Exploring themes that are integral to the identity of this community, "Black Diamond Dust" and "Silva" empowered residents to encounter contemporary art on their own terms. "Three Questions for Nanaimo" will build on this momentum and engagement involving more people and more points of view. The Gallery will scale deeper through sustained, long term dialogues with community stakeholders, partner organizations, and local thought leaders, growing a community that supports the gallery because the artworks and ideas it shares matter to them.
Our project will launch with the question: "What Does it mean to Live on an Island," and will engage expertise from a range of constituents including members of Vancouver Island’s indigenous communities, marine biologists, ecologists, fishers, and academics, along with local, national, and international artists, creating an innovative and sustainable year long program of exhibitions, public events, and encounters. This model will also build our organizational capacity: we will hire a curatorial assistant and increase education staff hours. Through expanded field research and outreach, we will create opportunities to connect with specific partners, and work in more sustained long-term relationships. Years two and three will explore questions around communication and mobility. Each project will be based in the gallery, but extended through the region, and widely activated through digital and print platforms.