8th Annual Isle of the Arts Festival

Welcome to the fun and fabulous 8th Annual Isle of the Arts Festival… connecting art, artists, and art lovers to celebrate all that makes life colourful.

This Years Theme: Community-Driven Art

What better year than the Gabriola Arts Council’s 20th anniversary to choose community-driven art as the festival theme. We’re celebrating our socially, politically, and creatively active community, and enthusiastically following our Mission: to engage, enhance, and inspire the community’s cultural vitality through collaboration, leadership, and service.

This Isle of the Arts Festival offers more than 65 multi-disciplinary arts workshops

From painting to felting to cooking to martial arts to dancing to photography (and more!)—and 11 arts-based events over 10 days, including a community mural project with this year’s Artist in Residence.

All Beings Confluence

In recognition of our theme, and to inspire Gabriolans to even more socially active art, we are bringing the world-renowned, interactive, community-based textile installation All Beings Confluence to the Island all the way from Saskatchewan.

We’re getting involved. Are you?

“I had a great time at the Isle of the Arts Fest. I was pleased to be part of such a stellar line up of fellow writers, and particularly pleased to discover the Gabriolan enthusiasm for supporting the arts.”

Sonnet L’Abbé

Poet and Critic

“I loved the communal art work we created.”

2016 workshop participant

Inclusivity

Join our Inclusivity Campaign!

The Gabriola Arts Council recognizes the importance of the arts in the community and in individual development.  It’s been proven that the arts not only stimulate community economic growth but they can also improve quality of life.

GAC’s mandate is to facilitate greater public awareness of and participation in the arts.

We value and encourage community engagement, while fostering connections between and within community organizations. At this year’s Isle of the Arts Festival, we’re offering an amazing selection of over 50 workshops and events!

We ask that you consider being a part of our campaign, to ensure that everyone has access to these workshops.

The campaign is simple.

You let us know how much you would like to donate and we’ll make sure this credit gets into the hands of people who would not have otherwise been able to participate.

What’s in it for you?

Besides the joy that comes from acting generously and creating an opportunity for other people to enjoy the arts, you will also be acknowledged on the Gabriola Arts Council website (with a weblink and logo, if desired), on the Isle of the Arts Festival blog, and on the Arts Fest Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/isleofthearts/
For more info: alina@artsgabriola.ca

Apply to go to a workshop!

Thanks to many generous Inclusivity Campaign supporters, a fund has been created to ensure that anyone who wants to attend a workshop or event will be able to. Money should not be a barrier to having an opportunity to learn a new craft or art form.

If you’d like to attend a workshop or event, please fill out the form below and we will get back to you about the availability of workshops and funds. We cannot guarantee a spot in your chosen workshop(s) but we will do our best! Please keep in mind, many workshops sold out in the first two weeks of registration, but there are still many opportunities available.

Inclusivity Campaign Sign Up

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Gabriola Arts Council

Year Round Events

Gabriola Theatre Festival

August 18–20, 2017

Eight Professional Theatre Productions … Roving Performers … Street Art … A Lively Hub … Pancake Breakfast … and MORE!

This lively can’t-be-missed Theatre Festival—now in its eighth wonderful year—fills an entire summer weekend on Gabriola! Enjoy high-quality, innovative theatre productions in a bustling hub filled with fabulous music and performances, art to fill your heart and home, fantastic parties, pancake breakfasts, and so much more. This year’s theme is Under The Sea – a tribute to all that surrounds us! Visit www.artsgabriola.ca for programming details.

21st Annual Studio Tour

All studios open Thanksgiving weekend: October 8-10, 2017

Don’t miss the 21st annual Studio Tour!

Enjoy a gorgeous fall weekend on Gabriola while perusing more than 65 wonderful studios featuring every form of art you can imagine! This Tour brings art lovers from all over to this beautiful island that enjoys the sixth highest concentration of artists in the workforce in Canada. If you’ve been before that doesn’t mean you’ve seen it all! Watch for 14 new artists, and get ready to be entertained, inspired and educated—these artists have something amazing to show you! Check www.artsgabriola.ca for a map and a complete list of participating artists (including many studios that are open year-round).

Kitty J. Heller Healing Power of Art Program

This innovative, inspired project engages professional art and drama therapists to working directly with community members to address a variety of health- and wellness-related issues and concerns. This initiative is not about creating artists; its goal is to help people to understand and cope with physical or mental health concerns through the healing powers of artistic expression. Gabriola Island—where ART is the heart of the community!

Support the Arts

The Gabriola Arts Council is a registered charitable organization whose purposes are to support and encourage the development of and engagement with arts and culture on Gabriola Island. We gratefully acknowledges the generosity of all of our Sponsors, Funders and Supporters!

Would you like to make a donation to the work of the Gabriola Arts Council? You can do it online or via CanadaHelps. Click here for all of the information you need.

Please contact us at info@artsgabriola.ca for more information!

Join our Team!

Do you love art? Do you want to be a part of keeping Gabriola Island the vibrant arts community that it is? We need your time and energy! Volunteer contributions have made this amazing festival what it is today.

Join our volunteer team and connect with artists and arts lovers in your community! The positions are fun and can be low commitment! Contact Alina for more information!

Join the Gabriola Arts Council in working for the arts!

Getting to the Isle of the Arts

Gabriola is a 25-minute ferry ride from Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.

You can also get here by float plane into Nanaimo Harbour or directly to Silva Bay on Gabriola.

If you’re planning to visit for the Isle of the Arts Festival, why not make a weekend of it! Take time to explore all the treasures this island has to offer, including spectacular beaches, sublime forest trails, exciting artists’ studios and interesting shopping (featuring locally made products and much more!).

Click here for more info.
Click here for the ferry schedule.

Gabriola Arts and Heritage Building