Welcome to The Nanaimo Arts Council.

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Registration is now open for the 2024 Nanaimo Artwalk, which takes place on November 23 and 24, 2024.

  • Registration by July 31st: $70
  • Late Registration by August 15th: $85

Ekphrastic Celebration

The 2024 Ekphrastic Gallery is now live! Poetry and announcements coming soon!
Award Ceremony: Tuesday, July 23rd (NEW DATE)

Art Around Town

Submissions are now open for Art Around Town!

Registration/entry Deadline: July 20, 2024
Hanging Date: July 24, 2024 at 10:00 a.m.

Moon Jelly Gallery

pâkicihew (she has swollen hands), an exhibit featuring new work by bailey macabre and curated by Amber Morrison, is available in the Moon Jelly Gallery!

Islands Short Fiction Review

Thank you to everyone who submitted a story for the 2024 Islands Short Fiction Review, and to those who joined us for the ISFR Awards Ceremony!

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.

NAC Short Film Premiere

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


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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 accessible and comes with incredible benefits within the NAC and beyond. Register or renew your membership here. We also accept donations directly.

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 Review 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.