Art Gallery

Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday | 10:00am – 4:00pm
   Saturday by appointment  for group bookings

Upcoming Exhibitions

ProletariArt 2017

February 3rd – April 13th, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, February 3rd, 2017 | 6:00PM – 8:00PM


Each year the CBU Art Gallery puts out the call to the artists of our local community to participate in a non-juried exhibition. Participating artists range widely in age and produce work at all levels of experience from novice to professional. This year’s exhibit will feature work from a variety of media including drawing, photography, woodcarving, and more. We are delighted to share the creations of local artists with the broader community!

Image credit: John Mathews, ProletariArt 2017 postcard.


Karen Stentaford: Photomatic Travelling Tintype Studio

February 3rd – April 13th, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, February 3rd, 2017 | 6:00PM – 8:00PM


Many visitors to last year’s Lumière Arts Festival will remember Karen Stentaford’s travelling tintype studio, which was located in downtown Sydney at the top of Charlotte Street. The Sackville-based photographer spent the evening making portraits using the 19th century tintype technique and made pictures of dozens of visitors using the now-rare photographic process. The results of this work will be on display at the CBU Art Gallery in conjunction with the ‘Proletariart’ community art exhibition. Read more.

Image credit: Sara and Nathan (2016), Karen StentafordImage courtesy of artist.

Upcoming Programming


WORK IT! WORK IT! A Boot Camp for Artists 

CANCELLED DUE TO A FAMILY EMERGENCY                                        (we hope to reschedule this workshop in the spring)

Visual Arts Nova Scotia, in partnership with Cape Breton University Art Gallery, presents this 2 day intensive workshop designed to help artists with various aspects of their professional practice. Instructed by artist, curator and filmmaker Eryn Foster, all sessions will be held at CBU Art Gallery, 1250 Grand Lake Rd, Sydney, NS. Sessions are $25 each or $60 for all three! Artists may sign up for one or both days but if you bundle all three parts you can save. Kick start your practice with these awesome new workshops! Read more.

Part One: Friday, February 24th 4:00-7:00

Part Two: Saturday, February 25th 10:00am-12:00pm

Part Three: Saturday, February 25th 1:00-3:00pm


Gallery News

Poster for volunteering at the Gallery = Reads: Volunteer Now! Contact: or call: 902-563-1342Volunteering Opportunity

Are you thinking about volunteer opportunities for the new school year? The CBU Art Gallery offers a great opportunity for students to get involved with the arts here in Cape Breton! Creating a welcoming atmosphere for visitors and helping with exhibitions and events are all things you could be doing to help out our local art gallery. For more information on volunteering in the gallery contact John Mathews.


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Catherine Arseneau
Director, Cultural Resources

Office: CE-271-A

Phone: 902.563.1326

John Mathews
Gallery & Collections Technician

Office: CE266 (Art Gallery)

Phone: 902.563.1342