Eyes of Society: Art, Traditional Knowledge, and the Watchmen of Haida Gwaii

A new exhibition Eyes of Society: Art, Traditional Knowledge, and the Watchmen of Haida Gwaii, opens on June 15th at the Robert Bateman Centre.

The exhibition will begin with a short film ‘Eyes of Society’ documenting six indigenous and non-indigenous artists traveling by canoe from T’aanuu to SG̱ang Gwaay Llanagaay in Haida Gwaii. It features Haida artists April White, Gwaai Edenshaw and Jim Hart, alongside non-indigenous artists such as Gary Landon and Robert Bateman.

It’s a fascinating look into the artistic perspective of the place we identify as home and the beautiful landscape of Haida Gwaii.   Since the artists come from different regional and cultural backgrounds of Canada, they offer their own unique insights into the relationship between society and land.  The exhibition itself will display over thirty artworks.

“What results is a diverse collection of work representing a cross-section of Canada’s diverse population. Each of the artists reflects his or her own experience of Haida Gwaii and, through an examination of core Haida traditional knowledge and values, establishes a common ground towards a shared future.” – Robert Bateman Centre

Coastal Peoples represents these Haida artists with some beautiful works: April White, Gwaai Edenshaw, and Jim Hart.


Eyes of Society runs from June 15th to September 30th at the Robert Bateman Centre in Victoria, BC.

Learn more on their website here or Instagram here.


Image credit: Looking Around and Blinking House, designed by Robert Davidson and painted by Reg Davidson. Photo by Joseph Crawford. Courtesy of The Robert Bateman Centre.