Gabriola Island’s



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About GAC

History of the Studio Tour

Gabriola’s Thanksgiving Studio Tour has been a success since its inception 24 years ago, and it continues to be one of the grandest art events in the Pacific Northwest. In 2019 more than 900 visitors from near and far enjoyed the Tour Central Preview Gallery.  This year, 95 artists planned to be on the Tour, and 15 of them were participating in 2020 for the very first time. These artists are represented in this guide and can be contacted to make an appointment for viewing. While some have physical studios, others might share their work with you on their kitchen table or in their workshop. It’s all about the art, not the space.

The Gabriola Arts Council

The Gabriola Arts Council (GAC) has been supporting the arts on Gabriola Island for more than 20 years. Gabriola—a rural community with a high proportion of professional artists—ranks sixth across Canada for concentration of artists in the workforce. Artists are key to the island’s cultural, economic, and social fabric, and GAC aims to support artists and increase accessibility of the arts for people of all ages – both residents and visitors alike.  GAC’s principal events include the Thanksgiving Studio Tour, the Isle of the Arts Festival—featuring ten days of hands-on arts-based workshops and events—and Cultivate, a community-based weekend festival of music, theatre and art. GAC also offers the Healing Power of Art Program, supported by the Kitty Heller Fund, where individuals share life’s challenges through art within community to support health and well-being. GASP!—the Gabriola Artist Support Program, offers financial support to artists for the pursuit of creative projects and learning opportunities.

Gabriola Arts Council 2021 Schedule

Isle of the Arts FestivalMarch 31 – April 11

CultivateEarly July

Gabriola ReadsEarly Fall

Gabriola Arts Council 2021 Schedule

Our mission…

The Gabriola Arts Council’s mission is to engage, enhance, and inspire the community’s cultural vitality through collaboration, leadership, and service.

Gabriola Thanksgiving Studio Tour

Isle of the Arts Festival

March 31 – April 11, 2021

A celebration of the arts with 30 workshops and 10 events. Make, Learn and Play with Island Artists.

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Gabriola Theatre Festival

Cultivate Festival

Early July 2021

Professional Theatre Productions … Roving Performers … Street Art … A Lively Hub … Pancake Breakfast … and MORE!

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Gabriola Theatre Festival

Thanksgiving Studio Tour

Oct 9 – 11, 2021

Enjoy a gorgeous fall weekend on Gabriola while perusing more than 65 wonderful studios featuring every form of art you can imagine!

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Gabriola Healing Power of Art

Kitty J. Heller Healing Power of Art Program

This innovative, inspired project engages professional art and drama therapists to working directly with community members to address a variety of health- and wellness-related issues and concerns.

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Reconciliation: A Commitment

“Our future, and the well-being of all our children rests with the kind of relationships we build today.” — CHIEF DR. ROBERT JOSEPH

The Gabriola Arts Council recognizes that we live and create on unceded Coast Salish territory, specifically on the traditional land of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. Our programming encourages and promotes arts and cultural experiences that will inspire dialogue and understanding. Through these activities, our intention is to deepen the relationship between Indigenous and settler peoples as we move forward together to a healthier future.

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Gabriola Arts Council

Support the Arts on Gabriola

Support the arts on Gabriola by a donation to the Gabriola Arts Council! Your dollars will go towards developing new projects as well as supporting existing programs, all of which are focused on supporting local artists—and to individual and community wellbeing.  You can donate at any time—the Gabriola Arts Council is a registered charity and will issue a tax receipt for all donations.

Donations can be made online through our website, at, or directly through our office. Please contact us for more information.

Getting to the Isle of the Arts

Gabriola is a 25-minute ferry ride from Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.  Click here for the ferry schedule.

You can also get here by float plane into Nanaimo Harbour or directly to Silva Bay on Gabriola.

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