Impassioned Discourse at Communities + Collections Panel Discussion

For the exhibition Form As Meaning: First Nations Prints from the Pacific Northwest, the AGGV relied on an esteemed panel of four Indigenous curators who had chosen the works and created the didactic panels for the show. AGGV curators Michelle Jacques and Nicole Stanbridge explained how they invited Marcia Crosby, Lou-ann Neel, lessLIE and Alana […]

Heartfelt Work in New Extreme 2018

Young artists from Stelly’s Secondary School, Shoreline Community Middle School and Lambrick Park Secondary School spoke with eloquence and wisdom at the AGGV’s New Extreme celebration on April 5. With support from their mentor artists, teachers, community engagers and parents, the program embraced the empowerment of youth by pairing artists with groups of students. Together, […]

From Portraits to Selfies

Featured image: Sophie Pemberton (Canadian, 1869-1959) | Colonel Schletter | 1910 | Oil on panel | Gift of Miss Angela Beanlands The “selfie” is a social phenomenon made popular by social media platforms such as Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, helped along by the front-facing camera, a concept introduced by Sony Ericsson in 2003. Selfies, while […]

A New Year of Family Sundays

The Art Gallery’s Family Sunday is a much-anticipated monthly event in the local community calendar. Taking inspiration from one of the current exhibitions on show in the Galleries, each Family Sunday focuses on a particular theme, and invites the whole family to engage in an array of art-making activities, interactive performances and explorative play in and […]

New Arrivals at the AGGV Studio

Exciting new arrivals for our Studio this Spring! Oona McClure, our longstanding Studio Coordinator, is taking some time off to welcome her newest creation, a baby. Oona is excited to combine motherhood and art in the near future; we look forward to seeing this unfold in and outside the Studio. As such we are delighted […]

Say What? Art Terms for Beginners, Part 4

1. Allover Composition An allover picture refers to a two-dimensional work that lacks a dominant focal point and where the canvas is covered entirely with a composition that is treated uniformly. The term “allover picture” was first used by art critic Clement Greenberg in his 1948 essay “The Crisis of the Easel Picture”, in reference to “decentralized” […]

Cultural Appropriation of First Nations Art

We live in a technological age where identity theft is easier than ever. The fear that someone could be stealing your personal information makes for diligent protective measures and the tightening of security on personal devices and social media accounts. Social sharing can be very beneficial and it’s often instrumental in building dynamic online communities […]

The Gallery As Authority, Part 3: Re-search

Following on “The Gallery As Authority: Place“, Part 3 of the Communities + Collections series, entitled “Re-search” explored the complexity of how knowledge is shared, collected, and used to empower and/or disenfranchise. The event in early February drew a crowd from all walks of life and was graced by our two Indigenous keynote speakers, Eli Hirtle […]