Sub-Regional Arts Councils

The Cowichan Valley Regional district is a broad geographic region stretching from the Malahat to North Oyster and from the Cowichan Lake to Thetis Island. Its artists are supported by 5 different local arts councils:

Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society

Arts Council under BC Association of Arts Councils Promotion of Arts, Culture and Entertainment in the Chemainus and Crofton areas. Concerts and music festivals during the summer on the band shell in Waterwheel Park and in other venues during the winter. Band shell rentals. Rainforest Art Gallery open year round at 9781 Willow St. Accepting new artists. Programs regarding First Nations culture and reconciliation, youth programming are in development
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Cowichan South Arts Guild Society

This new society is devoted to promoting and presenting the arts of all sorts in Cobble Hill, Mill Bay and Shawnigan Lake.

Cowichan Lake Arts and Culture Society

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Arts and culture council serving the Town of Lake Cowichan, Honeymoon Bay, Cowichan Lake South/Skutz Falls, Youbou, Meade Creek and Caycuse.

Arts Council of Ladysmith and District

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Welcome to the Arts Council of Ladysmith and District Ladysmith. The Arts Council houses the Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery, a community volunteer run gallery located in the heart of Ladysmith, BC which received charity status a few months ago. The Arts Council has a board of directors that are voted in at our AGM meeting in May and is run by volunteers from the community and surrounding area. The Arts Council's goal is to enhance the vitality of the artistic community through enrichment and developing the arts through education, exhibition and engagement. We provide a variety of classes that give the community an opportunity to express their creative side or to try something new. The gallery that we house, presents monthly exhibitions to provide education, and sense of place and support to local artists in and around the area. Overall the Arts Council is here to provide a safe and fun environment for the arts! Our mandate is to Educate, Engage, Create, Communicate and Celebrate the Arts. UPDATE January 7, 2022 The Arts Council of Ladysmith & District and the Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery are temporarily relocated to 444 Parkhill Terrace, Ladysmith BC. We are open 11am-4pm Monday to Saturday, but call ahead in case of weather closures. All our exhibitions and gift shop can be located on our website,

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The Cowichan Valley Regional District is a broad geographic region stretching from the Malahat to North Oyster and from the Cowichan Lake to Thetis Island.

The region's artists are represented by 5 sub-regional arts councils with support from the CVRD Arts and Culture Division

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