NEIGHBOUR | Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art

NEIGHBOUR | Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art

CULTURE

November 6, 2015

The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art is a public gallery nestled in the heart of downtown Vancouver. It is named after the acclaimed Haida artist Bill Reid (1920 – 1998). Reid was a master goldsmith, carver, sculptor, writer, broadcaster and spokesman.

Gallery highlights include: Reid’s gold and silver jewelry, his monumental sculptures in bronze and stone, and a full-scale totem pole, carved by James Hart of Haida Gwaii.

The Bill Reid Gallery opened in May 2008, and is the only public gallery in Canada devoted to contemporary Aboriginal Art of the Northwest Coast. It is home to the Simon Fraser University Bill Reid Collection and special exhibitions of contemporary Aboriginal Art of the Northwest Coast of North America. Through his art, Bill Reid continues to inspire emerging and established contemporary Aboriginal artists of the Northwest Coast. His legacies include infusing the art traditions of the Haida with modern forms of expression, influencing the next generation of artists, and building lasting bridges between First Nations and other peoples.

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Gwaii Haanas: Land Sea People that opened this past Wednesday.  It tells stories of the only place in Canada protected from mountaintop to seafloor. Thirty years after the Haida took a stand at Lyell Island, this unique place exists as an unprecedented example of cooperative management, between the Haida Nation and the Government of Canada. It is on display from October 28 through March 27, 2016.