Art Gallery


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


Upcoming Exhibitions


Mythologies & Truisms

Nova Scotia Talent Trust 75th Anniversary Exhibition: TBA

Proletariart 2019:

Proletariart 2019 is scheduled to open on Friday November 1st. Details regarding submission guidelines and dates will be announced this summer on our social media and webpage platforms.

Regular Events



Artists’ Gatherings: Monday January 21 @ the New Dawn CSI on Nepean Street, Suite 200 7 – 9:30 pm. 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!).

Crit Theory Sessions: Tuesday May 21 @ Doktor Luke’s Coffee House (54 Prince Street, Sydney), 6-8 pm. 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. Our may 21st session will look at Michel Foucault’s interpretation of the 17th-century Spanish painting, Las Meninas, by Diego Velazquez.

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

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.


Where do the ideas for puppets, plush and doll designs come from? How do designers, sculptors and puppeteers transform paper, wood, rubber, fabric and other assorted materials into the characters we connect with and love? stuff takes the gallery visitor on a fascinating journey through the complex and often unexpected art of the sculptor, puppeteer, plush designer and animator. From the random thoughts which sow the seeds of an idea, to the challenges of ‘soft engineering’ and character design, this exhibition will engage visitors with the fascinating process behind these multilayered forms of artistic expression. Gallery visitors of all ages will delight in the exceptional work of celebrated puppeteers, designers and animators, Jamie Shannon and Jonathan Royce, along with the art of the young, emerging artist, Callum Donovan-Grujicich.

Jamie Shannon has over 25 years of experience in the field as a Canadian actor, director, writer, producer, puppeteer and voice artist and is best known for his work on the Gemini Award-winning Canadian children’s television series, Nanalan. His most recent project is the short film, Rasputin, released in 2017.

Jonathan Royce is a veteran of the animation industry who has piled his craft in France, the U.S. and Canada since 1985, Jonathan is also a freelance illustrator and designer based in Hamilton, Ontario. His more recent foray into making plush figures and soft sculpture began as a hobby around 2010, during a hiatus from animation.

 An emerging, young, remarkable artist with Canadian talent, who at the age of 13 has gained an international following with his unique and striking sculptures, Callum Donovan-Grujicich uses a combination of found   objects and mixed media. He fashions small-scale figures which are both whimsical and imaginative.

Show us your selfies with Mona! Use #cbunanalan on social media or share them with us on our Instagram!

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.


The Permanent Collection is now online!

Click the picture to access our website.

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  

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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