The Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council is a registered non-profit society operated by volunteers who are passionate about the arts and committed to their island communities. Previously known as the Trincomali Arts Council when the society was registered in 1999, the organization has a long history in the region and over the years it has benefited from the time, talents, and significant efforts of many dedicated individuals.
The islands’ geographic separation makes it challenging to hold regular meetings but board members communicate electronically as needed and meet in person when possible. In accordance with non-profit regulations, an Annual General Meeting is held each year.
The organization's bylaws were signficantly revised in 2019. One of the outcomes was to give each island two seats on the regional board to ensure equal representation regardless of population. Another important outcome was to create a framework wherein each island can form its own branch, offering autonomy to manage local affairs while benefiting from the regional "umbrella" of support. The first such branch to form was Mayne Island (2019) followed by Saturna Island (2021).
Board of directors
BC Ferries Partnership
The Southern Gulf Island Arts Council organizes and installs exhibits in the "floating gallery" display cases on BC Ferries vessels. This currently includes the Queen of Cumberland from Swartz Bay, and two Salish class ferries designated to serve the Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay routes serving the Southern Gulf Islands. We are grateful to BC Ferries for the ongoing opportunity to showcase the work of our members.
Artists interested in having their work included in BC Ferries displays can contact email@example.com. Note that a current membership with the Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council is required and artists must have a strong affiliation with Galiano, Mayne, Pender or Saturna Island.