We are now accepting workshop and event proposals for 2017!

April 6-16th 2017. Ten days. Over fifty hands-on creative workshops. Literary evenings. Night Markets. Concerts. Professional Development. And more! You don’t want to miss it.

We are looking for ideas for artsy hands-on workshops you would like to participate in or teach. Is there something specific you’d like to learn? Something you’d like to teach? Submit your ideas!

Each hands-on workshop is designed to ensure that we walk away with new insight into a new creative or cultural medium. At its core, and with an affordable, accessible, educational and diverse base, the Isle of the Arts Festival builds audiences, hires artists and shares ideas.

Discover our most artistic and creative selves at the Isle of the Arts Festival, with dozens of workshops and events to help us enjoy, celebrate, and explore arts and culture.

Please email with your ideas: alina@artsgabriola.ca

If you know of a workshop you’d like to propose, please fill out the following information and send it to alina@artsgabriola.ca:
Workshop Title:
Description (under 75 words):
Age restriction:
Bio (under 75 words in third person):
Materials participants will need to bring (lunch? scissors? etc):
Materials to buy (include cost and location of material – we cover the cost. This must be as accurate as possible, as we may not cover more than agreed upon):
Max # of participants:
Whether you have taught or presented before:

Please also submit a high-res image of yourself.

Please note, all workshop proposals may not be accepted. Final decisions will be made by early December. Take note of the dates of the festival. if there are any dates you’re not available during that time, please not it in your proposal. 

Deadline for proposals is November 2016.

Huge thank you! Much appreciation. Gracias gracias!

Big thanks to the instructors, presenters, and participants for working with us to put on an amazing 10-day arts festival! We have such talent on this island and are so happy everyone is so willing to share! And please take a moment to thank the sponsors, volunteers, and advertisers if you run into them. They’d love to hear it!

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Arbutus Home Building Centre
Village Food Market
Robert’s Place
OPUS Art Supplies
Red Roaster Coffee
Surf Lodge
Nature Earth Spirit Market
Advertisers (see below)


Lulu Performing Arts
HIVE Emporium
Gabriola Chamber of Commerce
Gabriola Ecumenical Society
Gabriola Elementary School
Friends of the Library
Pages Resort
Gabriola Garden Club


Vicky Bowes
Bill Pope
Barb Dow
Margy Gi
Anna Leather
Dinah D
Carol Martin
Semih Fisekci
Adrianne Marskell
Catherine Hallam
Kristin Miller
Bridget Montgomery
Aaron Cox
Jules O’Donnell
Fred Apstein
Janice Power
Jennifer Kerr
Alessandro Lachelli
Tina Jones
Carolyn Pullano
Richard Pullano
Joyce Babula
Graham Sheehan

Inclusivity Campaign Supporters

Katherine Moore
Teresa Rittemann
Carroll Hodge
Leah Hokanson
Zulis Yalte
Katherine Mooney
Joy Olsen
Hannah Campbell
Carol Hemrich
Brenda Reid
Cherryl Reed
Sibyl Frei
David Kuefler
Elise Chenier
Charlotte Cameron
Joan Eamer
Susan Brockley
Catherine Phillips
Lisa Webster-Gibson
Madelyn Hall
Konrad Mauch
Kathy Ramsey
Sarah Kopjar
Arlene MacLowick
Nancy Laird
Kim Challis
Noella Sale
Judy Preston
Mary Julkowski
Fred Harris
Joan Wright
Carol Weaver


Agi Hall
Poetry Yurt
Rollo Centre
Surf Lodge

What a day yesterday at the fest!

There was drum-making, voice, writing, big painting, drumming, hip-belt making, an art show and performance at the elementary school, and a celebration of artists at the Surf! So much fun. And more today! Check out Bill Pope’s photos!

Amazing artsy weekend so far!

These last 3 days have been jam-packed with workshops and events! Everyone is having a great time around the island creating some amazing things! And to celebrate, there’s been an event to attend each night! Such a great artsy community! Here’s to 7 more days of fun! And more pictures!

Thanks for enjoying the Literary Launch with us!

And the first night of the Isle of the Arts Festival was a success. Enormous huge thank-you’s to the Surf Lodge, who created an absolutely stunning space for the Literary Launch. The Surf Lodge has really got it all.

Click here to see the photos, taken by talented photographer Bill Pope!

Happy April Fool’s Day!

This workshop isn’t real, but many more are going to be happening over the next ten days — and some of them still have space available! Register online today!

Don’t forget the Inclusivity Campaign — any amount you donate goes into the fund to provide opportunities for those who can’t afford to pay themselves. It’s a great way to share the arts on Gabriola. 

We think you dress just fine, by the way. 

First week of registration: crazy times!

In the first week of Isle of the Arts Festival registration, 11 workshops and one event has sold out! And the rest are filling up fast! Make sure to register before its too late! It is such a fabulous artsy time and lots of fun to be a part of the buzz on Gabriola! You can register in person from 10am-1pm Thursdays to Saturdays at the Arts Centre, or online here!

Gabriola’s 7th Annual Isle of the Arts Festival!

Click here to read the brochure online

Here we are, at the artsiest time of year! The sun is shining, blossoms are bursting, and creativity is spreading through artists and art lovers alike! This ten-day festival is a favourite for locals and off-islanders, with more than 60 arts and culture workshops in a variety of mediums and genres including theatre, dance, music, ceramics, painting, drawing, textiles, writing, silversmithing, culinary arts, encaustic, carving, and more! And don’t miss the homesteading weekend, along with seven exciting events! [click to continue…]

The 2016 Isle of the Arts Festival website is UP!

We are so excited to announce that the website is officially up. Not only can you peruse all the wondrous workshops and events, but you can plan your ten days AND check back to find out the news. AND nominate the person who you think deserves the ARTY AWARD for their work over the past 12 months. AND become a volunteer. AND be entirely artsy first awesome.

Registration for 2016 workshops DOES NOT START UNTIL MARCH 3rd at 10am both online and in-person at the Gabriola Arts and Heritage Hall. Thanks for being excited!

Stay Tuned!

2016 Isle of the Arts Festival registration begins March 3, 2016! The schedule of workshops and events will come out in February! Save the Dates! March 31-April 10!