Explore the work of local potters with hands-on activities and demonstrations. Family Sundays occur on the third Sunday of the month, October through April. Hands-on activities and special guided tours give children and their families opportunities to engage with art, and tools for ongoing discussion and appreciation of art in a fun and informal environment.
Back to the Land: Ceramics from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands 1970-1985 presents the work of 31 ceramic artists working on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands in the 1970s and 1980s. Guest curated by Diane Carr, the exhibition emphasizes the “back to the land” movement of the early 1970s as the impetus for the explosion of ceramic activity in this region.
At this time, Victoria flourished as an important centre for ceramics, several galleries were established throughout the city, including Carr’s own gallery the Potters Wheel, and the artists were increasingly able to support themselves with their work. The exhibited artists were among the principal teachers in the region at this time, and many worked from influence and training in three dominant artistic styles: European modernism and the Bauhaus, the Leach/Hamada tradition, and abstract expressionism. Back to the Land is the first group exhibition at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria to focus on this period in the development of this medium, and an important step in reconstructing the ceramic history of this period.
With key pieces from public and private collections, Back to the Land brings together an impressive selection of works by significant ceramic artists of this time period. The exhibition includes a publication with essays by Diane Carr and Nancy Janovicek.
Tickets: This is a drop in program included with Gallery admission. Adult $13 // Senior/Student $11 // Youth $2.50 // Family (2 adults + youth) $28 // Child Free // Member: Free
Venue contact information:
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria