‌‌Since 1985, The Gallery has served communities in the Fraser Valley by featuring a stimulating variety of exhibitions by regional, national and international artists. Over the years, UFV and the Visual Arts Department have remained committed to exhibition practices founded on principles of intellectual and artistic freedom, cultural sensitivity, social diversity, and collaborative relations with Indigenous peoples. 
‌‌In October 2014, The Gallery was renamed S'eliyemetaxwtexw Art Gallery (pronounced S-uh-lee-uh-mut-out-ook). This new name not only acknowledges that the Gallery sits on the unceded territory of the Stó:lō Nation but also confirms the Department of Visual Arts’ ongoing commitment to building and maintaining lasting relationships with our Indigenous neighbours (see more on renaming below).
Guided by a 2010 pledge to protect artistic freedom—the Canadian Association of University Teachers Policy on Academic Freedom and Artistic Expression—The Gallery routinely exhibits work that addresses social issues and contemporary critical concerns. Preference is given to innovative and challenging exhibitions related to program and pedagogical activities of the Visual Arts Department. A valuable learning resource, The Gallery supports and encourages student exhibitions, teaching the complexities of showing art and visual culture.
All exhibitions in The Gallery and in Visual Arts dedicated locations must be approved by The Gallery Advisory Committee. See below are a series of documents that will assist with applying for exhibitions and events in The Gallery.
More about the Gallery name:
The Stó:lō people living between Hope and Fort Langley speak Upriver Halq'eméylem, a Salishan dialect closely related to Downriver and Island Halq'eméylem. At present, the Stó:lō and other partners are working diligently to preserve Halq'eméylem for future generations.  Laura Wee Lay Laq and her fluent speaking elder, Siyamiyateliyot, developed the new gallery name from Upper Halq words meaning “a place that holds dreams or visions.” Visitors to the S'eliyemetaxwtexw Art Gallery can learn to say the Gallery’s new name by listening to the voice of elder Siyamityateliyot, who has provided a pronunciation that can be heard at the Gallery’s entrance.
See below for a series documents that will assist with applying for exhibitions and events in The Gallery.

Exhibition Proposal Submission Guidelines
Exhibition Installation Exhibitor Guidelines
Gallery Event Usage
Gallery Floor Plan B136

Admission is free

Hours: Generally open 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. M-F

 Bldg B RM 136

University of the Fraser Valley
33844 King Road
Abbotsford, BC V2S 7M8 

 Current Exhibition —

(Mis)Interpretation: Sikh Feminisms in representations, texts and lived realities 


September 29 – October 20

Opening reception: September 29th, 5PM

The Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies, with support from the Visual Arts Department at UFV and UFV International Presents an upcoming exhibition entitled: (Mis)Interpretation: Sikh Feminisms in representations, texts and lived realities. The exhibition includes the exploration of the five kakkars (Sikh outward symbols) through the female lens, the interpretations of Gurbani (Sikh scriptures) discussing the feminine, women’s engagement with the SGGSJ (Sikh scriptures) and the daily lived realities of Sikh women. Opening reception: September 29th, 5PM featuring keynote address from Dr. Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh of Colby College (Maine, USA). Exhibition available for viewing until October 20th. Contact Sharn at Sharanjit.sandhra@ufv.ca or (604) 851-6325.‌

One of the photos by UFV ALUMNA Suvi Bains that will be one display at the (Mis)Interpretation exhibit. Copyright: Suvi Bains

Read More about the Exhibit at UFV Today

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