40 workshops. 12 performances. 11 days.

April 04-14, 2019

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

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 40 multi-disciplinary arts workshops—from painting to felting to cooking to martial arts to dancing to photography (and more!)—and 12 arts-based events over 10 days.

We’re getting involved. Are you?

Inclusion Campaign

Do you want to ensure everyone has access to these workshops?  Be part of our 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.


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!

Gabriola Arts Council

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.

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.


Gabriola Arts Council

Year Round Events

Gabriola Theatre Festival

Cultivate Festival

Aug 30 to Sept 1, 2019

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 theatrefest.artsgabriola.ca for more info.

Gabriola Thanksgiving Studio Tour

23rd Annual Studio Tour

October 12 to 14, 2019

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).

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!

visit artsgabriola.ca for more info

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

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.