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Welcome to The Nanaimo Arts Council.

Happy Pride from the NAC!

Ekphrastic Celebration

The visual art is up. Now it's the poets' turn. Nanaimo artists: write a poem in response to the visual art, and enter your work to win prizes for yourself and for the visual artist.

Members Exhibition

Our first members-only exhibition. Awesome work by local artists. Extended until June 27.

Islands Short Fiction Contest

The winning short stories from the 2021 Islands Short Fiction contest are now online!

Artwalk

Artist submissions for the 2021 Downtown Nanaimo Artwalk are now open!

Art Around Town

Port Theatre is closed until further notice.

Image Competition

Do you create compelling art? Want to support local events? Like cash prizes? Here is your opportunity to win big and have your art featured by the Nanaimo Arts Council!

ONLINE GALLERIES

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Sun Star

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Purple Urchin

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Moon Jelly

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.

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