Art Gallery

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

Current Exhibitions

ProletariArt 2017

February 3rd – Friday 31st, 2017


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!

Due to staffing shortages the Proletariart exhibition will now end on Friday 31st March at 4pm.

Image credit: John Mathews, ProletariArt 2017 postcard.


Karen Stentaford: Photomatic Travelling Tintype Studio

February 3rd – Friday 31st March, 2017


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.

Gallery News

Take our NEW Workshop Survey

Visual Arts Nova Scotia offers professional development workshops to artists across the province based on feedback from members and artists. These workshops focus on professional development in support of the artist’s creative practice across commercial and public sectors. For our 40th Anniversary we want offer new formats for our workshops and we would value your input.

Do you want to take more webinars? Maybe a boot camp for artists? Let us know what you would like to see VANS offer by clicking on the link and completing the Spring 2017 Workshop Survey. Help us to program workshops near you by forwarding this survey to artists and groups in your area. The survey takes less than three minutes to complete and helps us to build programming based on the needs expressed by artists and art organizations provincially. Deadline to complete the survey is March 20, 2017. Thanks for your help!

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