Bill Reid Gallery Exhibition Extended: Win Tickets

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Due to popular demand, the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art announces the extension of the milestone exhibition To Speak With a Golden Voice — in celebration of the centennial birthday of Bill Reid (1920–1998) and his extraordinary life and legacy.

Bill Reid with his sculpture, Raven and the First Men, c.1980. Photo by Bill McLennan. Courtesy UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, Canada.
Bill Reid with his sculpture, Raven and the First Men, c.1980. Photo by Bill McLennan. Courtesy UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, Canada.

Bill Reid Gallery Exhibition Extended

  • When: July 16, 2020 – September 6, 2021
    • Wednesdays through Sundays from 11:00am to 5:00pm
  • Where: 639 Hornby St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Available online in advance.

Originally set to close in April 2021, the exhibition will be extended until September 6, 2021 and will include the addition of two new monumental artworks and the unveiling of an anticipated new book to commemorate the gallery’s namesake in early May. Guest curated by Gwaai Edenshaw — considered to be Reid’s last apprentice — To Speak With a Golden Voice includes rarely seen treasures by Reid and works from artists such as Robert Davidson and Beau Dick, alongside new works created for the exhibition by contemporary artist Cori Savard (Haida) and singer-songwriter Kinnie Starr (Dutch/German/Mohawk and Irish ancestry).

Portrait of Bill Reid, c.1976. Painting by Chris Hopkins in 2005. Courtesy of the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art.
Portrait of Bill Reid, c.1976. Painting by Chris Hopkins in 2005. Courtesy of the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art.

To Speak With a Golden Voice provides new insights into the nuanced facets and creative complexities of Reid’s life and legacy. The exhibition follows four thematic threads, beginning with Voice, a look at Reid’s career at CBC and his prolific writings, including archival recordings of his thoughts on Northwest Coast art. Voice is central to the exhibition, including audio narratives, literary excerpts, and a commissioned sound-based artwork by Kinnie Starr that incorporates Reid’s voice.

To complement the milestone exhibition and to bring a fresh perspective to Bill Reid through the voices of his friends and family, the Bill Reid Gallery will unveil the anticipated commemorative book, ‘Bill Reid, To Speak With a Golden Voice’ at the official online book launch on Saturday, May 8 at 1:00pm. A selection of Reid’s works and photographs with family, colleagues, and friends are artfully curated in the 84-page, full colour publication. Published by the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, the book is written by Gwaai Edenshaw and Beth Carter with contributions from Tyson Brown, Jisgang Nika Collison, and Dr. Martine Reid.

Due to the pandemic, the Bill Reid Gallery is following the recommended provincial health and safety guidelines and will limit the number of visitors to ensure 2-metre social distancing. Other measures will include: No touch payment and online ticket sales, sanitizer stations throughout the gallery, temporary removal of interactive objects, frequent cleaning of high touch surfaces, and masks must be worn.

Win Tickets

I have a family pack of tickets to give away (2 adult tickets, 2 child) so you can catch this exhibition before it’s over in September. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Monday, May 10, 2021. UPDATE The winner is Tony!

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16 Comments  —  Add a Comment Below

  1. Ray CMonday, May 3rd, 2021 — 1:02pm PDT

    Yes, please.

  2. Jason BMonday, May 3rd, 2021 — 1:58pm PDT

    Fantastic.

  3. daneMonday, May 3rd, 2021 — 6:09pm PDT

    wow

  4. ClaireMonday, May 3rd, 2021 — 6:56pm PDT

    I would love to go with my family!

  5. EmmaMonday, May 3rd, 2021 — 8:22pm PDT

    I’ve always wanted to visit!

  6. TanyaTuesday, May 4th, 2021 — 7:53am PDT

    Looks lovely!

  7. KarenThursday, May 6th, 2021 — 8:26pm PDT

    Sounds like a wonderful experience.

  8. GregThursday, May 6th, 2021 — 8:27pm PDT

    This would be a great place to visit.

  9. Amy PezzenteThursday, May 6th, 2021 — 9:02pm PDT

    Very cool!!!

  10. WesThursday, May 6th, 2021 — 9:48pm PDT

    Would love to see this!

  11. TonyFriday, May 7th, 2021 — 4:34am PDT

    I can’t wait to buy Bill Reid’s commemorative book, “To Speak With a Golden Voice.” I’m really looking forward to seeing his works, and photographs. It would be so fantastic to take the family to this exhibition.

  12. WendyFriday, May 7th, 2021 — 4:08pm PDT

    North Vancouver School District has loved Bill Reid since he became a Founding Patron Artist for our Artists for Kids Gallery and K-12 school programme. My family has always loved Bill Reid for his Haida Grizzly–happy memories!–and we look forward to returning to the Bill Reid Gallery in Vancouver.

  13. RobFriday, May 7th, 2021 — 5:34pm PDT

    Glad to hear that the exhibit has been extended

  14. AngelaFriday, May 7th, 2021 — 7:40pm PDT

    This would be wonderful to go see.

  15. sharai mustatiaMonday, May 10th, 2021 — 2:39pm PDT

    This would be an amazing gift to win! I love Bill Reid and want to take my husband with me to this!

  16. UreyMonday, May 10th, 2021 — 8:17pm PDT

    Worthy of a ‘destination’ exhibit. Have not been to downtown Vancouver for more than one year due to the pandemic and this exhibit is a compelling reason to make the trek from Steveston some time this summer.

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