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Cowichan Valley Regional District directors voted Wednesday, July 24 to provide a letter of support for the Cowichan Valley Public Art Gallery project ​after hearing a presentation by CVPAG President Jock Hildebrand and Public Relations Chairperson, Dorian Melton. CVRD support follows a similar letter from City of Duncan councilors. Project board members will next present their plans to the North Cowichan Council.

This far-sighted endeavor already has support from publicly funded arts councils, our Member of Parliament Alistair McGregor, our MLA Sonia Furstenau and others. Jean Crowder, our former MLA, is Honorary Chairperson of CVPAG. CVPAG members number about 150 and rising.

The Cowichan Valley Public Art Gallery (formal name is pending) will measure between 25,000 and 35,000 square feet and will host local, national and international art: from painting to sculpture ​to other visual mediums. The gallery will ​also offer arts education and awareness programs, promoting the Valley as home to one of Canada’s highest concentrations of artists per capita.

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Mr. Hildebrand points out that arts based ​tourism based on a world-class art gallery in Cowichan Valley will also benefit ​other galleries on the island as well as local businesses such as hotels, stores, restaurants and bars, generating local jobs.

“This project will become a cornerstone for the Vancouver Island cultural community. As well providing visual arts that otherwise may not be accessible to Island residents, the thirty-five million dollar building will become a major economic driver in these days of diminishing resource-based economies. With seven dollars return for every dollar spent, the community will benefit in all ways.”

​CVPAG board members are researching funding as well as looking at potential sites and gallery design. They are examining ​how similar galleries in other cities ​are operating based on community support, grants from government and private donors, and fundraising.

A Cowichan Valley Public Gallery project launch is planned, featuring a sculpture exhibit by prominent artists, and major donor recognition.

Scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. at Cobble Hill’s Blue Grouse Estate Winery, it promises to be a memorable occasion.

For more information, contact or call 250-215-2823.

Our Mission is to promote and establish a public art gallery in the Cowichan Valley.

Our non-profit “Friends of the Cowichan Valley Public Art Gallery Society” intends to bring a purpose-built art gallery building to the Cowichan Valley to host ongoing international, national and local art exhibitions and associated programming currently not available.

The building will be built to “A” level standards that have the correct environmental controls required to bring to the valley world class historical and contemporary art exhibitions this area is currently unable to host.

With cultural tourism a proven economic driver, this gallery is expected to bring to the Cowichan Valley the standard 7 to 1 cultural tourism spin off.   In other words, for each dollar spent on the gallery, seven dollars is expected to return to the community.

We are a dedicated team, intent on raising awareness and funding in order to realize this project.

talk to Jock Hildebrand, call: 250 215-2823


Cowichan Valley Public Art Gallery