Welcome to The Nanaimo Arts Council.

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All Things Patterned and Sparkling

Take part in "All Things Patterned and Sparkling", a new online exhibit in the Sun Star Gallery!

Exhibition closes: Tue. Jan. 31, 2023

Art Around Town

Submissions are now open for the next Art Around Town exhibit on Febuary 2nd, 2023!


Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 24th annual Nanaimo Artwalk!

Falling, Foraging, Finding

Thank you to the incredible artists who submitted work to our exhibition, Falling, Foraging, Finding.

Ekphrastic Celebration

Poetry submissions for the 2022 Ekphrastic Celebration are now closed!

Join us on Zoom this August 5th for a closing ceremony!

Islands Short Fiction Review

Thank you to everyone who shared their story!

Read the top-placing stories for 2022 here!

Click the link below to watch the 2022 awards ceremony live on YouTube

Moon Jelly Gallery

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


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Sun Star

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Purple Urchin

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Moon Jelly

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.