BC | Canada 150 Grant Recipient Project Highlights

Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art

Project: Building to Engage Community
Funding Received: $50,000

The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, created in 2008 by the Bill Reid Foundation, is located on the traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples and is the only public gallery in Canada devoted to contemporary Indigenous art of the Northwest Coast. The Gallery engages its community through the display of its permanent collections, the presentation of special exhibitions featuring work by Indigenous artists, and educational programs for adults, families, children and youth. The gallery is located in downtown Vancouver, one of the first cultural amenity spaces created by the City of Vancouver.

The Building to Engage Community renovation, completed for BC|Canada150, created a new gallery and programming space for the expanded programming vision of the Bill Reid Gallery, and to better reflect the diversity of Indigenous cultures of the Northwest Coast through its programs.

More specifically, it created a new 650ft2 dedicated programming room, as well as a covered pavilion that is used for hands-on workshops.

These new facilities allow the Gallery to present a greater number of artists and thereby better represent the diversity of Indigenous cultures on the Northwest Coast. Building to Engage Community has allowed more Indigenous artists from the Northwest Coast to tell their stories in their own words. It also supports programs that bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples together to increase public awareness of Indigenous values and cultures, the diversity of Indigenous cultures from BC, and thereby contributes to the process of reconciliation.