Art Around Town – At the Port Theatre

  This show is now up at the Port Theatre, and may be enjoyed by people attending the Port's regular programming. The exhibition is scheduled to change in February of 2021, and we will issue a new call for submissions as that date approaches.


Exciting new changes are afoot at the Nanaimo Arts Council. There has been an addition of seven new members to the board, bringing their enthusiasm and innovative ideas to the table. These new members come from a broad range of backgrounds, from visual artists to...

Got a great idea for a story? Get ready for the annual Islands Short Fiction Contest with over $2200 dollars in cash and prizes. Open to writers of all ages from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. We will be accepting short, previously unpublished fiction of up to 2000 words from three categories: Adult (19 and over), Youth (13-18) and Junior (12 and under). Free entry for ages 18 and under. Sponsored by the Nanaimo Arts Council, Vancouver Island Regional Library and Vancouver Island University Department of Creative Writing and Journalism.

Stay tuned for more info and the upcoming submission date in 2021.

What are you waiting for?

Time to get writing.

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 promoting long-standing programs like the Islands Short Fiction Contest and the popular Art Around Town.  We are always on the lookout for new and exciting opportunities to nurture events that help make Nanaimo a great place to  live.

Welcome to the shiny new Nanaimo Arts Council website. We have been working hard to create a website that is filled with useful information and easy to navigate pages. The NAC website will be showcasing a new online art show and information about upcoming local events.

We welcome everyone from artists to art lovers. Whether you are a musician or a concert goer, a writer or a reader, we’ve got you covered. So please come in and have a look around. 

We hope you like what you see. 

Nanaimo Arts Council acknowledges with gratitude and respect that we
are on the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation.