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2022

Topiary: Allan Toews

Sunday Dec. 18th 2022 until Sun. January 8th
HEDGES AND THE JADE FOREST
“ TOPIARY “

Themes of gardens, parks, hedges, shrubbery, over the top topiary, greenhouses, memorials, statues, crypts and even cemeteries have been pre- occupying my mind. This is reflected in my recent paintings , where in my attempt to paint something resemblin... Read More
Free

Small Works 2022 Exhibition and Sale

Saturday Dec. 10th 2022
The Ministry of Casual Living presents Small Works 2022!! We had so much fun in 2019 that we are doing it again! We are excited to host this massive group exhibition and sale of art submitted by an incredible range of artists and featuring a plethora of mediums! Every piece of art is priced under $1... Read More
Free
2:00pm - 8:00pm doors at 2:00pm

Other Dates / Times

Dec. 4, 2022 12:00 doors at 12:00pm
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Small Works 2022 Exhibition and Sale

Sunday Dec. 4th 2022
Small Works 2022 is is an exhibition and sale of art submitted by the community! We were absolutely delighted and amazed at the broad range of art submitted to the Ministry of Casual Living and we are excited to exhibit them in our new space at the 780 Blanshard Art Hub!

The art exhibited is 12"... Read More
By Donation
12:00 - 4pm doors at 12:00pm
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Reposition: David Martinello

Saturday Nov. 26th 2022 until Sat. December 17th
Reposition employs the gestural values of wood to consider the material’s essence. Placed within the architecture of the MoCL’s Window Gallery the morphology of the form behaves like a specimen to stage an appraisal of its own. Planar space and the organic work together to highlight the value of... Read More
Free

mini playthings: Cassia Powell

Wednesday Nov. 2nd 2022 until Sat. November 26th
"mini playthings" is a snippet of an installation from a larger body of work, called "playthings". Developed by emerging artist + curator Cassia Powell, this exhibition features an array of mixed-media installation-based pieces, often using a combination of oil painting, soft-sculpture, and both han... Read More
Free

Open Studio - Art Show & Hangout: Lee Ingram

Friday Oct. 28th 2022
Please join us Oct 28th anytime from 12pm to 10pm for an Open House to celebrate our Time and Space resident artist Lee Ingrams time in our space!!
Come hang, chat and peruse the art; Don’t forget your favourite mug as tea and beverages will be available.

Please use the 750 Blanshard st entr... Read More
Free
12:00 - 22:00
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Hello Earth: Vjosana Shkurti

Thursday Oct. 20th 2022 until Sun. October 30th
Hello Earth is a three-way conversation between the artist, a candle and a lightbulb on a dimmer, in a personal attempt to go back in time through interactions of light. At times, electrical light weighs upon our eyes with its tyrannical demand for attention. But when the power is out, we experience... Read More
Free

Ensemble: Teresa Dorey, Jenna-Katheryn Heinemann

Tuesday Sep. 27th 2022 until Wed. October 19th
Ensemble is a collaborative project that explores material and form through a series of handmade ceramic objects. They are captured in an environment where natural elements interact with the installation, creating an ongoing film series. As a result of a collaborative compositional process, their wo... Read More
Free

Open Studio Tour 780 Blanshard

Saturday Sep. 24th 2022
Join us for a building-wide open studio event at the 780 Blanshard arts hub. 85 artists, 4 galleries, 4 non-profits, interactive and performance art. There will be much to see and do! Don’t miss out! Read More
Free
2:00 - 8:00 doors at 2:00
@  The Ministry of Casual Living

The Dog and Pony Show

Saturday Sep. 24th 2022
New works by artists Molly Blazon (Montana) and Melinda Meyer (Victoria). Molly, an alternative photographer, provided 20 cyano-lumen prints to Melinda, who then responded to the images with acrylic paint. The collaborations will be on display during the Open Studio Tour. Read More
Free
2:00 - 8:00 doors at 2:00
@  The Ministry of Casual Living

Book launch: The Late, Great Endlings

Saturday Sep. 24th 2022
Join Orca books and local artist Aimée van Drimmelen to launch new book hot off the presses, "The Late, Great Endlings" by children's author Deborah Kerbel. Endlings are the last known animal of a species before it goes extinct, and the book pays poetic tribute to seven such creatures. Fans of ink ... Read More
Free
2:00 - 4:00 doors at 2:00
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Rockslide Studio & Gallery's Open Studio Tour

Saturday Sep. 24th 2022
Join us on September 24, 2022, between 2 pm - 8 pm, for an unparalleled cultural experience in
the heart of downtown Victoria. For the very first time, all four floors will be open to the public
who will have the opportunity to interact with more than 85 local artists in their studio spaces.

Wi... Read More
By Donation
14:00 - 20:00
@  780 Blanshard Street

LIFE IS BUT A DREAM: BAMSEY FRANKS

Thursday Sep. 1st 2022 until Sat. September 24th

Global PAX Collective: Intergenerational artistic perspectives of life & death

Saturday Aug. 27th 2022
Youth members from the Global Pax Collective, along with mentors, friends, and family, will share visual art and videos related to the cycles of life & death and how these are present across all living creatures in the natural and human worlds.

Life & Death artistic perspectives seek to contribu... Read More
Free
2:00 - 20:00 doors at 2:00
@  The Ministry of Casual Living

Global PAX Collective: Adventure & Outdoor photography presentation

Friday Aug. 19th 2022
Friends and family from the Global Pax Collective will share adventure and outdoors photography and videos while sharing stories about the life-changing experiences in nature worldwide. The Global Pax Collective aims to bring more awareness of the importance of peace, climate justice, holistic welln... Read More
Free
11:30 - 12:30 doors at 11:30
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Concrescence: Paul Schmitke

Saturday Aug. 6th 2022 until Sun. August 28th
If you are unsure of what a Concrescence is, get together with a friend to discuss it. You act out what you know not.
My wife often criticizes my Concrescences saying they are instead, “explosions”... play it backwards and watch the Big Bang collide.
Painting can be hard like that. Sometimes I... Read More
Free

Global PAX Collective residency kickoff

Monday Aug. 1st 2022
Global PAX Collective are excited to launch our month-long artist residency at the Ministry of Casual Living. We are a self-identified community collective that includes Indigenous and non-Indigenous from around the globe who live in Victoria, B.C., newcomers in Victoria, members of the Queer and BI... Read More
Free
5:30 - 9:00 doors at 5:30
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Film + Sound presents: Smörgåsbord

Saturday Jul. 30th 2022
Film + Sound No. 10: Smörgåsbord

An assortment of creative talent where everyone is invited to bring something to the table… literally. Via collaboration, site-specific installations and live musical performance, artists will explore a theme that is very open to interpretation. Guest curator... Read More
Free
9:00 doors at 8:00
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Subtraction

Thursday Jul. 28th 2022
Mural unveiling! Experience a light interactive mural exploring place and the hidden layers of reality. Created by K'omoks artist Emma Joye Frank as part of the TIME + SPACE Bipoc Artist Residency. Follow Emma @middenfire

9pm - 12am
Entrance 750 Fairfield

Find more information on the TIME + S... Read More
Free
9:00 - 0:00 doors at 9:00
@  The Ministry of Casual Living

The Flight [Cage]: Anne Steves

Sunday Jul. 17th 2022 until Sun. August 7th
Anne Steves is a Welsh/Canadian multidisciplinary artist living and working in Cumberland, Vancouver Island. She works with material and social practices that share a repetitive quality (rug-making, fly-tying, casting, embroidery, string games, storytelling, handwriting). In her art practice, Steves... Read More
Free

STUDIO TOUR

Saturday Jul. 2nd 2022
So much to celebrate! Come for a tour of Victoria's largest arts hub, including 70 artists and 4 galleries. Bring your friends and family and meet local creators in their studios.

We are excited to be kicking off of the Ministry of Casual Living's TIME & SPACE artist residency series, featuring ... Read More
Free
1:00 - 6:00 doors at 1:00
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Swol Sol: Sabrina Blanchard

Sunday Jun. 26th 2022 until Sun. July 17th
New work by Sabrina Blanchard
instagram @_sabsquatch Read More
Free

Tribute: Anne Heeney

Saturday Jun. 4th 2022 until Sat. June 25th
Tribute features objets, "Totem/Scroll" and "A.'s Drum" – two of the visual elements in an ongoing archive project, which in total would honour a remarkable and beloved elder friend and her family.

Artist Tacita Dean, Walter Benjamin's Arcades Project, and Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Fr... Read More
Free

ORIENTATION SESSION MoCL BIPOC Residencies

Sunday May. 29th 2022
An opportunity to find out more about TIME and SPACE, the MoCL BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) Artist Residency. Go through the call for applications, check out our new space, and ask us questions in person.

*Please use our entrance at 750 Fairfield*

For more information on the re... Read More
Free
1:00 - 2:00 doors at 1:00
@  The Ministry of Casual Living

Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival

Tuesday May. 10th 2022 until Tue. May 31st
10th annual showcase of short films and filmmakers from around the Pacific Ocean
find out more from CineVic:
https://cinevic.ca/short-circuit-film-festival-2022/ Read More
Free

Waiting Room Carnival Splendor

Saturday Apr. 23rd 2022
As part of the Ministry of Casual Living 780 Blanshard Open studios, Kai Choufour & Leah McInnis present:
Waiting Room Carnival Splendor
MOCL Lobby Activation

Slip inside the eye of your mind. An ode to past localities arranged in a way to anesticise and enthrall. The clock on the wall shakes ... Read More
Free
2:00 - 8:00 doors at 2:00
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Re-Scheduled -

REFRACTION *POSTPONED*

Saturday Apr. 23rd 2022
*INSTALLATION POSTPONED* Stay tuned for a new date/time

Refraction is a sculptural installation by Valerie Salez, Sabrina Blanshard and Aimée van Drimmelen, featuring salvaged relics from the ongoing covid pandemic.

Inaugural activation of the new “Vertigo Space” within the new arts hub ... Read More
Free
2:00 - 8:00 doors at 2:00
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780 Blanshard Open studios

Saturday Apr. 23rd 2022
Join us April 23 for an inaugural open house and studio crawl at our brand new location, 780 Blanshard St.

Explore our new space, peek into our artist studios, and check out what we've been up to over the past few months. We are grateful to be sharing this huge and lively arts hub with groups li... Read More
Free
2:00 - 8:00 doors at 2:00
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Lions

Sunday Mar. 27th 2022 until Sun. April 17th
Lukas Mouka is a Czech-Canadian painter currently based in Campbell River, British Columbia. Over his career a unique style has evolved to incorporate diverse influences from a range of disciplines, cultures, geographies and eras into a single voice. With work that frequently situates the human figu... Read More
Free

Stuffy World

Sunday Mar. 6th 2022 until Sun. March 27th
Stuffy World is a collection of figurative soft sculptures made by Victoria based artist Leah McInnis. All were created between 2013 - 2019 for various projects and exhibitions, however this is the first time they're being exhibited together. Strange yet familiar, these stuffies are vessels for your... Read More
Free

Filling Up with Darkness Stars: Neil McClelland

Sunday Feb. 13th 2022 until Sun. March 6th
Filling Up with Darkness Stars
2020
oil on canvas
66” x 57”

Through expressive mark making, narrative, and symbol, I seek in my work to bring a sense of wonder, mystery, and unease to explorations of place, memory, home, belonging, transformation, transition, and human relationships to nat... Read More
Free

Abortion is Normal

Sunday Jan. 23rd 2022 until Sun. February 13th
Abortion is Normal (2019-2021)
Regan Shrumm
Thrifted 1950s fabric, cotton batting, thread

In a May of the 2010s, I had an abortion. It was an easy decision in many ways, as I simply did not want a child, and therefore made the right choice for me. In other ways, it was one of the toughest decis... Read More
Free

Mrs. Burns: Doug Thoms

Sunday Jan. 2nd 2022 until Sun. January 23rd
Mrs. Burns
2018-2021
Oil on canvas
48”x 60”

Doug is a painter and collage artist based in Victoria, BC, on the unceded Coast Salish Territory of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ nations. In 2010 he transitioned from a career in television animation to a full time painting practice. Doug works ... Read More
Free

Coming Up

i float: Millie Thibaudeau Peters, Corrie Peters

Thursday May. 30th
Join us in welcoming Millie Thibaudeau Peters & Corrie Peters to The Ministry of Casual Living Hallway Gallery. ‘i float’ opens this Sunday, May 5th, from 1-4PM!

Message from the artists:
Corrie (she/her) is an artist and educator in conversation with social practice, fibre art and install... Read More
Free
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Other Dates / Times

May. 5, 2024 1:00PM
May. 9, 2024 6:00PM
May. 10, 2024 12:00 PM
May. 18, 2024 1:00 PM
May. 26, 2024 1:00 PM
@  The Ministry of Casual Living