New Art Displays at Nanaimo’s Creativity Commons

March 9, 2020

Nanaimo is home to a vibrant community of artists and creators. The Creativity Commons at the Nanaimo Harbourfront branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) wants to encourage and launch artists of all kinds through its services and programs. As part of this endeavor, the branch now has five free art exhibit spaces open to the Nanaimo community.

“These five spaces will provide burgeoning and established artists an opportunity to share their work, especially those artists who might not otherwise have the opportunity to do so,” says Amy Dawley, VIRL’s Assistant Director, Experience and Engagement (Central). “It’s about more than just having art displayed — it’s a place for the community to gather and celebrate our local artists.”

To help enhance the exposure of the pieces on display, branch staff will promote the artists and their works through social media and other communications channels.

Interested artists are encouraged to visit the Creativity Commons — second floor of the Nanaimo Harbourfront branch at 90 Commercial Street — to see what the exhibit space has to offer. Application forms are available at the Creativity Commons Information Desk.

The art will be showcased on a rotating basis.

More information is available in VIRL’s Use of Library Space for Art Exhibits Policy, by email at, calling 250.753.1154 ex. 251, or any time at the branch.

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