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Over Fifty Artists…

including some of Canada’s most celebrated and many who are First Nations – are using their language of paintbrushes and carving tools to portray our fragile coast. The exhibitions were opportunities to see the incredible works of art that have been donated by the artists to Raincoast in a effort to stop Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Project and its oil tanker proposal.  Most of the art has been sold by auction with 100% of the proceeds going to our oil-free coast campaign.

The art, combined with prose and poetry, have also been published in a book entitled Canada’s Raincoast at Risk: Art for an Oil-Free Coast.  This book can be ordered from Raincoast online or downloaded for free from iTunes.  See below.


The Art Exhibition is now complete after touring BC and Alberta.  The art work, most of which are originals and all donated by the artists, were part of a traveling art show to raise public awareness about why our spectacular north coast needs to be kept oil-free.


The Art Auction.  Over 60 pieces of art, most of which are original paintings, carvings, sculptures, and jewllery were available for purchase by bidding on-line and at the auctions.   Over 45 pieces have sold with more than $ 125,000 raised to date. Remaining pieces are still for still.


Cover image of Art for an Oil-Free Coast The Book:  The 160-page book Canada’s Raincoast at Risk: Art for an Oil-Free Coast which features the art, as well as writings from prominent Canadian scientists is available to purchase on line.   The eBook for ipad is now available free from itunes.


The Film: REFLECTIONS, the 22 minute documentary premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival and is being shown at venues around coastal BC.  It can be watched for free on Raincoast’s YouTube Channel. If you want to host a screening contact screenings@raincoast.org


The Artists:  Over 50 artists have come together to undertake this initiative donating 100% of their art works and their time.   Check out their bios and find out more about this amazing community.


The Expedition into the heart of the tanker route would not have been possible without support from First Nations communities, eco-tour operators (Columbia III, MapleLeaf and Bluewater Adventures), and coastal lodges (Spirit Bear, Hakai Institute and King Pacific).


The goal:  The artists are united in the belief that an oil spill from the collision or grounding of a supertanker would have a catastrophic impact on this remarkable region.  They want to bring international attention to our fragile coast and believe no amount of profit is worth the risk.



Art for an oil-free coast: Overview


Fifty artists have taken up paintbrushes and carving tools to protect Canada’s fragile raincoast. See the art, get the book, watch the film, stop Northern Gateway.



REFLECTIONS chronicles the journey of artists to the heart of the tanker route. Watch it now on YouTube.

About the artists

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Artists involved with the project include Robert Bateman, Robert Davidson, Mae Moore, Carol Evans, Roy Henry Vickers, Craig Benson, Michael Svob, Alison Watt, Ben Davidson, Mark Hobson and more.

About the book

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The book highlights the art work, most of which are originals, of 50 incredible Canadian artists and writings from esteemed Canadian scientists like David Suzuki and Wade Davis. A free eBook for ipad is now available from itunes.

Art Exhibition Dates and Locations


Raincoast’s has toured the Art for an oil-free coast exhibition in BC and Alberta to incredible and sometimes controversial receptions. The exhibitions and auctions are now complete.

News and Updates

Get the news and updates from our Oil Free Coast Campaign

News and Updates: Art for an Oil-Free Coast Get the latest new from the art tour in Alberta, the film, the book, and the artists who are championing our oil-free coast.

The Art Auction


The auctions are now complete and most pieces have sold. Over $125,000 (to date) has been raised by the artists. Several outstanding pieces remain for sale which we will feature on our website soon.

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