Fortune Gallery, nestled in the heart of the oldest Chinatown in Canada established itself as a focal point in the Victoria art community in 2007. The making of this unique space began in the late 1800’s when the building was constructed to serve as a general store. As the records of ownership in Chinatown are difficult to find and hard to interpret the building has relied on a collection of personal memories to carry its story through the years.
The bricks of the gallery are imbued with narratives of oppression and have witnessed all that life was in the Forbidden city. Despite the hardships that the community withstood the gallery door often opens to former residents. Their tales about the vibrant, bustling streets that they grew up on convey the humanity and dignity of the Chinese Canadians.
During a renovation of the gallery a handgun dating back to 1895 was found wrapped in a local newspaper, coupled with records of gambling tabs. The discovery confirmed the mysterious bygone era of Chinatown. Many of the buildings, including the gallery were home to gambling dens, opium lairs, brothels and sputtering woks of fresh noodles.
Today the award winning gallery is proud to call the diverse and quirky historic neighbourhood its home. Offering the opportunity to artists of all modalities to share their creativity and spark dialogue.
Alison was always involved with the arts throughout high school and university, with an avid interest in photography and film in particular. She has travelled extensively throughout Europe, the Caribbean, North and South America and Southeast Asia. In 1999, after a year of travelling with her husband Toby, Alison settled in Victoria and started a family, originally in Victoria’s Highlands. After three years, her family decided to shake things up with a move to Fairfield and the purchase of Dales Gallery in 2007.
Kristofer is our newest employee and he brings over 30 years of creative art making. His intricate and colourful watercolours are inspiring. A wonderful addition to Victoria's Chinatown and to fortune gallery.
537 Fisgard St,
Victoria, BC V8W 1R3
Tuesday - Friday 11am - 5pm
Saturday & Sunday 12pm - 5pm