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The Bowen Island Arts Council and the Gallery @ Artisan Square are pleased to present Authentically Aboriginal on Bowen, a multi-media event highlighting Indigenous culture through the display and celebration of traditional and contemporary art forms and practises. The arts organization, in collaboration with guest curator Simon Daniel James Jr., is mounting a first-of-its-kind exposition on Bowen to include an exhibit and art sale, a reception featuring traditional dancing, singing, drumming and feasting, a panel on the subject of cultural appropriation, artist talks and demonstrations plus a number of other special events. The exhibit runs May 15 - June 21, 2015 at the Gallery @ Artisan Square, Bowen Island. It will present creations and work by 12 artists from all over British Columbia and from a number of different nations and tribal affiliations, including Cree, Haida, Heiltsuk, Coast Salish, Musqueam and Squamish. The work to be showcased includes beading, weaving, textiles (i.e. button blankets, ceremonial regalia, wall hangings, clothing), jewellery, carvings, etc. 

Saturday, May 16 is the date of the Grand Reception, including a traditional native feast beginning at 5:30 pm and an official welcome and reception at 7:30 p.m. Ticket cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Click here to order tickets online, or drop by the Gallery or Phoenix on Bowen to purchase. 

For more information on Authentically Aboriginal on Bowen, click here.


The Bowen Island Arts Council is pleased to present the the 2015 Bowen Film Fest. This is a juried, BOWEN ISLAND based festival to showcase LOCAL emerging filmmakers as well as recent work by established LOCAL filmmakers. The Fest runs July 3, 4, & 5 at the Gallery @ Artisan Square. For complete information, visit the FilmFreeway website by clicking here, or check out the FaceBook events page by clicking here. Now open for submissions. Click on the FilmFreeway logo to enter!

Have you seen the 2015 Spring/Summer Community Recreation Activity Brochure featuring recreational, educational and arts programming? Visit to browse. Registration now open. For assistance, call the Community Recreation Office at 604.947.2216.

Come to Bowen and enjoy a self-guided Bowen Art (and nature) Walk. Begin your walk at the ferry dock as you land in Snug Cove. Follow a route that winds you through parkland, forest, and shoreline, and allows for viewing of impressive mosaics, murals, sculptures and other public art installations. End up at Artisan Square, the home of numerous galleries, studios, boutiques and other shops, including options for a full meal, light snack or delicious drinks. Download a map and further information here.

The Bowen Island Arts Council (BIAC) is dedicated to representing and coordinating the creative efforts and programs of all cultural groups on Bowen Island. BIAC strives to stimulate the development of arts and cultural projects and activities and promote and encourage the advancement of the arts and opportunities for local artists. BIAC also fosters an interest and pride in the cultural heritage and history of Bowen Island.

The artists of Bowen Island welcome you to our creative island!

Based on a national study of communities with a population of less than 50,000 people, Bowen Island was identified as the 4th most artistic community in Canada. Click here for more info.

BIAC gratefully acknowledges the support of the Bowen Island Municipality, the BC Arts Council and the Province of British Columbia. BIAC also thanks all its wonderful members and our community for its unwavering support of local arts and culture.

  For more to do on Bowen Island, please visit the Community Calendar on the Tourism Bowen Island website.

The Bowen Island Arts Council is a member of the Sea to Sky Arts Councils. Our partners include Lions Bay, Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton. Together we support artists and arts and cultural events within each of our communities and along the Sea to Sky Corridor. Visit our joint website by clicking here.
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"Authentically Aboriginal on Bowen" features the work of 12 Canadian indigenous artists.
15 May 12 June
Traditional Feast: 16 May 5:30 (tickets required)
Opening Ceremony: 16 May 7pm
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