Xchanges Gallery exhibition season reopens in September 2022 – June 2023 with an exciting schedule of physical and digital online exhibitions. Our Gallery exhibition program is composed of diverse artists who have been recommended by an independent panel of professional artists recognized for their contributions to local culture and expertise in contemporary art. Exhibitions include member solo and group shows in the Art Passage, the main gallery, or online. Exhibitions may include additional activities such as Zoom openings, artist talks, and tours. Read each brief description and check out each artist or exhibition page link for full details.
Planning your Visit to Xchanges Gallery – Covid-19 protocols
Planning your Visit to Xchanges Gallery
MASKS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED, BUT VACCINE PASSPORTS ARE NO LONGER NECESSARY.
September 2022 – August 2023
May 5 – 21, 2023
The Green Room
The Green Room is an exploration of what constructs memory and the feelings that memory provokes. The pieces serve as close-readings of memories—be they fleeting or clear, vivid pictures—that elicit infinite feeling and reflection. Ella MacQueen-Denz’s focus is on memories from her childhood, playing with her sister and cousins in the “green room” of her grandmother’s home.
Opening night is Friday, May 5, 2023 from 6 pm to 8 pm and continues every weekend from Saturday, May 6 until Sunday, May 21 from 11 am to 4 pm.
Artist page coming soon.
April 7 – 23, 2023
Natasha van Netten & Matthew van Netten
The exhibition Surface Tension highlights the dramatic forms found in mountain ranges and ocean waves through photography, paint, graphite and ink. Although these enormous geographic masses appear to exist in opposition, they share visual similarities. These parallels question what form is represented. The exhibition investigates the harmony that can exist between conflicting forms—blurring the line between solid and liquid.
Opening night is Friday, April 7, 2023 from 7 pm to 9 pm and continues every weekend from Saturday, April 8 until Sunday, April 23 from 11 am to 4 pm.
Please visit the artists’ page for more information about this exhibition.
March 3 – 19, 2023
Migratory Metamorphosis is a celebration of multiculturalism and hybridity, both in form and content. Through her artwork, Soofi addresses notions of the binary implications of migration, home and identity, the role of memory and nostalgia, and how the imagination processes profound dislocation.
Opening night is Friday, March 3, 2023 from 7 pm – 9 pm and continues every weekend from Saturday, March 4 until Sunday, March 19 from 11 am – 4 pm.
Please see the artist page for more information about this exhibition.
February 3 – 19, 2023
safety within is a site-specific installation contemplating how individuals and communities seek sanctuary during times of adversity. The viewer is invited to become immersed in a meditative space created by layers of translucent drawings to reflect, take pause, and connect to their own experience.
Opening night is Friday, February 3, 2023 from 5 pm – 7 pm.
An artist talk will be held on Sunday, February 19, 2023 at 2:30 pm.
Please see the artist page for more information.
January 7 – 22, 2023
Historian is a performance/installation turning the walls into a colourful account of Kegan McFadden’s sexual history since having moved to Victoria. Historian is an experimental portrait of our city. Historian is a queer rollcall. Historian is faggot archiving.
Drawing memory performance during gallery hours: 12 pm.– 4 pm.
Please note: Video recording of installation-in-progress will take place.
There will not be an opening night event; however, there will be a closing event / reading and artist talk on Sunday, January 22 at 2 pm.
December 2 – 18, 2022
XCELEBRATE Members’ Show & Sale 2022
It’s that time of year again!
Xchanges is Xcited and Xuberant about the arrival of its annual members’ show and sale: XCELEBRATE!
This is an opportunity to see the creative works of Xchanges’ diverse membership. Visit the gallery in person or shop online.
Opening night is Friday, December 2, 2022, from 7 pm – 9 pm.
November 4 – 20, 2022
A Home Without Innocence
*Content Warning* Sexual Abuse
A Home Without Innocence looks at Franklins’ childhood experiences of sexual abuse as a means to generate awareness and conversation about ending the cycle of abuse. Pulling from primary imagery, Google Street View, and memory to construct a narrative of the environments of his upbringing. Utilizing imagery of the houses he lived in and where the abuse took place, the work examines the psychological space of that time period. Additionally, the exhibition looks to provide support and a platform to victims and other survivors.
Opening Friday October 7, 2022, 7 pm – 9 pm.
Please see the artist page for more information.
October 8 – 23, 2022
Like a Circle in Spiral
In Like a Circle in Spiral, Maryam Tavakoli attempts to re-interpret the Identity-Memory relationship. Given that identity is intertwined with memory, the two concepts cannot be defined separately. The artist reflects upon this fact by highlighting the fluidity and dynamicity of memory.
Opening night is Friday, November 4, 2022, from 7 pm – 9 pm.
Please visit the artist page for more information.
September 10 – 25, 2022
Bright Black Starry Sunny Night
In Bright Black Starry Sunny Night, Neil McClelland takes his childhood home as a starting point for considering ideas of place, home, belonging, transformation, and human relationships to nature and the cosmos. In these paintings, he seeks to create a fictional place of deep beauty but also of tension and uncertainty in which anything might happen. Night skies imbue this imagined world with a sense of isolation and magnitude, an opening of the cosmos beyond what a farmyard scene might ordinarily suggest.
Opening Friday, September 9, 2022, 7 pm – 9 pm.
Xchanges gratefully acknowledges the support of the Province of British Columbia and the Capital Regional District for our gallery programs.