Enjoy the very best art and craft created by artists and artisans of the Southern Gulf Islands in this Arts Council-run gallery and gift shop. Open from 10am to 5pm daily from June through September, ArtCraft offers a wide selection of exquisite works ranging from paintings, wood-turned bowls, felted wool and silk scarves, ceramics, baskets, jewellery, soaps and greeting cards.
With more than 100 exceptional local artists featured in this annual, juried display of contemporary art and crafts, ArtCraft is British Columbia’s largest and longest running exhibit of its kind. Open from June through September, ArtCraft has been operating for more than 40 years in Salt Spring Island’s historic Mahon Hall on Rainbow Road.
Proceeds from ArtCraft are used by the Arts Council to support and foster the arts on Salt Spring Island. Whether you’re a visitor or resident, be sure to visit ArtCraft and take home a unique island treasure.
Mahon Hall is the historic hall that Artcraft takes place in, and that the Salt Spring Arts Council operates out of. The building was erected in 1902 as the Island’s agricultural hall, at a time when Salt Spring was a thriving centre of market gardening. In 1904 it was re-named “Mahon Hall” in honour of Ross Mahon who had loaned $1000 to the construction and who’s family had forgiven the debt following his death in 1903.
Mahon Hall has served as a true community hall ever since; seeing time as a school gym and assembly hall, the home of numerous school and community theatre productions; a Halloween haunted house; meeting hall and venue for concerts, dances and shows of all kinds.
The Salt Spring Arts Council currently holds the lease using it to promote the arts in all its forms, whilst taking on the weighty responsibility of maintaining this wonderful, old building.
Each year the Artcraft showcase gallery curates four high quality exhibitions on the stage at Mahon hall. These can be individual shows or collaborations between artists, can be in any medium and encompass any genre from fine craft to conceptual art. The aim is to produce a summer series of public gallery quality exhibitions, allowing local artists the space and audience to showcase their work and stretch themselves in new directions.
Visual artists and artisans residing in the Southern Gulf Islands are eligible to participate in ArtCraft.
Applications are taken in the Spring for the same calendar year. To find out more about the ArtCraft application process, follow the link below.