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Studio Tour 2020 – not this year

Some years present more challenges than others and I think we can all agree that 2020 has presented some very difficult challenges. The Gabriola Arts Council has not been immune and found itself swimming in firsts and decisions for pivoting.

After surveying artists and careful consideration, the Board has made the most difficult decision of all and that is cancelling the 24th annual Thanksgiving Studio Tour. Some artists will be happy, some will be relieved, and some will be disappointed, but with over half of the artists either uneasy about going forward or choosing to close their studios during Tour, and a significant number concerned about the effect on community, the choice was clear. This is not the year to have the Studio Tour.

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WinWin 50/50 Summer 2020

We had so much fun with the last 50/50 draw, that we’re doing it again! This time we have a specific mission.

We’re raising funds to fix the acoustics at the Gabriola Arts & Heritage Centre. Anyone who has had a meeting or attended an event in that space would agree, it is difficult to hear.

Our last draw had a final jackpot of $3435 and the winner donated back their $1717.50. Who knows how high the jackpot will climb this time. Draw date is Monday, August 24th at 4pm. Get your tickets today.

WinWin 50/50 tickets here!


IoTA-mini Festival August 11th – September 3rd

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The Gabriola Arts Council is pleased to announce IoTA Mini! – a smaller workshop-only version of our annual Isle of The Arts Festival. Scheduled to run August 11 to September 3, IoTA Mini! Is the result of careful work over the past few months to craft a festival that minimizes COVID transmission risk while providing an opportunity for our Gabriola community to have a little summer fun and support local artists.

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Kasahara Gabriola Trust Artist Residency

Kasahara Gabriola Trust Artist Residency: Call for Applications

Residency 1 (currently accepting applications from Canadian residents only)

Residency Period: October 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021

Application open: June 29 to July 31, 2020

The application deadline is July 31, 2020 at 5pm Pacific Standard Time

Residency 2 (not accepting applications until October 15, 2020)

Residency Period: February 15, 2021 to June 15, 2021

Application open: October 15 to November 15, 2020

This application deadline is November 15, 2020 at 5pm Pacific Standard Time

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A message from Carol Fergusson, Executive Director

Lots of news in this video and the hair is looking better. Be sure to check our 50/50 draw, you could be the winner!

The latest video from Carol. Don’t mind her hair, there was an incident with wind and the absence of a mirror. Sometimes you have to roll with the punches.

We thought our communication could use a personal touch, and our Executive Director Carol is here to chat with you.

Pour yourself a cup of tea and hear what Carol has been thinking about lately.

GASP! Covid-19 micro grants

Applications are now closed. Thank you to those who applied.

Only those who are successful will be contacted.



Inspired by GAC’s Mission: to engage, enhance, and inspire the community’s cultural vitality through collaboration, leadership, and service, the Gabriola Artists Support Program was initially intended to support professional development, training, and community engagement with the arts.

As the Gabriola Arts Council assesses the current situation that has resulted from the Covid-19 pandemic, we have come to realize that some artists in our community may be affected by the economic impact of the ministry orders that have been put in place by our federal and provincial health officers. In response the Board of GAC and our Executive Director have decided that GASP! funds could act as a life-line to help the artists/makers/creative/performers survive these times. GAC will make twenty $250 micro grants available., over two time periods, 10 in May and 10 in July. Deadlines for applications are May 15th and July 15th.


You must be a member of GAC to apply for a GASP! micro grant. You must be a full-time resident of Gabriola, Mudge, or Decourcy Island (Area B) and an artist/maker/creator/performer affected by the current situation. If you are not a member please apply for membership with your grant application by filling out our online form at


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Intentional Aging Postponed

Intentional Aging Program Postponed

We have made the decision to postpone the Intentional Aging workshop, with a plan to bring our wonderful group of “elders-in-training” back for further explorations in the months ahead.

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