Art Gallery


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


Current Exhibitions

Mythologies & Truisms

May 31 – July 26, 2019

Regular Events


Artists’ Gatherings @ the New Dawn CSI on Nepean Street, Suite 200. Emerging and established artists of all ages… bring in a work for critical discussion and mentorship. These gatherings are intended to provide a fun, social space for exchange, mentorship and development (both creative and professional). The Gathering meets at the New Dawn Centre in downtown Sydney (old Holy Angels High School, 37 Nepean Street, Suite 205 on the second floor). The event is FREE. Just bring yourself (and maybe a friend!). Next gathering TBA.

Crit Theory Sessions @ Doktor Luke’s Coffee House (54 Prince Street, Sydney). Crit Theory Sessions are FREE to the public and provide a forum for discussion on key theoretical developments in the history of art and related fields. An ideal compliment to our Artist’s Gatherings, the Crit Theory Sessions are open to all interested members of the public. Next session TBA.

Curator’s Talks: Free public talks by CBU Art Gallery curator, Greg Davies. Subjects range from topics in art history to art practice and curatorship. Next talk TBA.

The Uniqorn Café. Re-Opening September 2019!  

 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. Admission is always free.

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Past Exhibitions


Red Rising Hoods

Drawing from popular and commodity culture, Teresa Marshall’s artistic practice uses familiar objects to address Aboriginal issues and to analyze relations of power. Through antagonism and humour, her artwork reveals and criticizes neo-colonialism as well as the impact of structural and systemic violence. In particular, she uses visual and verbal puns aimed at deconstructing stereotypes, challenging dominant worldviews. Marshall’s work urgently proposes alternative histories and truths in the twenty-first century.

The exhibition will present selections of the artist’s work produced over the years, including her most recent paintings and sculptures. Inspiration for new work has been drawn from the traditional regalia of Mi’kmaq women, especially peaked caps and garments.

Teresa Marshall is an award-winning multimedia artist who creates sculptures and installations that address the ellipses and absences in the dominant Eurocentric version of North American history. Marshall grew up in a bi-cultural military family, partially on the Millbrook reserve, before studying at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (BFA, 1990), where she won numerous scholarships and academic awards. Since the early 1990s Marshall has worked extensively as an instructor, juror, visiting artist and lecturer across Canada and the United States. Marshall is also a published poet and playwright who participates in a wide range of art-related activities that focus on issues faced by Native Peoples, with a specific concern for the well-being and celebration of the Mi’kmaq culture.

The CBU Art Gallery acknowledges the kind support of Arts Nova Scotia, Unama’ki College and the Indigenous Art Centre, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada | Relations Couronne-Autochtones et Affaires du Nord Canada. The Gallery also extends its special thanks to Jeff Bear and Urban Rez Productions for their generosity in facilitating recording of the exhibition installation and related events.

Steve Jansen Digital Catalogue Now Online!

Our digital catalogue for the recent Steve Jansen exhibition, ‘Through a Quiet window’ is now available online! The text includes an essay by CBUAG curator, Greg Davies and an interview with Steve Jansen. Click the image to access the catalogue.

The Permanent Collection is now online!

Click the picture to access our website. About our collection

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.  Volunteers are a very important, and very appreciated,  part of Cape Breton University Art Gallery.

Gallery volunteers perform a variety of tasks as part of the public face of CBUAG. These tasks include front desk reception and gallery monitoring duties, working at openings and events, and maintaining notice-boards. For front desk reception duties, we ask a basic commitment of one three-hour shift at a regular time each week. Training is provided. For more information on volunteering in the gallery contact our general inquiries email 

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

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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