YXS Gallery

The Gallery

A gallery space for local artists to showcase their work.

The Prince George Airport Authority (PGAA) and the Prince George & District Arts Council have teamed up to welcome local artisans into the terminal.  In 2022, over 360,000 passengers used Prince George Airport. If you include friends and family members who are picking up or dropping off passengers, that number jumps to over a million.

In order to meet the demand and to accommodate as many artists as possible, the artwork is rotated. The proposed piece must be approved by the Prince George Airport Authority in order for it to be displayed. Please note: the Prince George Airport Authority shall not be liable or responsible for the loss of or damage to any and all pieces of art and/or property belonging to the Artist.

If you are an artist interested in having your art on display at the Prince George Airport, please contact Lisa Redpath of the Prince George Arts Council for more information on the selection process. She can be reached at 250-562-4526 or by email at [email protected] .

Artwork hanging on wall

Photography in the Power Up Business Centre

The Professional Photographers of Canada’s local chapter has been invited to showcase their photos in the Power Up Business Centre of the Prince George Airport. The photographs include floral, local landscapes and activities that reflect their interests.

Photographs are rotated every few months to give as many photographers as possible a chance to display their work. The work ranges from beautifully framed prints to fine art canvases and are for sale by contacting the individual photographers directly.

For more information on this program, email Fiona Christensen at [email protected]

Videos

Watch videos of happenings and events at the Prince George Airport.

Prince George Airport Mascot, Amelia Bearheart

We are thrilled to introduce you to Amelia Bearheart. The Prince George Airport’s new mascot! Amelia was launched during “Celebrating Women in Aviation Week” and the day before International Women’s Day!

Watch Amelia Bearheart on YouTube

Amelia Bearhart waving hello at the Prince George Airport

Prince George Airport – International Fuel Stop

Prince George International Airport has what you need for your widebody fuel stop. Learn about our runway that can handle the largest aircraft and more.

Watch International Fuel Stop on YouTube

Man in front of a large plane parked at the airport

Spirit of the Games

The ‘Spirit of the North’ mural represents northern British Columbia and is a legacy of the 2015 Canada Winter Games.

It tells the region’s story, celebrates our heritage and ignites our future. This public art piece was unveiled October 1, 2014 at the Prince George Airport .

The Prince George & District Community Arts Council and the Prince George Airport Authority, in partnership with the 2015 Canada Winter Games, unveiled the ‘Spirit of the Games’ Mural painted on the exterior arrivals wall of the Prince George Airport on October 1, 2014.


Artist: Greg Grinch Gislason

Created by Greg Gislason, the ‘Spirit of the Games’ mural welcomes visitors to Prince George, as we prepare for the largest multi-sport and cultural event the region has ever hosted, the 2015 Canada Winter Games.


Greg Gislason airbrushing a helicopter onto mural

“It is exciting to see the cultural component of the Games starting to take shape,” said Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. “Greg’s mural is a fitting tribute to the land and people of the North and it is wonderful to see his vision realized.”

“When visitors arrive in Prince George for the 2015 Canada Winter Games they will be greeted by Greg’s mural – a welcoming sign that will exist in our community long after the 2015 Games have concluded,” says Mayor Shari Green of Prince George. “As a community, we will be benefiting long-term from the legacy projects of the 2015 Games. This mural leaves an indelible mark on the Prince George Airport.”

“We are completely blown away with the finished piece and we are so proud it will be on display at YXS for years to come,” says Prince George Airport Authority President and CEO John Gibson. “Greg’s talent is top notch and we are beyond thrilled to add this piece to our art collection. The ‘Spirit of the Games’ will be a conversation piece for many travellers coming and going through YXS and is a great way to learn about our region’s past, present and future.”

In July, Gislason was announced as the successful northern British Columbia artist of the ‘Spirit of the Games’ project. His mural features well-known landmarks and icons of Prince George, after undergoing three weeks of design concepts and countless hours of research with Prince George historians and local experts.

“When I heard about this project I knew I had to enter and I just knew I had to win,” says Greg Gislason, ‘Spirit of the Games’ artist. “I did a ton of research on northern BC and learned a lot about the region and the people who make this place so great. I tried to include everything because I want the people who walk by it to see something new or different each time. Not only did I learn a lot, but I’ve met some amazing people doing this mural. I can’t wait to share it with the world.”

“The Prince George & District Arts Council is happy to have been able to facilitate the creation of this amazing mural ‘Spirit of the Games’, for the community and by a community-based artist, Greg Gislason,” says Wendy A. Young, Executive Director, Prince George & District Community Arts Council. “This is a wonderful arts and cultural legacy for Prince George.”

“Greg’s mural will welcome the thousands of visitors to our region for the 2015 Games, remaining as a legacy in the community for the millions who visit after the 2015 Games,” says Stuart Ballantyne, 2015 Canada Winter Games CEO. “This is a unique project, which is one of the many arts and culture opportunities available to northern BC artists as a result of the 2015 Games.”

Celebrating Diversity

‘Celebrating Diversity’ Public Art Piece unveiled June 9, 2012 At the Prince George Airport (YXS).

The Immigrant & Multicultural Services Society of Prince George with its partners Initiatives Prince George and the Chamber of Commerce, unveiled a new public artwork that celebrates diversity at the Prince George Airport.

Artist: Aiden Callison


This artwork is part of Welcome PG’s project work about welcoming and inclusive communities and workplaces within this community. The Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society (IMSS) Executive Director Baljit Sethi said “After living for forty years in Prince George my dream is coming true that diversity is more inclusive, being embraced by this community and now embodied in a public artwork.”

The artwork was selected after a province wide call for proposals was sent out inviting artists to respond to the theme ‘celebrating diversity’. Cat Sivertsen, the Welcome PG Project Manager, said “it was difficult to choose the project because it needed to reflect the theme as well as suit the environment where it would be installed.” The ‘celebrating diversity’ artwork will be created by artist Aiden Callison and permanently located inside the arrivals terminal at the airport as a sculpture suspended from the ceiling between domestic and international arrivals.

Callison, originally from Smithers British Columbia, says “I feel a strong connection to this project and the area because my Grandfather moved to Prince George when he first immigrated to Canada in 1928.” Sivertsen reiterates that “this is a familiar story for people living in PG because we are all from another part of the world, the only difference is that some of us have been here longer.” Callison describes his project as a portrait chandelier sculpture. The sculpture has a steel structure resembling the two rivers with suspended glass panels of photographic portraits of past and present Prince George residents. The concept of the sculpture is that people are constantly moving, somewhat like the rivers, and it is this worldwide movement that makes up the diverse fabric of this community and Canada as a whole.

Celebrating Diversity mural concept artwork floor level
Celebrating Diversity mural concept artwork

President and Chief Executive Officer of the Prince George Airport Authority (PGAA) John Gibson says “we are both privileged and honored to have been considered and chosen as the site for this remarkable piece of art. The Prince George Airport is often the first impression people have of the City and this piece will help make that a very positive experience.”

Sivertsen acknowledges the help and advice Welcome PG has received from the partners and art advisory committee – a committee made up of representatives from the City, Regional District, Native Friendship Centre, arts and business community as well as the Library and the Airport. This commission is made possible by funding from the Provincial and Federal Governments and the Welcome BC Program which is part of the Ministry of Jobs Tourism and Innovation.