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 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.


More Festivals, Events and Programs of the Gabriola Arts Council

Gabriola Theatre Festival

Cultivate Festival

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

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 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.

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!

Thanks to CapShield for their generous donation to IOTA MINI.
Every participant will receive a reusable plastic face shield.