This Island.

This beautiful, magical island.

It has called, first to the Snuneymuxw people, and to many others since. People have gathered here for thousands of years for sustenance and shelter, for reflection, for community and ceremony. And what better place than this?

To be inspired, to create and explore, to dance, to share and heal, to learn and play.

For 12 years, the Isle of The Arts Festival has brought artists and community together on Gabriola. It started as a series of workshops known as ArtStart, and has evolved into a cherished annual event offering a diverse mix of arts programming.


The 2022 IoTA – We Sing with Colour!

The Isle of the Arts festival is a celebration of local creativity and culture bringing people together through learning and artistic engagement. Connection is vital to our community’s well-being and as we watch spring flowers find their way to the light, we sing with colour.   

Together we cultivate the arts.

More Festivals, Events and Programs of the Gabriola Arts Council

Gabriola Theatre Festival

Cultivate Festival

June 30 – July 3, 2022

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!

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Gabriola Thanksgiving Studio Tour

Thanksgiving Studio Tour

October 8 – 10, 2022

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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Reconciliation: 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 (GAC) respectfully acknowledges that the land on which we live and create is the traditional, ancestral, and territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation whose presence here reaches back to time immemorial. GAC respects and affirms the inherent rights and title of Snuneymuxw First Nation.

We endeavour to honour Coast Salish land and its treaties by strengthening our relationship and responsibilities to them. We are grateful to Snuneymuxw First Nation, who continue to share their knowledge about the history of the lands and water and their relations to them. We believe that the Arts can contribute to the healing and decolonizing journey we all share together and commit to honouring Indigenous self-determination, sovereignty, and resurgence.

Gabriola Arts Council

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.


Support the Arts

Would you like to make a donation to the work of the Gabriola Arts Council?

You can donate online or via CanadaHelps.

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?

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

We need your time and energy! Volunteer contributions have made this amazing festival what it is today.

Contact us for more information!

Join the Gabriola Arts Council in working for the arts!

Thanks to our Isle of the Arts Festival Funders & Sponsors!

Arbutus Home Centre
Jude Briscoe
Bill Pope
Martin Velsen
Gabriola Fitness
North Road Sports
Gabriola Chamber
Free Spirit Studio
Mad Rona Coffee
Gabriola Chamber
Free Spirit Studio
Mad Rona Coffee