Art Gallery


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



Current Exhibitions: ‘Through a Quiet Window’ & ‘Forged’


Drummer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Steve Jansen has held a long-standing interest in photography. Through a Quiet Window presents recent audio work in conjunction with a selection of black and white photographs produced in the late 1970s and early 1980s when Jansen was active with the alternative English band, Japan. The exhibition offers a unique glimpse into the world as seen and heard through the eyes and ears of a critically-acclaimed musician over a career spanning more than four decades.

The Cape Breton University Art Gallery in Sydney, Nova Scotia, is pleased to join with Steve Jansen in presenting these photographs for their first public viewing in Canada. The exhibition will run from May 11 – July 6, 2018. An opening reception will be held at the Gallery on Friday, May 11 from 6 – 8 pm.

Following its presentation at CBU Art Gallery, Through a Quiet Window will travel to Dundas, Ontario, Canada, to be hosted by the Carnegie Gallery in August, 2018. Exhibition opening reception and closing dates are to be announced. The Carnegie Gallery is located at 10 King Street West, Dundas, Ontario, Canada.

Steve Jansen (b. 1959) was raised in South East London. His interest in music began at an early age leading to his involvement in the band, Japan, signed to the German label Hansa in 1977 and Virgin Records in 1980. Over the course of his career he has participated in many projects with former band members Richard Barbieri, Mick Karn and David Sylvian. He has sustained a long-term co-writing / recording and touring relationship with Yukihiro Takahashi of the Yellow Magic Orchestra and worked with contemporaries such as Ryuichi Sakamoto, Anja Garbarek, Burnt Friedman and Joan Wasser amongst others. Jansen’s interest in photography has continued throughout his career, culminating most recently in the publication of a book of his early photographs, Through a Quiet Window, which includes those featured in this exhibition.

Cape Breton photographer Steve Wadden presents Forged — a photo documentary exhibition spanning a 10-year period in a steel city gone bust. Set in Sydney, NS, and its gritty former steel working neighbourhood of Whitney Pier, Forged serves as a character tribute for a place where the forging of steel led to the forging of culture. Wadden’s large scale photographs record the pivotal period following the closure of Sydney’s steel plant. The work explores culture of industry, socioeconomics, environment, politics and the community’s response to their changing circumstances.

Steve Wadden is an award-winning photojournalist based in Sydney Nova Scotia. His work has been featured in VICE, MacLean’s Magazine, Reader’s Digest, The Globe and Mail and The Chronicle Herald.

Public Discussion with the Artist: Saturday, May 26, 2 pm., @ St Patrick’s Museum (87 Esplanade, Sydney). CBU Art Gallery Curator, Greg Davies joins Steve Wadden to discuss the Forged project, his process as a photographer and much more! A free event hosted by CBU Art Gallery. Refreshments will be provided.

Past Exhibition

Each year, the Cape Breton University Art Gallery invites artists of all ages and levels of experience to participate in a non-juried community exhibition to celebrate community creativity. We look forward to see returning esteemed artists’ work and welcome new talent.

Drawing from the concept of the late seventeenth-century Paris Salon, ProletariArt adopts the presentation style of exhibiting artwork floor-to-ceiling. While the original Paris Salon was largely conservative and exclusive to the members of the Art Academy, ProletariArt is open to everyone and celebrates amateur, folk, experimental, and avant-garde art in addition to more traditional art forms.


The Uniqorn Café 

 The CBU Uniqorn Café is a Queer Friendly open mic night + café held at the Cape Breton University Art Gallery on the second Friday of every month. The café is a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community, including youth. Allies are welcome.



The Permanent Collection is now online!

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Volunteering 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 our general inquiries email 


The CBU Art Gallery volunteer positions are full for this semester! 

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Banner image credit: Skull Stories, Jordan Bennett (2012) from the ArtSci exhibition Winter 2017/18 (photo taken by: Greg Davies)

Art Gallery Front Desk

Phone: 902.563.1342

Greg Davies

Phone: 902.563.1852

Catherine Arseneau
Director, Cultural Resources

Office: CE-271-A

Phone: 902.563.1326