We on Denman Island are extremely fortunate to have a supremely vibrant artistic and cultural community, embracing the arts in many forms. The island is renowned for its visual artists, artisans, filmmakers, writers and musicians.
We have been rated “3rd in all of rural Canada for having the highest number of registered professional artists”. And, Denman Island, along with the rest of the Comox Valley, was named the cultural capital of Canada in 2008.
For that, in addition to the all the artists, artisans, writers and musicians who live, work and play here, we can thank Arts Denman.
Under the Arts Denman umbrella, both residents and island visitors alike enjoy year-round arts and cultural offerings.
Various venues offer changing art shows of different media throughout the year as well. Check Arts Denman for any updates available.
Art Studio Map & Guide
The Arts Denman Marketing Project has produced another beautiful Denman Island Art Studio Map for 2013! It allows you to take a self-guided tour of Art Studios on the island, and features 21 island artists, working in diverse media including painting, printmaking, fibre arts, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, collage, book arts, shrine making, and more. For a downloadable copy, click here to go to their Arts Denman webpage.
Throughout the year, Concerts Denman showcases a wide variety of musical events, from Classical to Folk and Pop performances by world-renowned artists.
Denman series (8 concerts) for only $120
3 concerts for only $50
(No need to decide in advance,
just come when you like)
Adults Advance $15
Adults – Door $20
Students $5 (at door only)
Email Robert Newton at ConcertsDenman@gmail.com
or call (250) 335-9047
Single Tickets: (available one week before performance)
Denman General Store (250) 335-2293
Abraxas Books on Denman (250) 335-2731
Denman Island Arts Centre
The Denman Island Arts Centre, a lovingly restored heritage home at the top of the ferry hill, is home to numerous arts related functions, from studio groups to island artist’s gallery shows and various arts education activities offered throughout the year.
Denman Island Art Studio Tour
Many of our local artists work from home studios which are either open to the public during posted hours or by appointment. During the semi-annual Denman Island Art Studio Tour, even some studios not normally available provide an insight into the creative process.
Both local and visiting musicans can be heard performing during Open Stage, the third Thursday of every month from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the Back Hall of the Community Centre.
Summer Art Gallery
The Summer Art Gallery besides the village Seniors Centre showcases a number of exclusive art exhibitions during the tourist season.
Visual Arts & Artisans
The visual and artisanal arts include basketry, carved signs, culinary arts, fabric arts, felting, glass art, jewelry, mixed media, mosaics, painting, papercraft, photography, pottery, prints & cards, quilting, sculpture, woodwork and wooden toys.