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Art and culture build community and contribute to our collective quality of life, our social and economic health, and our ability to create a better future. Help us continue to offer accessible and inspiring exhibitions and programs by becoming a member and joining our circle.

With your support, Nanaimo Art Gallery is able to offer admission-by-donation, removing economic barriers for anyone wishing to enjoy our exhibitions. Your membership enables us to develop exhibitions and educational programming for people of all ages through in-person classes, outreach events, and virtual experiences.

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Made possible because of our members

Over 14,000 kids participate each year in our TD Artists in the Schools Program.

Five distinct thought-provoking exhibitions per year, with related artist talks. Programs, tours, and readings by leading artists from across Canada.

A permanent collection of art that is growing; our most recent acquisition included 15 works by Jerry Pethick who was an artist based on Hornby Island.

Membership Categories


High School or University






Individual Memberships



Two adults and children in an immediate household.


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Our dedicated volunteers help make our programs successful and are a valued part of our organization. 

Are you interested in learning and liaising with the public? Would you like to gain experience at a public art gallery with a professional team?

Front Desk Volunteers 

This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in gaining entry-level experience at a public art gallery or for those who enjoy interacting with the public and discussing contemporary art. Volunteers assist with greeting and serving visitors at the front desk, helping with store inventory and displays, answering phone calls, and other light administrative tasks. Shifts are 3-4 hours long during a weekday afternoon, with options to assist during opening receptions and other special events.

We are also always looking for volunteers to assist with our public programs and special events. Please fill out the volunteer form and indicate which positions you are interested in.

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Nanaimo Art Gallery is situated in the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of Snuneymuxw First Nations, and we are grateful to operate on Snuneymuxw territory.