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Canadian Art

This guide provides resources on topics related to art history and visual and material culture in Canada.


This section provides information about art in British Columbia and artists who have worked in British Columbia, regardless of place of birth. Select resources, available through UBC Library and freely available online, are provided below.

UBC Collections

Music, Art, and Architecture Library
  • See the Canadian Exhibition Catalogue Collection for catalogues produced for solo and group exhibitions by BC-based artists (exhibiting work within Canada, or internationally) as well as exhibitions mounted at BC-based art institutions.
  • See the artist files in the Vertical Files Collection which include materials such as pamphlets, exhibition announcements and reviews, newspaper clippings, unpublished manuscripts, biographical information, correspondence, and other ephemeral material.

Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) / UBC Archives

The following list of archival collections are available for consultation in RBSC or University Archives.  For background on using archival material in your research, see the research guide for Archival material.

Click on the collection title for more information or to see if a finding aid exists.

Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery Archives at UBC

With a focus on the Canadian and British Columbian avant-garde, Vancouver’s post-war art history, and emerging local artists, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery holds one of the largest public collections of art in the province.

The Belkin’s archival holdings include: papers of artists, art historians, and collectors; textual, photographic, and visual records; sound and moving image records (audio, video tape, and film), and objects. To search the database or schedule a visit, see the website.

The Archives' collections / fonds include:

Finding Materials about BC Artists

Resources on BC Artists

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