Welcome to Gabriola Island’s Annual Artists’ Studio Tour.
Twenty-two years and going strong!
Over the past 22 years, Gabriola artists have opened up their studio, gallery, and workshop doors all year long to welcome you into their space and share their work: a fabulous way to meet the creators of wonderful pieces of art. Gabriola’s Studio Tour has been a success since its inception 22 years ago, and continues to be one of the grandest fine-art events in the northwest. From art for your wall to art for your hand, the Gabriola Tour is every art enthusiast’s dream—a dynamic showcase for artists working in all media:
There’s something for all interests, tastes, and budgets. You’re bound to fall in love with a piece of art to take home. Gabriola Island has the sixth-highest concentration of artists in the workforce in Canada. Soak up the unique, creative atmosphere of this vibrant and inspiring island community with a delightful mix of shops, cafés, restaurants, as well as spectacular beaches, trails, forest, and wilderness. Make sure to look up each artist and artisan in our online directory.
We are the Isle of the Arts
Gabriola Island is a thriving artistic community, drawing artists, art lovers, and art supporters from all around the world. As the Isle of the Arts, we live in a world where cloudy paint strokes, glass stars, wooden creatures, and silver linings are with us in our day-to-day lives. We attract more artists to move here every year, and that’s resulted in Gabriola Island having the sixth highest concentration of artists in the workforce in Canada (Hills Strategies Report, 2011). Gabriola Island is also a gorgeous place, full of inspiring natural and artistic wonders. The people and businesses on this island work together to make it a satisfying and culturally rich place to live or visit. Check out the sponsors and supporters for your guide to the best that Gabriola has to offer. Or visit www.gabriolaisland.org to discover more.
Gabriola Arts Council
Year Round Events
August 16 to 19, 2018
Eight Professional Theatre Productions … Roving Performers … Street Art … A Lively Hub … Pancake Breakfast … and MORE! Visit cultivate.artsgabriola.ca for more info.
Isle of the Arts Festival
April 5-14, 2019
A celebration of the arts with 30 workshops and 10 events. Make, Learn and Play with Island Artists. Visit artsfest.artsgabriola.ca for more info.
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. visit artsgabriola.ca for more info
Support the Arts
Would you like to make a donation to the work of the Gabriola Arts Council? You can do it online or via CanadaHelps.
The Gabriola Arts Council is a registered charitable organization whose purposes are to support and encourage the development of and engagement with arts and culture on Gabriola Island. We gratefully acknowledges the generosity of all of our Sponsors, Funders and Supporters!
Please contact us for more information.
“Reconciliation not only requires apologies, reparations, the relearning of Canada’s national history, and public commemoration, but also needs real social, political, and economic change … Canadians from all walks of life are responsible for taking action on reconciliation in concrete ways, working collaboratively with Aboriginal peoples. Reconciliation begins with each and every one of us.”~ the truth and reconciliation commission of canada
Gabriola Arts Council is committed to promoting a deeper understanding of our true history, and supporting the path to a new relationship between Indigenous and settler peoples. We acknowledge our hosts, the Snuneymuxw First Nation, and recognize that we live and create on unceded Coast Salish territory. As part of GAC’s mandate, we support the resurgence of Indigenous culture and the work of Indigenous artists.
Getting to the Isle of the Arts
Gabriola is a 25-minute ferry ride from Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. You can also get here by float plane into Nanaimo Harbour or directly to Silva Bay on Gabriola. If you’re planning to visit for the Isle of the Arts Festival, why not make a weekend of it! Take time to explore all the treasures this island has to offer, including spectacular beaches, sublime forest trails, exciting artists’ studios and interesting shopping (featuring locally made products and much more!). Click here for more info. Click here for the ferry schedule.