Welcome Song Clarence Dick

We are honoured to have
Songhees First Nation artist Clarence Dick
sharing a welcome song
at the opening of the Emily Carr symposium tomorrow.

Read more about Clarence Dick HERE.

(c) Photo of Clarence Dick used with permission of the Lukwungen Art Project Blog. 

Read about the


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SYMPOSIUM at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
this coming
Saturday, February 20th 10:30am - 4:40pm.
Doors open at 10am.

If you have any trouble, please call Ingrid (709-639-2398) and she will help you or she can put your name
at the door and
you may pay by cash or cheque
on the day of the event.


Symposium Schedule

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
in the Spencer Mansion
Members: $25
Non-members: $35
Students (with valid student I.D.): $20

Tickets available online here.


10:00 – 10:30 am
Coffee, tea, registration.

10:30 – 10:45 am
Opening song. Welcome.

10:45 – 11:05 am
Opening remarks/overview: Ingrid Mary Percy

11:10 – 11:40 am 

Jan Ross: Emily Carr's Legacy of Inspiration

11:45 am – 12:15 pm

Kerry Mason: Vivid Contribution: Emily Carr and First Nations

12:15 – 1:30 pm
Lunch break.

1:30 – 2:10 pm Tour of Emily Carr and The Young Generation Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria with Chief Curator, Michelle Jacques

2:15 – 2:45 pm 

Karen Tam: Flying Cormorant Studio, or the Re-Imagining of a Migrant Artist’s

2:50 – 3:20 pm

Carey Newman: Appropriation vs. Inspiration

3:20 – 3:40 Afternoon coffee/tea break.

3:40 – 4:10 pm
Panel discussion moderated by Haema Sivanesan: Karen Tam, Jan Ross, Kerry Mason, Carey Newman.

4:15 – 4:30 pm
Closing remarks: Ingrid Mary Percy

Emily Carr's Neighbourhood Tours and Reception: Robert Amos, Jan Ross, Laurie Carter

Sunday, February 21st 1-4pm 
$10 Youth/ $12 Student / $15 Adult

Emily Carr's Neighbourhood: 
Walking Tour with Robert Amos and Tour of Carr House by Jan Ross

After the James Bay neighbourhood walk and tour of Emily Carr's family home, enjoy a reception featuring an exhibition of paintings inspired by Carr by visual arts students from Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland. There will also be a book launch of Emily Carr: The Incredible Life and Adventures of a West Coast Artist (cover and introduction by Robert Amos) and we'll also feature Laurie Carter's book Emily Carr's B.C.: Vancouver Island. Both Laurie Carter and Robert Amos will be in attendance to sign books, answer questions, and chat! Light refreshments included.  

Laurie Carter is an award-winning writer and photographer whose work appears in books, newspapers, magazines and online. In recent years she has devoted her research to BC’s most beloved artist and author, Emily Carr, travelling the province with new purpose. Along the way she’s learned history, met amazing people and gained even greater admiration for the iconic person she regards as an important role model for women today.

Emily Carr's B.C.: Vancouver Island

Emily Carr was an epic traveller. She covered more than 20,000 kilometres in British Columbia during a time when women rarely set off on their own—certainly not with the intention of visiting remote aboriginal villages. While this wanderlust and fearless sense of adventure fuelled her reputation as an eccentric, it also propelled her to become the artist and author we revere today.

Laurie Carter set out to rediscover Vancouver Island by following Carr’s path, delving into the home life, landscapes and First Nations traditions that shaped the woman and her work. Emily Carr’s B.C.: Vancouver Island is a personal journey to a new perspective, an exploration of Vancouver Island’s best-loved destinations and all-but-unknown outposts, and a fresh take on evolving life in this province.

Robert Amos graduated from York University in Toronto, Amos has pursued a career in the arts. He was Assistant to the Director of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1975-1980) and is art writer for the Victoria Times-Colonist newspaper, which has published his weekly column on art since 1986. He is a full-time professional artist. Robert Amos’s paintings are part of the permanent collection of the City of Victoria, the University of Victoria and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, among others.
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Good Advice for Artists

Ingrid Mary Percy drawing in the forest near Ucluelet. December 2014.

You will have to experiment and try things out for yourself
and you will not be sure of what you are doing.
That's all right, you are feeling your way into the thing. 

- Emily Carr



A Collaborative
Emily Carr Colouring Book Project


Wendy Welch and Ingrid Mary Percy

Wendy Welch colouring book page, Forest. 2016

Ingrid Mary Percy colouring book page, Tree. 2016

Information and tickets here.

Great Pure Spaces


Abstract Sketch Lawren S. Harris 1936

37.9 x 30.2 cm
oil on beaverboard
Purchased 1973
National Gallery of Canada (no. 17614)

-on paintings by Lawren Harris...

I have never felt anything like the power of those canvases.
They seem to have called to me from some other world, sort of an answer to a great longing.
As I came through the mountains I longed so to cast off my earthly body
and float away through the great pure spaces between the peaks,
up the quiet green ravines into the high, pure, clean air.
Mr. Harris has painted those very spaces,
and my spirit seems able to leave my body and roam among them.
They make me so happy. 

- Emily Carr