A few years ago, we reconsidered Salish Weave, its large number of works and its many related programs and activities. We determined that a longer-term strategy was required to ensure the conservation of the works, and the sustainability of the programs and activities. As a result of this assessment, we created a succession plan.
We chose, as possible future custodians of Salish Weave, two British Columbia institutions, the University of Victoria Legacy Galleries and the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, as well as the National Gallery of Canada located in Ottawa. To our delight, all three institutions agreed to participate in our proposed succession plan, hence assuring the conservation and care of the Coast Salish works of art in the Salish Weave Collection.
In 2015, these institutions selected works of the collection that would complement their respective collections. We then allocated the chosen sculptural works and serigraphs, resolving duplications and proposing additional complementary works in the process. By the end of 2016, these institutions had acquired 24 sculptural works and 108 serigraphs through donations. We have pledged additional sculptural works and serigraphs to be donated in 2018 and beyond.
To sustain the activities related to the collection, we also established the Salish Weave Fund at the Victoria Community Foundation.
We invite you to view the works of the Salish Weave Collection that are now part of the collections of each of the four institutions.