Welcome to The Nanaimo Arts Council.

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All Things Patterned and Sparkling

Winter is on its way and we’re looking for the light in the darkest season. Artists are invited to share work that feature bold patterns and shiny materials. Dazzle us with your take on all things patterned and sparkling! All forms of artwork are welcome.

Deadline to submit artwork: Thu. December 1, 2022
Exhibition goes live: Sat. Dec. 10, 2022
Exhibition closes: Tue. Jan. 31, 2023

Falling, Foraging, Finding

Autumn has arrived and with it we begin the groundwork to create a new online exhibition.

Our theme is Falling, Foraging, Finding. Artists were invited to share work that reflects the activities, scenery, and discoveries of the season.

View this online gallery today!

Art Around Town

A new Art Around Town exhibition is here!

See the gallery at the Port Theatre or online!


Registration for the 2022 Nanaimo Artwalk is now open!

Early bird rate - $60 by July 31

Final date to register – $75 by August 22

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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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.