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Kasahara Gabriola Trust Artist Residency application open for September 2022 intake

Kasahara Gabriola Trust Artist Residency

Residency Period: September 2, 2022 – December 23, 2022

Application due June 24, 2022 by 5pm PST

Applicants notified July 22, 2022

Kasahara Gabriola Trust and the Gabriola Arts Council is seeking applications for the third residency program, from artists working in a wide range of disciplines. Residencies are four months in length and take place on Gabriola Island, BC, the Isle of the Arts. Gabriola Island is a Gulf Island located in the Salish Sea and is a 20 minute ferry ride from Nanaimo, BC on Vancouver Island.

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Tracey-Mae Chambers Installation and Artist Talk

The Gabriola Arts Council has invited Métis artist Tracey-Mae Chambers to create one of her Hope and Healing Canada installations on the GAC property and give an artist talk hosted by Kasahara Gabriola Trust Artist in Residence, Jessica Miinguuaqatii. Tracy-Mae will be installing the work during the day with the artist talk to follow in the evening on May 28th at 7pm.

The #hopeandhealingcanada project created by Métis artist Tracey-Mae Chambers consists of a series of site specific art installations across Canada. Each is made using crochet, knit, and woven red yarns. This ongoing body of work is used to illustrate connections between Indigenous, Inuit, and Métis peoples with Canadians, while also addressing the decolonization of public spaces. Once dismantled, the work is returned to the artist and will be  reworked and repurposed at another site somewhere else in the country. The stories gathered from each participating venue will culminate in a book and traveling exhibition.

Tracey-Mae Chambers is a Métis artist and a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario. Her family is from, and some still reside, in the traditional Métis community in Sault Ste. Marie and Penetanguishene, Ontario. She is traveling across Canada and the United States creating site specific art installations at residential school historical sites, cultural centres, museums, art galleries and other public spaces.

Get your tickets below for Saturday May 28th at 7pm at the Gabriola Arts & Heritage Centre. Masks encouraged.


Apply today by sending your resume and cover letter to Please make sure your contact information is included. Deadline to apply is Wednesday May 25th at 5pm PST. Successful candidates will be called for an interview to be scheduled the week of May 23rd. Interviews might be conducted via Zoom.

Check out our new logo!

We sent out a special announcement email last week to our members and tested out our new logo. It is now official and you will see it slowly appearing on all our platforms and communication. Patrick Belanger of Drifter Media worked with the Board and then a logo committee to develop and finalize our new logo. Pictured above is the full logo and below, the nickname logo (everyone calls us GAC, so we’re owning it).
What it represents to us is the solid foundation upon which the Gabriola Arts Council is built; how it continues to stand tall on the sandstone, surrounded by the sky and the sea and the embrace of the community. Or maybe it looks like an arty Stonehenge. We just like it.
Join us. We’re buckets of fun and together we cultivate the arts.