Art Gallery

Gallery Hours:
Mon-Fri: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sat: by appointment for group bookings



Shaping the Shore, From Here and Away

October 7 – December 16, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday October 7, 2016 | 4:00PM – 6:00PM

Shaping the Shore From Here and Away posterShaping the Shore, From Here and Away is an exhibition that commemorates 2016 as the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Canada. Featuring artwork by over 15 women artists from the Cape Breton University Art Gallery’s collection and three new works by contemporary Canadian artists, Kinuk comprised of Ursula Johnson and Angella Parsons (Dartmouth, NS), Diane Borsato (Toronto, ON) and Anne Morrell Robinson (Margaree Valley, NS) in collaboration with the Ocean Waves Quilt Society (Cape Breton Island, NS), and D’Arcy Wilson (Halifax, NS) who completed an artist residency at CBU Art Gallery in July 2016.

The artists presented in this exhibition have unique connections to Cape Breton, whether they were born and raised, lived and worked, or visitors to the region with lasting impressions, these women have shaped and been shaped by the island, its people and the dynamic landscape.

Gallery News

AshleyMcKenzieA Film Screening of 4 Short Films By Ashley McKenzie
Thursday October 27, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Cape Breton emerging filmmaker, Ashley McKenzie creates quietly compelling fictional films that examine the social complexities in everyday life. Join us at the gallery for a free film screening of McKenzie’s 4 short films: 4 Quarters (2015, 13mins), Stray (2013, 14mins), When you Sleep (2012, 12mins), and Rhonda’s Party (2010, 7mins). For more information visit our upcoming exhibitions and events page.


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

Karie Liao

Phone: 902-563-1852