Emily’s World

Emily Carr continues to inspire, inform and touch upon others through her art, writings and life. Here are some examples.

Things that are happening at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE  Sat, June 3 | All Day | Curated by Haema Sivanesan | Graham Gallery 


An artist named Lee Nam, a Chinese immigrant to British Columbia at the turn of the 20th century, is known solely through the journals of Emily Carr. Carr refers to Nam as a painter, a friend, and someone she regarded as a fellow outsider. In her book, The House of All Sorts, Carr, who mounted art exhibitions in her home, recalls how she met Lee Nam.
Montreal-based artist Karen Tam, draws on archival research to speculate on artistic influence and exchange between Carr and Nam. Tam re-imagines Lee Nam’s painting studio, on Cormorant Street in Victoria’s Chinatown, to evoke the presence of an unknown artist.
The two artists apparently exchanged paintings. So, somewhere in the archives of Emily Carr are works by Lee Nam. And perhaps somewhere in China is an unknown painting by Emily Carr.


This exhibition examines Emily Carr’s work through the dual lenses of the artist’s increasing interest in environmental issues and the status of ancient forests of the region in present times.

A great article in the Times Colonist about Emily Carr House.
House Beautiful: A portrait of the artist Emily Carr.


Ever wonder where those wonderful places were that inspired Canadian writers to sit down and write? This article is an excellent read for just that.

       Dave Baker Songwriter

For over forty years singer/songwriter Dave Baker has been writing folk songs about Canada’s west coast. Dave spent his childhood in Nanaimo and adolescence in Duncan so he’s well qualified to write songs about Vancouver Island. At the age of sixty Dave began working with noted Vancouver composer/arranger Dr. Larry Nickel. Dr. Nickel arranged many of Dave’s songs in four part harmonies for choirs. The songs have been distributed world wide. His signature song Royal Hudson has been performed by choirs everywhere. One of the songs now starting to get more attention is his song about Emily Carr entitled World of Small. Dave wrote the song in 1974 when he was living in Ladner, B.C. Dave got his inspiration for the song after he saw a CBC documentary about the life of Emily Carr. He could relate to Emily’s trials and tribulations to get her work exposed. Dave was so touched the lyrics just came. Today, it continues to be one of Dave’s best songs. It was released as a single in 1975 and appeared on middle of the road charts all over Canada. The song then languished in obscurity for over twenty five years. It was resurrected in nineteen ninety four and remixed a number of times and then appeared on Dave’s last CD A Portrait of the Westcoast in Song. When Dr Nickel applied his genius to the arrangement in two thousand and six the song began to blossom once again, It had little action and slow to get the attention of choir directors.  It’s now taking hold in the choir community. A choir in the U.S. has just placed an order for a large number of copies of the sheet music for World of Small. Dave’s work continues to flourish on the international folk scene.

Canadian Authors and the Places That Inspired Them



Victoria’s Culture & Historical Attractions by Bicycle!
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The interdisciplinary symposium on Emily Carr scheduled for October 2015, has been postponed. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our participants and/or attendees. The new date will be announced shortly. Please follow this website for further updates.



The Carr House Cats are Back
The Carr House Cats Go Exploring

We are delighted to announce that the second installment of the Carr House Cats books will soon be arriving . This prequel to The Carr House Cats At Christmas will be hot off the presses in just a few weeks.
Written by Darien Ross, this second in the series is called The Carr House Cats Go Exploring and looks at their  world through their eyes as kittens.
They meet their friendly neighbours and introduce their readers to more of Emily’s house and gardens.

 It is available now on amazon.com as an ebook-The Carr House Cats Go Exploring
















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