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October 22, 2021 – January 09, 2022


Artist Audie Murray

Inquiry What is progress?

Opening Reception October 22 | 7 – 9 pm

We are pleased to present Pawatamihk, a solo exhibition by Regina-based Michif artist Audie Murray. Pawatamihk means dream in Michif, and the exhibition features artworks made in the last two years that address the revolutionary potential of dreaming. 

While Murray works in beading, quillwork, video, sculpture, painting, and photography, dreaming is a key element in her creative process. In contemporary society making time to dream rather than constantly produce is often frowned upon. Dreaming is dangerous for colonial worldviews as it allows a window of time and space to listen to the earth and to ancestors, to imagine the world differently, and to prepare to enact change. In Pawatamihk Murray shares works that speak to the value of slowing down, taking care, and reflecting, considerations that resonate strongly in a year in which Nanaimo Art Gallery asks What is Progress?

Special Event: Saturday, Oct 23 at 3pm. Conversation with Audie Murray. Visit the event for more details and to register.

Image Credit:

Audie Murray
Spider in the Cosmos
Glass pony beads, copper
Photo by Kyra Kordoski, courtesy of University of Victoria Legacy Art Galleries



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.