Big changes are underway in MOA's Great Hall, which is receiving seismic upgrades in order to augment its structural integrity and help preserve the invaluable cultural significance and living heritage of the world-renowned Northwest Coast First Nations collection housed within it.
The Curatorial department supports initiatives — including research, exhibitions and publishing — that help to build respectful relationships and mutual understanding with cultural communities represented through MOA’s collections.
MOA is committed to promoting awareness and understanding of culturally diverse ways of knowing the world through challenging and innovative programs and partnerships with Indigenous, local and global communities.
MOA supports the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including originating communities’ right to “maintain, control, protect and develop their cultural heritage, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expression.”
The MOA Shop is now re-open. *Please note the modified Shop hours below.
Discover an extensive collection of items ranging from personal accessories, to items for the home, gifts and limited edition prints. Reflecting current exhibitions, the MOA Shop features a carefully curated selection of handcrafted objects created by local and international artisans. Proceeds from the shop support museum acquisitions, publications and public programs. Purchases can be shipped almost anywhere in the world.
*New Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm. Location: In the MOA lobby, does not require museum admission or timed-entry ticket. Contact: 604-827-4810, firstname.lastname@example.org
MOA Shop Emerging Indigenous Artist Contest
The winner of the 2020 MOA Shop Emerging Indigenous Artist contest is Coral Shaughnessy-Moon for her artwork Ha̱yulis tła̱n’s ma̱lkwa̱lał (We Will Always Remember). Read more about the winning design here.
The annual MOA Shop Emerging Indigenous Artist Contest is open each Spring to artists between 15 and 25 years of age. The winning artwork is printed on a t-shirt and sold and promoted exclusively through the MOA Shop for one year. The winner receives both a $250 prize and royalties from every sale. Read more about the contest rules here.
The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia Carol E. Mayer and Anthony Alan Shelton
This stunning and lavishly illustrated volume highlights 150 treasures from the Museum of Anthropology’s vast collections, which include historic and contemporary carvings, ceramics, sculptures, paintings and textiles from around the world, along with magnificent totem poles, sculptures, carved boxes, feast dishes, baskets and intricate items made of gold, silver and argillite from the northwest coast of B.C. Short histories of each collection and extended captions offer fascinating details.
Playing with Fire: Ceramics of the Extraordinary
Carol E. Mayer
A companion to the 2020 exhibition of the same name, this volume showcases the work of 11 BC-based artists who demonstrate clay’s infinite possibilities: Judy Chartrand, Ying-Yueh Chuang, Gathie Falk, Jeremy Hatch, Ian Johnston, David Lambert, Glenn Lewis, Alywn O’Brien, Bill Rennie, Debra Sloan and Brendan Tang. Individually, the ceramic pieces may appear to be nostalgic, humorous, fragile, beautiful or unassuming, but closer inspection reveals provocative commentary on issues like social injustice, racism, identity and censorship. This catalogue includes artist biographies, key insights, and new stunning photographs to accompany all of the exhibition’s boundary-pushing pieces.
People Among the People: The Public Art of Susan Point
Robert D. Watt
The stunning book celebrates the public art of one of Canada’s most accomplished artists and designers. People Among the People beautifully displays the breadth and depth of Susan Point’s public art—from cast bronze faces in Whistler to massive carved cedar portals in Stanley Park to moulded polymer murals in Seattle. Through interviews and archival access, Robert D. Watt gathers the stories of Point’s public art, often in Point’s own words, to illustrate the vital role she has played in revealing and re-establishing the “Salish footprint” in the Pacific Northwest.
Find out more about the artists featured in the MOA Shop. The MOA Shop has featured the work of artists from the Pacific Northwest Coast and across the globe since 1977. Click the artist name below for interviews about their inspiration, creative process and work available for purchase at the MOA Shop.