Welcome to The Nanaimo Arts Council.

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Nanaimo Artwalk celebrates a quarter century in 2023!

Registration is now open for the 25th Nanaimo Artwalk!

Saturday December 2 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)

Sunday December 3 (12:00 noon – 4:00 pm)

Ekphrastic Celebration

Many thanks to everyone who joined us for this years Ekphrastic Celebration! Read the top placing Haiku's today!

RBC: Take It To The Bank

An Exhibition by RBC in collaboration with the Nanaimo Arts Council!

The RBC live exhibition is now closed. Go to the Sun Star gallery to view and purchase art from the show.

Art Around Town

Check out our new Art Around Town display, online or at the Port Theatre!

Islands Short Fiction Review

Congratulations to the top-placing writers of the 2023 Islands Short Fiction Review!

Check out the 2023 ISFR Ceremony and read the top-placing stories today!

NAC Short Film Premiere

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Short Film Premiere at the Vault Cafe!

Moon Jelly Gallery

We can't wait to share the next exhibit in our online Moon Jelly Gallery!


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The NAC would not be possible without support from our members, volunteers, staff, and financial donors.

Interested in supporting local arts? It is incredibly simple to get involved in supporting the NAC, by volunteering, donating, or registering for membership. A membership to the NAC is only $15 dollars a year, and comes with incredible benefits within the NAC and beyond. Register or renew your membership here. We also accept donations directly. Any donation above $25 will come with a tax receipt.

We are also seeking corporate donations and sponsorships for projects. Anyone interested in supporting us in that capacity is encouraged to contact us for details.

The Nanaimo Arts Council is committed to bringing people together. We believe a strong community is made by supporting local artists and events.

We have been operating long-standing programs like the Islands Short Fiction Contest and the popular Art Around Town. We have been consistently adding new and exciting programs to what we do, from an Ekphrastic Celebration to hosting the Downtown Nanaimo Artwalk. Through our galleries, we offer a space for new and established local artists to show their work to an invested audience.

Above all, we are always looking for new and exciting opportunities to facilitate events that help make Nanaimo a great place to live.

Welcome to the Nanaimo Arts Council website. This is our space to showcase our online art shows and information about upcoming local events. Offering a compelling digital space provides more opportunities for folks to get involved with the NAC, from online membership registration and voting in our Director elections, to participating in our online galleries.

This website is the best place to learn about what is going on at the NAC, alongside our newsletter. (subscribe here)

We hope you like what you see and choose to get involved in making Nanaimo an even more colourful city!

Nanaimo Arts Council acknowledges with gratitude and respect that we
are on the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw, Snaw-naw-as, and Stz’uminus First Nations. Haych qa Siem.