Bill Reid Gallery

Raven’s Trove Reimagined

 

At the heart of the Bill Reid Gallery is a magnificent selection of Bill Reid’s jewelry on display in the Raven’s Trove gallery. As part of the gallery’s transformation of the Raven’s Trove, the gallery wanted to create a dramatic and exciting new space that would celebrate these masterpieces and also evoke the environment and culture of the Northwest Coast.

 

After consulting with the Gallery staff and the Indigenous advisors on our Content Committee, Sholto developed an exciting new design for Raven’s Trove that will ensure a timeless, engaging and educational environment, accessible for all ages and abilities. Inspired by the massive corner posts of traditional Haida longhouses, the new gallery will bring the forest into the gallery.

 

Sholto traveled to Vancouver Island to source eight 40-foot cedar logs and has worked with small local mills to strip and turn the logs. Local Haida artist Corey Bulpitt led a team of carvers to hand adze the final finish onto the wood. Each log is cut in half to hold a custom curved glass case, also locally sourced.

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Bringing the focus to Bill Reid’s jewelry, Sholto used the giant logs, dramatic lighting and a 360-degree view of the beautifully crafted pieces to draw visitors into the trove.

The new Raven’s Trove Gallery opened in June 2019.