Exhibits

The Ones We Met: Inuit Traditional Knowledge and the Franklin Expedition
(On display now to May 11, 2024)


The fate of Sir John Franklin’s 1845 expedition was one of the Arctic’s most enduring mysteries, until the wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror were found in 2014 and 2016.This exhibit explores the role of Inuit oral history in solving that mystery and brings well-deserved attention to the importance of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, or Inuit traditional knowledge.

The exhibition features photographs, illustrations and an animated map of routes charted by Europeans looking for a Northwest Passage in the 350 years before Franklin’s expedition. Visitors can hear stories of Inuit encounters with Franklin and his men, and of Martin Frobisher’s voyages to Baffin Island in the 1570s.

The Ones We Met is a travelling exhibition developed by the Canadian Museum of History in partnership with the Inuit Heritage Trust. Presented in Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun, English and French — the four official languages of Nunavut.

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all that moves us
(June 6 to August 31, 2024)


The AVM is delighted to host this biennial* art show. Each show at the Museum has brought a wonderful variety of 2D and 3D artworks from both local artists and those in nearby coastal areas. We never quite know what works artists will submit; in previous years we’ve had marble pieces, glass work, oil paintings, watercolours, pottery, a bronze sculpture, eclectic bird houses and a diorama. And should you fall in love with a piece, they’re for sale, so you can bring it home with you.

Just writing to express my gratitude for the wonderful “Emergence” art exhibit … I have been back 4 times.
-comment on the 2022 Art Show with the theme of Emergence

*In case you were wondering – biennial means every other year. The AVM has hosted this show in odd numbered years since 2018. Except for (plague year) 2020.

For Artists:  Open to artists resident on Vancouver Island, the coastal islands and towns from Lions Bay to Lund.  Submissions will be accepted from Jan 10 – Mar 17, 2024.  See here for Submission Guidelines.

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