
celebration of local creativity and culture bringing people together through learning and artistic engagement. Ten days of creative workshops and events.
what does the Gabriola Arts Council do?
We believe that the Arts are essential to community and individual development. Each year we host the Thanksgiving Studio Tour in the Fall, Cultivate Festival in Summer, Isle of the Arts Festival in Spring. We also manage year-round programs such as The Healing Power of Art and the Kasahara Gabriola Trust Artist Residency with great benefit to our community.
Our generous donors, sponsors and funders make it possible to maintain and expand our events and programs every year. Thank you for your support.