Past Exhibits

Through our exhibits, we encourage people to find their place in nature. Come in and see what’s new!

About the Gallery

The Gallery of Nature hosts the largest collection of original and rare works by world-renowned artist and naturalist, Robert Bateman, along with a rotation of nature-inspired exhibits and a full schedule of educational and public programs.

Overlooking Victoria’s dynamic Inner Harbour, this interactive art gallery showcases the magic and beauty of nature through exciting exhibitions, kids’ activities and guided tours, along with immersive installations, including a Birdsong Gallery and multi-media video.

oneTree 2017

November 16, 2017 - January 31, 2018
Live Edge Design & the Robert Bateman Centre present oneTree 2017. A fallen tree should never die quietly, never mind who’s around to hear it. With the success of oneTree 2015, the Robert Bateman Centre and Live Edge Design have once again partnered to bring you oneTree 2017. We invite you to join us in celebrating the life of a single tree through the beauty of art. The Tree For over a hundred years a…

Bateman’s Beginnings

March 5, 2018 - June 10, 2018
Exploring Robert Bateman’s impressionist past and his long journey into realism, featuring over 20 never-before-seen paintings. Free 45 min. tours every Saturday and Tuesday at 2:00 pm with admission!! Public Opening – March 10th Many know Robert Bateman as Canada’s most recognised wildlife painter, but few knew of him as an impressionist painter before his rise to fame. Bateman’s Beginnings, an exhibit at the Robert Bateman Centre this spring, will show the rich depth of…

Eyes of Society: Art, Traditional Knowledge, and the Watchmen of Haida Gwaii

June 15, 2018 - September 30, 2018
Eyes of Society: Art, Traditional Knowledge, and the Watchmen of Haida Gwaii Exhibit Location: The Robert Bateman Centre, Victoria, BC Eyes of Society: Art, Traditional Knowledge, and the Watchmen of Haida Gwaii, is a collection of over thirty works of art by ten Haida and non-indigenous artists. Coming from different regional and cultural backgrounds in Canada, all the artists explore the meaning of ‘sense of place’ on the islands of Haida Gwaii through their own…

Ravine, Mouse, a Bird’s Beak

October 4, 2018 - January 31, 2019
Ravine, Mouse, a Bird’s Beak Visual art and poetry have a long history of contemplating the natural world and its ecology. When these two art forms come together, a conversation happens between what is painted, what is observed and the resulting ideas, images and emotions. Poetry is, as Rita Dove writes, “language at its most distilled and most powerful.” This distillation of language inspired by art is called ekphrastic poetry and allows the poet to…

One Shot for Coastal Carnivores

November 14, 2018 - December 3, 2018
One Shot for Coastal Carnivores The Robert Bateman Centre is pleased to host Raincoast Conservation Foundation’s One Shot For Coastal Carnivores, a collection of photographs to helps safeguard coastal carnivores. In support of efforts with Coastal First Nations, to permanently end commercial trophy hunting of all large carnivores on the coast of British Columbia, Raincoast has curated this unique collection of 15 photographs, which each tell the story or importance of protecting coastal carnivores. Pieces…

Bateman Nature 360

February 14, 2019 - February 28, 2019
Bateman Nature 360 For artist Robert Bateman, art and creativity has the potential to engage the spirit in many different ways. Starting on February 14th, the Robert Bateman Centre will take that philosophy and adopt an innovative way to engage the spirit – through Virtual Reality. Visitors to the Bateman Centre can explore art and nature through new eyes by experiencing Robert Bateman – Art in 360, the Centre’s latest VR addition to the gallery.…

Plumage: The Majestic Art of Birds

February 22, 2019 - June 15, 2019
Plumage: The Majestic Art of Birds Plumage – The Majestic Art of Birds features a diverse collection of artwork that explores the fascination artists have had with birds over the last 200 years. The exhibit is a celebration of one of nature’s most diverse and dynamic species and draws together historically significant artworks by major naturalists and artists, as well as contemporary images by local wildlife photographers. Birds have always resonated with people because of…

Into The Arctic

June 14, 2019 - November 3, 2019
An Exhibition of Art and Film by Canadian Painter and Filmmaker Cory Trépanier. Produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C. Into the Arctic showcases over fifty original oil paintings by Canadian painter Cory Trépanier. Over a decade in the making, this traveling exhibition comprises of highlights from the most ambitious body of artwork ever dedicated to the Canadian Arctic. With a pack full of painting, filming and camping gear, Trépanier traversed over 40,000 kilometres, through six…

Across the Pacific: Hand Painted Silk by Kim Michelle Toft

October 12, 2019 - November 11, 2019
Across the Pacific: Hand Painted Silk by Kim Michelle Toft Across the Pacific showcases the work of Australia-based artist, Kim Michelle Toft. A marine artist, author, illustrator and publisher, Toft has produced several books that introduce children to the wonders of the fragile ocean ecosystem. Her children’s books depict vibrant underwater worlds hand-painted on silk, and this short and sweet exhibition is a magical and meaningful introduction to her wildlife work. Like Robert Bateman, Kim…

OneTree 2019

November 16, 2019 - February 29, 2020
OneTree 2019 Following the success of oneTree 2015 and oneTree 2017, The Bateman Foundation and Live Edge Design are proud to present oneTree 2019. We invite you to join us in honouring the life of a single tree through the beauty of art and connecting to nature through its incredible 200-year history. The oneTree series celebrates the life and value of a single tree by inviting artists to create as much beauty from its wood…

Castaways: Art From The Material World

March 6, 2020 - September 26, 2020
Concept and Production by Vivienne Challandes Castaways: Art From the Material World is a rags to riches tale of the textile industry and its global impact. Featuring twenty women artists from Canada and the Americas, this immersive exhibition confronts climate change head on, exploring consumer culture and our relationship to fast fashion. Castaways is the story of a planet in crisis, told from uniquely female and indigenous perspectives. Join us on a virtual tour! As storytelling begins……

Caribou: Phantoms of the Forest

May 14, 2020 - March 24, 2020
The Bateman Foundation and the Harmony Foundation of Canada are co-hosting a community exhibit entitled “Caribou: Phantoms of the Forest”. This exhibit runs from May 14 – 24th and features work from Robert Bateman, Sandra Boynton, Adrian Baker, Bernard Schissel and Elke van Breemen. Woodland caribou live deep in the forests, far from human society, so their story is not well known. Due to habitat loss from human impact, they are one of BC’s most…