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Boarder X

Oct 24 at 10:00am - 5:00pm

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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, repeating until November 15

An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Friday, repeating until November 15

An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Saturday, repeating until November 15

Boarder X presents contemporary work by artists from Indigenous nations across Canada who surf, skate, and snowboard. The exhibition reveals how these practices are vehicles to challenge conformity and status quo, as well as demonstrate knowledge and performed relationships with the land. Whether reading the urban terrain, making a cement jungle a playground, riding natural contours of white immovable mountains, or shredding the ever-changing waves, it’s not about controlling land and water, but being humbled by their power.

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Through painting, mixed media, carving, weaving, photography, performance, and video, the artists reflect cultural, political, environmental, and social perspectives, as well as critiques about the territories we occupy. Artworks in Boarder X present narratives and observations of traditions, movement, balance, and entanglements of space, place, and belonging. Mobilizing traditional histories, the works conceptually bridge the past and present with reinventions in carving, weaving, and performance. Video and photography capture the energy of boarding with unbridled motivation and physicality. The exhibition is an affirmation of cultural resilience and an acknowledgement of ongoing respect and reverence for the land.


With four public skateparks, Nanaimo is a Vancouver Island destination for skateboarding, set between the world-renowned mountains on the mainland and the surf culture on the Island’s west coast. Boarder X is an exciting opportunity to celebrate the rich cultures surrounding these activities, through the perspectives of eleven Indigenous artists.


Skateboarding, surfing, and snowboarding are dynamic and expressive practices that bridge art and sport. To further build these connections we have made a mini half-pipe in our Art Lab education space that will be active throughout the run of the exhibition. Join us to experience this exciting project, and to celebrate our inquiry question: What moves?


We are also taking care to make sure your visit to the gallery is as safe as possible. Up to twelve visitors will be allowed in the gallery at one time, and everyone will be asked to wear masks, follow physical distancing, and safety protocols.


Everyone Welcome. Tuesdays to Thursdays: 12-5 PM, Fridays: 12-9 PM, Saturdays: 10-5 PM, and Sundays: 12-5 PM

Storytelling Tour with Eliot White-Hill, Kwulasultun

Wednesdays at noon

Book your tour of Boarder X with Snuneymuxw artist and storyteller Eliot White-Hill and art education coordinator Yvonne Vander Kooi.

Eliot White-Hill, Kwulasultun is a Coast Salish artist and author from the Snuneymuxw First Nation. He also has roots in the Nuu Chah Nulth world in Hupacasath and carries the name Kwaayas through them. His art practice is rooted in traditional storytelling and finding ways to express the Coast Salish world view through both visual and written narrative.

Recommended donation: $5

Contact the gallery to register: 250.754.1750 or info@nanaimogallery.ca



All Ages All Play
Saturdays, September 19 – November 14

Drop by the Gallery, check out the Boarder X exhibition and join us in Art Lab between 10 AM-1 PM for artful activities and watch local skaters fly around Art Lab’s half pipe!

Each Saturday during Boarder X there will be an art activity from button making and skateboard design to stickers and stencils.

All ages welcome

Recommended donation: $5 per person

There will be space for three families or groups at a time. Covid protocols will be in place including wearing masks and social distancing.



Tour, Skate & Make

Book your investigative tour of Boarder X and explore the intersections of art and boarding culture through the work of Indigenous artists. In Art Lab get an introduction to skating with a skateboard mentor on the newly installed mini half pipe, make a cool button, and design a skateboard graphic.

$90 (helmets included ) | 90 minutes | 10 person maximum

Contact the gallery to book: 250.754.1750 or info@nanaimogallery.ca



Interested in skating the half pipe?

Book your hour with a friend (two person limit) and skate in Art Lab.

With a Mentor: Fridays 3-9 PM, Saturdays 10 AM-1 PM, Sundays 1-5 PM
Without a Mentor (for experienced Skaters): Tuesdays 1-5 PM, Thursdays 12-3 PM

Recommended donation: $5

Contact the gallery to book: 250.754.1750 or info@nanaimogallery.ca

All skate participants (or legal guardians if under 18) must fill out a skate liability waiver prior to skating the half pipe, which can be downloaded here: Boarder X – Release of Liability Form
ou can fill out and email to info@nanaimogallery.ca prior to your booking, or hard copies will be available to fill out at the Gallery if you are unable to print this form before you arrive.


Exhibition Tour

Join our staff for a guided tour through Boarder X. Learn more about how these artists in Boarder X and how their works have related skateboarding, surfing, and snowboarding to Indigenous ways of being .

$40 | 45 minutes

Contact the gallery to book: 250.754.1750 or info@nanaimogallery.ca



Image: Bracken Hanuse Corlett Potlatch or Die 2018 Photo by Don Hall courtesy of McKenzie Art Gallery


Oct 24
10:00am - 5:00pm
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Nanaimo Art Gallery
150 Commercial Street
Nanaimo, BC V9R 5G6 Canada
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Boarder X presents contemporary work by artists from Indigenous nations across Canada who surf, skate, and snowboard.

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