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Art for an Oil Free Coast

In 2012 over 50 artists, including some of Canada’s most celebrated and many of whom are First Nations – took to the language of paintbrushes and carving tools to give a voice to our fragile coast.

The artists were united in their belief that an oil spill from a supertanker would have a catastrophic impact on this remarkable region.  They wanted to bring international attention to our fragile coast and believe no amount of profit is worth the risk. Led by Raincoast, with support from First Nations communities, eco-tour operators (Columbia III, MapleLeaf and Bluewater Adventures), and coastal lodges (Spirit Bear, Hakai Institute and King Pacific), on an expedition into the heart of the tanker route. The resultant art works, film, and book are a world class reminder of why our coast needs to remain oil free.

Once completed, over 60 pieces of art, most of which are original, paintings, carvings, sculptures, and jewellery resulted. The art was then displayed in a travelling exhibition shown throughout British Columbia and Alberta, including stops in Calgary, Canmore, Whistler, Vancouver, Nanaimo, Victoria, and Salt Spring Island.  The sale of art from the auctions raised over $125,000 for the Oil-Free Coast campaign.  All the works are presented in the book Canada’s Raincoast at Risk: Art for an Oil-Free Coast available in our online shop. Although the exhibition is complete,  some works are still for sale in our collection, along with others since donated. Interested collectors or galleries wishing to purchase the few remaining pieces or display the art should contact us for more details.

The Artists

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 Book – Canada’s Raincoast at Risk: Art for an Oil-Free Coast

Cover image of Art for an Oil-Free Coast

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.  The Book, which features the art, as well as writings from prominent Canadian scientists is available to purchase in our online shop.   The eBook for iPad is also available free from itunes.

The Film – Reflections

The FilmReflections, produced with Strongheart Productions, is a 22 minute documentary chronicling the artists journey into the wilderness and the fight against the Northern Gateway Pipeline.


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