Exhibitions and Events


67th Student, Staff, Faculty, and Alumni Exhibition

11 – 22 December, 2021

Our annual celebration of the creativity of the students, staff, faculty and alumni of Dalhousie University and the University of King’s College!

Guided Tour with Artists and Curators

28 November, 2021

All are welcome to a guided tour of the exhibition i want to be a seashell / i want to be a mold / i want to be a spirit with artists Lou Sheppard and William Robinson, and curators Wes Johnston and Rebecca Semple.

The tour will begin at 2 PM inside the main entrance/lobby of the Dalhousie Arts Centre and continue in the gallery. ASL interpretation will be provided, and the tour will last approximately one and a half hours. Sunday 28 November is the final day of the exhibition, and the gallery is open until 5 PM.


Steven Mannell on the Architectural History of the Dalhousie Arts Centre

19 November, 2021

All are welcome to a free lecture on the architectural history of the Dalhousie Arts Centre on the occasion of its 50th Anniversary by Professor Steven Mannell, College of Sustainability and School of Architecture. Seating is limited and Proof-of-Vaccination will be required for entry.

For additional information, please contact the Gallery at gallery@dal.ca or 902.494.2403

Junji Mikawa collection. Courtesy of Dr. Steven Mannell


Lou Sheppard and William Robinson: i want to be a seashell/i want to be a mold/i want to be a spirit

17 October – 28 November, 2021

This exhibition is informed by the Japanese concept of Metabolism, first coined by architectural critic Noboru Kawazoe in his essay the Metabolist Manifesto. Metabolism was referenced in 1971 when the Dalhousie Arts Centre was built by Fowler Bauld & Mitchell (now FBM Architecture) with the support of consulting architect Junji Mikawa. 

Opening with Nocturne 2021

16 – 17 October, 2021

I want to be a seashell / I want to be a mold / I want to be a spirit will open with Nocturne: Art at Night 2021.

Opening with Nocturne 2021!

16 – 17 October, 2021

I want to be a seashell / I want to be a mold / I want to be a spirit will open with Nocturne: Art at Night 2021.

Kim Morgan, Stray Hair, 2021, detail. Photo: Felix Bernier

Dust Disruptors: Stray Hair

14 – 16 October, 2021

With Nocturne 2021, Kim Morgan will be debuting Stray Hair, the first installation of her ongoing Dust Disruptors project: an open-ended series of performative inflatable objects of varying forms and sizes constructed out of Silpoly fabric printed with enlarged scanning electron microscope (SEM) images. The images are derived from dust and ash samples taken from human bodies and their immediate environment.

Mike MacDonald, Digital Garden, 1997 (detail of placemat series 4)


On the Wings of a Butterfly: Discussing the Work of Mike MacDonald, Wild Pollinators, Ecology and Art

13 October, 2020

Join MSVU Art Gallery Director, Laura Ritchie, in conversation with Lindsay Dobbin, Frances Dorsey, Robin Metcalfe, Lisa Myers, and Michelle Sylliboy about the work of late Mi'kmaq artist Mike MacDonald (1941-2006). A Queer media artist, MacDonald is remembered in part for his environmental work planting pollinator gardens across Canada. His 1994 butterfly garden on the Mount Saint Vincent University campus in K'jipuktuk (Halifax) continues to serve as a point of connection between artists and curators exploring ecology and art today.



1 September, 2020 – 2September, 2021

With early closings in 2020 due to Covid-19, phase two of the Arts Centre expansion which was to be completed by Fall 2021 has been moved forward and is now scheduled to be completed by January 2021.



14 March, 2020

You’re invited to an… EGG ROLL SO-SHOLL!!!
Not all egg rolls are alike and no other egg roll is quite like the Nova Scotian Egg Roll. While the exterior may look similar to its vegetable filled cousin, the filling of the NSER consists of stir-fried meat, processed into a paste—and you either love them or hate them.
For those who love them, or are looking to give them another try, join us for a taste testing* where we’ll be sampling rolls from various local restaurants and discussing people, food, and the evolution of an egg roll.