You there… standing in the spring sun.

What is it that lightens your step, that eases your burdens?

What brings the glint, the shimmer, the illumination to your everyday?

What adds colour and limns your life?

What delights, sheds light, and enlightens?

For many of us Gabriolans, it’s art, at its simplest and most accessible. Singing. Dancing. Photographing. Painting. Potting. Building. Writing. Crafting. Creating, with tools, with materials, with our hands.

Now’s a time for making, as the (Gabriola-made) film in the festival launch suggests. And Gabriola is a great place for making.

So try your hand (or feet) at something new. Take things lightly. Enjoy yourself, whether it’s at a workshop, an evening event, or at our Artists’ Toolkit. Bask in your creative life and our artistic island.

~ Mitch Miyagawa, Program Director

Registration Opens: Tuesday, March 13, 10am

Registration and Refunds


Registration opens 10:00am Tuesday, March 13

Online at:

In person: Gabriola Arts & Heritage Centre (10:00am–1:00pm Tuesdays only).

No phone or email registration.

Unless otherwise indicated, registration includes required materials. Participants may be asked to bring other materials.

Limited space—register early.

Unless otherwise indicated, registration includes materials.  Participants may be asked to bring other materials.

Limited space – register early


Refunds: Full refund minus $10 administration fee until March 31. No refunds after March 31

Inclusion Campaign

Please be a part of our Inclusion Campaign, to ensure that everyone has access to these workshops.


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.

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.

For more info:

Gabriola Arts Council

Year Round Events

Gabriola Theatre Festival

Cultivate Festival

August 16 to 19, 2018

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 for more info.

Gabriola Thanksgiving Studio Tour

22st Annual Studio Tour

October 6 to 8, 2018

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 for a map and a complete list of participating artists (including many studios that are open year-round).

Gabriola Healing Power of Art

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!

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Support the Arts

Would you like to make a donation to the work of the Gabriola Arts Council? You can do it online or via CanadaHelps.

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!


Please contact us for more information.



A Commitment

“Reconciliation not only requires apologies, reparations, the relearning of Canada’s national history, and public commemoration, but also needs real social, political, and economic change … Canadians from all walks of life are responsible for taking action on reconciliation in concrete ways, working collaboratively with Aboriginal peoples. Reconciliation begins with each and every one of us.”

~ the truth and reconciliation commission of canada

Gabriola Arts Council is committed to promoting a deeper understanding of our true history, and supporting the path to a new relationship between Indigenous and settler peoples.

We acknowledge our hosts, the Snuneymuxw First Nation, and recognize that we live and create on unceded Coast Salish territory.

As part of GAC’s mandate, we support the resurgence of Indigenous culture and the work of Indigenous artists.

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