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Join us at the Hearth!

There is a new era dawning for the Bowen Island Arts Council (BIAC). A culmination of many things – the celebration of 30 years of service to the community, the adoption of a new Cultural Plan for our island, the opening of the Gallery @ Cove Commons – all of these accomplishments have transported the nonprofit to a new beginning. And with new beginnings comes new energy and a revitalized organization.
Last year, StoryTellings™ Consulting, a local company owned by Edward Wachtman and Sheree Johnson convened sessions with BIAC members. Approximately 45 people gathered to answer the query – Why BIAC matters now and why it will in the future. Participants considered the impact of the arts on their lives, and the role the organization plays in creating opportunities that offer rich and meaningful experiences.

The result is a new brand for BIAC, emerging from stories from myriad perspectives, but conveying a unifying vision. Synthesizing the input and research, the members of the Branding Committee of the arts council were thrilled to recently present to its Board of Directors a new narrative for the arts council. To read the new BIAC Story, click here.

The arts council will remain true to its roots, while reaching out to the larger Bowen community by acknowledging: “We are all artists here.”  Though the legal name will remain Bowen Island Arts Council, as the charity enters its 40th decade it will operate with a renewed sense of purpose and direction under a new name: “The Hearth – Arts on Bowen.” As it’s brand essence states: “The possibilities are endless.”

Calling all Graphic Designers/Artists

As a result of these exciting developments, The Hearth – Arts on Bowen is seeking assistance with the development of a new visual identity. We would like to work with a graphic designer to depict our new brand in the form of a logo and work mark. For more information about this project and how to submit, please click here. Deadline fo submissions:  5:00 pm on Friday March 30. 

Call for Submissions

We are seeking artists interested in submitting to our Wearable Art Show.
We have begun our Call for Artists to display in 2019.
Please see our Artist Calls page for more information about these exciting opportunities.


Volunteer With Us

We love our volunteers. Without a doubt, they are our most valuable resource. Our nonprofit charity could not exist without the support of its amazing team of volunteers. In 2017 alone, an amazing committed team of volunteers filled approximately 160 roles. The value of their work is estimated at a conservative figure of $102,500.  We are indebted to these champions of the arts.

And now, as we move into our 31st year and our new home, the Cove Commons, we are seeking new volunteers to jump into our creative environment and join the fun. We are looking to add to our roster of Gallery Hosts, beginning in March, 2018.

Do you have time and interest in helping the arts thrive on Bowen?

The role of Gallery Host at the Gallery @ the Cove Commons includes: greeting visitors and helping to promote our exhibits; administering art sales; attending special events and celebrations.

We are now recruiting new volunteers who are able to commit to a 3 or 6 hours shift, on a regular day at least once a month.

To download a Gallery Host Volunteer application, click here. Please fill out, save it and return the form to Betty Dhont, Interim Volunteer Coordinator.

We'd love to work with you.

Bowen Island Municipality adopts revised 10-Year Cultural Master Plan! 

After two years of hard work and expansive community consultation, initiated and led by the Bowen Island Arts Council (BIAC), BIM Council has adopted the revised Cultural Master Plan as Bylaw #466. The plan’s approval continues to recognize the Arts Council as the lead organization for the implementation of arts and culture on Bowen.

It includes 16 Strategic Goals and 36 recommendations. The legal document is a roadmap that will help advance arts and culture on Bowen Island while creating a socially, economically, healthier and more liveable community.
Download a copy of the Cultural Master Plan here.



Thank you Bowen Islanders for your overwhelming support of the Cove Commons project.

The Bowen Island Public Library and Bowen Island Arts Council are immensely grateful for the community’s generous donations. We’ve erected a Thank You sign on the lawn of the library to publicly acknowledge these contributions. The Cove Commons is an example of what we can achieve as a community when we work together.

We have raised approximately $1 M to build the 2,800 square foot addition to the Old General Store that includes the Annie Laurie Wood Annex for the Library and a new home for the Bowen Island Arts Council and its Gallery. So much has been accomplished since the six-handled shovel broke ground this past winter. The walls are up, the roof is on, the slab has been poured, inside framing is underway, and the windows and doors are being installed. We are on track for our grand opening in early 2018.
To read more, visit the Cove Commons website by clicking here. To read the latest article in this Bowen Island Undercurrent, click 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 Alliance. 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 the Sea to Sky Arts Councils website by clicking here.
The Gallery

Mini Gala
Eleanor Rosenberg & Karen Watson
Feb 28 - Apr 2, 2018
Opening reception Mar 3 2018 6-8pm
Click here for more info.

Upcoming Shows

Artist Calls

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Check out the 2016 Annual Report of the BIAC. Download a copy here.

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