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 10 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.
This year we invite you to join us for
30 unique workshops,
3 Hot Tea Hot Topic dialogues, and
3 exceptional evening events
including an award-winning theatre show,
our 4th annual Reading and Reconciliation literary event,
and a cabaret style celebratory wrap-up party—the Arty Party.
It’s our 10th Anniversary! Come celebrate with us!
More Festivals, Events and Programs of the Gabriola Arts Council
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 https://cultivate.artsgabriola.ca/ for more info.
Thanksgiving 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 studiotour.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!
visit artsgabriola.ca for more info
Do you want to ensure everyone has access to these workshops? Be part of our Inclusion Campaign!DONATE TO INCLUSION 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.
The campaign is simple. You let us know how much you would like to donate and we’ll make sure it gets into the hands of people who wouldn’t have been able to participate otherwise .
Besides the joy that comes from generously 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.
We want you at the festival!
Please don’t let your financial situation stop you from experiencing the joy and passion of making art.
People on the island believe in the power of art so much that they’ve paid extra just so you can attend.
Make us happy, sign up for a workshop!
All you have to do is let us know what workshop you would like to attend and how much you can afford.APPLY FOR FUNDS
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 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.
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.
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!