November 23, 2022 Media Release: Mindful Gifting and Creating Memorable Moments are how the Bateman Foundation celebrates the holidays

Holiday workshops, Curated Holiday Guide, Weekly Prizes, and Free Public Tours

Victoria, BC – Instead of the fast consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the Bateman Foundation encourages all to slow down, nourish their inner creativity and create meaningful connections with family, friends, and nature.

“Instead of the usual holiday bustle, we want to provide a place for people to connect, create and share their love of natural art and provide opportunities to create family memories,” said Sarah Theophilus, Executive Director of the Bateman Foundation.

“There were many challenges from the past couple of years of having guests enjoy the gallery and participate in activities. This season, we’re happy to welcome everyone to enjoy a welcoming and creative space by taking part in our newly-released holiday workshops and free public tours each Thursday. We also have a special-guest tour hosted by John and Chris Bateman – sharing stories on our exclusive exhibition, Robert Bateman: Heart & Home.”

This year, the Bateman Foundation has created a curated holiday gift guide highlighting experiences, artwork and artist-created gifts meant to be passed down, and activities for friends and families to enjoy.

In appreciation for all our supporters, anyone who purchases items from our shop, gallery, or education programs, or donates $250 and more will have a chance to win a personalized greeting card from Robert Bateman.

The Bateman Foundation will also continue our gift to the community with a beloved Robert Bateman painting featured in the Times Colonist’s holiday edition – a longstanding tradition and partnership with Victoria’s established newspaper.

The Bateman Gallery and Shop will be closed from December 25th to January 2nd to allow staff to enjoy time with family and friends. We will open our doors again on January 3, 2023.

For more information about all Bateman Gallery holiday activities, visit You can find the Bateman Holiday Guide at

About the Bateman Foundation

The Bateman Foundation is a nationally registered charity with a mission to build a relationship with nature through art. Founded by renowned artist and naturalist Robert Bateman, the foundation uses art to understand the environment. It is one of the only non-profits in Canada that primarily uses artwork to promote a connection to nature.

The Bateman Foundation reaches over 300,000 people across North America, educates more than 4,000 people through the flagship education program NatureSketch, and welcomes more than 15,000 visitors to the gallery.

Through educational programs, community collaborations and gallery exhibitions, the Bateman Foundation inspires a generation of people to build a deeper relationship with the natural world. For more information about the Bateman Foundation, visit

The Bateman Foundation is located on the traditional lands of the Lekwungen People, also known as the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations.

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For media inquiries, please contact:
Katherine Dalusong
Head of Marketing
The Bateman Foundation
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 250.940.3626 ex.320