Renowned Artist Pat Martin Bates Honoured With Exhibit

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The Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria celebrated its 40th anniversary by creating the first major monograph on Pat Martin Bates, one of Victoria’s acclaimed senior visual artists and founder of the Community Arts Council. With $39,600 in funding from Arts Partners in Creative Development, Pat Martin Bates: Visual Bridging explores the roots of Bates' multi-dimensional expression, contextualizing it nationally and internationally through interviews, analysis, reproductions and photographs. Now in her 80s and renowned for her contribution to Canadian printmaking, painting and sculpture, Bates continues to create complex and compelling works of depth and imagination. A reading from Pat Martin Bates: Visual Bridging accompanied a 2008 exhibition of the artist’s work, entitled Illuminating the World of Printmaking, as part of the Arts Council’s 40th anniversary celebrations.


Arts Partners in Creative Development assists BC arts and cultural organizations to create and develop new works or further develop existing works. The program is in partnership with Canada Council for the Arts, Province of British Columbia, City of Vancouver, Vancouver Foundation and VANOC.