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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

  • Recycled Metal Art - Example
  • Artist Dotun Popoola with two of his Scrap Metal Sculptures
  • Examples of scrap metal that can be used in miniature metal sculptures.
  • Example of scrap metal sculpture.

The Steampunk Miniature Metal Sculpture Project


Craft Sculpture & installation Visual arts
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The Parksville Community Centre (Due to inclement weather we have moved to an indoor venue at the Parksville Community Centre.)

132 Jensen Avenue E, Parksville B.C.

Parksville, BC

Directions: ***IMPORTANT UPDATE*** Due to a sudden change in the weather forecast, we have shifted over to the Parksville Community Centre where we will be warm and dry indoors for this event.


Free, and accepts optional pay-what-you-may donations for admission.

Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible and has gender-neutral washrooms.


The Steampunk Miniature Metal Sculpture Project is a recycling focused event that is comprised of a Scavenger Hunt to gather metal scrap, a hands-on Workshop to learn how to create metal sculpture, and a 1 week home based effort to use what you have learned to create your final piece. All final sculptures will be returned to the McMillan Arts Centre where they will be juried and the winner will be announced. The Sculptures will then be displayed in the Atrium at City Hall until BC Culture Days ends on Sunday, October 15th. This is a family focused event where members of a family are encouraged to participate as a pair or a team. It is a great opportunity to introduce the benefits of recycling to participants and give them the full value experience of locating and transforming “junk” into art treasures.

The Workshop will be lead, via video, by one of the world’s leading Artists in the rapidly growing art form of Scrap Metal Sculpture, Mr. Dotun Popoola of Nigeria. Dotun will also be judging the competition and one of the prizes for the awarded sculpture is a copy of his renowned book, “Metal & Metaphor”. The book is a work of art unto itself.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn an art form that requires almost zero dollars to immerse yourself in. Metal Scrap is abundant and can easily be transformed into uniquely creative artworks.

*This is an outdoor venue located at the end of Memorial Avenue where it intersects with the Alberni Highway.*



The Parksville Downtown Business Owners Association & Pattiann Withapea

The Oceanside Community Culture Days Group consists of the Parksville Downtown Business Association, The McMillan Arts Centre also known as, the M.A.C. and the Oceanside Community Arts Council. The M.A.C. is the jewel in the Oceanside Community Arts Council’s crown. It embodies everything that a true community arts centre should be. Year round the M.A.C. is the bustling centre for all things Arts & Culture in our Oceanside community as well as a destination “must visit” for thousands of tourists that flock to Parksville in the warm Summer season. There are 3 Galleries located inside the M.A.C. along with a Digital Gallery and a fabulous Gift Shop that is filled with unique works by local Artists & Artisans. There are Exhibitions in the Galleries throughout the year, an ongoing series of Arts & Craft Classes, Poetry Readings, Music Classes, Dance Groups, Chorale Groups, and more. It’s all happening at the M.A.C. Activities for everyone from children to our seniors are plentiful and diverse.

This event is part of a hub:

The Oceanside Community Celebrates BC Culture Days 2023

Pattiann Withapea Artist & Curator Parksville, BC

The Oceanside Community is pleased to be offering a variety of Family Focused Culture Days Events that all are invited to participate in as we celebrate the Arts & Culture of our vibrant community. We are excited to bring three unique even...