Friday, February 08, 2013

Call for Expressions of Interest


Emerging Aboriginal Curator

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery is seeking an emerging Aboriginal curator to co-curate an exhibition that will be featured in the main Gallery in August/September 2014.  The exhibition will relate to the bi-centennial celebration of the War of 1812 and will examine themes related to this event in the work of contemporary First Nation’s artists. A curatorial fee will be paid, however, the position is subject to successful grant and sponsorship applications, as yet to be confirmed.

Your expression of interest should include a current CV relating your education and curatorial experience, details of your knowledge of and experience working with First Nation’s contemporary art and artists and a brief statement explaining your personal interest in this subject.  Graduate students are eligible to apply but must be finished their studies by 2014.  Individuals (no collectives please) who self identify as Aboriginal according to the OAC guidelines are encouraged to apply.

Deadline for expressions of interest is 5pm, March 1st 2013.

We thank all individuals for their interest however only short listed applicants will be contacted. 

Please forward your expressions of interest by March 1st 2013 to:
ATTN Maeve Hanna, Aboriginal Curatorial Project
Grimsby Public Art Gallery
18 Carnegie Lane
Grimsby, ON L3M 1Y1

Questions?  Please contact us: 905 945 3246,, with “Emerging Aboriginal Curator : Attention Maeve” in the subject line.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

March Break at the GPAG!

This week of art and fun includes a wide variety projects incorporating painting, printmaking, clay sculpture, collage, book-related arts and found object sculpture, as well as a guided visit of our current exhibition Sites Re-Seen featuring works by artists Tod Ainslie and Laurel Campbell.

Our camp classes are limited to 15 participants each and are led by qualified educators in both the Arts and teaching techniques. Co-operative learning and creative expression are encouraged while fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination are developed with each project. Each day focuses on a specific media so your child can pick their favourite, try something new, or join us for the whole week for an exciting, well-rounded Art experience.
Students are grouped according to age, with all working on similar projects adapted to their individual skill levels.

March Break 2013: March 11th-15th
Single Class: members $18/ non-members $22
Whole Week: members $80/ non-members $96

Sign up for single days or the whole week!
Register today! Call 905-945-3246

Mini Maker Mornings
9:30 am-12:00 noon
Children  ages 5-8 years old


Avid Artists Afternoons
1:30 pm-4:00 pm
Children ages 8-12 years old

Monday: Painting
Tuesday: Printmaking
Wednesday : Clay
Thursday : Collage and Book Arts
Friday : Found Object Sculpture

Please register early to avoid disappointment! Spaces are limited.

All gallery programs are subject to minimum and maximum registration. Payment is required 7 days after the date of registration to ensure a spot. Classes are subject to change. Cancellations require 7 days notice to receive a full refund. The gallery is not responsible for missed classes, and does not pro-rate classes. 

Thank you for supporting the Arts in your community!

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Art House Cafe Lecture Series

Art House Café Lecture Series 15 February 2013, 7pm
Speaker: Leanne Unruh, graduate student in Contemporary Art, New Media and Design Histories at OCAD University presents “Smuggling: A Methodology for Art and Activism.”

Hosted by the Grimsby Public Art Gallery in the Periodicals reading room of the Grimsby Public Library. 18 Carnegie Lane, Grimsby, ON
Admission is Free!
 Light refreshments will be served

The Art House Café Lecture Series promotes the ideas of young and emerging scholars from regional universities and provides an opportunity for them to present their research through lectures in a Parisian café ambiance that encourages sharing inspiration and cultivating ideas.

The third lecture in this new series will be presented on 15 February 2013 at 7pm by Leanne Unruh, a graduate student in Contemporary Art, New Media and Design Histories at the OCAD University.  Unruh’s talk, “Smuggling: A Methodology for Art and Activism” will explore issues of art and activism in the 2007 performance project “Broders in the City” by Ayesha Hameed and Anita Schoepp.  In particular the talk will focus on the inclusions and exclusions of people in public space.

Leanne Unruh is an artist and writer from St. Catharines, ON, currently based in Toronto.  She is completing her second year of an MA in Contemporary Art, New Media and Design Histories at OCAD University.  Leanne has worked collaboratively on exhibitions such as HIVE and Art Struggle at OCAD’s graduate gallery and shown her artwork throughout the Niagara and Toronto regions.  Her areas of research include street art, participatory and interactive art and the intersection of art and activism.
The Art House Café Lecture Series is dedicated to the memory of Pat and Edith Brown.

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery is pleased to acknowledge the partnership of the Grimsby Public Library and the generous sponsorship of the Niagara Neighbourhood New Idea Fund, as well as private donations made in memory of Edith and Pat Brown. The Series is also sponsored by Mrs. Lenore Kummel, Dr. Andy Lam, Dr. Donald G. Smith, Dr. Elizabeth Shoemaker and Phelps Homes Ltd.

Please RSVP by 13 February to or 905-945-3246 as seating is limited. 

For more information contact:
Maeve Hanna, Project Coordinator or Brigitte Huard, Education and Media Coordinator
Grimsby Public Art Gallery
(904) 945 3246

Monday, February 04, 2013

Sites Re-seen- New exhibition!

Sites Re-seen
Tod Ainslie & Laurel Campbell
February 8th – March 31st, 2013
Opening reception: Sunday, February 10th, 2013
from 2- 4 pm
Grimsby Historical Society Talk- Speaker: Tod Ainslie
Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 at 7:30 pm

The Bicentennial of the War of 1812 encourages Canadians to consider the significant role that this conflict played in the development of Canada. Many of us have visited sites, watched re-enactments, read histories – in short tried to imagine what our predecessors in the Niagara region experienced 200 years ago. As part of the gallery’s examination of these events we invited two regional artists, Tod Ainslie, of Burlington, and Laurel Campbell, of Niagara Falls, to visit significant war related sites and document what they, as contemporary artists, experienced and observed.

Campbell has established a solid reputation for her detailed watercolour paintings and pen & ink drawings of historic structures, many from the Niagara Region. Her paintings reflect a process based on meticulous research; she has visited and painted a number of locations, with a particular emphasis on those pertaining to events that happened in and around Grimsby during the 1812 – 14 years. Both new works and a selection of  earlier pieces will be included in the exhibition. Ainslie also researches and chooses his sites with care. For this body of work he imagined a British soldier travelling down the St. Lawrence then west to Fort Meggs, Ohio and north to Fort Mackinaw, Michigan. Ainslie peered past 200 years of accumulated physical change to document the sites and structures his soldier would have experienced. He uses custom built pin-hole cameras and photographs the sites in a manner that both recognizes the current context where the past sits in juxtaposition to the present and imposes an aura of age suggesting that the images provide a glimpse back into history.

The exhibition addresses how we remember and document key events from the past; how we preserve buildings and battlegrounds but necessarily impose a contemporary narrative on them. Both Ainslie and Campbell work with the awareness that as artists they are not immune to these layers of contemporary knowledge, but each is still able to provide the viewer with a sympathetic access to human experience during the War of 1812 period.