Opening Reception for "Sacred" an Indigenous Art Display is June 21

Victoria City Hall will soon be home to Sacred, an Indigenous multi-media art display, curated by Indigenous curator Rose Spahan, with the assistance of artist Eli Hirtle. Sacred, is part of the City's ongoing work towards Reconciliation.

Sacred, an Indigenous Art Display
Opening Reception

Thursday, June 21
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Victoria City Hall, Council Chambers

You are invited to attend an opening reception for Sacred an Indigenous multi-media art display at City Hall on Thursday, June 21 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. on National Indigenous Peoples Day.

The event is free and will include a welcome and speeches, a performance by the Lekwungen Dancers, a poetry reading, film screening and an opportunity to meet the curators and several of the featured artists. Complimentary refreshments will be provided. An RSVP is not required. (Right: River and Raven, Dylan Thomas)

The Installation

Sacred will showcase a range of traditional and contemporary art forms created by eight emerging and established Indigenous artists. The installation will feature artworks throughout City Hall in a variety of media including an indoor mural currently being painted on-site, an LED light painting, a projection onto an exterior wall of City Hall, a short film, a poem, a series of photographic prints, and a series of silkscreened prints.

To be diverse and inclusive, Rose Spahan with the assistance of artist Eli Hirtle, curated artworks by local Coast Salish as well as Métis, Diné (Navajo), Nehiyaw (Cree), Saanich, and Mohawk artists, who call Vancouver Island home.

“Showcasing Indigenous arts in City Hall reminds people of whose land we are on, and acts as a reminder of the creative work, history and talent of First Nations peoples,” said curator Rose Spahan. “The intent of these works is for the audience to experience the love, creativity, talent and ingenuity of the creations. The artists are diverse individuals, which is showcased in the diversity of their art forms.”

Featured Artworks and Indigenous Artists

The Sacred Indigenous art display will include:

  • Woven by Nicole Neidhardt and Lekwung by Jesse Campbell, two side-by-side murals focusing on the people in the land and the land within the people, located on the first floor corridor of City Hall
  • River Run by Dylan Thomas – a mathematical decal that will adorn the spiral staircase in the main foyer of City Hall
  • Raising Lights by Dylan Thomas – an LED light painting representing a house post, to be located on the east wall of the Douglas Street foyer
  • Releasing the Light by Dylan Thomas – an outdoor projection onto a Pandora Avenue wall of City Hall
  • Lekwungen: Place to Smoke Herring People by Eli Hirtle– a film created with the support of Brianna Dick to be viewed on a television monitor in the Douglas Street foyer
  • Here, a poem by Kevin Paul – to be located on the wall opposite the ground floor elevator
  • A series of photographic prints featuring performances organized by Lindsay Delaronde during her Indigenous Artist Residency – to be installed on the hallway wall opposite the Songhees Nation Meeting Room
  • A series of silkscreen prints by lessLIE – to be located on the hallway wall opposite the Esquimalt Nation Meeting Room

Learn more about the curators, featured artists and the artworks.

We hope you can join us!