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Past, Present & Future: How We're Marking Canada's 150th Anniversary

Posted by camille on February 8, 2017

Aileen Bahmanipour, Tracing my immigration map (Map No. 02), 2016. Graphite on paper.


What does Canada mean to you? That’s what we asked artists across BC. 1867 may seem like a long time ago, but the effects of Confederation are still being felt in communities across the country. There are many points of view on how that moment in history, impacted generations of people who live on this land.

That’s how our latest exhibition came to be. “And...” includes a variety of expressions, including drawings, collage, paintings, sculptures, mixed media installations and First Nations carving. The works have been produced by individuals from Vancouver to Fort St. John to Powell River to Prince George.

Both a time for celebration and sober reflection, artists have responded to the call for submissions with explorations of both the accomplishments and failures of the last 150 years. The exhibition includes a ‘Sun Mask’ by Cree artist Lenard Paquette. It also features a series of inkjet prints by Clare Yow, exploring the Chinese immigrant experience in a colonial society. The great variety of artwork speaks to themes of reconciliation, immigration, language and identity. Our goal is to inspire a greater understanding of our complex history and help us work together to forge a stronger tomorrow.


We are VERY excited to have the support of the Prince George Community Foundation! We received a $10,000 grant to help us host this historic exhibition. The funding will help us engage even more people! Thursday March 2, we will host Voices of Visions: Poetry and Spoken Word Workshop & Performance. The event will help visitors consider the artwork, and put to words their feelings about Canada 150. It will also be an opportunity for participants to speak in front of an audience. It’s free to the public to participate or attend! The workshop will start at 6:30pm, with the performance to follow at 7:30.

School groups are also visiting the exhibition, discussing the anniversary of Confederation, and reflecting on Canada’s history. The students will respond to the exhibition with a hands-on studio project, using felt to express their thoughts about our country’s past, present and future. Our 'Make Art Make Sense' activity offers a chance for everyone to get creative! Visitors can use magazine clippings, paint, and glass jars to create pieces modeled after those in the exhibition. All visitors to the Gallery will be able to walk through the exhibition with the ‘Self-Guided Experience’ brochure developed for the project. Over the course of 10 weeks, we will do our best to help this exhibition engage as many people as possible.

So come see it for yourself! “And…” will be in our Canfor gallery until April 2. We offer free admission every Thursday, so it is accessible to all!

This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between the Prince George Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.
Cette initiative est rendue possible grâce au Fonds communautaire pour le 150e anniversaire du Canada, qui est une collaboration entre Prince George Community Foundation, les fondations communautaires canadiennes, le gouvernement du Canada et des leaders extraordinaires de l’Atlantique au Pacifique à l’Arctique.





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