Now open online! To Be Frank features work by the celebrated Swiss-American photographer Robert Frank, and Cape Breton photographer Chad Tobin. A paired exhibition of nine prints by Frank from the permanent collection of the CBU Art Gallery along with twenty prints by Tobin taken over a ten year period during which he visited Robert and June Leaf at their summer home in Mabou. The exhibition is a deeply personal and resonant celebration of friendship and mentorship. Please be sure to revisit this space as we expand the selection of gallery images, notes and videos featuring insights and commentary from from the artists and curator. Currently the exhibition must remain online due to COVID-19 quarantines; however, we will provide notification here and on our social media platforms should there be any changes to the public access restrictions. We thank you for your patience and understanding.




The CBU Art Gallery’s exhibition programming is currently halted until further notification regarding relaxation of COVID-19 quarantine measures. An announcement regarding our next exhibition, ‘To Be Frank’ will be posted shortly.


August 16, 2019 – October 4, 2019

First You Dream: Celebrating 75 Years of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust 

Artist: Charley Young, Dan O’Neill, Despo Sophocleous, Emily Vey Duke, Jordan Broadworth, Lucy Pullen, Lux Habrich, Pamela Ritchie, Sandra Brownlee, Sara Hartland-Rowe

Organized by MSVU Art Gallery in partnership with Cape Breton University Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

The Nova Scotia Talent Trust was founded in 1944 and has been awarding scholarships to visual artists since 1949. To celebrate the NSTT 75th Anniversary, First You Dream developed out of a call for entries to all scholarship recipients, inviting submissions of recent work. The final exhibition selection resulted in a broad range of media, including drawing, ceramics, fibre, jewellery, mixed-media, painting, printmaking, sculpture and video. The generational mix of the artists (indicated by the dates of their Talent Trust scholarships) ranges from 1979 to 2016—a span of 37 years. The exhibition includes work by Jordan Broadworth, Sandra Brownlee, Lux Habrich, Sara Hartland-Rowe, Dan O’Neill, Lucy Pullen, Pamela Ritchie, Despo Sophocleous, Emily Vey Duke, and Charley Young.

The Nova Scotia Talent Trust and partner galleries recognize the support of the Province of Nova Scotia through the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.

Proletariart 2019:

Proletariart 2019 is scheduled to open on Friday November 4, from 2-4 p.m. Details regarding submission guidelines and dates will be announced this summer on our social media and webpage platforms.